Tree Commission

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    The Tree Commission consists of nine members all appointed by City Council and administered by the director of public works. The term of office is three years. The commission is responsible for fostering the preservation, planting, replacement and removal of trees without denying the reasonable use and enjoyment of real property. In addition, the Commission (1) facilitates the planting, growing and protection of trees within the city; and (2) conducts continuing research, planning and feasible assessments required to promote and enforcement Chapter 20 of the Code of Ordinances regarding the regulation of planting, protection, preservation and removal of trees.

    The commission meets the third Monday of each month at 11 a.m. (for Alternative Compliance requests) and noon in Room A109 of the Public Works Facility at 161 S. Charlotte St. The normal length of the meeting is one to two hours. Please call (828) 259-5932 with questions regarding the meeting agenda.

     Date  Meeting Documents    
     August 15, 2016  Minutes
     July 18, 2016  Minutes
     June 20, 2016  Minutes
     May 16, 2016  Minutes
     April 18, 2016   Minutes
     March 21, 2016  Minutes
     February 15, 2016  Minutes
     January 19, 2016  Minutes
     November 16, 2015  Minutes
     October 19, 2015  Minutes
     September 21, 2015  Minutes
     August 17, 2015  Minutes
     July 20, 2015  Minutes
     June 15, 2015  Minutes
     May 18, 2015  Minutes
     April 20, 2015  Minutes
     March 16, 2015  Minutes
     February 16, 2015  Minutes
     January 20, 2015  Minutes

    The commission and Asheville Green Works co-sponsors the Treasured Trees program of Buncombe County, which recognizes unusual specimen trees. You might have a Treasured Tree on your property! The panel also assists commercial and residential citizens with tree and shrub selection.

    Mike Kenton, Chair -
    Amy Kemp, Alternate Compliance Chair -


               Asheville's Bee City USA's community liaison has a permanent seat on the Tree Commission and there is a standing Bee City USA subcommittee of the Tree Commission which meets as needed the half hour prior to the monthly Tree Commission meetings.

    Both Asheville's Tree Commission and Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment endorsed the original Bee City USA resolution for City Council's adoption.  To see Asheville's Bee City USA resolution and annual applications, proclamations and reports, go to

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