The fertilizer ban ordinance passed on first reading unanimously at the December 2019 meeting, however several commissioners expressed that without more scientific data and other municipality experience on enforcement they may not vote for it on second reading. The ban would prevent all homeowners from using fertilizer containing nitrogen from June 1 to September 30th. Use of fertilizer containing nitrogen during that time would be subject to a code violation and fine. City owned property as well as all golf courses and athletic fields were carved out. Read more about that here.
Keon is bringing forth a resolution at the January 28th meeting, this time, directing the city manager to put the city and city contractors under the same restrictions— but not without significant carve outs.
The resolution will allow for the occasional use of nitrogen and phosphorus based fertilizers by city employees and city contractors during the prohibited application period when resodding or caring for the city’s larger facilities.
City Administration has confirmed that the resolution will not apply to golf courses and athletic fields.There are separate standards that apply and will not be subject to the nitrogen and phosphorus ban.