Trees; conservation and replacement during development process. (HB529)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Conservation and replacement of trees during development process. Expands certain existing local government authority to conserve or replace trees during the development process by expanding such authority statewide. The bill allows localities to establish higher tree canopy replacement percentages based on density per acre. The bill also alters the current process for granting exceptions to a local ordinance by altering a provision that requires the granting of an exception when strict application of the ordinance would result in unnecessary or unreasonable hardship to the developer and replacing it with a requirement that the locality concur with such determination. The bill permits localities to monitor and assess the condition and coverage of tree canopies at development sites during the time period up to 20 years' maturity of the planted trees. The bill makes numerous technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104334D
01/08/2024Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/16/2024Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
01/30/2024Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
02/01/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N)
02/02/2024Committee substitute printed 24106192D-H1
02/02/2024Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Read first time
02/07/2024Read second time
02/07/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106192D-H1
02/07/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB529H1
02/08/2024Read third time and passed House (53-Y 44-N)
02/08/2024VOTE: Passage (53-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2024Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/26/2024Reported from Local Government (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Read third time
02/28/2024Passed Senate (22-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB529ER)
03/05/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate reprinted (HB529ER)
03/05/2024Signed by Speaker
03/07/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto


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