Have you noticed anything missing along Trillium Boulevard just east of 13th Place SE? A grove of large trees maybe?
According to Interim City Manager, Tom Gathmann, the trees were cut down to keep the nearby water retention pond from flooding the neighborhood as has happened in the past. It seems falling leaves clogged things up.
The homeowners’ association went through the proper channels by requesting a tree-cutting permit from the City. The permit was granted because none of the trees were listed in the development’s tree preservation plan. According to Gathmann, the homeowners’ association plans to replace the deciduous trees with evergreen trees, which should cause fewer drainage problems.
The City of Mill Creek values its trees and the aesthetically pleasing landscape they provide. The City’s Comprehensive Plan promotes the preservation of mature trees and the Development Code has restrictions on removing trees. All trees that are six inches or larger in diameter measured at the height of four and a half feet require a tree removal permit prior to removal.
According to the City’s website, “In considering a tree removal request, the City reviews property records to determine if a tree was required to be preserved when the development was originally approved and often must assess the condition of the tree. Sometimes the City will require the property owner to provide an arborist report to determine the health of the tree. In addition, all trees in critical area buffers, roadway buffers, or property buffers require a permit regardless of size."
"The City permit must be issued prior to removal. There is no charge for a Tree Removal Permit. An application for tree removal can be obtained at City Hall or can be downloaded and printed from this link tree permit.”
“Failure to obtain a permit before removing the tree may result in a fine of $1,000 per tree and replacement trees will be required at a ratio of 3 new trees for each tree illegally removed. Most Homeowners Associations also require that you obtain their approval prior to removal of any trees.”