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A. Extent of liability. Nothing in this Chapter shall be deemed to impose any liability upon the city or upon any of its officers or employees, or to relieve the owner or occupant of any private property from the duty to keep in safe and healthy condition the trees upon their property or upon a public right-of-way over their property. (Ord. M-3286 § 1, 1997)

B. General. All tree removal permit activities regulated by this Chapter shall be performed in compliance with the applicable standards contained in this Chapter, unless the applicant demonstrates that alternate measures or procedures can meet the purposes of this Chapter. Such alternative measures and procedures shall be processed as a variance and meet the procedural requirements of Section 20.210 VMC. The criteria for approval of such a variance shall be demonstration that the alternative measures or procedures will be equal or superior to the provisions of this Chapter in accomplishing the purposes of this Chapter. (Ord. M-3643, 01/26/2004)