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November 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

City Council Hearing on “Big Tree Amendment”

As Portland trends towards more extreme summer heat waves, worsening air quality, reduced wildlife habitat, and flooding from extreme weather events – urban trees provide the best tool to mitigate these environmental challenges while improving community and ecosystem health. 

On November 13, Portland City Council will be considering extending protections for large trees in development situations. The “Big Tree Amendment” was originally passed in 2016 after advocates pushed for improvements to the Portland tree code otherwise known as Title 11, after a wave of large trees were removed with limited to no mitigation. The amendment is set to sunset at the end of the year and it is important for City council to extend it to ensure we better protect our tree canopy.   

City Council adopted amendments to Title 11, Trees, in 2016 to strengthen regulations pertaining to tree preservation (especially preservation of large sized trees) in development situations on private property. The amendments were adopted with a scheduled sunset date of December 31, 2019.

Council took this action in response to concern about large trees being removed in development situations in Portland neighborhoods. 

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has recommended, in part, that the amended regulations should be extended 2 years until December 31, 2021. 

The recommendations from PSC and UFC will be heard by City Council on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

A view from the ground as two people climb tall Doug Fir trees.
Photo by Luz Carasa.


November 13, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave #110
Portland, OR 97204 United States
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Micah Meskel