2015 Templeton weed abatement rules
As of the writing of this article, Templeton has received below average rainfall. Hopefully more rain is on the horizon. Cutting and/or spraying now will make the maintaining of your property more manageable in late spring. Due to lack of rainfall, many large bushes and trees have been stressed or have died. The dead material will need to be removed as part of the abatement process.
Trimming the hedges, cutting the grass, and clearing the fields to make Templeton fire-safe is what weed abatement is all about. To assist you in complying with the Templeton Community Services District Weed Abatement Ordinance, here are the following are minimum acceptable standards.
Weed Abatement MUST be Maintained From May 1st through November 30th
Three Acres or Less
Parcels of 3 acres or less must be mowed or disked completely.
Three Acres or Larger
Parcels three acres and larger may be mowed or disked completely, but must have as a minimum soil firebreaks around the perimeter and cross breaks at intervals breaking each block in no greater than 1 acre (or as directed by the Templeton Fire Department). Firebreaks shall be a minimum of 30 feet in width at perimeters and cross breaks and 50 feet minimum around structures. Down slope clearances from structures shall be a minimum of 100 feet. Clearances around and under oak trees shall be a minimum of 30 feet.
Mower Height and Equipment
Your mower height must be set at a maximum height of three inches unless conditions require a greater height that shall be determined by the fire chief. All equipment used for weed abatement work shall be equipped with proper spark arresters, mufflers, etc. A fire extinguisher of pressurized-water or back-pump type shall be required on equipment for immediate accessibility and use.
PLEASE NOTE PROPERTY OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WEEDS FROM CENTER LINE OF PUBLIC ROAD AND THROUGHOUT THEIR ENTIRE PROPERTY!
May 1st – All lots are to be in compliance with TCSD ordinance
May 2nd-8th – Properties inspected for non-compliance
May 19th – TCSD Board holds public hearing for non-compliant lots
June 2nd – District Contractor authorized to clear non-compliant lots