Safe Grow Zone Initiative Update

Date

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Residents have requested that the City Council adopt an ordinance prohibiting the use of cosmetic pesticides on lawns and gardens within the City. The definition of the word "pesticide" would include herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides.

The City Council has held two work session discussions (Nov. 13, 2012; May 20, 2013) and a public forum (March 18, 2013) on the proposed Safe Grow Zone ordinance. Proponents and opponents have testified during the public forum, during public comments at many meetings of the City Council, and by email.

At the work session on May 20, 2013, the City Council reviewed a revised draft ordinance that would establish public education steps and phase in restrictions on the use of certain pesticides for cosmetic uses on lawns (only lawns) on public and private property within the City. The draft ordinance, summary of the ordinance, and legal analysis from the City Attorney are available for review.

The Council has requested that the Committee on the Environment review the proposed ordinance. The next scheduled discussion of the ordinance at a work session of the City Council is scheduled for July 8, 2013 to be followed by adoption of a two-reading ordinance on July 15 and July 22. These dates are still tentative.

Residents and others continue to comment on the proposal. Generally, comments may be sent to clerk@takomaparkmd.gov for distribution to the City Council. Comments received at this address will be added to the record. Readers may continue to follow the discussion by viewing the rolling agenda to see when the next discussion is scheduled, reviewing the agenda package when it is posted for the meeting, and watching or attending City Council meetings.