Trees; conservation during land development process for air quality improvement. (HB1437)

Introduced By

Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax) with support from 32 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Kris Amundson (D-Mount Vernon), Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Martinsville), Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News), Del. William Barlow (D-Smithfield), Del. Bob Brink (D-Arlington), Del. Chuck Caputo (D-Oak Hill), Del. Rosalyn Dance (D-Petersburg), Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria), Del. Frank Hall (D-Richmond), Del. Joseph Johnson (D-Abingdon), Del. Dwight Jones (D-Richmond), Del. Bobby Mathieson (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Ken Melvin (D-Portsmouth), Del. Paula Miller (D-Norfolk), Del. Brian Moran (D-Alexandria), Del. Joe Morrissey (D-Highland Springs), Del. Paul Nichols (D-Woodbridge), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. David Poisson (D-Sterling), Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield), Del. Steve Shannon (D-Vienna), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), Del. Shannon Valentine (D-Lynchburg), Del. Margi Vanderhye (D-McLean), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Conservation of trees during the land development process for air quality improvement in certain localities. Provides that certain localities may, by ordinance, require conservation of trees during the development process. The bill also provides that the tree conservation ordinance may require that the site plan for any subdivision or development provide for the preservation and replacement of trees on the development site such that the minimum tree canopy or tree cover percentage 10 years after development is projected to be as follows: (i) 10 percent tree canopy for a site zoned business, commercial, or industrial; (ii) 10 percent tree canopy for a residential site zoned 20 or more units per acre; (iii) 15 percent tree canopy for a residential site zoned more than eight but less than 20 units per acre; (iv) 20 percent tree canopy for a residential site zoned more than four but not more than eight units per acre; (v) 25 percent tree canopy for a residential site zoned more than two but not more than four units per acre; and (vi) 30 percent tree canopy for a residential site zoned two or less units per acre. Finally, the bill mandates that any tree conservation ordinance provide for certain deviations from the canopy requirements. Amends § 15.2-961.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 01/14/2008 Committee
  • 01/14/2008 Presented and ordered printed 084789444
  • 01/14/2008 Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
  • 02/08/2008 Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/08/2008 Committee substitute printed 083042444-H1
  • 02/09/2008 Read first time
  • 02/11/2008 Read second time
  • 02/11/2008 Committee substitute agreed to 083042444-H1
  • 02/11/2008 Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1437H1
  • 02/12/2008 Read third time and passed House (67-Y 32-N)
  • 02/12/2008 VOTE: --- PASSAGE (67-Y 32-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/12/2008 Communicated to Senate
  • 02/13/2008 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/13/2008 Referred to Committee on Local Government
  • 02/19/2008 Reported from Local Government (15-Y 0-N)
  • 02/21/2008 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/22/2008 Read third time
  • 02/22/2008 Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/25/2008 Enrolled
  • 02/25/2008 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1437ER)
  • 02/26/2008 Signed by Speaker
  • 02/28/2008 Signed by President
  • 03/04/2008 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 333 (effective 7/1/08)
  • 03/11/2008 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0333)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical duplicates of this one: SB710.