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Orange County Model Landscape Ordinance Saves Cities Money and Time

March 27, 2010

From – Landscaping constitutes 58 percent of Residential Water Usage, and is a major contributor to urban runoff.

AB 1881, enacted in 2006 as part of the state’s ongoing policymaking in this regard, required local agencies to adopt a State Model Ordinance reducing landscape water use — or a local ordinance that is “at least as effective as” the State Model — by January 1, 2010.

This gave cities an option of adopting the State Model, which is 41 pages long and inflexible with respect to geographic diversity across the state, or develop their own model that is “at least as effective.”

The Orange County Division of the League of California Cities was very proud to partner last year with the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) in the development of an Orange County Model Landscape Ordinance that not only met the state’s AB 1881 requirements, but saved participating cities and their local businesses thousands of dollars.

This project meshed perfectly with the Orange County Division’s own goals of protecting local control and acting as an incubator of good public policy.  Noting that the State Model Landscape Ordinance could be both expensive and needlessly restrictive to cities and their residents, the Division and MWDOC came together to develop an alternative that would:…to read the rest of this story, please click here.


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