Save our downtown Laguna Beach Trees

Save our downtown Laguna Beach Trees

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The City of Laguna Beach plans on funding a nearly $14 million “Downtown Action Plan, (DAP)” in the hopes of revitalizing the downtown area.  However, the first $2 million phase calls for the removal of 35 established, healthy trees on lower Forest Avenue and Broadway. Though the DAP does propose some positive improvements in general, the fact that approximately 150 established trees throughout downtown will be removed and replaced with much smaller specimens of different and perhaps less desirable varieties makes the plan in its current state unacceptable.  Besides destroying our priceless natural beauty, the environmental implications of removing 150 established trees would be devastating. Shade would be dramatically decreased, as would carbon dioxide absorption while temperatures would soar.  It would require 10-15 years, optimistically, before the new trees would create a canopy, assuming they would thrive or even survive, as many new additions have not. The DAP also does not comply with the Landscape and Scenic Highways Element and Resource Document adopted by the city in 2018, which requires the preservation of trees in general and specifically on Forest Avenue and Broadway.

We are asking the City not to approve the Downtown Action Plan, grant a Design Review Permit or a Coastal Development Permit until it provides for saving the maximum number of trees possible.  We ask for further assessment in determining the health of the trees in question, for a reconsideration of the species proposed for replanting, and for the public to have the ability to approve or question elements of this comprehensive plan as it is implemented. Instead of beginning with a large-scale removal of trees, we believe the initial expenditure should go towards improving crosswalks, altering the confined concrete tree wells, planting more trees and shrubs, or to the other many projects that need attention.

 

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