WEST COVINA — Last May, a developer mowed down 30 oak trees along Oak Canyon Road. The City Council wants to make sure that it doesn't happen again.
The council gave preliminary approval Monday to an ordinance requiring permits for removing or pruning most trees. The final vote will be Nov. 12.
The new law would require a resident to get a permit from the city to remove a tree whose trunk is at least one foot in diameter in a front yard or side yard facing the street. In addition, the tree would have to be relocated or replaced.
Even stricter rules would apply to oak and sycamore trees: Permits would be required to remove or prune trees whose trunks are at least six inches in diameter.