Tree Committee Overview
In 1973, the Town of Fairfax approved Ordinance No. 387 to preserve the wide variety of local native trees and to protect the benefits they provide the citizens. Trees prevent topsoil erosion, reduce the risk of landslides, and contribute to fresher air by using up excess carbon dioxide and turning it into life supporting oxygen. Additionally, trees provide scenic beauty and aesthetic characteristics to the town.
A Tree Permit is required for removal OR significant trimming of any tree, which has a circumference of 24 inches or more measured at 24 inches above the ground. In effect, this is a little less than an 8-inch diameter tree trunk.
Application for Tree Removal or Alteration
Please submit all completed paper applications no later than 14 days before the scheduled next meeting to the Town Hall during regular business hours (8:30-Noon and 1-5 p.m. Mondays –Thursdays only) for your application to be processed. The Public Notice with Meeting Agenda requirement is posted 10 days in advance of the next meeting and the Public Packet containing the meeting materials is available at the Town Hall counter at that time for review. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Waters, Administrative Assistant II, at (415) 458-2342.
Tree Advisory Committee
The Tree Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing tree removal/alteration applications at a public hearing, and making a recommendation to the Director of Planning and Building Services to grant or deny a permit. The Committee is comprised of a member of the Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, the Open Space Committee and two members of the community at-large.
For weekend and after hour emergencies, please contact Fairfax Police Dispatch at (415) 453-5330.
Planning Commissioner: Laura Kehrlein
Parks and Recreation Commissioner: Richard Pedemonte
Open Space Committee Member: Michael Ardito
At-large (community) member: Susan Brandborg
At-large (community) member: Jane Richardson-Mack
Regular Meeting Schedule
The Tree Committee reviews applications for tree removals and trimmings at their regular meetings held on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairfax Women's Club, 46 Park Road. The agenda for the meeting is posted 10 days in advance. Meetings are open to the public.