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Posted on: October 12, 2017

Replacement trees approved by Design Review Board

Bakery Tree Stump

The Design Review Board (DRB) has approved a proposal to replace the five trees that were removed without city approval in front of the business at 101 Union Avenue.  The applicant proposed to replace all five of the trees that had been removed with katsura trees (Cercidiphyllum japonicum).  Katsuras are fairly common in the Historic District, are appropriate for urban environments, and are known for lovely fall color (see images below). Included in the proposal was planting shrubs – heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica) – at the base of each new tree.  Heavenly bamboo has been planted extensively in landscape islands throughout the Historic District.

After some discussion about the various options for tree species, the Board approved the proposal 5-0. 

This morning the Planning Director issued its Design Review Determination, concurring with the DRB’s recommended approval.  The approval includes these conditions:

  • The new trees must be at least 3 inches in diameter (rather than the 2.5 inches allowed under the code);
  • A root barrier must be installed for each tree to prevent future root damage to sidewalks; and
  • The trees must be planted within 45-days (by Nov. 27).

All of the work will be the responsibility of the property owner, including paying for it.

The applicant’s proposal also included repairing and replacing damaged sidewalk panels in front of the business early this spring.  The DRB approved the work with the condition that the sidewalk panels be tinted dark to match adjacent sidewalks.

If you have any questions, please contact Glen Pickus, Planning Director, at 360-282-3179 or at 

Katsura Tree, within planer stripKatsura Tree in fall

Katsura Tree, within planter strip                                 Katsura Tree in fall

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