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 next meeting of the Urban Forestry Commission is scheduled for Monday, October 19 at 3:30 p.m.

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:  


Live Call-in Only

Public comment will only be taken from a live speaker queue. Community members should listen to the meeting by phone and follow the prompts to join the speaker queue.

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.


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




Agendas and 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 2020

Alternative Compliance Landscape Request Application 2020


Contact Information


Nancy Watford



Updated 08/12/2020