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Department of Transportation
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Department of Transportation
chapter
Vegetation Control Regulations on State Rights of Way [24 VAC 30 ‑ 200]
Action:
Amend Vegetation Control Regulations on State Rights of Way
 
General Information
Action Summary VDOT is required to implement and promulgate regulations that allow VDOT to permit vegetation removal, set forth the standards for which vegetation removal shall be permissible, and analyze proposed vegetation removal applications, in order to mitigate any potential adverse impacts on the aesthetics and health of vegetation and state-controlled highways. The regulation currently stipulates that all cuttings to make outdoor advertising signs more visible from the roadway shall be limited to vegetation with trunk base diameters of less than six inches and pruning of limbs up to four inches in diameter, and all cuttings to make a business more visible from the roadway shall be limited to vegetation with trunk base diameters of less than two inches and pruning of limbs up to two inches in diameter. VDOT has determined that the regulation currently treats business-related vegetation removal differently than that for outdoor advertising signs, thus treating the regulation of outdoor advertising signs and businesses unequally. VDOT has also determined through surveying VDOT roadside managers that the less than two inch in diameter limitation for cutting and pruning vegetation in front of businesses is too restrictive and is impractical in many cases, due to the rate of vegetation growth. Therefore, VDOT contends that the regulation should be amended to allow the equal treatment and regulation of both outdoor advertising signs and businesses. This action was determined after the completion of a periodic review, found here: https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewPReview.cfm?PRid=1847
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Exempt from APA No, this action is subject to Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act.
RIS Project Yes  [006261]
Result of Prior Periodic Review Dated 7/15/2019
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
 
Stages
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8848 Fast-Track Secretary of Transportation review in progress.
 
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jo Anne P. Maxwell  / Regulator Coordinator
Address: Policy Division, 11th Floor
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address: JoAnne.Maxwell@vdot.virginia.gov,steven.jack@vdot.virginia.gov
Phone: (804)786-1830    FAX: (804)225-4700    TDD: ()-