In last Tuesday’s council session, the City of College Park introduced a resolution to prevent spread of bamboo onto adjacent properties.
The City says it has received a number of complaints from adjoining landowners that bamboo has spread onto their property without their permission, thereby creating a noxious growth.
Currently, there is no law in the city preventing the spread of bamboo to adjoining properties without permission.
The new rule will only be enforced if a neighbor complains about it, and a resident can easily address the problem by putting in barriers to prevent their bamboo from spreading into neighboring yards.
Violators of the rule will get $200 for the first violation and $400 for the second and subsequent violation every 30 days. The penalty matches what is assessed in Tacoma Park for a violation – the City claims.
Most types of bamboo in the city are non-native species and are invasive. Once established, bamboo is extremely difficult to control, and tends to take over adjacent areas and properties, which makes it a noxious growth.
If a resident doesn’t address the problem, the City can step in and give the person a citation and a fine unless they put in a barrier.
There will be a public hearing on April 12, 2011, at 7:45 pm.