12.24.010   Purpose.
   A.   In order to promote the public health, safety and general welfare, to enhance the beauty of Visalia and to complement and strengthen zoning, subdivision and land use standards and regulations, while at the same time recognizing individual rights to develop private property, the city council finds it necessary to establish basic standards, measures and compliance requirements for the preservation and protection of native Valley oak trees and landmark trees.
   B.   The provisions of this chapter are enacted to:
   1.   Enhance natural scenic beauty;
   2.   Assist in the overall goal of preservation, maintenance and regeneration of a healthy urban forest and tree cover;
   3.   Promote the conservation of energy resources and regulation of temperature through the provision of shade, evaporative cooling and wind break provided by trees;
   4.   Improve the quality of air, water, and soil resources;
   5.   Sustain and enhance property values;
   6.   Promote the well-being of the community;
   7.   Provide for recreational settings, wildlife habitat, and ecological balance;
   8.   Provide for safety through responsible and safe standards for the trimming and/or removal of oak trees;
   9.   Promote Visalia's unique identity.  (Ord. 2007-02 § 2 (part), 2007; Ord. 9907 § 2 (part), 1999)