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File #: 0888-21    Version: 1 Name: Walk on Grass and Weeds
Type: Ordinance Status: Approved
File created: 8/31/2021 In control: Urban County Council
On agenda: 9/30/2021 Final action: 9/30/2021
Enactment date: 9/30/2021 Enactment #: O-093-2021
Title: An Ordinance amending Section 12-2(c)(4) of the Code of Ordinances to provide an exception for native plantings cultivated for the purpose of intentional naturalization from the prohibition on excessive growth of weeds, grass, and other vegetation as a nuisance. [Council Office, Maynard]
Attachments: 1. 00737165.pdf, 2. O-093-2021
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An Ordinance amending Section 12-2(c)(4) of the Code of Ordinances to provide an exception for native plantings cultivated for the purpose of intentional naturalization from the prohibition on excessive growth of weeds, grass, and other vegetation as a nuisance. [Council Office, Maynard]

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BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE LEXINGTON-FAYETTE URBAN COUNTY GOVERNMENT:
Section 1 - That Section 12-2(c)(4) of the Code of Ordinances be and hereby is amended to read as follows:
(4) The excessive growth of weeds, grass and other vegetation as follows:
(a) Any weeds such as thistle, jimson, burdock, ragweed, cocklebur, poison ivy, poison oak, pokeweed, poison sumac, and poison hemlock and any other weed, plant or shrub, or other weed of a like kind classified by the United States Department of Agriculture as a noxious weed is prohibited and unlawful. This section shall not apply to property for which a current riparian buffer area permit is in effect.
(b) It shall be unlawful for the owner to permit any weeds, or grass, edible or not, to grow to a height exceeding ten (10) inches anywhere on such premises, including those portions thereof abutting any street, Rd., alley or other thoroughfare, and in the event such premises are crossed by a sidewalk, ditch, pathway, private Rd.way, fence or other natural or manmade boundary or divider, including those portions thereof between such boundary or divider and the edge of the thoroughfare; any such weeds or grass exceeding such height are hereby declared to be a nuisance. This section shall not apply to property for which a current riparian buffer area permit is in effect. This section shall also not apply to any crops, trees, bushes, shrubs, flowers or other ornamental plants or flowers which are maintained in a clearly definable fashion. This section shall also not apply to native plantings for the purpose of intentional naturalization, which includes plantings used for food or fiber, for aesthetic purposes, to...

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