Update! Orlando City council seeks new restrictions on front yard gardens (video in link)Submitted by fonzdrew on Sat, 01/12/2013 - 04:14
The city of Orlando says it's trying work with the couple whose front yard vegetable garden has sparked controversy nationwide, by passing new regulations that would require changes to their garden and affect several others in College Park.
The city of Orlando says it's trying to work with the couple whose front yard vegetable garden has sparked controversy nationwide by passing new regulations that would require changes to their garden, a move that would affect several others in College Park.
In November, Local 6 first reported the story about the controversial garden after the city told the Helvengstons their 25-by-25-foot garden was not in compliance with the city's code.
The city had asked the couple to uproot it because it was against the landscaping code that requires permanent maintained ground cover with a finished appearance. The city threatened to fine Jennifer and Jason Helvengston $500 per day. Since then, however, the city has dropped the violation and is working to change the code itself.
"We reached out to the community, talked to landscape architects, we looked at what other cities are doing," said Jonathan Ippel, sustainability director of the city of Orlando. "We're trying to be flexible and provide a variety of different options."
One proposal calls for allowing up to 25 percent of a front yard to be a vegetable garden. Plants could not exceed 4 feet in height and planters would need to be 3 feet from the sidewalk.
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