01.26 Agenda

City and County of San Francisco

DEpartment of the ENvironment

URBAN FORESTRY COUNCIL

 

Regular Meeting Notice and Agenda

Friday, January 26, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.

 

City Hall, Room 400   

One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102 

Council Members:  Terry Milne (Chair); Kelly Quirke (Vice Chair); Carolyn Blair, Milton Marks; Mike Boss, Lena Miller; Jocelyn Cohen, Dr. Larry Costello, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Steve Griswold, David Habert, SF Redevelopment Agency, AnMarie Rodgers, SF Planning Department, Susan Nervo, SF Recreation & Park Department, Paul Sacamano, SF Department of Public Works, Mark Sustarich; SF Public Utilities Commission  

Grace Ma, Urban Forest Specialist                              Monica Fish, Council Secretary

 


Public comment will be taken before the Council takes action on any item.

 

Order of Business

 

AGENDA

 

1. CALL TO ORDER and ROLL CALL

 

2. ACTION: Adoption of minutes of the December 8, 2006 Urban Forestry Council Regular Meeting. (Explanatory Document: Draft Minutes of the December 8, 2006 Regular Meeting.)

 

3. PRESENTATION:  Overview of the City’s Proposed Ten-Year Capital Plan.

SPONSOR:  Member Milton Marks

PRESENTER:  Mr. Ben Rosenfield, Assistant City Administrator, City Administrator’s Office

 

4. INFORMATIONAL REPORT: Redevelopment Agency Staff will present an informational report on the Transbay Streetscape and Open Space Plan (Explanatory Document: Transbay Streetscape and Open Space Plan)

SPONSOR:  Member David Habert

PRESENTER:  Mr. Michael Grisso, Senior Project Manager, Redevelopment Agency

 

5. DISCUSSION and ACTION: The Urban Forestry Council will hear the Landmark Tree Committee recommendation for a tree nominated for landmark tree status at the following address:

 

Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) at 22-26 Rosemont Place

 

At the conclusion of the discussion, the Council will vote on whether to approve, reject, or not take action on the nomination and shall adopt written findings to support its decision (if required) to forward to the Board of Supervisors.  (Explanatory Documents: Landmark Tree Nomination Form, pictures, parcel map, evaluation forms and written summary)

6.      DISCUSSION and ACTION:  Proposed amendments to the Landmark Tree Ordinance 17-06 (Amendment to Public Works Code - Section 801, landmark trees, significant trees, and penalties for violations Ordinance).  The Urban Forestry Council will vote on proposing amendments to the Ordinance. (Explanatory Document:  Draft Resolution)

SPONSOR:  Chair Terry Milne

SPEAKERS:  Chair Terry Milne and Deputy City Attorney Alicia Cabrera

 

 

 

7. DISCUSSION and POSSIBLE ACTION:  Tree Protection Plan.  The Urban Forestry Council will discuss and possibly vote on an informational letter to the Planning Commission urging them to require a property owner/applicant to submit a Tree Protection Plan with a building application (Explanatory Document:  Draft Informational Letter to Planning Commission)

SPONSOR/SPEAKER:  Member AnMarie Rodgers

 

8. INFORMATIONAL REPORT: Review of Landmark Building Incentives and How it May Apply to Landmark Tree Incentives (Continued from the December 8, 2006 Meeting). (Explanatory Documents:  Preservation Incentives)

SPONSOR and PRESENTER: Member AnMarie Rodgers

 

9. INFORMATIONAL REPORT:  Landmark Tree Incentives Report. The Office of the Legislative Analyst produced a report on incentives to encourage nomination and designation of landmark trees.  (Continued from the December 8, 2006 Meeting.)  (Explanatory Document:  Legislative Analyst Report).

SPONSOR: Member Bonnie Ora Sherk

PRESENTER: Urban Forestry Specialist Grace Ma

 

10.  DISCUSSION:  180-Day Landmark Tree Protection Process as it relates to the Valley Oak Tree at 2830 25th Street.

SPONSOR/PRESENTER:  Member Mike Boss

 

11. INFORMATION: Staff Report, Grace Ma. Ms. Ma will provide updates on UFC administrative and programmatic operations relating to funding, planning, research, outreach, and related activities.

 

12. COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

    • Funding Committee

                        Chair Terry Milne

The next meeting will be on March 6, 2007 at 12:00 PM at 11 Grove Street.

 

·         Planning & Policy Committee

                                    Chair, Paul Sacamano

The next meeting will be on February 15, 2007 at 4:00 PM at 11 Grove Street.

 

    • Landmark Tree Committee

                         Chair, Mike Boss

The next meeting will be on February 13, 2007 at 4:00 PM at City Hall, Room 421.

 

13. CHAIR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS: Terry Milne, Chair, Urban Forestry Council.

 

14. INFORMATION: New Business

 
15. PUBLIC COMMENT:  Members of the public may address the Council on matters that are within the Council’s jurisdiction and are not on today’s agenda.

 

16. ADJOURNMENT

 

Public Comment

 

At this time, members of the public may address the Council on items of interest that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Council but are not on today’s agenda.  Public comment will be taken following each agendized item.  Each member of the public may address the Council for up to three minutes, unless otherwise announced by the Chair. If it is demonstrated that the comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the Chair may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting.

 

The Brown Act forbids the Council from taking action or discussing any item or issue not appearing on the posted agenda.  This rule applies to issues raised in public comment as well.   In response to public comment, not on an agendized item, the Council is limited to:

 

1.    Briefly responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public, or

2.    Request staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting, or
3.    Directing staff to place the item or issue on a future agenda  (Government Code Section 54954.2(a).)

 

Disability Access

 

The Urban Forestry Council meetings will be held in Room 400 or 416, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA.  The Council meeting room is wheelchair accessible.  The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center Station at United Nations Plaza and Market Street.  Accessible MUNI lines serving this location are: #42 Downtown Loop, and #71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line to Market and Van Ness and the Metro Stations at Van Ness and Market and at Civic Center.  For information about MUNI accessible services call (415) 923-6142.  There is accessible curbside parking adjacent to City Hall on Grove Street and Van Ness Avenue and in the vicinity of the Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue adjacent to Davies Hall and the War Memorial Complex.

 

The following services are available on request 48 hours prior to the meeting; except for Monday meetings, for which the deadline shall be 4:00 p.m. of the last business day of the preceding week:  For American sign language interpreters or the use of a reader during a meeting, a sound enhancement system, and/or alternative formats of the agenda and minutes, please contact Monica Fish at (415) 355-3709 to make arrangements for the accommodation.  Late requests will be honored, if possible.

 

In order to assist the City's efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical based products.  Please help the City accommodate these individuals.  Individuals with chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call the Mayor’s Office on Disability accessibility hotline at (415) 554-6060.

 

Know your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance

(Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code)

 

Government’s duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public.  Commissions, boards, councils, and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people’s business.  This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people’s review.  For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, Frank Darby, Sunshine Task Force Administrator, City Hall, Room 409, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA  94102-4683 at Phone No.: (415) 554-7724; Fax No.: (415) 554-7854; E-mail: sotf@sfgov.org.  Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Task Force, the San Francisco Public Library and on the City’s website at www.sfgov.org.

 

Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Requirements 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code §2.100, et. seq] to register and report lobbying activity.  For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at: 25 Van Ness Avenue, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 252-3100, fax (415) 252-3112; web site at www.sfgov.org/ethics.

Other Important Information

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting.  Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.

 

Copies of explanatory documents are available to the public at Department of Environment, 11 Grove Street, San Francisco, California between the hours of  9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or when possible, on the Department of Environment’s webpage:  www.sfenvironment.com/; or, upon request to the Council Secretary, at the above address or telephone number 415-355-3709, or via e-mail at Monica.Fish@Sfgov.org within three business days of a meeting.

 

When bringing handouts to meetings, please photocopy on both sides of the paper and try to use post-consumer recycled or tree-free paper.  Also, please bring sufficient copies of handouts for both the Commission and the public.

Urban Forestry Council

San Francisco Department of the Environment

City and County of San Francisco

11 Grove Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

 

Posted:  January 16, 2007

 

 

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