Bill No. 135, 1998

By-law No. PW-5-98004

A by-law to amend By-law No. PW-5 entitled "A by-law to provide for the filling up, draining and cleaning of land and clearing land of waste."

The Municipal Council of the Corporation of the City of London enacts as follows:

1. Part 1, “Definitions”, of By-law PW-5 is amended by adding to section 1.1 thereto the following new definitions:

Buffer Strip - defined

“Buffer Strip” shall mean a border of a minimum of 0.9 m wide that delineates a wild flower meadow or naturalized area.

Border - defined

“Border” shall mean the cleared land between the side and/or rear property line and a naturalized area or wild flower meadow.

Naturalized area - defined

“Naturalized Area” shall mean a portion of a lot where a lawn or perennial garden previously maintained by the owner which has been allowed to re-establish a reproducing population of native species, through a combination of natural regeneration and deliberate plantings of native species or other species to emulate a natural area.

Perennial Gardens - defined

“Perennial Gardens” shall mean an area deliberately implemented to produce ground cover, including wild flowers, shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses or combinations of them, but does not include a wildflower meadow or a naturalized area.

Wildflower Meadow - defined

“Wildflower Meadow” shall mean a specialized habitat within a naturalized area, which is dominated by native species of flowers and grasses; and which requires periodic mowing (once or twice per year) in order to prevent the growth and establishment of woody shrubs and trees.

2. Part 3, “General Prohibitions”, of the said By-law is amended by adding the following thereto as section 3.9:

Private Property - Clear Buffer Strip

No person shall, within the City of London, fail to clear a buffer strip.

3. Part 4, “Exemptions”, of the said By-law is amended by adding the following thereto as sections 4.6 and 4.7:

4.6       Perennial Gardens - exemption

This by-law does not apply to perennial gardens, provided that the perennial gardens are managed in accordance with the Weed Control Act and provided that there is no waste.

4.7       Wildflower Meadow - exemption

This by-law does not apply to a wildflower meadow or a naturalized area provided that these areas are managed in accordance with the Weed Control Act, provided that there is no waste, and provided that they do not encroach within the buffer strip.

4. This by-law comes into force on the day it is passed.

PASSED IN OPEN Council on April 6, 1998.

Dianne Haskett

Mayor

Jeff A. Malpass

City Clerk

First Reading - April 6, 1998

Second Reading - April 6, 1998

Third Reading - April 6, 1998