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 CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 21

Meeting Date: March 12, 2002

Subject/Title: Approve a resolution adopting the Urban Forest Guidelines Document for use in establishing tree planting standards for Brentwood.

Submitted by: Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation
Ken DeSilva, Park Services Manager

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
Approve the Urban Forest Guidelines document, and associated Resolution, for use in establishing tree planting standards for Brentwood and for reviewing and making recommendations on landscape plans for all new developments and City Capital Improvement Projects.

PREVIOUS ACTION
October 20, 2001 Park and Recreation Commission review
November 6, 2001 City Design Review Committee review
January 15, 2002 Park & Recreation Commission review/approval to Planning Commission
January 28, 2002 Planning Commission Review/Acceptance

BACKGROUND
Effective July 1, 2000, the Department of Parks and Recreation was given responsibility to oversee the planting and maintenance of trees in parks, Lighting and Landscape Districts, and roadway/medians, and other public places. As a result of this responsibility, staff has been working on the development of tree planting standards that would be used for trees that are planted on public property or within a City easement. During the development of these standards, the City has experienced numerous problems associated with poor planting, or improper selection of trees close to hardscaping and sound walls. This new document is intended to be used to eliminate these problems from occurring in the future.

One of our goals is to provide a mechanism that would help reduce the City’s liability over the life of our “urban forest”. And the term “urban forest” is an appropriate term as the City of Brentwood currently has the maintenance responsibility over an inventory of 15,000+ trees, which is growing at nearly 10% per year.

Another goal is to provide a mechanism to manage our urban forest. Part of this strategy is to have all trees on public property, and within City easements, inventoried as to location, species, size, and health. This tree inventory will assist us in developing a comprehensive urban management and reforestation program to ensure their vitality for generations to come.

Attached for your approval is the City’s “Urban Forest Guidelines.” This document includes the incorporation of comments generated from the Park and Recreation Commission and Planning Commission as well as comments from the City’s Design Review Committee and Public Works Department.

This is a “living” document in that the tree selection will continue to change depending on the availability of existing, and newly introduced, tree species. The final document will incorporate photographs of all tree types identified. Due to the fact that it is currently winter and most trees do not have leaves on them, photographs of representative trees here in Brentwood and hardscape damage will not be available until spring.

The customer using this tree planting criteria will be developers, architects, City of Brentwood Planning Commission/Park and Recreation Commission/staff, and City of Brentwood residents. It will also have a link on the City of Brentwood web page for use through the Internet.

Staff welcomes any new suggestions to make this unique article of information easier to understand and will be presenting a Power Point presentation of this report at your meeting.

FISCAL IMPACT
No direct costs.


Attachments: Resolution 
Urban Tree Guidelines

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD FOR THE CREATION OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD URBAN FOREST GUIDELINES AND ESTABLISHMENT OF MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR TREE PLANTING OF PUBLIC AS WELL AS PRIVATELY-OWNED IMPROVEMENTS WITHIN THE CITY, AND AUTHORIZING THE PARKS AND REREATION DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR TO MAKE APPROPRIATE REVISIONS TO THE URBAN FOREST GUIDELINES AS NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN FUTURE QUALITY CONSTRUCTION.

WHEREAS, the current City of Brentwood Urban Forest Guidelines have been developed as needed, and should now be brought in line with current technology, materials and industry standards; and

WHEREAS, tree installation of sub-standard planting techniques on public and privately owned lands within the City can result in future high maintenance burden on residents within these areas.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of Brentwood, that the City’s Urban Forest Guidelines be reviewed; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City’s Parks and Recreation Director is authorized to make future appropriate revisions to the urban Forest Guidelines and minimum standards as necessary.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting on the 12th day of March 2002 by the following vote:

AYES: 
NOES: 
ABSENT: 


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Michael A. McPoland, Sr.
Mayor


ATTEST:

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Karen Diaz, CMC
City Clerk