Oak tree wins commission debate

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From the La Cañada Valley Sun

An oak tree once again took center stage at La Cañada City Hall Tuesday as the planning commission debated whether to approve the construction of a two-story house that could threaten a large Quercus agrifolia.

This time the tree won, minus a few branches.

The original proposal planned for a 3,040-square-foot house to be built on a 8,450-square-foo lot located at 307 San Juan Way.

A wide drainage channel runs along the property line, in which the 35-foot oak tree is rooted.

The proposal as presented would have required removing many of the tree’s branches. An arborist’s report commissioned by the city, however, found that pruning to the extent proposed could kill the tree.

The oak tree is one of five species of trees protected by the La Cañada Flintridge tree ordinance.

Full story here.

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Written by Megan O'Neil

October 29, 2009 at 1:34 pm

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