Agenda Item #6.2
October 26, 2010
October 22, 20lO
Michael Faden, Senior Legislative
Mihill, Legislative Analyst.'ft/f\ivj\.LXJ
Expedited Bill 53-lO, Forest Conservation -
Expedited Bill 53-lO, Forest Conservation - Conforming Amendments, sponsored by the
Council President at the request of the Planning Board, is scheduled to be introduced on October
26,20lO. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for November 23 at 1:30 p.m.
In 2009, State law was amended to tighten certain exemptions in the state forest conservation
law. Bill 53-10 would conform County law to state law by amending County law to reduce the
threshold acreage of forest cut, cleared, or graded above which certain activities cannot be
exempted from the Forest Conservation Law, and clarify how money in the Forest Conservation
Fund can be used.
In addition, current County law requires the Planning Board to approve certain forest
conservation variances. The Planning Director approves the forest conservation plans which
those variances are attached to. Sending those variances to the Planning Board creates
unnecessary delays for property owners and clogs the Board's agenda. Bill 53-10 would amend
County law to authorize the Planning Director to approve these variances.
The bill that the Planning Board transmitted to the Council would make numerous other changes
to remove inconsistencies, provide clarity, and make implementing the law more efficient. To
ensure that the Council can address the issues quickly, only the portions of the bill that would
conform existing law to state law and authorize the Planning Director to approve a variance will
be introduced on October 26.
This packet contains:
Expedited Bill 53-lO
Legislative Request Report
Planning Board transmittal memorandum and staff report
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