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For Good of Residents, Falls Looks to Ban Bamboo

The Falls Township Board of Supervisors, in an effort to prevent the quick and weed-like pesky overgrowth of invasive bamboo, have set the wheels in motion for a new ordinance that would outlaw the un-neighborly plant.

Bamboo, which can grow up to 30 feet tall with stems 6 inches in diameter, has been known to spread rapidly underground, in some cases, moving to nearby properties, continuing to sprout underneath siding and causing property, as well as home damage.

Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie said the board asked the Environmental Advisory Council to look into the issues associated with bamboo after residents voiced concerns over damage from neighboring bamboo plants. The EAC recommended that new homeowners be notified about bamboo grown on their properties.

Under the proposed ordinance, anyone who purchases a home in Falls Township containing bamboo would be informed in writing of the existence, location and barriers constructed to prevent the spread of bamboo.

Residents who already have bamboo on their property would be grandfathered in, provided that specific measures are taken to keep the plant at least 10 feet away from any property line, pavement, sidewalk, or at least 40 feet from a public road within Falls Township.

The noxious plants and weed ordinance will be considered for adoption at a later date. The board on Tuesday authorized advertisement of the ordinance.

Once adopted, anyone found to be in violation of the provisions of the regulation could be cited with a summary offense and fined. 

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