Chapter 2.84


2.84.010    Intent.

2.84.020    Tree board—Powers and duties.

2.84.030    Plans and development proposals on public property—Board review.

2.84.010 Intent.

It is the intent of the city council to provide for the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees in the public rights of way and on city owned property, including those trees that might affect said property. The city council finds that trees have substantial positive benefits, such as improving the environmental, economic, social, and aesthetic well-being of the community. (Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 1998).

2.84.020 Tree board—Powers and duties.

There is established an Omak tree board (“OTB”) consisting of a minimum of five members, appointed by the mayor, which may include any number of interested citizens, including representatives of the park committee, planning commission, business community, school district, electric utilities, and neighborhoods. The board may join and collaborate with an equal board of the city of Okanogan, Washington with members appointed by said city’s mayor which shall be referred to as the Omak/ Okanogan tree board, and which shall have the same responsibilities and be considered the same as the Omak tree board. The OTB shall have the following responsibilities:

(a)    To develop a written plan and make recommendations for the care, preservation, planting, removal, and disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, public property, and rights of way;

(b)    To develop information and procedures to encourage preservation and establishment of trees on public property;

(c)    To perform such other tasks as may from time to time be directed by the mayor and/or city council. (Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 1998).

2.84.030 Plans and development proposals on public property—Board review.

The OTB shall be given an opportunity to make comments and recommendations regarding plans and/or development proposals that affect trees or that may include the planting of trees on city property, including city rights-of-way and parks. The board shall provide recommendations and comments to the authority responsible for making the final decision(s) regarding the adoption and/or implementation of such plan(s) or proposal(s). (Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 1998).