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QA homeowner asked to take down her trees

March 28th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

As a result of a story created by KING5‘s Consumer Advocate reporter Jesse Jones, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department showed a little “egg on its face” this week.  One of our neighbors Tammara Stroud in Queen Anne had planted trees along the sidewalk, in a strip of land on Smith Street, which were determined by Seattle Parks to be unacceptable and not in keeping with the standards of the Queen Anne historic district.

Tammara said no one from the city ever told her that the little strip of land on Smith Street is part of a nearly 4-mile-long historic Queen Anne district.

According to the city, Tammara’s thundercloud trees just aren’t good enough, thanks to the 1986 Queen Anne Boulevard tree plan. Now she has to replace her thunderclouds with a Hawthorn tree.

We have heard numerous stories of homeowners who mistakenly encroached on city land and were asked to remove their property or landscaping from the parcel, however, what makes this story unique is that Tammara was given a permit to plant the trees.  And now they want to take them out.  Tammara said she would appeal to the City Council to overturn this ruling.  We’ll keep you updated.

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