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October 17, 2017

Burgess orders an update on tree rules

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Burgess signed an executive order to strengthen protections for trees on private property, and also asked city staff to explore how the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) policies could support urban forestry goals.

The executive order directs the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections to update director's rules for trees, increase penalties for illegal cutting and develop a fee-in-lieu program to mitigate tree loss.

The city's goal is to have 30 percent tree canopy cover by 2037. Trees on private property are 58 percent of the city's tree canopy.