Trees; conservation of during land development process for air quality improvement. (SB632)

Introduced By

Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

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 10 but less than 20 units per acre; (iv) 20 percent tree canopy for a residential site zoned more than five but not more than 10 units per acre; and (v) 30 percent tree canopy for a residential site zoned one to five units per acre. Finally, the bill mandates that any tree conservation ordinance provide for reasonable exceptions to or deviations from the canopy requirements. Amends § 15.2-961.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

01/29/2008: Awaiting a Vote in the Local Government Committee

History

  • 01/09/2008 Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
  • 01/09/2008 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 086120336
  • 01/09/2008 Referred to Committee on Local Government
  • 01/29/2008 Stricken at request of Patron in Local Government (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)