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Goals & Objectives

The goals of the Trees & Sidewalks Operations Plan are guided by the following core values, which come from Seattle residents through existing city policies and plans:

  • Accessibility and Health: To provide a safe, accessible, and inviting walking environment, following universal design principles
  • Environment: To protect and expand a healthy urban forest
  • Equity: To thoroughly consider the needs of all communities in accordance with the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative
  • Efficiency: To preserve existing assets—both street trees and sidewalks—and use resources wisely

These goals will be met by achieving the following objectives:

  • Explore strategies that enhance neighborhood aesthetic, reduce lifecycle costs, and allow sidewalks and substantial trees to coexist
  • Repair sidewalks damaged by street trees with sustainable solutions
  • Retain healthy, mature, and appropriately sited trees whenever possible, while ensuring mobility
  • Assess the appropriateness of street trees based on established criteria, including species, location, planting space, maintenance, past and current conflicts, and proximity to public and private structures and infrastructure
  • Explore and implement alternative and/or innovative sidewalk repair approaches to preserve trees where feasible
  • Evaluate sidewalk repair approaches across a range of criteria, including lifecycle costs and benefits as well as community costs and benefits
  • Implement tree removal, when no other practicable alternatives exist, in phases to enable continued canopy coverage
  • Increase the urban canopy by planting new street trees in vacant locations
  • Communicate to property owners the importance of proper tree maintenance to address implementation of the revised Street Tree Ordinance and the walkable zone (as defined in the Pedestrian Master Plan)

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