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Oceanside to consider tree ban

Oceanside City Council will consider a petition to ban certain trees from the local landscape. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Oceanside City Council will consider a petition to ban certain trees from the local landscape. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The right tree in the right place can enhance property values, but the wrong tree planted in the wrong place can over time, block a valuable view. More than 50 Oceanside residents will petition the city council to ban 14 varieties of trees, including coast redwoods, eucalyptus gum trees, Japanese maples and Monterey pines. They're angry their views of the San Luis Rey River have been obscured.

City staff say legal restrictions on these trees would be difficult to enforce.

The City of Del Mar's ordinance, for example, is limited to reserving views that existed 10 years ago or when the property was purchased, and only along the coast. The Oceanside residents' proposal would cover all 40 square miles of the city.

The Council will consider how to address the growing problem at a meeting Wednesday. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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