Update on the front yard veggie garden in Sacramento that was sited for a code
violiation – please see
looks like someone sprayed round up on the garden… I visited
it today after seeing the article
the over spray on the neighbors lawns is the key…and
not manure as a possible cause.. this manure was added in February and was
turned in…and the garden flourished
she has replanted with donations of edible plants and
flowers from a local gardener and it looks good… a few zucchini plants
remain and a sunflower…
we will be meeting with the city council member and code
enforcement people this Friday
this is the current ordinance
17.68.010 Landscaping requirements.
Requirements in Setback Areas.
1. Single-Family and Two-Family
Residential--Front and Street Side. A maximum of forty (40) percent of the
front setback area may be paved for off-street parking and driveways. An
additional maximum of ten (10) percent of the front setback area may be paved
for walkways or uncovered patio use. A maximum of forty (40) percent of the
street side setback area may be paved for off-street parking, driveways,
walkways or uncovered patio use; however, this requirement does not apply to
that portion of the street side yard located behind a fence that is in
compliance with the street side fence requirements set forth in Chapter 17.72
of this title. The remaining portion of the
setback areas shall be landscaped, irrigated and maintained with primarily low
ground cover or turf. Only living vegetation may be used as ground cover.
Vehicles, including but not limited to autos, boats, campers, trailers, and
other recreational vehicles, are not permitted to be parked within the
landscaped setback area; they must be parked on a paved surface.
As you can see it is very vague…
does not even mention shrubs….we will try to revise this as much as
possible to include drought tolerant and vegetable gardening….
Someone from the EPA called her to
report that this code as is does not comply with state codes…our concerns
will be taken july 30.
Will keep you informed on the progress
ACGC board member - Sacramento