City adds tree trimming requirements to alleys and sidewalks. | KLBK | KAMC

Posted: Dec 16, 2020 / 11:24 am CST
Updated: December 16, 2020 / 11:24 am CST

An Alley in the West End neighborhood of Lubbock (Rebecca Clark)

LUBBOCK, Texas – Owners or renters now have greater responsibility for cutting trees or other vegetation in the back alleys of Lubbock. Lubbock City Council on Tuesday approved an update to the city ordinance with a special focus on alleyways.

The council was told that “a certain language is lacking” to deal with obstacles, including branches that cross the alleys. The branches of the trees must be 12 feet above the alley or higher. and if not, they have to be trimmed.

The branches of the trees now need to give 8 feet of vertical space above the walkways.

The council approved the following requirement:

“Branches and branches of trees on adjacent properties that extend beyond the public right of way of a street, alley, or easement must be pruned by the owner, tenant, or tenant of the adjacent property so that a minimum vertical clearance of 12 feet is achieved . will be maintained over vehicle-traveled paths, including lanes, roads, and easements, and at least 8 feet (8 feet) over sidewalks. “

Anyone breaking the law can be notified and instructed to remove the branches or other obstacles. However, the city can immediately cut trees or remove obstacles at its own expense.

CLICK HERE to see a red letter version of the regulation highlighting the changes.

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