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Amended Ordinance for Landscaping on Public Right-of-Way in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The Dubuque City Council recently adopted a change in the Street Tree and Landscaping on Pubic Right-of-Way Policy.

Under the policy, property owners are able to plant shrubs and other plants in the public right-of-way with restriction on the height and placement of those shrubs.

Property owners are responsible for trimming and maintaining all plantings so there is no overhang onto, over, or into a sidewalk or street.

Property owners may not plant trees between the curb and sidewalk on public right-of-way. Requests for trees to be planted in public right-of-way must be submitted to the City's Leisure Services Department.

When property is developed, property owners dedicate part of the land as “public right-of-way” for streets, sidewalks, utilities and similar public uses. This area can extend up to 10 feet beyond the back of a curb. City Code prohibits private property landscaping, including trees, plants, shrubs, or bushes from obstructing the public right-of-way.

Ground-level shrubs, bushes, plants, trees or other vegetation planted on private property should not grow over or into public right-of-way and must not obstruct view of oncoming traffic, traffic signs/lights or pedestrian walkways. Private plantings hanging above a City street or sidewalk must be trimmed to 10 feet clearance over a sidewalk and 14 feet over a roadway.

Liability arising from the plantings is the responsibility of the property owner. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions of this policy may result in a municipal infraction.

More information about trees and landscaping in public right-of-way, including the complete policy, is available at www.cityofdubuque.org/trees or by calling 563-589-4263.

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