T&E ITEM 2
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Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee
Michael Faden, Senior Legislative Attorn<:'y.
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney
2: Bill 35-12, Trees - Tree Canopy Conservation
Bill 35-12, Trees - Tree Canopy Conservation, sponsored by the Council President at the
request of the County Executive, was introduced on November 27,2012. A public hearing was
held on January 17,2013, along with Bill 41-12 (see selected testimony, ©29-54). The first
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee worksession was held on
Bill 35-12 would:
• establish procedures, standards, and requirements to mImmIze the loss and
disturbance of tree canopy as a result of development;
• provide for mitigation when tree canopy is lost or disturbed;
• establish a fund for tree canopy conservation projects, including plantings of
individual trees, groups of trees, or forests, on private and public property; and
• generally revise County law regarding tree canopy conservation.
At the first worksession Executive branch staff presented an overview of Bill 35-12 and
the issues it raises, and answered Committee members' questions. (See Executive staff
presentation, ©63-96.) The Committee did not take any further action on this Bill at that
At this worksession Executive branch staff expect to brief the Committee further on
discussions they have had with representatives of the Planning Board and various stakeholders
regarding the following issues:
1) To what extent should the Parks Department be excluded from the requirements of
this Bill? How should it apply to the Planning Board's own property?
2) How much (if any) credit should be allowed for onsite tree protection activities?
How much (if any) credit should be allowed for onsite tree planting?
3) What should the amount of the fee be? Council staff asked Executive branch staff to
provide specific examples of the fee that would apply in typical situations.