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File #: 20-0634    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 7/7/2020 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 7/21/2020 Final action:
Title: Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to Staff to Author a Hazardous Vegetation and Rubbish Abatement Ordinance (Sponsor: Supervisor Brown)
Attachments: 1. 07-17-20 Redwood Valley MAC Correspondence, 2. 07-19-20 Wadman Correspondence, 3. 07-19-20 Levin Correspondence, 4. 07-19-20 Boyd Correspondence, 5. 07-19-20 Zanatell Correspondence, 6. 07-20-20 Lee Correspondence, 7. 07-20-20 Lina Correspondence, 8. 07-20-20 Luna Correspondence, 9. 07-20-20 Maceira Correspondence, 10. 07-20-20 Madrones Correspondence, 11. 07-20-20 MCFSC Correspondence, 12. 07-20-20 McLean Correspondence, 13. 07-20-20 Miller Correspondence, 14. 07-20-20 Moon Correspondence, 15. 07-20-20 Paffard Correspondence, 16. 07-20-20 Robertson Correspondence, 17. 07-20-20 Rodgers Correspondence, 18. 07-20-20 Rutledge Correspondence, 19. 07-20-20 Wagenet Correspondence, 20. 07-20-20 Wetzel-Chinn Correspondence, 21. 07-20-20 Shea Correspondence, 22. 07-20-20 A. Lee Correspondence, 23. 07-20-20 Barre Correspondence, 24. 07-20-20 Blake Correspondence, 25. 07-20-20 Brunnberg-Rand Correspondence, 26. 07-20-20 Caldwell Correspondence, 27. 07-20-20 Douglas Correspondence, 28. 07-20-20 Dye Correspondence, 29. 07-20-20 Furia Correspondence, 30. 07-20-20 Hart Correspondence, 31. 07-20-20 Hester Correspondence, 32. 07-20-20 Johnson Correspondence, 33. 07-21-20 Hill Correspondence, 34. 07-21-20 Blumenfeld Correspondence, 35. 07-20-20 Seltzer Correspondence, 36. 07-20-20 Uppinghouse Correspondence, 37. 07-20-20 Vau Correspondence, 38. 07-20-20 Bancroft Correspondence, 39. 07-20-20 Borst Correspondence, 40. 07-20-20 Ferri-Taylor Correspondence, 41. 07-20-20 K. Ferri-Taylor Correspondence, 42. 07-20-20 Marianchild Correspondence, 43. 07-20-20 Ramsey Correspondence

TO: Board of Supervisors
FROM: Supervisor Brown
MEETING DATE: July 21, 2020

Supervisor Brown

ITEM TYPE: Regular Agenda


Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to Staff to Author a Hazardous Vegetation and Rubbish Abatement Ordinance
(Sponsor: Supervisor Brown)

Provide direction to staff to write a Hazardous Vegetation and Rubbish Abatement Ordinance.

No previous action has been taken, however, at past meetings the question has been raised regarding abatement authority on private lands where the owner has insufficient defensible space.

Mendocino County's residents continue to face risks from wildfire. Each year during the rains, vegetation can quickly grow out of control. Tall weeds, dry grasses, fallen branches and other overgrowth can pose a significant safety hazard when they become dry fuel for fire to consume. Dead trees from past wildfires also remain on many properties.

Fire Safe Councils (FSC) within communities throughout Mendocino County have organized and work very hard to eliminate vegetative fuels within and near their residential areas, and on roadsides. Other communities without organized FSC depend on neighbors to properly manage their land. Unfortunately some residents, or absentee land owners, are not responsible property owners and refuse to alleviate potentially hazardous conditions to maintain their property throughout the year. County Fire Departments and Cal Fire may have the ability to notify noncompliant property owners but lack the authority to abate privately owned lands. Local residents then turn to the County for enforcement.

A Hazardous Vegetation and Rubbish Abatement Ordinance can require property owners to remove combustible fuel within the unincorporated areas of the County. Under such a...

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