8.30.010 – Purpose

The purpose of this Chapter is to maintain existing trees within the City to the greatest extent possible, while allowing for reasonable development of private property.  Trees are assets to the community in many ways, including contributing to its character and scenic beauty, clean air, reducing noise, preventing erosion of topsoil, reducing the rate of stormwater runoff, providing nesting areas for birds and habitat for other wildlife, conserving energy, and providing shade and windbreaks.  The health and general welfare of the community, as well as its tax base, are enhanced when trees are preserved.

(2014-M-27: § 1; 2001-M-73: § 1)