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News - May 28, 2014

Portola Valley considers plans for Redberry Ridge

Further thawing may be ahead for development of 18 Redberry Ridge in Portola Valley when the Town Council meets Wednesday, May 28.

In recognition of progress by property owner David Douglass toward landscape remediation following the un-permitted felling of 18 large trees in the winter of 2013, the council will consider authorizing building permits.

Deliberations will include approvals already issued by the Architectural and Site Control Commission and the Planning Commission. The council meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Schoolhouse.

In resolving the clear-cutting incident, an April 2013 agreement with Mr. Douglass included a $75,000 fine and another $150,345 to cover costs of replanting and maintenance over the following five years, officials said at the time.

Remediation was unsuccessful with three madrones, perhaps due to the drought, but 13 native oak trees were reported to be growing vigorously in January 2014, when the council voted unanimously to allow Mr. Douglass to submit plans to the ASCC.

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