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AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 174 OF "THE HIGHLAND PARK CODE OF 1968", AS AMENDED, TO ALLOW FOR THE PLANTING AND CULTIVATING OF NATIVE PLANT SPECIES

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HIGHLAND PARK, LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS:

SECTION ONE: That Paragraph PM-303.4 of Subsection (B) of Section 174.005 of "The Highland Park Code of 1968," as amended, adopting the BOCA National Property Maintenance Code 1996 as amended, be and the same is hereby further amended in its entirety to exempt native plants from the height restriction on weeds; so that hereafter the said Paragraph PM 303.4 shall be and read as follows:

    "PM-303.4 Weeds: All areas shall be kept free from weeds or plant growth in excess of 10 inches (254 mm). Weeds shall be defined as all grasses, annual plants and vegetation other than trees or shrubs provided, however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens, including but not limited to native plantings used for aesthetic and/or wildlife promotion, to attract and aid wildlife, and/or to offset and control any soil loss problems either occurring or predicted. It shall be the duty of any person owning, leasing, occupying, or controlling any plot of ground in the jurisdiction to prevent the growth of noxious weeds such as cockleburs, thistles, ragweed, burdock, and wild lettuce thereon."

SECTION TWO: That the City Clerk be and is directed hereby to publish this Ordinance in pamphlet form pursual1t to the Statutes of the State of Illinois, made and provided.

SECTION THREE: That this ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval.




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