2013 Weed Abatement Program
A Resolution was adopted in February 2011 by the Cities of Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach and the Oceano Community Services District for the Five Cities Fire Authority (“Authority”) to administer the Weed Abatement Program for each community.
Authority personnel will be doing inspections in each community April 26 – 129, 2013. Lists will be made of the properties found in violation and “Notice to Abate Fire Hazard” letters will be mailed in May 2013 to the property owners.
Dates and guidelines are provided below for the property owners of Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Oceano to follow:
CITY OF ARROYO GRANDE
In accordance with Municipal Code Section 8.44.020: Owners and occupants of property to clear grass and weeds. “The owners and occupants of all lots within the City shall keep such lots and the sidewalks adjoining the same clean and clear of all grass and weeds to the outer line street curb adjoining such lots.”
You, as the property owner,are responsible to clear and maintain the property of weeds and combustible debris, such as junk wood, dead trees, piles of tree limbs and dead brush. If the property owner is not in compliance by June 1, 2013, a misdemeanor citation may be issued. Issuance of a misdemeanor citation may require an appearance in court. If for any reason the Authority is forced to abate the hazard, the owner will pay all costs involved to include a contractor fee plus a substantial administrative fee.
The following guidelines for vegetation management are to be used:
- Open fields and lots of less than two (2) acres, must be completely mowed or disked. Mowing shall be to a height of four (4) inches or less. Disking shall be to mineral soil. Laid-over grass cuttings left on the parcel is not acceptable.
- Hillside parcels are to be mowed to leave 2 to 4 inches of stubble. Disking is not acceptable due to erosion concerns.
- Clearances around homes, buildings and structures are to be maintained at a distance of at least 30 feet.
- Hillside homes must have a clearance of a minimum of 100 ft. on the downhill side of the structure.
- Lots or open fields of greater than two (2) acres, if not completely mowed or disked, must be given a 40 ft. mineral soil perimeter and one (1) acre 30 foot subdivision breaks.
CITY OF GROVER BEACH
Pursuant to California Government Code Sections 39561 and 39562.2:the City Council passed a Resolution on May 6, 2013 declaring weeds to be a nuisance and providing for weed abatement. The impact of this is that you, as the property owner, are responsible to clear and maintain the property in compliance with the adopted Standards as noted below.
The following Standards are to be used:
- All Zones except the R-A Zone: No grass, weeds or deciduous growth over 4 inches height. All piles of soil and/or dirt shall be removed. No accumulation of debris, clippings, rubbish or waste may be present.
- R-A Zones:A firebreak thirty (30) feet in width around the inside perimeter of the property lines. (This fire break may consist of tilled soil or cultivated and irrigated fire resistant foliage.) No accumulation of rubbish, debris or waste may be present.
The City of Grover Beach will begin its Annual Weed Abatement Program for weeds and other combustible debris for the 2013 fire season. Five Cities Fire Authority (“Authority”) personnel will be conducting the inspections. A list of the properties found in violation will be prepared and “Notice to Abate Fire Hazard” letters will be mailed to the property owners. Property owners in Grover Beach will be expected to clear their properties within 30 days from the Public Hearing on June 3,2013 when the Council is scheduled to order abatement (June 3rd – July 2nd). Authority personnel will re-inspect properties after the compliance deadline. All properties not in compliance by the July 2nd deadline will be abated and cleared by the Authority’s weed abatement contractor. Property owners will be charged for the contractor’s fee plus administrative fees.
The Five Cities Fire Authority urges everyone to cooperate and make Grover Beach fire-safe and free of unnecessary debris and litter. Please cut your weeds and maintain your property to protect your home from vegetation fires. If you are on larger property,please clear a perimeter of up to thirty feet around all structures. With your assistance,we can reduce fire risks in our community.
If you have any questions or need additional information regarding weed abatement,please check our website at www.fivecitiesfireauthorty.org or call the Five Cities Fire Authority – Vegetation Management Office at (805) 473-5486.
OCEANO COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT
Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 14875:the Board of Directors passed a Resolution on April 24, 2013 declaring vegetation on certain properties to be a public nuisance. The uncontrolled vegetation within the District represents a fire hazard;and vegetation on these properties is found to be a seasonal recurring nuisance under the California State Health and Safety Code,Section 14900.5. All combustible materials and/or noxious and dangerous weeds,taller than 4”, growing upon or in front of the property must be abated by removal and remain abated throughout the fire season (May through November).
Property owners will be given 30 days to abate all combustible materials on or in front of their property. Failure to remove all combustible materials and comply with the guidelines by June 1, 2013 will require the Authority to have a contractor clear the property and charge the property owner. This will include a substantial Fire administrative fee. The impact of this is that you, as the property owner,are responsible to clear and maintain the property in compliance with the adopted guidelines as noted above.
After inspections are completed and a list is compiled of properties needing abatement,a public hearing will be held on June 3, 2013 to protest if you feel your property is on the list in error. The contractor will abate properties and provide invoices with the charges and before and after photos. A public hearing will be held on July 17, 2013 if you wish to protest the charges. Public hearings are held at 6:30 p.m. in the Oceano Community Services District Board Room, 1655 Front St., Oceano.
For questions or clarification, please call the Five Cities Fire Authority at (805) 473-5486.
If you use a contractor or other type of service provider,please make sure they have a current business license.
REMEMBER: During fire season (May-November),all property owners shall continuously abate dried or combustible vegetation from their property.