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Ann Arbor City Council Developing Regulations For Growing Native Plants

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Council to discuss the legality of plants taller than turf grass.

The shift to using more native plants over turf grass in landscaping is creating some confusion on what's allowed on lawn extensions between the road and the sidewalk. Ann Arbor officials are trying to provide clarity on the issue.

Growing native plants, or even vegetables, in the extension is promoted by many storm water retention. However, these plants often grow taller than turf grass, creating concerns over what's legal. Ann Arbor City Council member, Sabra Briere, says the city is developing a manual to help residents understand what's allowed in the extension. Briere attested Council members "know what the current rules are, and know about the need to keep both sidewalks and street sight-lines clear."

Plans to tweak the city's vegetation ordinance should come back in front of council in June, after the guide is developed.

Like 89.1 WEMU on Facebook and follow us on Twitter— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.       

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.