12.45.010 Purpose and objectives.

A.    The purpose of this chapter is to:

1.    Set forth a procedure for the resolution of disputes between private property owners relating to the resolution of sunlight or views lost due to tree growth.

2.    This view chapter does not impair obligations imposed by an existing easement, or a valid pre-existing enforceable covenant or agreement.

3.    Nothing in this chapter is meant to replace the peaceful, sensible and just resolution of differences between neighbors acting in good faith. The provisions contained in this chapter are meant to encourage that such resolution occurs prior to engaging in the legal remedies provided by it.

B.    The objectives of this chapter are:

1.    To preserve and promote the aesthetic and practical benefits which trees provide for individuals and the entire community;

2.    To discourage ill-considered harm to or destruction of trees;

3.    To encourage the use of solar energy for heat and light;

4.    To encourage food production in private gardens;

5.    To restore access to light and views from the surrounding locale;

6.    To encourage the maintenance of positive relationships within a neighborhood when there is conflict between objectives 1-2 and 3-5 above.

7.    It is not an objective of this chapter to facilitate or encumber the transmission of radio and television signals. (Ord. 6286-NS § 1 (part), 1995: Ord. 6173-NS § 1 (part), 1993: Ord. 5817-NS § 1 (part), 1987)