Trees; DEQ to convene advisory to study planting or preservation, report. (HB520)

Introduced By

Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Environmental Quality; tree planting as land cover type, best management practice; stakeholder advisory group. Directs the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to convene a stakeholder advisory group for the purpose of studying the planting or preservation of trees as an urban land cover type and as a stormwater best management practice (BMP). The bill provides that the stakeholder group shall be composed of development and construction industry representatives, environmental technical experts, local government representatives, and others and that technical assistance shall be provided to DEQ by the Department of Forestry and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The bill directs DEQ to report the findings of the stakeholder group by November 1, 2020, and to include a recommendation as to whether the planting or preservation of trees shall be deemed a creditable land cover type or BMP and, if so, how much credit shall be given for its optional use. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/04/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101520D
01/04/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Chesapeake
01/20/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/22/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2020Committee substitute printed 20106166D-H1
01/24/2020Read first time
01/27/2020Read second time
01/27/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106166D-H1
01/27/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB520H1
01/28/2020Read third time and passed House (82-Y 17-N)
01/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB520H1)
01/28/2020VOTE: Passage (82-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/18/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Read third time
02/21/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/21/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/21/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/21/2020Passed Senate with amendment (33-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Placed on Calendar
02/25/2020Senate amendment agreed to by House (79-Y 20-N)
02/25/2020VOTE: Adoption (79-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB520ER)
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB520ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/23/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 405 (effective 7/1/20)
03/23/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0405)