What is an Existing Tree/Major Vegetation?

As indicated in SMMC 27.71.040#(a) and SMMC 23.40.020#(m), Existing trees/Major Vegetation means live vegetation, consisting of tree growth with a trunk diameter of 6 inches or greater measured at 54 inches above natural grade.
Existing Trees/Major Vegetation are required to be protected or replaced if removed for projects different from single-family requiring a planning application approval. See SMMC 27.71.150 Preservation of Existing Trees for more information.

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1. What is an Existing Tree/Major Vegetation?
2. Is the Tree Protection Plan the only requirement for development regarding Protected Trees?
3. Why trees should be protected?
4. Can the City Arborist provide recommendations for development projects?
5. What is an ISA Certified Arborist?
6. What is a Project Arborist?
7. Is a Tree Protection Plan always required when building near a Protected Tree?
8. What happens if a Protected Tree is damaged?
9. How do I calculate the Tree Protection Zone?
10. When is an Arborist Report required?
11. Is the Arborist Report and TPP the same thing?
12. What is the format of an Arborist Report?
13. Is a permit required to remove Protected Trees?
14. Where can I apply for a tree removal permit?
15. Where can I get answers to additional questions?