By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, July, 2010
The Portland Planning Commission continued its review last month of the Citywide Tree Project, an attempt to revise the city’s regulations governing the planting, pruning and cutting of trees on public and private property. Last month the Commission directed staff to require replacement or payment when cutting down trees larger than 12 inches in diameter on private property, but to take property owner’s information at face value and not to charge for the process at this time. The Commission members feared a backlash effect if they get too heavy-handed about regulating yard trees.