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Private Tree Removal Permit Process Improvements
The City of San José is reviewing private tree removal permit requirements to identify streamlining opportunities. Currently, ordinance-sized trees (56 inches or more in circumference) and City Council designated heritage trees typically require a staff-level Planning Director hearing before any tree removal permit is granted. The City held two community meetings in August. Public comments from the two meetings are noted below. The City is accepting comments and suggestions regarding potential changes in the current tree removal ordinance and permit process. Any proposed ordinance changes would be reviewed by the City’s Planning Commission and the City Council at noticed public hearings later this year.

Goals
  • Reduce both processing time and applicant expense 
  • Align tree removal permitting with arboricultural industry standards
  • Be more consistent with other Bay Area public agency best practices
  • Retain and enhance the City urban forest

Community Meetings

Both meetings covered the same information.

 Date  Time   Location  Meeting Notes
 Tuesday, August 1, 2017  6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  San José City Hall
 Wing Room 120
 200 East Santa Clara Street, San José
 Meeting Comments
 Thursday, August 10, 2017  6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Almaden Hills United Methodist Church
 1200 Blossom Hill Road, San José
 Meeting Comments

Related Materials
The following are memos and earlier presentations regarding the Private Tree Removal Permit Process Improvements.

June 1, 2017

June 14, 2017
  • Status Report - Private Tree Removal Streamlining Policy/Ordinance Study Work Plan - Presented to Neighborhoods Commission.

June 26, 2017
  • Status Report - Private Tree Removal Streamlining Policy/Ordinance Study Work Plan - Presented to Community and Economic Development Committee.

August 1 and 10, 2017

For more information
Direct questions to:
Art Henriques
408-535-6862