Replacement trees for Union Ave. approved by Snohomish Design Review Board October 13, 2017
Photos of new trees and one of the five older trees that were cut down. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(SNOHOMISH, WA.) -- The city's Design Review Board (DRB) has approved a proposal to replace the five trees that were removed without city approval in front of a business at 101 Union Avenue.
"The applicant proposed to replace all five of the trees that had been removed with katsura trees (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)," said a city statement released this week. "Katsuras are fairly common in the Historic District, are appropriate for urban environments and are known for lovely fall color."
See photos above right.
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.
Thursday morning Oct. 12 the Planning Director issued its Design Review Determination, concurring with the DRB’s recommended approval. The approval includes these conditions:
ˇ The new trees must be at least 3 inches in diameter (rather than the 2.5 inches allowed under the code); ˇ A root barrier must be installed for each tree to prevent future root damage to sidewalks; and ˇ The trees must be planted within 45-days (by Nov. 27).
The city says 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.
Questions about the project may be directed to Glen Pickus, Planning Director, at 360-282-3179 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.