City Council Notices

Posted on: October 25, 2016

STREET TREE TEXT AMENDMENT

Newsflash: A Street Tree Text Amendment is proposed to outline alternative ways of providing street trees as part of site developments.

More: The proposed Street Tree Text Amendment would allow applicants to meet the site plan street tree requirements through a number of alternatives where planting street trees along the frontage of the development site is not feasible. It also streamlines the street tree review process and allows alternatives that are more responsive to the development and local circumstances. Alternatives include planting trees on public land in the neighborhood; provision of measures to enhance street tree survival; preservation/planting of trees on the site near the ROW; green features; and a contribution to the Tree Fund.

The amendment also seeks to discourage the removal of heritage and mature street trees to help maintain the existing tree canopy, and allows for an increase in the street tree fund contribution to ensure adequate funding for street tree maintenance.

The text amendment will be subject of a City Council second reading on November 7th, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. and public comments will be taken at the meeting. Written public comments may be sent to the Planning Division (attn Jean Fraser at jf@portlandmaine.gov )

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