Policy NumberP000508.2
SubjectVegetated Road Verge & Nature Strip Maintenance Approval Policy
Subject AreaCITY ASSETS
StrategyA growing city supported by infrastructure
File Number6-8-882, 6-8-896, 117-314-1, 6-8-126/17
Inception Date08/06/2014
Last Review Date11/24/2015
ReportsPO1696 - CA340040
Responsible OfficerManager Civil and Open Space Maintenance - MCOSM
PolicyBlacktown City Council together with residential, commercial and business owners and Government Landowners, are committed to establishing and promoting high quality streetscapes that improve the amenity of Council’s roads and streets and facilitate safe pedestrian and vehicle movement that reflects its local character and engenders a sense of community pride. While the majority of vegetated road verges and nature strips in residential areas are maintained by the citizens of Blacktown City, Council has traditionally undertaken the maintenance of vegetated road verges and nature strips along major transport corridors; its corporate property frontages; and for those residents in situations of age or infirmity. Council is also receiving a number of requests from the community to convert their traditional grass verges to low growing shrub gardens or in some cases synthetic grass. In these instances, maintenance of these converted verges and gardens would be the responsibility of the resident and would need to meet strict criteria for their installation and ongoing upkeep. The Vegetated Road Verge & Nature Strip Maintenance Approval Policy formalises Council’s position in considering requests for these services and establishes the criteria to be used when assessing applications to change vegetated road verges and nature strips. The Policy also clarifies Council's position and the process involved where the community is seeking assistance from Council on the ongoing maintenance of the property nature strips.

Vegetated Road Verge and Nature Strip Maintenance Approval Policy.pdfVegetated Road Verge and Nature Strip Maintenance Approval Policy.pdf

ProcedurePersons wishing to modify their existing road verge or have Council maintain their road verge need to make application via the conditions contained in the Vegetated Road Verge & Nature Strip Maintenance Approval Policy which can be downloaded from Council’s website at www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au
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