After spending more than a year and 10 public meetings hashing out amendments to the city's heritage tree ordinance, the task force's recommendations were brought to the City Council on July 16.
Task force members are Sally Cole, resident; Drew Combs, city councilman; Jen Judas, resident; Kimberly and Tom LeMieux, developer/residents; Scott Marshall, former environmental quality commissioner; Catherine Martineau, executive director for Canopy; Horace Nash, resident; Carolyn Ordonez, landscape architect; and Sally Sammut Johnson, resident.
The City Council mainly agreed with the recommendations, and asked staff to draft up the amendments for later approval.
Among the changes endorsed:
• When a tree is removed for development-related reasons, the developer will have to replace the value of the tree at that property.
•• The city will increase the fee for violating the ordinance to the value of the tree, or if the tree's value can't be appraised, the fee will be $10,000, up from $5,000.
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