Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Designation and Management Regulations (formerly 4VAC50-90) [9 VAC 25 ‑ 830]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Amendment to incorporate additional requirements related to preservation of mature trees and replanting of trees into existing criteria.
Action 5679
General Information
Action Summary This regulatory amendment includes language for performance criteria requirements related to trees and particularly mature trees under the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act program. It includes requirements to preserve and protect mature trees and where existing vegetation is removed that includes trees and that trees are utilized in reestablishing vegetation to the maximum extent practicable. It also provides that where vegetation or buffers must be established, the planting of trees should be utilized where practicable.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: Chapter 1207 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly
RIS Project Yes  [6648]
Is Federal action a driving factor in this regulatory change? If so, please provide a specific reference to the law, regulation or court case.
Associated Mandates Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas: (1) preservation of mature trees and (2) coastal resilience and adaptation to sea-level rise and climate change.
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9193 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 05/03/2021.
9341 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/29/2021.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Justin L. Williams 
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Phone: (804)659-1125 ext: 0    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.