March 1, 2005

On April 1, 1997, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 97-25, thereby adopting a Negative Declaration for Environmental Assessment No. 694 for amendments to Titles 16 and 17 of the City's Municipal Code. Prior to its adoption, the Negative Declaration was circulated for public comment from March 4 through March 24, 1997 and no substantive comments were received from any persons or responsible agencies. In adopting the Negative Declaration, the City Council found: 1) that there would be no significant adverse environmental impacts resulting from the adoption of the amendments; 2) that many of the amendments were clarifications and minor non-substantive revisions; and 3) that the substantive amendments would reduce impacts on the environment since the requirements and regulations governing development in the City would generally be strengthened, thereby further reducing any adverse impacts to adjacent properties and upon the environment.

The City Council has reviewed the amendments to Title 17 of the Development Code that streamlines the City Tree Review Permit application process and establishes an application fee. Based upon its own independent review, the City Council finds that there is no substantial evidence that the amendments to Title 17 would result in new significant environmental effects, or a substantial increase in the severity of the effects, as previously identified in Environmental Assessment No. 694 and the Negative Declaration, adopted through Resolution No. 97-25 in conjunction with Ordinance No. 320 for amendments to Titles 16 and 17 of the Municipal Code. The new amendments are minor language revisions that establish a permit application fee and streamline the review criteria for the City Tree Review Permit application process. Part of the amendment will also require removal of City tree(s) upon approval of the City Tree Review Permit, however the replanting of tree(s) as a condition of approval for the City Tree Review Permit shall mitigate any impact caused by such removal. Accordingly, pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act, the City Council finds that no further environmental review is necessary other than the adoption of this Addendum No. 13.