1490.03  STANDARDS FOR MAINTENANCE OF VEGETATION
   (a)    Grass and weeds shall be maintained at a height not to exceed eight inches. 
   (b)    Trees, plants and weeds which have been identified as noxious or invasive by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, or the Ohio State University Extension Service (see, e.g., Bulletin 866-98), shall be eradicated within thirty days after their discovery and identification.
   (c)   Exceptions to paragraphs (a) and (b) above:
      (1)   Established forest areas.  Naturally wooded areas shall be exempt from the requirements set forth in (a) and (b) above.
      (2)   Parcels devoted to active farming.  Land used for active farming (which includes agriculture and pasturing of livestock) shall be generally exempt from the requirements set forth in (a) and (b) above. However, if any portion of a parcel closer than thirty feet to a street right-of-way line or the property line of a developed lot or parcel is not devoted to active farming, these areas shall be considered "vacant land," subject to the regulations set forth in (3) below.  For the purpose of this section, "active farming" refers to those uses undertaken during the current year.
      (3)   Vacant land.  Unplatted parcels which are not devoted to active farming shall be generally exempt from the requirements set forth in (a) and (b) above.  However, grass and weeds within thirty feet of any street right-of-way line shall be maintained at a height not to exceed twenty-four inches, except grass and weeds located between a curb and sidewalk shall be maintained at a height not to exceed eight inches.  Further, trees, plants and weeds which have been identified as noxious or invasive located within thirty feet of the property line of any developed lot or parcel shall be eradicated within thirty days after their discovery and identification.
      (4)   Platted but undeveloped lots.  Each owner of an undeveloped lot within a platted subdivision shall maintain grass and weeds at a height not to exceed twelve inches, except grass and weeds located between a curb and sidewalk shall be maintained at a height not to exceed eight inches.  Further, trees, plants and weeds which have been identified as noxious or invasive located within thirty feet of the property line of any developed lot or parcel shall be eradicated within thirty days after their discovery and identification. For the purpose of the preceding subsections (3) and (4), "developed lot or parcel" means any land on which there is a building designed for or suitable for residential use.
   (d)  Obstructions to lawful maintenance.  Regardless of its use, no parcel or platted lot shall be altered so as to increase the accumulation of surface water or to divert any accumulation of water onto adjacent properties except in conformance with a drainage plan approved by the City.  Further, no owner of any parcel or platted lot shall permit any soil, rocks, refuse or construction debris to be deposited or remain which obstructs its being maintained in conformance with the requirements of this section, except during the period of active construction.  A lot or parcel shall be considered "actively under construction" only during that period commencing with the issuance of the City building permit for the principal structure and concluding with the issuance of the City occupancy permit for that structure. 
(Ord. 13-2012.  Passed 6-21-12.)