In 2010, the Red Wing City Council gave the Sustainability Commission the responsibility of developing a new weed ordinance. From that the Proposed Urban Landscape Ordinance was created. Council had the first reading of the proposed ordinance at their regular meeting on March 14th, and the second reading and adoption of the ordinance on March 28th. The Ordinance was published on 4/2/11, and 14 days after publication the Ordinance goes into effect (4/16/11).
Changes to the Ordinance will largely affect undeveloped residential and commercial lots. However an addition to the Ordinance concerning watering of lawns could affect all properties.
Watering of traditional residential lawns by lawn sprinkler between the hours of 11:00am and 5:00pm and also between 9:00pm and 4:00am will be prohibited in order to conserve water and discourage turf disease. Exceptions may be made for newly-sodded/seeded lawns. In addition, the City will retain the right to restrict public water usage as deemed necessary. There are certain areas that will be exempted from these regulations such as parks, playing fields, golf courses, rain gardens, public schools, designated floodplains or wetlands, natural landscape and garden areas. A complete list is available by clicking on the link to the Urban Landscape Ordinance below or by contacting the Public Works Office at 651-385-3674.