May 31, 1999
It appears that affordable housing in Woodinville is more threatened by the new "Tree Retention and Replacement" requirements than by permit fees. Besides the cost of working around existing trees to be retained plus replacing trees that are unavoidably removed.
And not only are home buyers evidently to have no choice between sunshine and shade, but also they are going to be looking at unsightly tree remnants, judging by the following:
"If trees that are not considered good candidates for retention are removed, they shall be cut to heights of 15' to 20' and the lower stems shall be left for cavity nesting for birds, rather than being cut at ground level."
(It's likely that those high stumps, instead of decaying for birds, will sprout and re-grow into the very topped-trees that tree arborists warn against).
It's all too true that unaffordable housing can be traced directly back to government regulations that just don't stop.
Maxine Keesling, Woodinville