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Oak tree policies- BOS vote 9/29/15

posted Sep 30, 2015, 8:20 AM by Green Valley Alliance
For those following the Biological Resources Update, yesterday the Board of Supervisors met to make minor policy changes and review alternatives for the Bio Policy EIR. The GVA has advocated for minimum tree retention standards because the Green Valley corridor could suffer under policies that allow 100% removal of oak trees. (The Dixon Ranch project currently proposes about 44% removal).

In June, Supervisors planned to include tree retention standards in the analysis of the new policies, but in yesterday's hearing, they voted to remove that option. County staff's premise is that retention is to occur via incentives, but two Supervisors worked to reduce the cost of mitigation planting and monitoring, which is not in keeping with an incentive to retain. If you are reading this, you might ask them which side they are on: quality of life for County residents, or the side to keep things cheap and easy for developers of high-density projects. 

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is now underway, and it will be a number of months before it is released for public comment.