T&E ITEM 2
April 1, 2013
members should bring their packets from the February 25 worksession, parts
of which are cited in this packet.
Committee members may be asked to retain this packet for future reference.
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee
Michael Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
'\'" Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney
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).
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee worksessions were held on
January 28 and February 25.
Bill 35-12 would:
• establish procedures, standards, and requirements to minimize 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
worksession. At the second worksession, Executive branch staff updated the Committee on
discussions they have had with various stakeholders on key issues. Major policy issues raised in
testimony and other correspondence are addressed below. Council staff will cover more detailed
and technical issues in the memo for the next worksession.
Circle numbers from 29-101 may be cited in this memo but are not included in
are included in the February
Committee packet. which Committee members should bring to
this worksession. This was done to save a few trees.