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(A) The city finds that urban forestlands constitute an important physical, aesthetic, recreational and economic asset to the city, and for these reasons the city seeks to preserve and enhance this asset.
(B) The city finds that the regulation of tree removal and destruction (using canopy retention standards) will aid in the beautification of the city, encourage sound development, raise property values, and promote the health, safety, prosperity and general welfare of the residents and property owners consistent with the right of an individual to develop private property in a manner which will not be prejudicial to the public interest.
(C) The city council also finds that the management of the trees within the city is in accordance with the goals and policies of the general plan. (Ord. 1509, 5-24-1994)