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A. The term “weed” does not include vegetation that constitutes an agricultural crop or decorative residential landscaping, unless that vegetation is a fire, health, or traffic hazard.

B. It shall not be a violation of this chapter for property owners to maintain wetland or upland native vegetation in its natural state either on their property or in common areas when required to do so pursuant to the requirements of state law, city ordinance or land use approval. Nothing herein prohibits a property owner from preserving native vegetation in its natural state in excess of the requirements of state law or city ordinance, provided the owner prepares and implements a management plan for maintenance of the natural area and said plan is approved and on file with the community development department.

C. It shall not be a violation of this chapter for property owners to maintain prohibited flammable plants which were established prior to the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter on their property or in common areas, unless the plants are subject to removal through implementation of an approved fuel prevention and control plan or general fuel modification area on file with the Community Development Department. (Ord. 3159 § 1, amended, 09/18/2018; Ord. 3009, added, 04/20/2010)

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