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Tree Rules in Bellevue and Reminder Tree Policy Meeting Tonight Thu Dec 6 6PM Highland Comm. Ctr.

12/5/2018
The Rover

Tree Rules in Bellevue

Why trees matter?
Are there rules for cutting trees?

When is your tree not your tree? 
What trees matter?
Why does Bridle Trails have special rules?
What should I do if I see trees being chopped down?
Who can I work with to get this to be easier?
Why all this fuss? Trees are dangerous and block the sun.


FAQ

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  • When is your tree not your tree? 
    'The location of city right of way is not determined by the width of the paved street. '  Also check for any easements. learn more>

  • What trees matter?
    All trees but you need a permit for trees, eight inches in diameter or greater, measured four feet above existing grade.  Learn more>

    Why does Bridle Trails have different rules?
    Bridle Trails residents worked with the city over decades to preserve the trees that make the neighborhood what it is, finally securing a tree ordinance in 2006. (see the current code for the current rules). Trees are loved here, along with our great neighbors, schools, and other nature. Other neighborhoods envy the vision that our neighborhood had to preserve our rural and equestrian nature.
  • What should I do if I see trees being chopped down?
    Ask your neighbor to show you their permit. Be curious, not critical
    Need backup? Ask a third neighbor for help.
    No permit?
    Weekdays during business hours: Call the city and ask for Code Compliance (425-452-6800)
    Other times or in a critical area (wetlands, steep slopes, shoreline, etc) call 911 and say 'Not an emergency'

  • Who can I work with to get this to be easier?
    > Need to cut a tree ? Talk to Land Use at City Hall Development Services.
    > Stay active in Bridle Trails Community Club and your HOA
    > Attend a meeting tonight at Highland Community Center, 6PM Thu Dec 6
    > or email Pamela Johnston to join the effort to preserve the tree canopy
       in a neighborhood friendly way @ pamjjo@msn.com

    Why all this fuss? Trees are dangerous and block the sun.
    We need to hear from you too.
    > Attend a meeting tonight at Highland Community Center, 6PM Thu Dec 6
    > or email Pamela Johnston to join the effort to preserve the tree canopy
       in a neighborhood friendly way @ pamjjo@msn.com


According to the city's Neighborhood Mediation program, 25 percent of neighborhood mediation cases in Bellevue involve trees

Know the rules concerning trees and be a good neighbor!

Overview

A permit is required by the City of Bellevue if you will be clearing over 1000 square feet, grading over 50 cubic yards, or removing more than 5 significant trees within any three-year period.

Tree removal can occur in several different ways such as cutting the tree off at the main stem, killing the tree using herbicides, girdling the tree, cutting off a significant portion of the roots, or excessive pruning.

Trees help the city by retaining storm water and naturally purifying the air and water. Removing tree branches reduces the tree canopy and may expose the underlying soil to erosion. Excessive pruning of trees can adversely affect the health of the trees.

Bridle Trails Ordinance

This ordinance applies to lots zoned R-1 in the Bridle Trails subarea. Key elements of the ordinance require a permit for removal of any significant trees (eight inches diameter at four feet above grade).

For significant tree removal activity, a three-year vegetation management plan can be submitted to the city for review, which may include some tree replacement requirements.

Trees within 20 feet of property lines in most of the neighborhood must be retained, and can only be removed if they are deemed hazardous.

Other rules may apply. If you have any questions, contact the Bellevue Land Use Division, landusereview@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-4188.

Trees on City Property

It is illegal to tamper with trees on City of Bellevue property. The public is not authorized to remove (or reduce) any vegetation-including trees-from any public property.

If someone removes, tops or otherwise prunes a tree on city property without permission, the individual may face civil penalties including fines up to three times the assessed value of the trees involved. Depending on the circumstances, criminal charges may also be brought.

Resources

If you are unsure whether the tree is yours or belongs to the city, refer to your property title report or email rightofwayuse@bellevuewa.gov or parksweb@bellevuewa.gov to help determine whether a tree is on public or private property.

For more information about trees, visit the city's Development Services department online,

Article from: https://bellevuewa.gov/discover-bellevue/about-us/hot-topics-initiatives/trees-and-our-city/tree-rules-in-bellevue 



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