Agenda Item 5B
Faden, Senior Legislative
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attome>t)flfl.J'V'
Expedited Bill 25-14, Forest Conservation - Amendments
recommendation (3-0): enact with amendments.
Expedited Bill 25-14, Forest Conservation - Amendments, sponsored by the Council
President at the request ofthe Planning Board, was introduced on May 6, 2014. A public hearing
was held on June 10 at which representatives of the County Executive and the Park and Planning
Commission supported the Bill (see testimony, ©34-35). A Transportation, Infrastructure,
Energy and Environment Committee worksession was held on July 21.
Bill 25-14 would amend the Forest Conservation Law (FCL) for consistency with State law
by exempting stream restoration projects and maintenance or retrofitting of stormwater management
structures from certain requirements ofthe law. Bill 25-14 would also make other improvements to
the law which are explained in the Planning Board memo (see ©11-12).
1) Should removing trees hazardous to aviation be exempt from the
Authority Executive Director Keith Miller urged the Council to exempt removing trees that are a
hazard to aviation from the forest conservation requirements. He noted that this exception is
presently in the State FCL and the County tree canopy law. Department of Environmental
agreed that FAA projects should
exempt from the FCL but thought this
amendment might not be needed.·
The Committee recommended
inserting the following
amendment after ©4, line 69:
cutting or clearing any tree by
existing aimort operating with all applicable
permits to comply with applicable provisions of any federal law or regulation
governing the obstruction of navigable airspace if the Federal Aviation
Administration has determined that the tree creates a hazard to aviation.