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Record No: Res 31902    Version: Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Passed at Full Council
Current Controlling Legislative Body Finance and Neighborhoods Committee
On agenda: 9/16/2019
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION declaring the City Council's and the Mayor's intent to consider strategies to protect trees and increase Seattle's tree canopy cover.
Sponsors: Sally Bagshaw
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff Memo, 3. Proposed Amendment (added; 9/17/19)
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION __________________
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A RESOLUTION declaring the City Council's and the Mayor's intent to consider strategies to protect trees and increase Seattle's tree canopy cover.
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WHEREAS, a healthy urban forest growing on public and private land promotes a clean, healthy, resilient, and safe environment in the places where people live, learn, work, and play, and reinforces Seattle's identity and legacy as a forested, livable city; and
WHEREAS, The City of Seattle ("City") values the important services the urban forest provides to all in Seattle, such as increasing resiliency to climate change, managing stormwater runoff and erosion, enhancing public health, by cleaning our air and water, cooling riparian corridors, mitigating the heat island effect, and improving our shoreline and other wildlife habitat; and
WHEREAS, the City's 2007 Urban Forest Management Plan established a goal of increasing Seattle's tree canopy to 30 percent canopy cover by 2037; and
WHEREAS, the Equity and Environment Initiative is a call to action for the City to develop more inclusive environmental programs, including place-based and culturally appropriate strategies, to not only increase tree canopy cover but also more equitably distribute the benefits trees bring; and
WHEREAS, the City seeks to balance its goals of protecting, maintaining, and enhancing the urban forest as stated in the 2013 Seattle Urban Forest Stewardship Plan while supporting future growth and density as provided in the City's Comprehensive Plan; and
WHEREAS, the City Council adopted Ordinance 120410 in June 2001, establishing the City's regulations pertaining trees on private property, and Ordinance 122919 in February 2009, which provided additional interim protections for trees located on private property; and
WHEREAS, the 2016 Seattle Tree Canopy Assessment found Seattle to be at 28 percent tree canopy cover and that the single-family residential land use type contributes the most to Seatt...

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