Trees have multiple positive benefits related to providing wildlife habitat, sequestering carbon to help mitigate climate change, reducing the heat-island effect, and increasing property values through beautification. Petaluma’s existing tree ordinance has not been updated to realize the increased benefit of enhanced tree protection. The updated tree preservation ordinance would update internal processes and permitting related to tree removal, update provisions for tree maintenance, planting in the public right of way, and update standard provisions for all entitlements and land use permitting. This legislation and policy update is expected to be considered by Council in Spring 2023.
The first milestone, Review Existing Regulations, Review of Draft Tree Technical Manual and ReLeaf, and Identify Case Studies, Best Practices, is anticipated to be completed by Quarter 1 of FY 2023.
*Please note the City of Petaluma's fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.
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|Progress Status||Q1 July-Sept 2022||Q2 Oct-Dec 2022||Q3 Jan-Mar 2023||Q4 Apr-Jun 2023||Q1 Jul-Sept 2023||Q2 Oct-Dec 2023||Q3 Jan-Mar 2024||Q4 Apr-Jun 2024||FY25 & Beyond|
|Review existing regs, review of draft tree technical manual and Releaf and identify case studies, best practices||FY23 Q1||Complete|
|Update local ordinances to provide greater protection for pvt & street trees||FY23 Q2||In progress|
|Community engagement/public comment/CCB review||FY23 Q3||Upcoming|
|Council adoption||FY23 Q4||Upcoming|
|Update internal processes and permitting to align with objectives and adopted ordinance||FY23 Q4||Upcoming|
|Update provisions for tree maintenance, preservation, and planting in public parks and within the public right-of-way (street trees)||FY23 Q4||Upcoming|