***PROTECTED TREES UPDATE***

On August 2, 2016, The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2338 to add additional protected trees and unprotected trees to the City’s tree preservation regulations. In September, the City began protecting mature trees that are located within a required front, side, street-side, or rear yard setback area that are either larger than 12 inches in diameter or larger than 10 inches in diameter if there are multiple trunks.

Below is a list of the unprotected trees:

1. Fruit trees
2. Fraxinus uhdei (Shamel Ash)
3. Ficuses – Exception: Ficus macrophylla (Moreton Bay Fig)
4. Eucalyptus
5. Ailanthus altissima (Tree of Heaven)
6. Arecaceae (Palm Tree)
7. Schinus terebinthifolius (Brazilian Pepper)
8. Ceratonia siliqua (Carob)
9. Betula pendula (European White Birch)
10. Grevillea robusta (Silk Oak)
11. Morus (Mulberry)
12. Acer saccharinum (Silver Maple)
13. Cupressus sempervirens (Italian cypress)
14. Populus Fremontii (Western Cottonwood)
15. Alnus rhombifolia (White Alder)
16. Populus trichocarpa (Black Cottonwood)
17. Populus ‘Highland’ hybrid
18. Salix lasiolepis (Arroyo Willow)
19. Liquidambars (Sweet Gum)

Any questions, please contact the Planning Services Division at (626) 574-5423.

 On March 3, 2015, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2323 amending the code to add Sycamore trees to the list of City's Tree Preservation Regulations.  The protected trees are Oak and Sycamore trees. 

The regulations (Chapter 7 of the Arcadia Municipal Code) provide that the following trees shall not be removed, relocated, damaged, or have their protected zones encroached upon unless an Oak Tree Permit is granted.

1. Quercus Engelmannii (Engelmann oak), or quercus agrifolia (coast live oak, California live oak) with a trunk diameter larger than four (4) inches measured at a point four and one-half (4½) feet above the root crown, or two (2) or more trunks measuring three (3) inches each or greater in diameter, measured at a point four and one-half (4½) feet above the root crown.

2. Any other living oak tree with a trunk diameter larger than twelve (12) inches measured at a point four and one-half (4½) feet above the root crown, or two (2) or more trunks measuring ten (10) inches each or greater in diameter, measured at a point four and one-half (41/2) feet above the root crown.

3. Plantanus racemosa (Sycamore) with a trunk diameter larger than six (6) inches measured at a point four and one-half (4½) feet above the root crown, or two (2) or more trunks measuring four (4) inches each or greater in diameter, measured at a point four and one-half (4½) feet above the root crown.

EXCEPTIONS: The following situations are exempt from the Oak Tree Permit requirements:

  • Tree removal has been specifically approved as part of a development permit, i.e., tentative parcel map, conditional use permit, modification, etc. This is called a “Combined Permit.”
  • Removal or relocation of oak trees is necessary to obtain adequate line-of-sight distances, as required by the Director of Public Works
  • Actions taken for the protection of existing electrical power or communication lines or other property of a public utility

There are several residential neighborhoods in the City which are located in Homeowners Association. The Homeowners Associations have authority over the removal of oaks and certain other trees.

View Map to view a map detailing the area of each Homeowner Association, or feel free to contact the Planning Division at (626) 574-5423 to determine if you are located in one of these neighborhoods.  If you live in one of these areas, you should check with your association before removing any tree.

OAK TREE PERMITS FOR REMOVAL OR ENCROACHMENT

Oak Tree Permit for Removal of Diseased and/or Hazardous Oak Trees

  • This application is filed with Planning Services and must include an evaluation from a certified arborist as to the condition of the tree(s) that is to be removed.(Certified Arborists).  The Community Development Administrator has ten (10) working days to approve or deny the application.
  • There is no fee for this application.
  • If the permit if not utilized within one (1) year from the date of approval or conditional approval, the application shall become null and void.
  • If the application is denied, the decision may be appealed to the Modification Committee. The fee for an appeal shall be the same as for a Modification Application.

Below are the requirements for removal of a Healthy Protected Tree:

1. An application for a tree permit for the removal of a healthy protected tree shall be made to the Community Development Division. The content, form, instructions, procedures, and requirements of the application package deemed necessary and appropriate for the proper enforcement of this Chapter shall be established by the Community Development Division. The application shall include, but not be limited to the following:

(a) An explanation as to why the tree's removal is necessary;

(b) An explanation as to why tree removal is more desirable than alternative project designs;

(c) An explanation of any mitigation measures.

(d) A fee in the same amount as required for a modification application.

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