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

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


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bravo! a move in the right direction.

Is it just me or does it bother others that the city claims this area as public property but requires homeowners to maintain it.

This and the same way they treat sidewalks seems like the city is just abdicating their responsibilities.

With their proximity to streets, parkways have a significant influence on the quality of water that goes through storm drains and discharges into rivers, streams, and beaches.

By giving residents freedom to landscape parkways as they wish without permits, the City of LA entrusts residents to landscape responsibly. I hope that all residents that are considering landscaping in their parkway or in any other part of their yard first look up the websites bewaterwise.com and surfrider foundation.org/ocean friendly gardens

Next week you will be able to plant pot. Yes on 19.


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