Green Code Provisions Code Draft Needs Your Review, ASAP!August 26, 2012
If you garden (at home or professionally) in Seattle or other areas of Washington state, you need to read the draft Green Code Provision for Healthy Landscapes, which is now open for comment.
But, you need to read it right now, spread the word, and comment fast.
The comment period closes tomorrow, August, 27, 2012. (Sorry, we learned about the draft recently ourselves.)
If passed as written, these proposals have the potential to significantly limit what anyone can plant anywhere at any time in our area. It may also limit overall use of landscape space. Although the intent is noble, in my opinion, this draft is unrealistic and a potential job killer.
Do you need lawn?
Do you want to grow vegetables?
Do you need to do construction that will require re-landscaping?
Do you want a new patio, deck or play structure?
Do you want to add space for dogs, goats or chickens?
Do you want to create habitat and forage for honeybees and other wildlife?
Do you want more choice in plant diversity?
Do you grow plants and sell them?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions (and I could ask more), this drafted policy change may affect you. The draft code change is available here. It is very short, so read it, please.
And, my own 2012-August Green Code Provision Feedback model letter is available for download and review in Word document format here. (If you wish to review it and cannot read this format, leave us a comment with a way to reach you, and we’ll see what we can do.)
You are welcome to download my letter and use it as a model for your own response or to just read it to understand our position. (My letter is much longer than the draft, so get a glass of tea in hand before you dig in.) As stated in the letter, I welcome any input to our own response, and look forward to continuing to educate and develop healthy, functional landscapes together.
-Robin Haglund, Founder & President Garden Mentors inc.