Trees; conservation during the land development process for air quality improvement. (SB710)

Introduced By

Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria) with support from 17 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Bob Brink (D-Arlington), Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Chuck Caputo (D-Oak Hill), Del. Al Eisenberg (D-Arlington), Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria), Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg), Del. David Poisson (D-Sterling), Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield), Del. Margi Vanderhye (D-McLean), Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), Sen. Mark Herring (D-Leesburg), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News), Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk), Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Arlington)


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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/16/2008Presented and ordered printed 083027336
01/16/2008Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/29/2008Reported from Local Government with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2008Committee substitute printed 083033336-S1
01/31/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2008Read second time
02/01/2008Reading of substitute waived
02/01/2008Committee substitute agreed to 083033336-S1
02/01/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB710S1
02/04/2008Passed by for the day
02/05/2008Passed by for the day
02/06/2008Read third time
02/06/2008Passed by for the day
02/07/2008Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Reading of amendment waived
02/07/2008Amendment by Senator Ticer agreed to
02/07/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB710ES1
02/07/2008Printed as engrossed 083033336-ES1
02/07/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Communicated to House
02/12/2008Placed on Calendar
02/12/2008Read first time
02/12/2008Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/29/2008Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (15-Y 6-N)
02/29/2008Committee substitute printed 083046336-H1
03/03/2008Read second time
03/04/2008Read third time
03/04/2008Committee substitute agreed to 083046336-H1
03/04/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB710H1
03/04/2008Passed House with substitute (73-Y 26-N)
03/04/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (73-Y 26-N)
03/05/2008House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB710ER)
03/08/2008Signed by Speaker
03/11/2008Signed by President
03/12/2008Signed by Speaker
03/12/2008Signed by President
03/27/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 711 (effective 7/1/08)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1437.