T&E ITEM 2
July 8, 2013
Committee members should bring their packets from the February 25, Aprill, and June
24 worksessions. Most items in those packets are not duplicated here.
Committee members may be asked to retain this packet for future reference.
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee
Faden, Senior Legislative
Amanda Mihill, Legislative AttomeYeJflVtfVl,AvU
Worksession 5: 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, February 25, April 1, and June 24.
Bill 35-12 would broadly:
• establish a fee-based program to mInImIZe and compensate for the loss and
disturbance of tree canopy as a result of development;
• provide for County mitigation when tree canopy is lost or disturbed; and
• establish a fund that the County can spend for tree canopy conservation projects,
including plantings of individual trees, groups of trees, or forests, on private and
At the January 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 February worksession, Executive branch staff updated the Committee on
discussions they have had with various stakeholders on key issues. At the April worksession
Committee members requested more data from Executive staff on tree preservation programs in
other comparable jurisdictions. DEP staff presented that data at the June worksession (see ©162
Circle numbers from
may be cited in this memo but with minor exceptions are not
They are included in the February
which Committee members should bring to this worksession. This was done to save a few trees.