Eucalyptus Grove Update

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For those of you who have seen the removal of non-native eucalyptus trees from the field near the intersection of Wetlands Edge Road and Eucalyptus Drive, we would like to provide a brief summary that may help answer some of your questions. Please see the attached map that shows the approximate areas that will undergo tree removal.

The property is privately owned (as opposed to being owned by the City) and is under a court order to clean-up the site because of a long standing problem of illegal dumping. In an effort to have a well documented and orderly clean-up process, a plan was produced and approved by the Court.

Prior to the court approving the plan, the applicant has consulted and complied with all measures necessary from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (relating to wetlands) and the State Water Quality Control Board (relating to stormwater quality). A copy of the project’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) can be found by doing a location search at the following state website: https://smarts.waterboards.ca.gov/smarts/faces/SwPublicUserMenu.jsp. When the trees have been removed, the ground will be seeded with a groundcover, and will appear much like the open fields located to the east of the property.

A common question is, what’s going to go there? At this time, the city has an application to divide the property for purposes of resolving a longstanding ownership dispute, but there are no formal or informal applications with the city for development at this time. The area is currently zoned Recreational, which has very limited development potential without a Conditional Use Permit Process required by the City. Any new development proposals that may be proposed in the future will be thoroughly shared with the community for your review and input.

Should you have any further questions about the tree removal plan, please contact Greg Baer, Civil Engineer, the City’s Community Development Department at 707-647-4583.

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