Downtown trees against the Raleigh Skyline

Tree Preservation and Planting (TC-2-22)

Learn how the City is exploring options to protect and increase the number of trees in Raleigh.

On February 15, 2022, the City Council authorized staff to draft amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance which would expand tree protections within Raleigh. The specific recommendations include:

  1. Tree Conservation requirements for lots 1-2 acres in size.
  2. Champion/Specimen tree provisions.
  3. Tree planting requirements for smaller lots (under 2 acres) that don’t have required Tree Conservation Areas.

As part of the research and drafting phase, staff will present options to a select group of Boards and Commissions. The purpose of these meetings is to solicit feedback from Board and Commission members and the general public to help inform the drafting process.

Once the ordinance is drafted it will be posted to the Text Change Engagement Portal before being delivered to the Planning Commission and City Council in accordance with the Text Change process.

Projected Meeting Schedule


Date / Time


Environmental Advisory Board

May 12 / 5 p.m.

RMB Room 303

Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board

May 19 / 6 p.m.

RMB Council Chamber

Stormwater Management Advisory Commission

June 2 / 3 p.m.

Transportation Field Services
2550 Operations Way

Planning Commission Committee of the Whole

June 23 / 4 p.m.

RMB Council Chamber

*Dates and times subject to change

Planning and Development
Service Categories:
Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)