Sammamish Unified Development Code

Trees | Environment & Sustainability

21.03.060 Trees A. Purpose

a consumer education and outreach effort, making use of existing outreach materials produced by other entities to the extent possible. If the State Department of Agriculture produces consumer information on application restrictions of fertilizer containing the plant nutrient phosphorus or on the impacts of phosphorus on the waters of the region, and on recommended best practices for turf fertilizer and other residential landscaping uses, the department of public works shall cooperate in the distribution of the information, including making recommendations for appropriate locations or parties to receive such information, as well as accommodating electronic links on its agency website for any electronic information produced.

1. The purpose of this chapter is to:

a. Avoid the removal of significant trees, including heritage trees and landmark trees, in order to maintain the quality of Sammamish’s urban environment; b. Protect significant trees, heritage trees and landmark trees to the maximum extent possible in the design of new development proposals including, but not limited to, buildings, roadways, and utilities; c. Mitigate the environmental and aesthetic consequences of tree removal through on-site and off-site tree replacement to achieve a goal of no net loss of canopy throughout Sammamish; d. Provide measures to protect trees that may be impacted during construction; e. Maintain and protect the public health, safety, and general welfare; and f. Preserve the aesthetic, ecological, and economic benefits of forests and tree-covered areas in Sammamish, which include:

i. Providing varied and rich habitats for wildlife;

ii. Absorbing greenhouse gas emissions;

iii. Moderating the effects of winds and temperatures;

iv. Stabilizing and enriching the soil;

Effective | January 1, 2022 Revisions | June 29, 2022

Title 21: Sammamish Development Code | 167

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