Trees, Sustainable Communities, Parent Listening Session and more!
We Want Your Input for the Urban Forest Master Plan
From the Office of Media & Communications, City of Sacramento The community is invited to provide input through September 30.
The City of Sacramento has launched an online survey for community members to share their thoughts and ideas about trees throughout the City including those in neighborhoods and in public areas. The information received will help shape the City’s Urban Forest Master Plan.
Residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback on trees in their neighborhood, trees throughout the City, the value of trees, how trees are currently being cared for, and opportunities to plant new trees. Community members can access the survey until Sunday, September 30. Questions about the online community questionnaire and the project can be directed to Project Manager, Lucinda Willcox at LWillcox@cityofsacramento.org.
Parent Listening Session on Child Care: Let’s Talk!
What does child care look like to you? Join Councilmember Eric Guerra to discuss your child care concerns and needs for our city. Help us find out how we can help make child care more available and accessible.
Wednesday, September 12th 2018
6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Coloma Community Center, Gold Run Room
4623 T St, Sacramento, CA 95819
Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities From the Sacramento Area Council of Governments Take the survey for a chance to win a $50 gift card
Our region is growing, and your input is needed. SACOG wants to know what you think about our economy, housing, the future of transportation, and how we should plan for tomorrow. Your input will be used to guide the region’s 20 year transportation plan.
Participate by September 10th for a chance to win one of 10 $50 Amazon gift cards (full rules and regulations are available here).
City policies and ordinance restrictions for planting trees in the park strip (between the sidewalk and the street) and free street trees
Francesca Reitano, ENA Tree Committee Coordinator
Kevin Hocker, the city’s urban forester (city arborist) answered one of my questions by email and I would like to share the information. Under the new tree ordinance (2016), trees in the park strip are considered to be city trees. Anyone who would like a tree planted in the park strip in front of their home may call 311 and request one. The city will be more than happy to accommodate these requests during its planting season, which runs from October to April. The city can work with you regarding species and placement if you have specific preferences or questions. In order to plant one yourself, you will need a permit. The city arborist has the discretion to waive the fee for the permit, so he hopes that the fee won’t discourage anyone from requesting a permit (remember to ask that the fee be waived).
Trees planted without a permit will be inspected by a city arborist who has the discretion to either accept the tree into the city’s tree inventory or to remove the tree from the park strip. Technically, planting a tree without a permit is a violation of the city code and could result in a fine of approximately $250, but the city’s intent is to work with its residents -- not to penalize them for trying to help. There would have to be an extraordinary situation to warrant a penalty. Ultimately, the city is trying to ensure that the right tree goes in the right place and that the city has an accurate record of it so it can provide the proper maintenance for the tree in the future.
If you believe that a tree planted by the city on the park strip in front of your home may not be the best species for its location, and/or if you believe a tree should be removed and replaced you may call 311, or email email@example.com and make the request. Please be sure to give an accurate description of the location and your concerns. A city arborist will inspect the trees and take the appropriate actions.
Elmhurst Neighborhood Association Board meets September 10th!
Monday, September 10th @ 6:30pm
Coloma Community Center (4623 T St.)Gold Run Room. Elmhurst residents are welcome!
Please consider joining our Board! The ENA board meets the 2nd Monday of the month.