Understanding Asheville's Tree Canopy Preservation Amendment

August 19, 2020 @ 5:00PM — 6:30PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

An informational session on a proposed amendment to protect Asheville's tree canopy

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Protect Asheville's disappearing tree canopy

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The City of Asheville is considering amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to require, promote and incentivize the preservation, enhancement and future expansion of the City’s tree canopy.

As supported by Living Asheville (the City’s recently adopted comprehensive plan), the Urban Tree Canopy Study and the NASA DEVELOP Urban Heat Island study, City staff have drafted an ordinance focused on the preservation, enhancement and expansion of the City’s tree canopy as it relates to private land development activity. This ordinance amendment will introduce new requirements for tree canopy preservation and enhancement for all new buildings, new open uses of land (such as parking lots) and expansions of at least 1,500 square feet for buildings and 3,000 square feet for open uses of land. This new section to the UDO will replace the requirements for Tree Save Areas as currently found in Section 7-11-3(d)7. The new Section will work with tree canopy area to preserve canopy and place heavy incentives upon the preservation of existing canopy.

For the average citizen, understanding the details of the proposed ordinance amendment can be challenging. That's why Asheville GreenWorks is offering this free webinar on the the Tree Canopy Preservation Ordinance (TCPO) Amendment, which is being presented for the residents of the City of Asheville in partnership with the City of Asheville.

Following a brief presentation on the ordinance amendment by Chris Collins, Site Planning & Development Manager at City of Asheville, you can get all your amendment questions answered by Chris Collins, Ed Macie of the Urban Forestry Commission and Dawn Chávez of Asheville GreenWorks.

To preview the ordinance amendment, please visit the City of Asheville's website: https://www.ashevillenc.gov/department/communication-public-engagement/projects-and-initiatives/tree-canopy-protection-ordinance-amendments. Links to Supporting Documents are at the bottom of the page.