REBIC Releases Position on Charlotte Tree Ordinance Text Amendment

Members of the Charlotte City Council

600 East Fourth Street

Charlotte NC, 28202

Dear Madame Mayor and Council Members,

At the City Council Business meeting on Monday, October 21st, Council will likely hold a vote on a proposed text amendment to the City’s Tree Ordinance.  Petition #2019-104 seeks to codify flexibility, better integrate trees into urban sites, and will result in no net loss of ordinance required trees.

It incentivizes urban development and redevelopment to plant trees on site, compared with the current practice of payment in lieu which pushes our canopy out of urban areas where benefits from sustainable practices can be leveraged.  It places trees in areas where people want to congregate, socialize, and enjoy open space.  Current requirements are restrictive of where trees can be located.

On behalf of the members of the Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition (REBIC), we urge your support of this update to the ordinance.  We believe its passage will result in better projects going forward and still maintains the Council’s goal of preserving and enhancing the City’s tree canopy.


Rick Judson


REBIC Board of Governors

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