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Tree Replacement Plan Scheduled for Public Market at Bonetti Ranch

Post Date:11/02/2017 5:09 PM

Tree Replacement Plan Scheduled for Public Market at Bonetti Ranch

Implementation of an approved Tree Replacement Plan, starting with the removal of pine and cypress trees, is scheduled for Saturday November 4 at the Bonetti Ranch, located at the corner of Tank Farm Road and South Higuera.  Removal of the 19 trees is part of a larger plan for the project site, known as the Public Market at Bonetti Ranch.  The Public Market project will include a variety of uses including shops and restaurants, with adjacent onsite parking.  Two cypress trees along South Higuera Street and two tall palm trees located onsite will remain, and the approved landscape plan includes a variety of trees, shrubs, groundcover, and demonstration gardens and orchards throughout the site.  The approved Tree Replacement Plan requires the planting of 89 new trees onsite and along Tank Farm Road and South Higuera Street, including five Monterey cypress (24-inch box), five California sycamore (36 and 72-inch box), and 17 coast live oak (36-inch box) trees.

 

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Preliminary Landscape Plan approved by the Architectural Review Commission

The Public Market at Bonetti Ranch project was approved by the Architectural Review Commission (ARC) on July 11, 2016, and the approval included removal of pine and cypress trees located onsite and along South Higuera Street and tree replacement onsite.  Based on an arborist report prepared for the site and review by the City Arborist, the trees to be removed are in the declining stages of their lives, a majority of the trees are in poor health, and the trees exhibit stunted or lopsided growth due to their initial planting in close proximity and pruning over the public sidewalk and roadway.  The arborist report also notes that in many instances, were the trees to be retained, potential harm to persons and/or property would be possible due to the existing and observed growth patterns.

If you have any questions regarding the tree removals, or regarding the project in general, please contact Shawna Scott, Associate Planner at sscott@slocity.org (805) 781-7176.