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Online comments closed at 12:00 PM MDT 6/13/22.
Please remove Municipal code 9.80.020 (A4) immediately to encourage water conservation this summer. Water is our most important issue as homeowners as we enter another long hot summer in the midst of a long-term drought. Lakewood homeowners could make an impact by conserving the water they use on their lawns, but Lakewood Municipal Code 9.80.020 (A4) discourages changes in lawn-watering habits that could make a big difference. Municipal code 9.80.022 (A4) sets an arbitrary lawn length cap of 6" for any residential property. This is an outdated restriction. The shorter the lawn is cut, the more water has to be used to keep the grass looking green. Other municipalities in the area are encouraging their homeowners to replace the traditional ‘thirsty’ bluegrass with drought resistant grasses that require very little water to remain healthy. Even the traditional lawn would require less water if allowed to grow longer so that roots and crown of the grass were shaded. At the very least, the City of Lakewood should remove the restrictive Code 9.80.020 (A4) that prevents innovative and water conserving practices on the part of their residential homeowners. Thank you for your prompt consideration to the removal of this item in the Code.
June 13, 2022, 11:53 AM
Gretchen W May
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I feel that City Council should immediately vote on removing the lawn length provision from Lakewood Municipal Code 9.80.020 (A4). We're entering into an unprecedentedly hot summer and the west is experiencing record low rainfalls. The City of Lakewood's Municipal Code is actively promoting antiquated resource management all in the name of aesthetics of an era which no longer exists. According to Lakewood Municipal Code 9.80.020 (A4), Lakewood residents can be cited and financially penalized if they don't keep their lawns abnormally short. Furthermore, residents should be encouraged to have lawns consisting of xeric grasses that are suitable for the semi-desert climate in which we live. It makes no sense to have Kentucky bluegrass here that is suitable for a moister climate and consequently requires wasteful amounts of water on our lawns just to keep them alive at this arbitrary length. If citizens were able to let their lawns grow to a natural, unobstructed length, lawns wouldn't require nearly as much water to survive our increasingly scorched summers and it would lead to healthier, more resilient growth. If you remove this code immediately, you're removing another layer of bureaucracy and enabling citizens to actively help save our most precious resource. Anything short of removing this from Municipal Code immediately is short-sighted and irresponsible leadership.
June 13, 2022, 11:48 AM
Douglas F Hambley
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I am writing today in favor of repealing the ordinance that requires lawns to be cut at 6in or less. We are living in a time of climate change, longer grass will allow us to conserve water, use less gas, and attract pollinators. This change is an easy step council can take to help our environment. Long grass is also attractive and we will still have the noxious weed ordinance for those who are afraid letting grass grow long will result in neglect.
June 13, 2022, 11:35 AM
Sandie Weathers
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O-2022-6 - I find that this is a rather combersome proposed ordinance for only ten vehicles to be parked in the City of Lakewood at two faith-based locations (5 vehicles per location). Just the cost of having a on-site navigation assistance will probably make this project very expensive. Requiring all property owners within a 1,000 ft. radius to receive notice (that can be done) but requiring those property owners to "respond" to this notice may be a major problem. Property owners do not always respond to anything sent to them. Having services to help these people living in 10 cars to get permanent housing would be nice but there would have to be guidance from the City to find affordable housing. Of course, that housing probably will be outside of Lakewood as there is a problem finding any affordable housing in Lakewood. Since this is an "emergency" ordinance, it could take months to comply to these regulations.. I don't see that the designers of this ordinance read the word "emergency" nor have they seen the problems folks without permanent housing have been going through. They should visit West Colfax to seen what is happening. Kathi Hasfjord, Two Creeks neighbor resident
June 12, 2022, 9:27 AM
Kathi Hasfjord
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I'm an avid viewer and participant during City Council meetings. Councilor Springsteen recently posted the following on Twitter about Mayor Paul (see attachment) and I'd like more details around her accusation: https://twitter.com/ASpringsteenEsq/status/1535378867422056448. I don't recall Mayor Paul ever saying Councilor Sprinsteen, or anyone else, should be assaulted. I'm asking Councilor Springsteen to show proof of this interaction. Please treat this like a high school math class and show your work. This sort of dangerous behavior cannot be normalized by irresponsible leaders or our democracy will fail.
June 10, 2022, 4:39 PM
John Claus
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I live in an apartment complex sandwiched between Wright Park and Union Ridge Park. Both of these parks allow the grass and plants to grow naturally with paths to walk along. They require almost no maintenance except at the beginning of the spring and middle of the fall. They are never watered and yet hold a ton of nature. However, my apartment complex has a green low-cut lawn that requires water to be dumped on it in the morning and evening. It feels very synthetic and unnatural. In fact, I would say that the low-cut grass does not fit the character of the neighborhood or the Front Range region. I would write to the management company of my apartment complex to ask them for more natural landscaping; however, it seems that my request would go against our current zoning code that requires all grass to be cut down to 6 inches. So I am asking for the council to change the code to allow for landscaping that actually fits within the nature of the area for which we live by removing this 6-inch maximum.
June 8, 2022, 11:44 PM
Joshua Comden
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I have lived in Lakewood since 1964. Water was key then but even more important now with climate change. For this reason, I support the statements made regarding removing the Code provision which requires all lawns to be only up to 6 inches. Water conservation is not served by this requirement and I am in favor of it being repealed as water is our special resource.
June 8, 2022, 11:17 AM
Sam Guyton
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Phone-in comment
"Statistics are like a bikini. What is revealed is interesting, but what is concealed is crucial." - Councilor Olver https://youtu.be/5vp-TpIORIM?t=2445 Is it possible for Councilor Olver to spend more time thinking before opening his mouth in the future? For someone who incessantly reminds and reassures the world of his supposed geophysics credentials, he presents himself as an utter buffoon. Councilor Olver, you're a representative of the City of Lakewood. You're on a Council made up of 8 women and 3 men. In the future, I hope you could apply some of your alleged education and have more awareness before using backwoods metaphors in such a condescending manner.
June 7, 2022, 3:01 PM
John Claus
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While I thank Councilor Stewart's advancement of a Turf Replacement program (see Item 15 from 5/23 meeting: https://lakewoodspeaks.org/items/1995), I feel that City Council should immediately vote on removing the lawn length provision from Lakewood Municipal Code 9.80.020 (A4). We're entering into an unprecedentedly hot summer and the west is experiencing record low rainfalls. The City of Lakewood's Municipal Code is actively promoting antiquated resource management all in the name of aesthetics of an era which no longer exists. It makes no sense that we're debating the Save Bear Creek Lake Park movement without addressing low hanging fruit like removing Lakewood Municipal Code 9.80.020 (A4) immediately. According to this code, Lakewood residents can be cited and financially penalized if they don't keep their lawns abnormally short. On top of that, we then have to dump wasteful amounts of water on our lawns just to keep them alive at this arbitrary length. If citizens were able to let their lawns grow to a natural, unobstructed length, lawns wouldn't require nearly as much water to survive our increasingly scorched summers and it would lead to healthier, more resilient growth. If you remove this code immediately, you're removing another layer of bureaucracy and enabling citizens to actively help save our most precious resource. Anything short of removing this from Municipal Code immediately is short-sighted and irresponsible leadership. While I applaud the Turf Replacement discussion, it's a costly endeavor which will ultimately be implemented by the City of Lakewood and shouldn't be tied with amending this piece of the Municipal Code. Removing Lakewood Municipal Code 9.80.020 (A4) immediately costs the city nothing and it allows citizens to act quickly. Please consider removing this provision from the Lakewood Municipal Code immediately and allow the electorate to be part of the change.
June 5, 2022, 6:54 PM
John Claus
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