For many years the City maintained street trees on behalf of property owners. In 2010 due to budget and staffing cuts, the responsibility for maintaining street trees returned to property owners.
While the financial responsibility has returned to the property owner it is still in the City's interest to ensure that trees are cared for properly and to regulate the removal and/or damage to trees. The tree permit is the mechanism through which we meet this interest, maintain a healthy community of trees, and uphold the Tree Preservation Ordinance (18.125) because:
- Trees contribute to the attractiveness and livability of the City of Fremont
- Mature trees help reduce the impact of buildings and paving
- Trees contribute to the visual framework, climate control, preservation of other natural resources, property values, a buffer between land uses, and provide a critical element of nature in an urban environment
- Trees in Fremont collectively constitute an urban forest where individual tree removals can negatively or positively affect the overall City forest
Because of the above stated, it is in the interest of the public health, safety, and welfare of the people of the City of Fremont