Tree Preservation Ordinance Public Hearing

The City of Folsom’s tree preservation ordinance provides a framework to preserve and protect Folsom’s trees. An update is planned to address specific gaps and ambiguities and incorporate current best management practices so that the regulations are clear, easy to follow, and help preserve and maintain healthy trees in Folsom.
 
The Folsom City Council will consider the proposed tree preservation ordinance updates and increased in-lieu fees for the removal of protected trees. A public hearing will be held at the January 14 Folsom City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 50 Natoma Street. 
 
The proposed increase is from an existing average of $114 per diameter inch to $250 per diameter inch measured at standard height (4.5 feet high). An analysis of the costs of tree replacement, as well as an examination of the relationship of the fee to the impacts resulting from the removal of protected trees, is included in the Tree Mitigation In-Lieu Fee Nexus Study that can be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office or the Community Development Department, City of Folsom, 50 Natoma Street, Folsom or may be viewed online at www.folsom.ca.us/trees.

If approved, both the new ordinance and in-lieu fee would go into effect on April 1, 2020.