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ORDINANCE 2240 <br />ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LOS GATOS <br />AMENDING CHAPTER 26 (TREES AND SHRUBS) AND CHAPTER 29 <br />(ZONING REGULATIONS) OF THE TOWN CODE <br />WHEREAS, in 2003, the Town of Los Gatos implemented a comprehensive update of the <br />Tree Protection Ordinance, which is set forth in Chapter 29 of the Town Code, which is a component <br />of the Town's Zoning Ordinance ; and <br />WHEREAS, one of the Town Council's Strategic Goals for 2014 -2016 is to establish a <br />Heritage Tree definition and to update the 25% pruning regulations in the Town's Tree Protection <br />Ordinance; and <br />WHEREAS, Chapter 26 of the Town Code regulates the planting, maintenance and removal <br />of trees in the public right -of -way; and <br />WHEREAS, a comprehensive review of both Chapter 26 —Trees and Shrubs, and Chapter <br />29, Article I, Division 2 —Tree Protection of the Town Code has been conducted by staff; and <br />WHEREAS, a number of revisions to Chapter 26 and Chapter 29 have been recommended <br />by staff to strengthen the Town's Tree Protection Ordinance; and <br />WHEREAS, the proposed changes to Chapter 26 and Chapter 29 have been reviewed by the <br />Town's consulting arborist, Town Attorney, Community Development Department and Parks and <br />Public Works Department; and <br />WHEREAS, on February 11, 2015, the Planning Commission held a public hearing to <br />consider the proposed changes and continued said hearing to March 25, 2015 and scheduled a <br />workshop to discuss the proposed code amendments; and <br />WHEREAS, on March 4, 2015, the Planning Commission held a workshop to discuss the <br />proposed code amendments; and <br />