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. 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. 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. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)

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 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. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

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

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB710.