AN ACT PROVIDING THAT COUNTIES AND CITIES SHALL NOT ADOPT ORDINANCES REGULATING THE REMOVAL OF TREES FROM PRIVATE PROPERTY WITHOUT THE EXPRESS AUTHORIZATION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
Enacts GS 153A-145.8 and GS 160A-201.2, providing identical provisions regarding limitations of counties and cities, respectively. Prohibits counties and cities from adopting ordinances regulating the removal of trees from private property within the county or city's jurisdiction without an express legislative authorization. Requires any ordinance regulating the removal of trees from private property to provide that the owner can remove any tree on the property that interferes with a construction or renovation project so long as the owner replaces the tree with a sapling, as defined, of the same or similar type.
Provides for the continued validity of 19 specified existing local acts that authorize ordinances regulating the removal of trees from private property, and requires the governing body of the respective county or city to amend the ordinances to include a provision which provides for tree removal by the property owner as described in new GS 153A-145.8 and GS 160A-201.2, as enacted.
Repeals any ordinances regulating the removal of trees from private property that were adopted before the act becomes law without the express authorization of the General Assembly.
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