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Councilmember steps in to save Heritage Trees

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The Friday, January 21st hearing at which development firm Petrovich Development planned to request a permit from the City of Sacramento to remove Heritage Trees from his Curtis Park Village site has been cancelled until a future date. The postponement is the  result of a meeting arranged between Sacramento Councilmember Jay Schenirer and members of the Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association (SCNA) on the evening of January 19th.

Representatives of SCNA’s Neighborhood Concerns Committee who attended the meeting are encouraged about what transpired, and feel that what was agreed upon and what is still being discussed amounts to good news for trees at the future site of the development project on the Union Pacific Railyard. Councilmember Schenirer’s meeting between representatives of SCNA’s Neighborhood Concerns Committee and Petrovich Development occurred less than two days before a contentious hearing on a permit for the developer to remove 57 Heritage Trees from the site for the purpose of completing the removal of toxic soil.

Under Schenirer’s leadership, the developer and community representatives agreed to the following four points, all of which
will be developed into enforceable measures.

First, where the presence of toxic contamination does not require it, Heritage Trees and non-heritage trees will not be cut, although some of those trees will have to be cut later for roads and other development. This will save as many trees as possible, but allows for complete remediation of the site.

Second, the Grand Legacy Valley Oak, which is outside the area known to be toxic, will not be removed unless contamination is found.

Third, SCNA will participate with Sacramento City staff and others in developing appropriate mitigation for the loss of those Heritage Trees that must be removed.

Fourth, the City’s hearing on the developer’s application for a permit to remove Heritage Trees is postponed until February 4, 2011. This is a tentative postponement, and provides time for all parties to reach agreement on the specific details of the above points.

Assuming agreement by all, SCNA will not oppose the tree removal permit.

SCNA is appreciative of the new Councilmember’s leadership in this matter that is so close to the heart of many Curtis Park residents.
The neighborhood association is cautiously optimistic that a resolution is forthcoming. SCNA thanks all those who offered phone calls and emails in support of the preservation of the trees, and thanks Councilmember Schenirer and Petrovich Development for their roles in this effort.

 

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