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20.40.030 Urban Forestry Commission.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 171655, effective November 7, 1997.)

A. The Urban Forestry Commission is hereby created. It shall consist of eleven members who have demonstrated an interest in the preservation of trees and the beautification of Portland, appointed by the Mayor in consultation with the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation and confirmed by the City Council. Members shall serve without compensation for terms of 4 years and may be reappointed. At least three members shall have experience and expertise in arboriculture, landscape architecture or urban forestry. One member shall be a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hoyt Arboretum. The remaining seven members, insofar as possible, shall represent diverse regions or interests of the community. Two of the three members initially appointed with experience or expertise in arboriculture or urban forestry shall initially serve a term of two years. Two of the members appointed from geographically diverse regions of the City shall initially serve a term of two years. The City Forester and the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation or the Commissioner’s designee, and the City Engineer or the City Engineer’s designee shall serve as ex-officio members of the Commission.

B. The Urban Forestry Commission shall elect its own chair and adopt such rules of procedure as it deems necessary to the conduct of its duties.

C. The Commission shall meet at least monthly and may meet more often.

D. The Commission shall:

1. Provide assistance in the development of the Urban Forestry Master Plan, submit the same to the City Council for approval, and review and update such plan periodically.

2. Advise the Forester, Superintendent and Bureau of Parks and Recreation Budget Advisory Committee on the preparation and contents of the Annual Forestry Unit budget request.

3. Review plans and policies developed pursuant to other City Code provisions which contain elements or which affect matters related to Urban Forestry and arboricultural concerns in the City and other matters brought forward by the Forester and others.

4. Prepare and submit to the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation an annual report which shall contain a section or sections specifically dealing with the relations with and concerns of the various City bureaus.