Tree Commission


  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 3rd Wednesday of each month
  • City Hall in the Dogwood Room
    300 Park Ave.
    G Level

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. 
Most Recent Agenda
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The 5-member commission is appointed by the City Council for 3-year terms.

  • Dennis Szymanski (Chair)
  • Kathleen Philpott-Costa (Secretary)
  • Barbara Tesner
  • John Tesner
  • Karen Jones
Specimen tree 6290 (513 E-Broad)
Falls Church Public Schools Youth Representative
  • Christian Autor
Staff Liaison
City Council Liaison
  • Council Member Dan Sze
Planning Commission Liaison
  • Kwafo Djan
The Tree Commission advises the City's Arborist, Council and Manager on tree conservation, removal and replacement, both on public and private property, and in particular during commercial and residential development projects. In addition, the Commission makes recommendations on current and proposed regulations, policies, practices and staff plans that promote the City’s overall goal of preserving the tree canopy and maximizing its ecological and aesthetic benefits to the community.

Letters and Reports to Council
Periodically, the Tree Commission is asked to provide Council with comments regarding commercial development applications. Click each link below to read the comment letter submitted to Council. To view letters from previous years, contact the City Clerk's office.