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File #: 19-1638   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Planning Commission
On agenda: 1/23/2019
Posting Language: Request by Mr. Jon Robinson, RLA, for approval of a tree preservation variance request from Unified Development Code 35-523 (h), “significant trees shall be preserved at eighty (80) percent and heritage trees at one hundred (100) percent preservation within both the 100-year floodplains and environmentally sensitive areas”, general located on Galm Road and Swayback Ranch. Staff recommends Approval. (Herminio Griego, (210) 207-6042, Herminio.griego@sanantonio.gov, Development Services Department)
Attachments: 1. Davis Ranch Tree Plan, 2. TPV 19-010
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DEPARTMENT: Development Services

SUBJECT: TPV 19-010 Tree Preservation Variance for Davis Ranch Units 3A, 3B, 4A and 4B

SUMMARY:
Request by Mr. Jon Robinson, RLA, for approval of a tree preservation variance request from Unified Development Code 35-523 (h), "significant trees shall be preserved at eighty (80) percent and heritage trees at one hundred (100) percent preservation within both the 100-year floodplains and environmentally sensitive areas", general located on Galm Road and Swayback Ranch. Staff recommends approval. (Herminio Griego, (210) 207-6042, Herminio.griego@sanantonio.gov, Development Services Department)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
Project A/P# 2422847
Council District: 6
Consultant: Jon Robinson, RLA with Horizon Design Landscape Architecture
Staff Coordinator: Herminio Griego, Assistant City Arborist, (210) 207-6042

ANALYSIS:
The Development Services Department (DSD) has reviewed the information presented in Mr. Jon Robinson's letter dated January 11, 2019 letter received on January 16, 2019.
The Unified Development Code (UDC) - Article V, Section 35-523 (h), 100-Year Floodplain(s) and Environmentally Sensitive Areas states that, "Significant trees shall be preserved at eighty (80) percent significant tree and one hundred (100%) percent heritage tree preservation within both the 100-year floodplains and environmentally sensitive areas. Mitigation shall be prohibited in floodplains and environmentally sensitive area except when a variance is granted by the Planning Commission."
The applicant is requesting a Variance Request to mitigate for removal of surveyed trees within the 30' Riparian Buffer in excess of the 80% and 100% minimum preservation of protected significant and heritage trees respectively in place under the 2015 Tree Preservation Ordinance for development of the Davis Ranch Units 3A, 3B, 4A, and 4B project. DSD staff does agree with the applicant's request to mitigate via planting for tree survey inches determined to be below 8...

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