Those Pesky Weed Ordinances and the Conflicts They Cause
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, Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org