Franklin - The Common Council might allow residents to grow "natural lawns" - those containing "common species of grass and wild flowers native to North America which are designed and purposefully cultivated to exceed 12 inches in height from the ground."
The council has asked the city Environmental Commission to examine the issue. The commission is scheduled to discuss the matter Aug. 25.
Residents would have to apply to the city to have a natural lawn and get consent from abutting neighbors - unless the resident could show the city that the lawn would be screened by an "opaque fence or row of continuous shrubs," according to a memo from a city planner.
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