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ORDINANCE2303 <br />ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF LOS GATOS <br />AMENDING CHAPTER 29 (TREE PROTECTION) OF THE TOWN CODE <br />REGARDING WEED ABATEMENT REGULATIONS <br />WHEREAS, the Town of Los Gatos; recognizes that the community benefits from <br />preserving the scenic beauty of the Town; <br />WHEREAS, the Town Council acknowledges that trees provide multiple benefits it also <br />recognizes that a significant portion of the Town is located in a Very High Fire Hazard Severity <br />Zone; <br />WHEREAS, the State mandates 100 feet of defensible space around buildings and <br />structures within Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones; <br />WHEREAS, the Town Council recognizes that the development and maintenance of <br />defensible space is essential to reducing wildfire risk within the community; <br />WHEREAS, the proposed amendment changes will reduce the risk of wildfire and <br />effectuate safer passage for first responders and residents in the event of a wildfire; <br />NOW, THEREFORE, THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF LOS GATOS DOES ORDAIN AS <br />FOLLOWS: <br />SECTION II <br />DIVISION 2—TREE PROTECTION <br />Section 29.10.0950. Intent of Town Code Chapter 29 are hereby amended to read as <br />follows: <br />Sec. 29.10.0950. - Intent. <br />This division is adopted because the Town of Los Gatos is forested by many native and non- <br />native trees and contains individual trees of great beauty. The community of the Town benefit <br />from preserving the scenic beauty of the Town, preventing erosion of topsoil, providing <br />protection against flood hazards and risk of landslides, counteracting pollutants in the air, <br />maintaining climatic balance, and decreasing wind velocities. It is the intent of this division to <br />regulate the removal of trees within the Town in order to retain as many trees as possible <br />consistent with the purpose of this section and the reasonable use of private property. While <br />trees provide multiple benefits, it is also the intent of this division to acknowledge that a <br />1 of <br />Ordinance 2303 February 4, 2020 <br />