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 > County of San Luis Obispo > Planning and Building > Oak Woodland Ordinance

Oak Woodland Ordinance

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On June 9, 2016, the County issued a stop work order on a property in the Adelaida Area related to the large scale clear-cutting of oaks and other native trees on a privately owned property in order to establish an agricultural pond and vineyards.

On June 21, 2016, the County Board of Supervisors heard approximately 90 minutes of testimony during public comment related to the subject of clear-cutting. The Board gave staff direction to schedule a special meeting and return on July 15, 2016, with an urgency ordinance addressing the clear-cutting of oak woodlands.

On July 15, 2016, the Board adopted Interim Zoning/Urgency (Interim) Ordinance No. 3325 in accordance with the requirements of Government Code section 65858, to prohibit the clear-cutting of oak woodlands and limit the removal of native trees while still providing for tree removal under certain circumstances by obtaining an exemption or a permit.

On August 16, 2016, prior to the expiration of Interim Ordinance No. 3325 and in accordance with the requirements of Government Code section 65858, the Board adopted Ordinance No. 3327 to extend Interim Ordinance No. 3325 for nine months, until and through April 16, 2017. The Board also directed staff to conduct public outreach, draft a permanent Oak Woodland Ordinance, and return to the Board with an update prior to forwarding a Public Hearing Draft of the ordinance to the Planning Commission for consideration.

On January 24, 2017, staff presented an update to the Board on the draft permanent oak woodland ordinance. The update included a summary of activities related to the Urgency Ordinance and public outreach, as well as a concept for the permanent draft ordinance.

On February 23, 2017, staff presented the ordinance to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission recommended the draft Oak Woodland Ordinance be adopted by the Board. The recommended ordinance includes modifications by the Planning Commission to include the requirement for Minor Use Permit approval to remove a Heritage oak, an added ordinance a definition for “thinning,” and a prohibition of clear-cutting on slope of thirty percent or greater. These changes to the ordinance are consistent with the scope the Board specified on August 16, 2016. Lastly, on a separate motion and 4-1 vote, the Commission recommended the Board direct staff to prepare or to investigate an ordinance that would regulate the clear-cutting of mixed-genus native tree woodlands and woodlands with non-native trees.

The Board adopted the permanent Oak Woodland Ordinance at a regular hearing on April 11, 2017.  The permanent ordinance will take effect May 11, 2017.  In order for there to not be a gap between the Interim Ordinance No. 3325 and the permanent ordinance, the Board also adopted a second extension to Ordinance No. 3325 which will expire when the permanent ordinance takes effect.

If you have any additional questions or comments, please contact Megan Martin, (805)781-4163 or mamartin@co.slo.ca.us.