Reminder: Second community conversation about tree code updates scheduled May 15

Breakout groups consider public vs. private tree regulations, and the appropriate role of the city during the first tree code meeting in March. (File photo by Larry Vogel)

The City of Edmonds is considering updates to its tree code and the public is invited to join a second public information session from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15 to share ideas and hear more ways to get involved.

You can read our report on the first meeting, held March 27, here.

The next phase of code updates to consider limiting tree removal on private property and to make minor changes to the existing code, which was adopted in 2021 to retain and plant trees with development.

The meeting can be accessed in person in the Brackett Room, third floor of city hall, 121 5th Ave. N., Edmonds. Or you can watch virtually via the Zoom webinar platform at this link. Passcode: 400781, Webinar ID: 812 2917 6949

Or call in to the meeting at 253-215-8782

To better understand public sentiment on trees and tree codes, a public survey is available in English, Spanish, Korean and Chinese at the links below.

The survey is available through May 19:

(Korean) Edmonds 수목 조례 개정 프로젝트: Edmonds 나무에 대한 간단한 설문 조사에참여해 주십시오. 감사합니다!

(Chinese) 《埃德蒙兹市树木守则》修订项目: 请参加这个关于埃德蒙兹树木的简短调查。谢谢!

(Spanish) Proyecto de Enmienda al Código del Árbol de Edmonds: Responda esta breve encuesta sobre árboles en Edmonds. ¡Gracias!

For more information, email or visit the project website at

  1. As an Edmonds resident, I would like to see more trees planted by the builders when they tear down homes to build more apartments and also underground parking for the residents. That should be a requirement for the builders!

  2. Fear not Haydee, the other night I saw a TV ad by the Master Builders Association that promises to plant two trees to replace one whenever they demolish a single family home to build a duplex on what used to be single family homes only zoned property (which is now illegal unless you are rich and live in Woodway, Broadmore or Innis Arden). Thus they are providing more housing and saving the planet as well; being the benevolent folks they are. Last night I saw Governor Inslee state that the new anti single family home laws will make up for past discrimination against minority groups and help solve the homelessness crisis. Well, great to know, there’s no more problems to be dealt with regarding trees and housing. I’ll sleep better tonight.

  3. I won’t be attending the tree conversation because I will be attending Diane Buckshnis’ Town Hall meeting with local residents at the Edmonds Lutheran Church on 84th. Ave. which is happening at the same time. Those residents are quite concerned about a huge apartment planned that will abut their single family neighborhood and the possible purchase of a park property in the area that may not be appropriate to their needs and a waste of valuable Edmonds’ tax money.

    These two meetings actually relate and overlap a bit since the state has now taken over our zoning rights regarding forms of housing. My take is that, based on the new laws, Edmonds won’t have much to say about whether owners can or can’t remove trees and as I noted in comment above the “propaganda” is that the new laws will promote the installation of more trees. Stay tuned.

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