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Landscape Design Workshop Sept 29 Offers Hands-on Help

Landscape Design Workshop Sept 29 Offers Hands-on Help

Are you picturing your new home surrounded by beautiful trees and plants, arranged in an easy to maintain, drought tolerant yard? Looking for an affordable solution to getting an attractive landscape design?

If you are one of the hundreds of homeowners who are using one of the smaller contractors or custom builders, the landscape design might not be included in your builder contract, or your agreement might provide an allowance toward the landscaping, but you need to still plan the landscape design and engineering. Every home will need at least a front yard landscape plan, approved at the city or county planning office. Thanks to the Sonoma Marin Water Saving Partnership, FREE scalable front yard landscape templates are available, offering eight attractive layouts in several different styles.

The templates are not ready for submittal to the permitting agency until you mark them up with your site specific details and your material and design option selections.

Not sure how to use the FREE Landscape Design Templates?

Attend the Pathways to Rebuilding Landscapes Workshop on September 29, 2018 offered by Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership to learn how to use and adapt the templates.

  • The session will begin with a review of the Landscape Design Templates and explanation of how to modify the templates to suit your specific site needs.
  • Then, trained landscape advisors, design professionals and permitting staff will be on-hand to provide guidance as you participate in the Hands-On Breakout session, where you can mark up the designs to your own site’s needs. Be sure to bring a 24″ x 36″ printed copy of the landscape template you want to use and a site plan if you have one. (Get large format copies printed at a local copy shop)
  • After the workshop, if you need further assistance, the FAQ page will have a list of trained professionals that are available for hire to assist with any landscape design or installation needs.

Space is limited, register for the workshop and get your FREE event tickets here.

template includes plant images and names
Templates include fire resistant and drought tolerant plant selections. Resource lists for alternative low water and moderate water plants are also provided on the Sonoma Marin Water Saving Partnership website

The workshop will have two components:

8:00am to 9:00am The Overview of Landscape Templates – Learn about the Landscape Design Templates, how they are designed to be scalable, optional elements, and more.
8:00am to 9:00am

The Hands-On Breakout Session* – make plant substitutions, select optional elements and make simple markups to your Landscape Design Template. (Get tickets for one of two sessions.)
Session 1 – 9:00am to 10:30am
Session 2 – 11:00am to 12:30pm

*The Hands-On Breakout Sessions are not design consultations. If more complex modifications are desired, design assistance is available through your local landscape professionals.

Register for the workshop and get your FREE event tickets here.

Location: City of Santa Rosa Utility Field Office, 35 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

*Please bring these items if you will be attending a breakout session so we can help guide you on your path to rebuilding your landscape:

Tree News

News about Trees, Tree Removal and Chipping

News about Trees, Tree Removal and Chipping

About trees

Tree Chipping

The City of Santa Rosa will hold a free chipping event for residential property owners in the fire-impacted areas. City residents with fire-damaged green waste on their property are encouraged to bring that waste to be chipped at the following designated times and locations.

February 24 & March 10, 2018
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Nagasawa Park
1313 Fountaingrove Parkway

February 25 & March 11, 2018
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Coffey Park
1524 Amanda Place

Eligible green waste materials include burned and partially burned brush and felled trees up to 12” in diameter on residential property and adjacent sidewalk areas. The materials cannot be contaminated with fire debris, and residents are responsible for transporting their green waste to the chipping sites. The green waste will be chipped at no cost to residents, and the resulting wood chips will be used by the City of Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks Department for various projects throughout the City.

No permit is needed for tree removal within the wildfire burn areas of Santa Rosa city limits. However, residents should photograph the tree’s condition prior to its removal. The photographs will later need to be presented during rebuilding permit or entitlement application submittal.

For more information, visit www.sonomacountyrecovers.org/damaged-tree-removal/

Removing Burned Trees from Your Lot

The City of Santa Rosa now allows residents to remove any burned trees that pose a threat to safety and property, without getting a permit.  In order to capture the value of the old trees that are being removed and to mitigate for their possible replacement, the City is asking residents to include photos of trees to be removed with every permit package.  This is much simpler than the traditional tree-removal process that requires an arborist’s examination, a written report, a tree-removal permit, and payment of a fee.  The details of the photo-submission process are TBD.

Replacement of Burned Planter-strip Trees

In collaboration with FEMA and the In a meeting with representatives from the Santa Rosa City we heard that residents will be required to remove and replace burned trees in the planter-strip.  But we also heard (The “planter strip” is the land between the street and the sidewalk.)  This is because the residents own that land (and the trees on it!), and the residents have only given an easement on that land to the City.  Santa Rosa City is going to reconsider the types of trees that should go in the planter strip, in order to minimize future damage to underground utilities.  While the burned trees should be removed fairly soon, planting replacements should probably be held off until after houses are rebuilt.  Beautiful, tree-lined streets certainly enhance property value!

Listen to the Director of Transportation and Public Works Jason Nutt speak about sidewalks and tree removal from the recording of the February 15  Town Hall event (~ 56:00 minutes in the video)

Video Recording of Sonoma County/City of Santa Rosa Community Forum held on February 15, 2018