Ascension targets overgrown lots in rural areas
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Council will consider bringing the parish government's residential yard maintenance standards in the coming weeks to small rural communities on the parish's west bank.
Ascension Parish government has had rules on maintaining lawns for lots inside subdivisions in unincorporated parts of the parish. After proper warning, the parish can cut high grass, bill property owners and put a lien on their property.
The ordinance does not apply to some of the parish's older, rural west bank communities that developed in a largely compact, small-lot pattern, but not as formal subdivisions.
Councilman Oliver Joseph asked a council committee Monday to support a "grass and weed overlay zone" that would apply the rules to those communities, such as Aben, Lemannville, Modeste, Smoke Bend and others.
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