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.
Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.
Removes from proposed GS 153A-145.8 and GS 160A-201.2 the requirement that any ordinance regulating the removal of trees from private property must 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 of the same or similar type.
Eliminates the provision which proposed to provide 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. Instead provides that any local acts authorizing ordinances regulating the removal of trees from private property and any ordinances that were adopted under that authority before the date the act becomes law remain in effect after the act becomes law.
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