Sustainability – Composting & Native Plants

Through the Oakwood Community Center, the city periodically offers educational programs on topics including composting and use of native plants. On July 18, 2022, the Oakwood City Council adopted Ordinance 4960 amending Chapter 551 of the Oakwood General Offenses Code. The updated code, entitled “Landscape Management”, recognizes community interest in new or non-traditional ways of addressing outdoor landscapes, particularly with regard to the use of native plants, rain gardens, and butterfly gardens. The new code encourages the use of vegetation throughout the city to maximize ecological and aesthetic benefits while respecting existing community values regarding landscaping to include well-maintained yards, preservation of sight lines, compatibility with existing structures, and public safety. Ecological benefits of “managed natural landscapes” include enhancement of pollinator support habitat, stormwater management, carbon sequestration, erosion control, and preservation of biodiversity. Importantly, the new code does not give homeowners permission to neglect their yards or allow them to “go wild.” The key concept behind a managed natural landscape area is that it must be “managed and maintained” as required by the new ordinance.

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