WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The Washington County Commissioners are closer to approving a revised weed control ordinance after hammering out some of the remaining questions Tuesday during a workshop session.
When the commissioners first tackled the ordinance more than two months ago, discussion revolved around the broad question of where tall grasses and vegetation were, and were not, appropriate. By Tuesday's meeting, that question largely had been resolved, leaving only smaller details for discussion.
The revisions under consideration would allow lots to be exempted from the standard 18-inch height limit if the tall grasses were being used for environmental benefits such as mitigating stormwater runoff or reducing pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay. Such lots would have to be one acre or larger, and the Washington County Soil Conservation District would have to verify that the environmental management program was being conducted in accordance with the rules of a county, state or federal program.