City Council votes to save Seattle trees
Can Jet City have more trees and more buildings?
By CHRIS GRYGIEL
The City Council passed two measures Monday designed to protect trees in Seattle, a goal members said is not in conflict with plans to increase the number of people and buildings in the Emerald City as well.
By two 8-0 votes the council approved a resolution directing the Department of Planning and Development to come up with tree protection legislation by May 2010 and an ordinance creating an Urban Forestry Commission to advise the mayor and City Council on tree issues.
Environmentalists and the city's business community supported the efforts, though some tree proponents worried developers still have too much influence.
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