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File #: 19-7853   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Planning Commission
On agenda: 10/23/2019
Posting Language: TPV 20-002 Ms. Christine Westerman for approval of a tree preservation variance request from the 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”, located along the CPS Energy Shepherd Substation Transmission Line alignment. Staff recommends approval. (Herminio Griego, (210) 207-6042, herminio.griego@sanantonio.gov, Development Services Department)
Attachments: 1. TPV 20-002
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DEPARTMENT: Development Services

SUBJECT: TPV 20-002 Tree Preservation Variance for CPS Energy Shepherd Substation Transmission Line

SUMMARY:
Ms. Christine Westerman for approval of a tree preservation variance request from the 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", located along the CPS Energy Shepherd Substation Transmission Line alignment. Staff recommends approval. (Herminio Griego, (210) 207-6042, herminio.griego@sanantonio.gov, Development Services Department)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
Project A/P# 2485351
Council District: Bexar County
Consultant: Ms. Christine Westerman
Staff Coordinator: Herminio Griego, Assistant City Arborist, (210) 207-6042

ANALYSIS:

The Development Services Department (DSD) reviewed the information presented in Mr. Juan Sandoval's revised letter submitted October 7, 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 preservation within both the 100-year floodplains and environmentally sensitive areas. Heritage trees shall be preserved at one-hundred (100) percent preservation within 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 tree stand within the Floodplain in excess of the 80% minimum tree stand preservation requirement and 100% minimum preservation requirement of heritage trees within the floodplain and Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) in place under the 2010 Tree Preservation Ordinance for development of the CPS Energy Shepherd Transmission L...

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