Trees; replacement and conservation during development process, powers of local government. (HB1346)

Introduced By

Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Powers of local government; trees during development process; replacement and conservation. Expands to all localities provisions that currently allow only certain localities to adopt an ordinance providing for the planting and replacement of trees during the development process and adds more flexibility for implementation and management of tree canopy banks, tree canopy credits, and tree canopy requirements. The bill changes and updates standards, reference documents, and published reference texts, expands options for localities to disburse funds to charitable organizations, and adds percentage specifications for ordinances related to cemeteries. In addition, the bill removes the prohibition of invalidating local ordinances adopted before July 1, 1990, the allowance of 10-year minimum requirements for pre-1990 ordinances, and the inability to invalidate an ordinance adopted that relates to the replacement of trees during the development process in certain localities. The bill allows ordinances that have been made pursuant to the law prior to the effective date of the changes in this bill to not be invalidated by the changes. The bill requires the Virginia State Forester to create standards for tree canopy percentages and to select members for the Stakeholder Advisory Group, established by the bill to provide recommendations on such standards. Some provisions of the bill become effective on July 1, 2022, and some have a delayed effective date of January 1, 2023. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/21/2022Presented and ordered printed 22104430D
01/21/2022Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/28/2022Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
02/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1346)
02/10/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2022Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 4-N)
02/15/2022Left in Counties, Cities and Towns

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