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Parksville reminds property owners to maintain adjacent boulevards

Cutting the grass, trimming hedges and shrubs required by bylaw
The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre located at 100 Jensen Ave.

The City of Parksville is reminding residents, property owners and business owners to properly look after maintenance and care of city boulevards adjacent to
their property.

This includes cutting the grass, trimming hedges and shrubs, and keeping clear of weeds and litter, according to a news release by the city.

"Well maintained boulevards add character to neighbourhoods and enhance community pride," the release stated. "The boulevard is the area between your property line and the street curb or shoulder which may or may not include a sidewalk."

Property owners and residents are required to maintain the city boulevard bordering their property, where it borders the front, back or sides of the property, according to the city.

Vegetation grows quickly in Parksville's climate and can easily become a nuisance or hazard if not managed regularly.

In the city’s bylaw, "boulevard" means the area of a highway between the edge of pavement, sidewalk, and/or curb of the roadway and the adjacent property line but excludes a sidewalk.

As detailed in the city’s Traffic Bylaw No.1436, in keeping with a reasonable standard of maintenance, property owners must maintain the boulevard adjoining their property by: keeping grassed areas trimmed and free of all weeds; trim and maintain all plantings; remove all garbage and recycling, leaves, rubbish, discarded materials, hazardous objects and materials from boulevards and sidewalks; maintain safe pedestrian access to sidewalks; and maintain safe sight lines for vehicle traffic.

Should there be an issue with maintenance of city trees on boulevards, contact the operations department at

Property owners should not cause damage, cut down, or remove city trees.

Failure to maintain boulevards may result in enforcement action from city bylaw compliance officers.

Questions should be directed to

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