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ORDINANCE NO. 1617 <br />ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LOS GATOS RELATING TO <br />THE PROTECTION OF TREES ON PRIVATE PROPERTY AND TO THE RESPECTIVE DUTIES OF <br />THE PLANNING DIRECTOR AND THE DIRECTOR OF PARKS, FORESTRY AND MAINTENANCE <br />SERVICES THEREUNDER; RETITLEMENT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PARKS AND FORESTRY; <br />AND ADOPTING THE DEFINITION OF "ZONING APPROVAL" <br />The Town Council of the Town of Los Gatos hereby ORDAINS: <br />Carl-inn l <br />Section 2.00.497 is hereby added to the zoning ordinance as follows: <br />SEC.. 2.00.497: ZONING APPROVAL <br />A zoning approval is one of those approvals set forth in Chapter 5.20. <br />Section 2. <br />Chapter 3.20 of the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Los Gatos is hereby amended <br />as follows: <br />Cha pter 3.20 <br />Tree Protection <br />SEC. 3.20.010 INTENT <br />Chapter 3.20 is adopted because the Town is forested by oak, bay, eucalyptus, <br />sycamore, redwood, pine and other trees, and contains individual trees of great <br />beauty. The health and welfare of the citizens of the Town require that these trees <br />be saved in order to preserve the scenic beauty of the Town, prevent erosion of <br />topsoil, provide protection against flood hazards and risk of landslides, counter- <br />act pollutants in the air, maintain climatic balance and decrease wind velocities. <br />Trees contribute significantly to the value of land in the Town. It is the intent <br />of these sections to regulate the removal of significant trees within the Town in <br />order to retain as many trees as possible consistent with the purpose of these sec- <br />tions and the reasonable use of private property. <br />SEC. 3.20.015 DEFINITIONS <br />For the purposes of Chapter 3.20, the definitions in sections 3.20.020 through <br />3.20.035 apply. <br />SEC. 3.20.020: TREE <br />Tree means a woody perennial plant, usually with one main stem or trunk, <br />and many branches. It may appear to have several stems or trunks and is <br />usually over 10 feet high at maturity. <br />