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Town Board to hold hearing regarding regulating or prohibiting the planting and/or growing of bamboo
PUBLIC HEARING FOR INVASIVE BAMBOO LEGISLATION
The public can weigh in on proposed new bamboo code at the Town Board meeting June 28 Greenburgh Town hall after 7:30 PM
Running bamboo is commonly known as an invasive species. Certain species can come with related problems, such as providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and proving destructive to building foundations, walls, walkways and other structures. For these reasons, the Town Board is interested in regulating or prohibiting the planting and/or growing of bamboo within Greenburgh.
“Running bamboo” refers to any tropical or semi-tropical grass of the genera Phyllostachys, Pleiblastus or of any other related genera that is classified as a leptomorph. Two of the more commonly known species of bamboo are Phyllostachys aurea (Golden Bamboo) and Phyllostachys aureosulcata (Yellow Groove Bamboo), both of which are identified in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Part 575 Invasive Species Regulations as of 2014.
Namely the draft legislation proposes:
It will be unlawful for owners or tenants anywhere in unincorporated Greenburgh to plant running bamboo into the ground, or allow existing running bamboo to migrate onto any adjoining property including public property or Town right-of-way.
In order to prevent the bamboo from migrating into another property, the owner should install sheathing impenetrable by running bamboo a minimum of three feet deep within the subject property lines where the running bamboo exists.
Running bamboo that does migrate to another property will be considered a public nuisance and negates the right of the owner to keep it. In this event, the building inspector will notify the bamboo owner that they have 30 days to remove all the existing bamboo on both properties. The fine applied for not complying within the 30-day window will be anywhere between $100-$500; with a second violation for the same offense at a maximum of $1,000. Each day the violation is committed constitutes a separate offense.
Also any new plantings of running bamboo shall be treated similarly as a public nuisance if found on any property, with procedure and fines the same as above.
The American Bamboo Society provides recommendations for the control of bamboo, as outlined on the following website: https://www.bamboo.org/bamboo-planting-and-care/
PAUL FEINERGreenburgh Town Supervisor
Town of Greenburgh, NY
Chapter 325: Bamboo
§ 346-1 Legislative purpose and intent.
Any tropical or semi-tropical grass of the genera Phyllostachys, Pleioblastus or of any other related genera that is classified as a leptomorph¹.
§ 346-3 Regulation.
§ 346-5 Violations and penalties.