Beautification Commission

Burlingame Beautification Commission
Burlingame Community Center
850 Burlingame Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010

Appointed to a 3-year term

Beautification Commissioner Duties 

Meets the first Thursdays at 6:30pm. Commission meetings are held in person and on Zoom.  Click on the agendas and minutes link for Zoom information. 

The Burlingame Beautification Commission was appointed by the City Council in 1968 to oversee advise the Council and staff on issues related to our urban forest. The Commission serves as the public appeals board on staff decisions related to tree removals. Commission decisions can also be appealed to the City Council. Below is listed the Commission’s Powers & Duties.

3.28.050 Powers and duties.

Subject to the approval of the city council, the beautification commissions, shall:

(a) Act in an advisory capacity to the city council, the city manager, and director of parks and recreation in all matters of city trees and protected private trees and to cooperate with other governmental and civic groups in the advancement of sound reforestation and tree protection planting and programs;

(b) Recommend, develop, support and implement programs and activities to promote community awareness and participation in city beautification;

(c) Recommend a master street tree plan for adoption by the city council;

(d) Recommend an “Official Street Tree List” to the city council for adoption, designation specific types of trees which can be planted on any street, based on pertinent local street and tree factors;

(e) Recommend specific types of street trees for any new subdivision;

(f) Recommend a survey to be made from time to time to determine those street trees which are to be retained and those which should be removed to conform to the street tree planting and maintenance program, having regard for both the immediate and long-term needs of the city.

(g) Recommend or comment on plans and programs for the planting, maintenance and removal of all street trees in the city;

(h) Recommend or comment on plans and programs for the uniform planting, care and maintenance of street trees and of shrubs, grass plots and other ornamental or beautifying plantings upon the streets and highways;

(i) Recommend or comment on plans and programs for the development and beautification of the public parks, parkways and buildings belonging to, or leased by, the city;

(j) Consider the annual budget of the parks and recreation department during the process of its preparation and make recommendations thereto to the city council and city manager and, in the case of capital improvement, also to the planning commission;

(k) As part of each commission meeting, provide the opportunity for citizens to address the commission; and

(l) Perform such other duties as may be delegated to it by the city council from time to time. (Ord 884 Sec 1 (part); August 19, 1968) (Ord 1637 Sec 21, Amended, 09/05/2000)

Title First Name Last Name Term Expires Email
Beautification Commissioner Marcia Bauer October 2025
Beautification Commissioner Carol Batte October 2025
Beautification Commissioner Sean Chu October 2024
Beautification Commissioner Hadia Khoury October 2024
Beautification Commissioner Richard Kirchner October 2024
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