MUNI PLANNERS' PR TEAM MAKES KILLING OVER 100 TREES SOUND LIKE THEY ARE DOING US A FAVOR.
City and County of San Francisco
Urban Forestry Council
Planning and Funding Committee
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING AND AGENDA
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Offices of the San Francisco Planning Department
1650 Mission Street, Room 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
Committee Members: Members Igor Lacan (Chair), Dan Flanagan, Andrew Sullivan and Jon Swae
Order of Business
4. Presentation on Geary Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project. The Geary BRT Project team will provide an update on the project and development process, including the release of the Draft Environmental Document in November 2015, comments received from the Urban Forestry Council, the team’s responses to the comments, and schedule for the remaining environmental process and engineering design steps, phasing and construction of the project. Speakers: Chester Fung, Senior Transportation Planner, Arup; Kate Elliott, Public Information Officer, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency; Wahid Amiri, Geary BRT Project Manager, SFMTA; Nicholas Ancel, Landscape Architect, San Francisco Public Works. (Discussion)
General Meeting Notes
A total of 113 trees will be cleared out of the 1,400 trees within the GearyBRT Project Area. The area is comprised of two main section noted as Phase 1 and Phase2
Phase 1 begins at Geary and Van Ness and continues to Stanyan.
Phase 2 begins at Stanyan and continues to 34th Ave.
Red Carpet Painting would come before center-median demolition and could begin as early as January 2017
Center Median Demolition Construction is currently planned for 2019-2020
GearyBRT planners have committed to a 1 to 1 replacement of trees targeted for clearing. Requests were made for a 2 to 1 replacement which was tabled for further discussion. This item is contrary to discussions indicating that MUNI Planners will offer a 2 to 1 replacement. This fact has now been made clear.
GearyBRT reports that not only will all center-median trees interfering with GearyBRT progress be removed but trees along the sidewalk may also be targeted for clearing. It was reported that half of the trees planned for clearing are already in poor or worse health.
Trees to replace those that are cleared with require 10 years to reach maturity and it was acknowledged that a negative environmental impact would result in the removal of these trees, yet would offer comparable or better environmental benefit in the future (with no specific timeline offered).
The GearyBRT planning team could not provide data to directly compare the most basic measures of existing versus projected impact of removal and replacement, specifically CO2 absorption, O2 production and Canopy Size.
There will be a posting on trees that are subject for clearing and the community will have 30 days from the posting to appeal the removal of any given tree(s). After the first appeal period is completed, a second appeal lasting 15 days will occur thereafter and the final decision of which will be considered final.
The planning team reported that GearyBRT will provide 13% more green space compared to present day conditions.