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File #: 20-6756   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Planning Commission
On agenda: 11/18/2020
Posting Language: TPV 21-007: Request by Mr. James McKnight 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”, generally located at the Southwest corner of Babcock Road and Kyle-Seale Parkway. Staff recommends approval. (Herminio Griego, (210) 207-6242, herminio.griego@sanantonio.gov, Development Services Department)
Attachments: 1. Signed TPV#21-007_SA BIGHAUS_VARIANCE REQUEST_FLOODPLAIN BUFFER (002), 2. BigHaus Tree Variance2_Letter EX 1-4, 3. SABigHaus Tree Preservation Plan_11.12.2020, 4. BigHaus Tree Variance_EX 5-9
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DEPARTMENT: Development Services

SUBJECT: TPV 21-007 Tree Preservation Variance for SA BigHaus

SUMMARY:
Request by Mr. James McKnight 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", generally located at the Southwest corner of Babcock Road and Kyle-Seale Parkway. Staff recommends approval. (Herminio Griego, (210) 207-6242, herminio.griego@sanantonio.gov, Development Services Department)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
Project A/P# 2578125/Plat 20-11800047
Council District: In ETJ, outside Council District 8
Consultant: Mr. James McKnight
Staff Coordinator: Herminio Griego, Assistant City Arborist, (210) 207-6042

ANALYSIS:
The Development Services Department (DSD) has reviewed the information presented in Mr. James McKnight's letter dated November 12th, 2020.
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 both the 100-year floodplain 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 in excess of the 80% preservation requirements within the Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) and heritage tree removal within both the 100-year Floodplain and ESA in place under the 2010 Tree Preservation Ordinance for construction of the SA Big Haus Project. DSD staff does agree with the applicant's request to ...

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