City gives short shrift to bushy shrubbery

Council reminds residents that they're obligated to prune their hedges.

More and more people are complaining to city hall about Cranbrook gardens getting in the way of drivers’ vision.

Now city council is reminding residents that they are responsible for pruning shrubbery that is close to the edge of their property.

“You do have an obligation to keep your shrubbery cut back so it is not impeding people walking on sidewalks, or on sidewalks in wheelchairs, etcetera. For those of you who observe that being an issue, you are free to contact our bylaw officer who can make some enquiries,” said Mayor Wayne Stetski at the Monday, November 5 council meeting.

In Cranbrook’s Streets and Traffic Bylaw, trees, shrubs, bushes or hedges can’t be planted closer than half a metre from the edge of a property.

“It is a requirement of the owner to cut their vegetation back if it is becoming an obstruction to visibility or an impairment to pedestrians and vehicles,” added Chief Administrative Officer Wayne Staudt.