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19.10.050 Tree removal – Not associated with a development proposal.
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A.  Tree removal that is not associated with a development proposal shall provide replacement trees (MICC 19.10.070), but is exempt from tree retention (MICC 19.10.060), if the proposal is located outside of wetlands, watercourses, landslide hazard areas and buffers associated with these critical areas.

B. Tree removal that is not associated with a development proposal located within wetlands, watercourses, landslide hazard areas and buffers associated with these critical area types shall be permitted subject to the following standards:

1. One or more of the following criteria apply to the tree(s) proposed for removal:

a. The tree is documented to be a hazard tree by a TRAQ-qualified arborist;

b. The tree is documented by a qualified arborist to be diseased, in decline, or not viable for retention; or

c. The removal of the tree will enhance ecosystem functions and values and/or promote slope stability.

2. A restoration plan prepared by a qualified professional is submitted that contains the following:

a. Analysis demonstrating how the ecological functions and values including but not limited to slope stabilization, hydrologic function, and habitat value are being preserved by the proposed plan.

b. Proposed removal of all noxious weeds, as defined in Chapter 19.16 MICC.

c. Removed trees shown as made into snags at a safe height, where feasible.

3. Implementation of approved restoration plans shall be completed by a qualified professional.

C. An application for tree removal that is not associated with a development proposal shall provide the application information described under MICC 19.10.090(A), General Information.

D. This section shall not be construed as an exemption to tree retention and replacement required as part of the mitigation requirements of Chapter 19.07 MICC. (Ord. 19C-05 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 17C-15 § 1 (Att. A)). (Ord. 19C-05 § 2 (Exh. B), 2019; Ord. 17C-15 § 1 (Att. A).)

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