Bill Summary for H 496 (2021-2022)
May 6 2021
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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.Intro. by Boles, Hunter, Brody, Moffitt.
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House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Amends GS 160D-921 which provides that the statute does not limit, expand, or otherwise alter the authority of a local government to regulate activity associated with development and that allows a local government to deny a building permit or refuse to approve a site or subdivision plan for the specified time period. Makes a conforming change by amending the provisions setting the allowable delay time periods related to timber harvests to specify that they apply to harvests resulting in the removal of protected trees that were protected under local government regulations that were authorized by local act of the General Assembly.