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Public hearing set for Brookhaven bamboo ban bill

A proposed town amendment would ban planting of bamboo in the town. File photo
February 08, 2012 | 05:08 PM
A proposed town resolution would ban residents from planting invasive bamboo in their yards and would regulate existing bamboo, imposing steep fines for violations.

Councilwoman Kathy Walsh (R-Centereach) proposed the local law, which would amend town code on property maintenance.

Although bamboo is not banned on Long Island, Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County lists the plant as a moderately invasive species and recommends against selling.

The bill does not specify how a resident would restrict the bamboo growth to prevent it from spreading to another's property.

Bamboo has also become a problem for many homeowners in other towns including Smithtown.

Smithtown Town now requires homeowners with bamboo to trim the plant to more than 10 feet from their property lines.

Huntington residents have also complained bamboo has destroyed property, and some Town Board members have considered legislation to limit the planting of bamboo in the town.

Those in violation of the Brookhaven Town code would be fined $500 to $2,000, or imprisoned up to 15 days, or both. Upon a second conviction, the person will be fined $1,000 to $3,000, or imprisoned up to six months, or both. The second offense will be classified as a misdemeanor.

A public hearing on the matter will be held March 20 at 6:30 pm at Brookhaven Town Hall.

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