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(A) No person shall remove or cause to be removed or intentionally destroy or injure any native tree in excess of six inches in diameter, measured four and a half feet above ground level, from an undeveloped or developed parcel of land without first obtaining a permit from the Community Development Department, except when necessary for construction of streets, driveways, utility lines and structures approved in a building permit.
(B) Prior to any permit being issued for the removal of a native tree, the applicant shall provide a detailed explanation of why the tree needs to be removed. The Zoning Administrator may also require submission of photos; a diagram plotting the tree or trees to be removed and those to remain; and details of the applicant's methods to control soil erosion, maintain drainage and abate dust problems.
(C) The applicant shall have the burden of providing sufficient information and details to enable the Zoning Administrator to review the tree removal permit application. If the Zoning Administrator is satisfied that the applicant's proposal furthers the public welfare, or is not detrimental to the subject parcel or adjoining parcels, then the permit shall be issued within two working days for single-family residential parcels and five working days for commercial parcels.
(Res. 2714, passed 6-6-13; Ord. 831, passed 6-6-13)