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Private Property Tree Rules Update

We are reviewing rules for trees on private property.
A review of rules that protect existing trees on private property.

Background Material

Public Engagement

The public has been an important participant in this process. We have actively sought input through:

  • Public open houses
  • Conversations with city advisory groups (including the Urban Forestry Commission, Emerald City Task Force, Seattle Planning Commission, and Seattle Design Commission)
  • Presentations and discussions with community and stakeholder groups
  • Public comment

We have summarized the comments received during the public discussion periods in following documents:

We anticipate a brief public comment period after the third proposal is released (expected in late 2014 or early 2015). City Council will also hold a public hearing as part of their deliberation.

We have relied, in part, on feedback from the Emerald City Task Force, meetings with tree and environmental advocates, and discussions from the update of the Urban Forest Management Plan. Below are resources and outcomes from these processes.

Emerald City Task Force

The Emerald City Task Force was convened to provide the City of Seattle with advice on the how development interfaces with tree preservation and efforts to improve the urban forest. The 10 members of the group represented the development, architecture, landscape architecture, home-building, and tree care professions. The group met five times in the summer of 2007 and issued a letter of recommendations in December 2007.

Tree and Environment Advocates

Tree and environment advocates gathered in March 2008 to discuss the City's existing tree regulations and potential changes to those rules. The 11 participants were selected based on their organization's interest area. Many of the participants were also chosen based on their long history of advocacy for improved tree regulations and care in Seattle. We will use the comments gathered in the meeting to help us development a proposed set of revised tree regulations.

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