Urban Forestry Commission

The City of Asheville, realizing that trees have a profound effect on the quality of life in the community, deems it necessary and desirable in the interest of public health, safety and welfare to enact an ordinance for the preservation, planting, replacement and removal of trees without denying the reasonable use and enjoyment of real property.

The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the planting of new trees and shrubbery; to vigorously encourage the protection of existing trees and shrubbery, including their root systems; to regulate the preservation, replacement and indiscriminate removal of trees and to establish procedures for fulfilling these purposes.


Regular Scheduled Meetings

The Urban Forestry Commission meets once a month on the third Monday of the month.  Starting in April 2021 the Urban Forestry Commission regular meetings will be on the first Tuesday of the month. For an Alternative Compliance request, please see the Schedule and Application below. 

Notice:  The next virtual meeting of the Urban Forestry Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, 2021. The meeting will start at 1:00 p.m. *** This meeting is a specially scheduled planning retreat and will not have public comment opportunities.

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute § 166A-19.24(f) this will be a remote meeting which the public can access by any of the following means:  


  • Watch live stream on the Engagement Hub or the City’s YouTube Channel

  • Call toll-free to listen to the meeting on your phone – Call: 855-925-2801 Meeting Code: 9256 and follow the prompts to join the live speaker cue.


Please visit the Urban Forestry Public Engagement Page to confirm which public input options are available for specific meetings. 

  • Voicemail public comments – Please call: 855-925-2801 Enter Code 9256. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes.

  • Written public comments, please see meeting specific email on the Engagement Hub, or general email here.

NOTICE: The agenda commenting period will be closed at 5:00 p.m. the day before the meeting. All public comments will be sent to the committee prior to the meeting but may not be read aloud.

Live Call-in:

  • Please check the Urban Forestry Public Engagement Page to confirm live call-in is available for the specific meeting.

  • Call toll-free to listen to the meeting on your phone: 855-925-2801 Meeting Code: 9256 and follow the prompts to join the live speaker cue.

    • Those wishing to provide public comment on an alternative compliance agenda item are asked to join the speaker queue at the beginning of the meeting.

    • Those wishing to provide general public comment are asked to wait and join the speaker queue when prompted by the commission chair after the alternative compliance public comment period has closed.

    • If watching on the live stream, please turn the sound on your computer or other devices all the way down.


Amy Smith (Chair), Patrick Gilbert (Vice Chair), Kim Roney (Council Liaison), Roy Smith, Stephen Hendricks, Perrin de Jong, Dawn Chavez, Ed Macie, Cecil Bothwell, Sharon Sumrall




Agendas and Documents



February 23, 2021 Agenda February 23, 2021 Documents
January 19, 2021 Agenda January 19, 2021 Documents
November 16, 2020 Agenda November 16, 2020 Documents
October 19, 2020 Agenda October 19, 2020 Documents
September 21, 2020 Agenda September 21, 2020 Documents
August 17, 2020 Agenda August 17, 2020 Documents
July 20, 2020 Agenda July 20, 2020 Documents
June 15, 2020 Agenda June 15, 2020 Documents
March 16, 2020 Agenda March 16, 2020 Documents
February 17, 2020 Agenda February 17, 2020 Agenda
January 21, 2020 Agenda January 21, 2020 Agenda


Review and Resource Documents


2019 Asheville Urban Forestry Commission Annual Report

Urban Tree Canopy Study – (October 2019)

Alternative Compliance Schedule for year 2021

Alternative Compliance Landscape Request Application 2021


Contact Information


Nancy Watford



Updated 02/19/2021