Tree Preservation Ordinance Update Project

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Background Information

The Planning Division is currently working with an outside consultant to update various chapters of the Municipal Code related to preserving significant existing trees. 

Project Description

The Tree Preservation Ordinance update will focus on the following: 

  • Updating purposes and goals to be aligned with current climate action goals of the City
  • Eliminating the ambiguity in the ordinance
  • Bringing flexibility to tree permit and replacement practices to benefit overall City environment
  • Adding supplemental information to address new tree planting and existing tree preservation in the Hayward Executive Airport districts to eliminate hazardous air traffic conditions. 

Feedback and Outreach


The Planning Division, with assistance from the consultant, will conduct outreach and engagement with the public through available public forums in-person, online surveys, social media platforms, and targeted stakeholder outreach channels. Take the survey below.

The survey period has been extended and is now available to take until Jan. 31, 2024

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Additionally, a series of work sessions with the Airport Committee, the Council Sustainability Committee, and City Council will allow stakeholders and the public additional opportunities to provide input and feedback prior to introducing the ordinance to City Council.

The input received during these outreach efforts will be critical when drafting the new Ordinance.


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As of now, staff anticipates a draft Ordinance will be completed within seven (7) months from the day of the commencement of work and available for public review and comment.

It is anticipated that the ordinance will be introduced to City Council for their consideration within twelve (12) months of commencement in fall of 2024.

Staff Contact

For more information, please contact Michelle Koo, Landscape Architect, at