Proposed KCMO Ordinance 220961 On Tree Preservation And Protection Considered This Week

Proposed KCMO Ordinance 220961 on tree preservation and protection will be considered, February 7, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. by the City Plan Commission as Plan Number:  CD-CPC-2022-00186. The hearing will be hybrid, both in-person at City Hall, 414 East 12th Street, 26th floor Council Chamber and virtually via Zoom. Details regarding how to view the hearing and participate can be found at More information on this hearing is posted here.

Subsequently, on February 8 the Neighborhood Planning and Development Committee of the KCMO City Council is scheduled to consider Ordinance 220961. This Council Committee will meet February 8, 2023, at 1:30 pm, on the 26th Floor Council Chamber, City Hall; also, virtually at  Prior to the day of the hearing, one can leave a comment concerning this Ordinance with the KC Neighborhood Planning and Development Committee members:

  1. Email [email protected]
  2. Subject Line: Support Ordinance 220961
  3. Include full name and whether comment is from a Kansas City resident

The intent of this proposed ordinance is to preserve and enhance the City’s tree canopy cover; and ensure that certain criteria are followed including the Urban Forest Master Plan, adopted by City Council Resolution No. 200143 on May 21, 2020, established a goal of 35 percent canopy cover for the City and this is affirmed by Kansas City’s Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan. The proposed ordinance has a focus on achieving baseline tree preservation and total tree canopy on a site, considering the anticipated use and level of development. This ordinance would require developers to maintain many of the trees around the perimeter of their projects.