Overland Park has new rules that encourage residents to grow native plants.
This week, the Overland Park City Council approved an update to the city’s weed and vegetation enforcement act to allow for growing native plants.
The city’s ordinance was last updated in 2011, and included an outdated definition of weeds that were not allowed to be grown in Overland Park yards. For example, milkweed was on the city’s noxious weeds list.
“The ordinance was also out of sync with sustainable landscaping practices promoted through the city’s stormwater cost share program,” said City Sustainability Manager Lara Isch. “This program promotes beneficial native plantings and rain gardens, and the update brings the city’s code into alignment with that goal.”
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