WASHINGTON COUNTY -- As they considered potential changes to the county's weed-control ordinance Tuesday morning, the Washington County Commissioners heard feedback from people with two very different visions for the future of residential subdivisions.
One side values the suburban tradition of neat, weed-free lawns with carpets of 2 1/2-inch grass.
The other, promoted by Washington County Soil Conservation District Manager Elmer Weibley, predicts a future in which tall, native grasses are not only permitted, but could be required in parts of new residential subdivisions as an environmental management strategy.
Before the Washington County Commissioners can move forward with changes to the county's weed ordinance, they must choose between -- or find a way to meld -- these competing visions, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said.
"The difference in that philosophy is going to drive this ordinance," he said.
Facing these and other questions, the commissioners decided Tuesday to schedule a workshop to meet with groups on both sides of the debate before proceeding with a draft of the weed ordinance changes. A date has not been set for the workshop.