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For purposes of this chapter the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
BLIGHT. The condition of a specific property or group of properties where the conditions are visible from public streets or right-of-ways and substantially detract from the aesthetics and economic value of the neighboring properties including health and safety hazards, public nuisance, crime, neglect and deterioration of property.
LANDSCAPING. At least 50% of the non-paved portions of the exterior yards (those that are visible to the general public) shall be covered with live trees, shrubs, lawns, or other live or synthetic lawn materials, and the remaining portion of the non-paved portions of the exterior yards shall be covered with live trees, shrubs, lawns, or other live plant materials or shall have decorative landscaping installed, so long as weed block is used where decorative landscaping is installed. Notwithstanding the above, all unpaved areas of a park strip may be landscaped with decorative landscaping, so long as weed block is used.
OVERGROWN. Grass, lawn blades, or weeds that are:
(1) Over 12 inches long or any ground covering plant material that extends over 12 inches onto a public street, curb, gutter, or sidewalk; or
(2) Over six inches long or any ground covering plant material that extends over six inches on to the public street, curb, gutter or sidewalk when the condition exists in combination with one or more other violations under this Code.
PARK STRIP. That portion of a street right-of- way that lies between the sidewalk and the outside edge of a street, gutter, or gutter lip, including a driveway approach. Where no curb exists, PARK STRIP shall mean the area of property from the sidewalk to the edge of the street pavement.
VACANT BLIGHTED BUILDING. A vacant residential, commercial, or industrial building and all yards surrounding the building that is in violation of one or more provisions of the San Joaquin Municipal Code or California state law, and therefore reduces the aesthetic appearance of its neighborhood, area or district, is offensive to the senses, or is detrimental to nearby properties uses or property values. A blighted building includes a vacant building and the yards surrounding the building that are not being actively maintained, or actively monitored, or actively secured.
VACANT BUILDING. Real property with one or more structures, whether residential, commercial, industrial, or otherwise that is/are unoccupied or occupied by unauthorized persons. In the case of a multi-unit structure or complex, VACANT shall mean 50% or more of the units are unoccupied or occupied by unauthorized persons.
(Ord. 2017-102, passed 9-12-2017)