Many residents have extended landscaping into the highway right of way to beautify the boulevard in front of their homes. These encroachments add to the beauty of the Village’s streets and are welcome improvements. However, when trees and shrubs become overgrown they can impact pedestrian and vehicle safety.
Overgrown trees and shrubs become a sightline hazard when they restrict a person’s view of vehicular or pedestrian traffic. To ensure safe sightlines:
- Keep vegetation clear of the paved portion of the roadway by a minimum of 0.45m (18")
- Traffic and information signs should be clear of vegetation a minimum of 0.6m (2')
- At intersections, vegetation, especially hedges, should be a maximum of 1m (3') tall within 5m of the property line at the street corner
The property owner is responsible for maintaining their soft landscape encroachments within the highway right of way adjacent to their property. If these encroachments are not maintained or become a sightline hazard, the Village may request their removal at the cost of the property owner.
Once identified, overgrown landscaping will trigger a letter to the property owner by the Public Works Manager. The letter will request that the landscape encroachment be corrected within 30 days of notice. In most cases, this means trimming an overgrown bush, hedge or tree back to the property line.