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G-3 <br />PRESERVATION OF VIEWS <br />The purpose of this policy is to identify the importance of views lost to excessive plant <br />growth. The objectives of this policy are to: <br />A. Preserve and promote the aesthetic and environmental benefits provided by trees <br />and the preservation of views of the surrounding locale, recognizing views can be <br />enhanced and framed by properly maintained trees. <br />B. By example, City will endeavor to maintain all City -owned plants in a manner to <br />maximize public and private view planes. Exceptions can be trees that in <br />themselves enhance either the overall beauty of the area or are included in <br />Preservation of Special Trees list of Council Policy G-1 (Retention or Removal of <br />City Trees). Special requests for view trimming of City trees shall not be honored <br />to protect the tree trimming cycle/schedule unless deemed necessary by the <br />Municipal Operations Director or the resident complies with the provisions of the <br />Tree Trimming Standards/ Supplemental Trimming section of Council Policy <br />G -1.C. Tree trimming shall be in accordance with the standards of the International <br />Society of Arboriculture (ISA) or with standards applied to a particular area prior <br />to the adoption of the ISA standards in the City. These standards may include <br />practices to enhance public views as necessary. However, since these practices <br />often require "topping' or possible disfiguring of a tree(s) and are often <br />aesthetically displeasing and injurious to a tree, reforestation shall be considered <br />when tree trimming is impractical or infeasible as determined by the City Arborist. <br />D. City trees are not affected by nor subject to the terms and conditions under a <br />Homeowner's Association or a private neighborhood's CC&R's. <br />In an effort to preserve views in the 200 blocks of Carnation, Jasmine, Larkspur, Marigold, <br />and Orchid Avenues, the planting of parkway trees is prohibited. <br />Definitions to clarify this policy are: <br />A. Unreasonable Obstruction of View. A tree, shrub, hedge or other vegetation <br />should be maintained on public property in the City in such a manner as to not <br />unreasonably obstruct the view from other property. <br />B. Views. "View" means a range of sight including pleasing vistas or prospects or <br />scenes. Views include, but are not limited to, the sight of geologic features, bays, <br />oceans, skylines, bridges and parks. <br />1 <br />