Once approved by the City Commission, property owners with street tree planting strips 3 feet wide or less will see the most direct and immediate impacts:
- Eliminated replanting costs in strips 3 feet wide or less.
- Streamlined tree removal and replacement permit process that will be updated for planting strips 3 feet wide or less.
- Reduced future risk of sidewalk repair costs due to buckling caused by encroaching roots.
- Improved list of lower-maintenance, more drought-tolerant street tree species for those who choose to replant in strips 3 feet wide or less.
Neighbors and sidewalk users - especially people with mobility challenges and disabilities - might also benefit. For sidewalks in areas with planting strips 3 feet wide or less, sidewalk users may experience fewer future mobility hazards caused by sidewalk buckling.
All Oregon City residents, users of Oregon City's public infrastructure, and local taxpayers may also benefit. Allowing property owners to remove and not replace street trees in planter strips 3 feet wide or less may help reduce the future risk of damage to public utilities and infrastructure located in those areas, making public utilities less costly to protect, maintain, and repair.