Trees; replacement and conservation during development. (SB1393)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke) with support from co-patron Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


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 HB 2042. Read the Bill »


03/12/2021: signed by governor


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102865D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/25/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/25/2021Reported from Local Government with substitute (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Committee substitute printed 21103659D-S1
01/26/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Floor substitute printed 21103814D-S2 (Marsden)
01/27/2021Passed by for the day
01/27/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2021Passed by for the day
01/29/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2021Read second time
01/29/2021Reading of substitute waived
01/29/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103659D-S1
01/29/2021Substitute by Senator Marsden withdrawn 21103814D-S2
01/29/2021Reading of amendments waived
01/29/2021Amendments by Senator Marsden agreed to
01/29/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments SB1393ES1
01/29/2021Printed as engrossed 21103659D-ES1
02/01/2021Read third time and passed Senate (26-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Placed on Calendar
02/05/2021Read first time
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/10/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2021Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendment(s) (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Read second time
02/15/2021Read third time
02/15/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/15/2021Engrossed by House as amended
02/15/2021Passed House with amendments (56-Y 43-N)
02/15/2021VOTE: Adoption (56-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021House amendments agreed to by Senate (31-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1393ER)
02/19/2021Signed by Speaker
02/22/2021Signed by President
02/24/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 24, 2021
02/24/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/12/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 90 (effective - see bill)
03/12/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0090)