The Half Moon Bay Planning Commission met Tuesday night after Review print deadlines to discuss an appeal of the planning director’s decision to allow the removal of cypress trees on school property.

The school maintains the trees need to be removed because they are in danger of falling and present a hazard for children at the school, which is at 901 Arnold Way in Half Moon Bay. The city limited the number of trees that could be cut to 26 after finding that six were in the riparian corridor. It also required a biologist’s report and that the applicant replace the trees with smaller cypress trees.

But appellants Dan and Debbie Turner suggest the trees may simply need professional care and that removing them would be detrimental to the people of Half Moon Bay.

The Review will update the story with results from Tuesday night’s meeting.

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