A. Any person may appeal a decision to approve a tree cutting permit by
filing a written notice of intent to appeal, along with the applicable appeal
fee established by the City Council, within fourteen days of the filing of the
affidavit of posting pursuant to PCC 20.42.070. Failure to file within the
fourteen-day appeal period shall preclude appeal. If no appeal of a decision to
approve a tree cutting permit is filed within the fourteen-day appeal period,
the decision is final and the applicant may cut trees in accordance with the
approval, subject to any conditions thereof.
B. An applicant for a tree cutting permit may appeal denial of the permit
by filing a written notice of intent to appeal, along with a filing fee in the
amount of $100.00, within fourteen days of the date of denial.
C. The appeal shall be heard by the Urban Forestry Commission (UFC),
who shall hold a public hearing on the appeal. The City shall send written
notice of the hearing to the applicant, the appellant if different from the
applicant, and to the recognized Neighborhood Coalition for the area in which
the subject property is located, at least ten days in advance of the hearing.
Appeal hearings may be scheduled as part of the UFC’s regular meeting agenda, or
at any special meeting called by the UFC for that purpose. Appeals may be heard
either by the full Commission or by a subcommittee delegated by the full
Commission. Appeals shall be heard not later than the first regular monthly
meeting of the UFC after the expiration of the ten days required for notice to
the Neighborhood Coalition, and in no event later than sixty days after the
filing of the notice of intent to appeal, except that the applicant may request
a hearing at a later time.