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Parker plans appeal of decision on trees

Developer Jeff Parker will appeal a city decision that bars him from removing five trees on his lakefront property, paving the way for a hearing before the Lake Oswego Development Review Commission.

Parker wants to remove five trees at his home at 1500 North Shore Road but the city denied the permit request Aug. 7.

Removing the trees would allow Parker to install a driveway that connects the east and west ends of his 13,000-square-foot home. The city previously rejected the driveway extension and a second garage in order to preserve trees.

David Odom, associate planner for the city of Lake Oswego and a certified arborist, considered the latest tree removal request, filed in June. He found the trees to be 'an extremely prominent landscape feature on the site' and 'contributes greatly to the aesthetic quality and character of the neighborhood.' Both were grounds to deny the permit.

Odom also noted potential problems with soil erosion and stability if the trees are removed.

Parker will now ask the Lake Oswego Development Review Commission to reverse the decision. That commission's review will prompt a public hearing. No date has been set.