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. The major changes will be to undeveloped residential and commercial lots. A copy of the proposed ordinance is available on the City's website or by contacting the Public Works Office.
Another change will be to the ordinance regarding watering of lawns. 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 on the website at www.red-wing.org or by contacting the Public Works Office at 651-385-3674.
On February 14th, the City Council will have the first reading of the proposed ordinance and the second reading and adoption will be February 28th after which it is published; 14 days after publication, it becomes effective. If anyone has any concerns or wants to make comments to the ordinance, please plan to attend one of the meetings or contact your City Council representative.