Tree Ordinance on Council Agenda

New rules would clarify, strengthen protections

PHOTO: Timothy Straw | |

The City Council on Wednesday, Jan. 16 will consider updating the City’s tree ordinance.
The updated ordinance is aimed at clarifying the process for tree removals on residential properties and in new commercial development, ensuring trees are protected during development, and increasing tree replacement requirements for development projects.
The updated ordinance should help clarify the regulations that protect South Pasadena’s tree canopy, officials said, estimated at more than 21,000 trees.

The existing tree ordinance, adopted in 1991 and last updated in 2012, was in need of an additional amendment to reduce confusion and remove some potentially conflicting directives.

In other actions, the Council is expected to accept a $332,000 grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the “626 Golden Streets Mission-to-Mission Ciclovia” open street event scheduled for May 19 in South Pasadena, Alhambra and San Gabriel. South Pasadena is the lead city in planning and organizing the event.

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The City Council meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the Council Chambers, 1424 Mission St., South Pasadena. Please visit the City’s web site to view the full agenda and staff reports.