Trees; replacement and conservation during development, effective date. (HB2042)

Introduced By

Del. Nancy Guy (D-Virginia Beach) with support from 14 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Josh Cole (D-Fredericksburg), Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton, Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington), Del. Angelia Williams Graves (D-Norfolk), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Replacement and conservation of trees during development; work group. Gives a locality the ability to exceed general requirements in its tree replacement and conservation ordinances in specific circumstances, including development that impacts stormwater permit requirements, recurrent flooding, formerly redlined areas, and comprehensive plan compliance. The bill also directs the Secretary of Natural Resources and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry to convene a stakeholder work group for the purpose of developing and providing recommendations to state and local governments related to policies that encourage the conservation of mature trees and tree cover on sites being developed, increase tree canopy cover in communities, and encourage the planting of trees. The bill will not become effective unless reenacted by the 2022 Session of the General Assembly, but the stakeholder work group is effective in due course. This bill is identical to SB 1393. Read the Bill »


03/12/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102573D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/14/2021Assigned CC & T sub: Land Use
01/21/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/21/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (6-Y 3-N)
01/22/2021Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendment(s) (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/25/2021Read first time
01/26/2021Read second time
01/26/2021Committee amendment agreed to
01/26/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB2042E
01/26/2021Printed as engrossed 21102573D-E
01/27/2021Read third time and passed House (57-Y 43-N)
01/27/2021VOTE: Passage (57-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2021Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Local Government (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/15/2021Reported from Local Government with amendments (11-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Passed by temporarily
02/17/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/17/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/17/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/17/2021Passed Senate with amendments (26-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Placed on Calendar
02/19/2021Senate amendments agreed to by House (57-Y 43-N)
02/19/2021VOTE: Adoption (57-Y 43-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2042ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Signed by Speaker
02/26/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 26, 2021
02/26/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/12/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 89 (effective - see bill)
03/12/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0089)