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L.A. allows for more permit-free plantings on residential parkways

October 30, 2010 |  4:10 pm

The Los Angeles Board of Public Works approved new rules Monday for residential parkways, that strip of ground between the sidewalk and the street. The city's revised Residential Parkway Landscaping Guideline allows homeowners to plant drought-tolerant ground-cover plants without a permit. Previously, the only permit-free plantings allowed were street trees and lawn.

"A lot of people look at the parkways as an extension of their front yard, and it really has a different purpose and therefore has to be held to a different standard," said Lance Oishi, senior landscape architect for L.A.'s Bureau of Street Services.

Technically, parkways are part of the street, Oishi said. They are not private property, even though homeowners are required to maintain them.

Read the full story on The Times' Home blog.

-- Susan Carpenter