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City of Ashland looks to impose new vegetation restrictions to prevent structure fires

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The Ashland Planning Commission meets Tuesday night to discuss newly proposed development standards that aim to reduce fire hazard within city limits.

The proposed ordinance would impose regulations on the kinds of vegetation you can have around your homes and businesses.

"Often structures catch fire from vegetation in their immediate proximity, working to take one structure fire through the vegetation to the house next to it," says Brandon Goldman, head planner at the City of Ashland.

The ordinance would require fuels reduction work around new construction, and prohibit highly flammable plants, such as leyland cyprus and juniper, from being planted within 30 feet of any Ashland building.

The restrictions do not apply to vegetation already in place.

The city will hold a final public meeting on July 17th.

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