Those Pesky Weed Ordinances and the Conflicts They Cause

APA Ohio Miami Valley Section


Friday, December 7, 2018
3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EST

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In today’s society, there is a huge awareness and a true need of taking care of natural resources including water, soils and fauna including insects and other wildlife.  The use of native species is critical to the support of each of these resources.   Weed ordinances are also critical in communities to prevent property owners from neglecting landscapes which create a neglected appearance and can cause other hazards.   When these two elements meet, they come into direct conflict because of the way the ordinance is written.  In many cases, when definitions are vague or use simplified standards, they create conflicts with the desired green best management practices.   In many cases, property owners are cited for weed ordinance violations, which in fact are designed, intended to create well maintained yards, causing conflict between the owner and municipality.  

How can ordinances and standards be modified to ensure that these conflicts are eliminated?   How can staff be provided the tools they need to enforce true violations while promoting and protecting those examples of proper green infrastructure?  This session will explore examples of green infrastructure and the benefits they provide.   Examples of ordinances will be discussed including problem language which is causing many of these conflicts and model language which can help solve them.


Eric Sauer

Invited Speaker

Eric Sauer is a native Daytonian and registered Landscape Architect and Planning Manager with Five Rivers MetroParks. He received his formal training and degree in landscape architecture from Ball State University. Mr. Sauer has practiced in a variety of environments including ownership of private consulting firms for over 15 years ... Read More

Steven Carne

Invited Speaker

Steven Carne is a native Daytonian and is the retired Manager and Zoning Administrator for the City of Dayton. He received a B.S. degree in Architecture from The Ohio State University. He has 42 years experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Specialties: Economic development, site location analysis ... Read More

Lynn Donaldson

Invited Speaker

Lynn Donaldson is the retired Deputy Law Director for the City of Dayton. He is licensed to practice law in Ohio and is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Lynn’s areas of practice are Municipal Law, Real Estate and Contracts. Read More

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