|Herbicide and Pesticide Policy||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mark Thompson (markithompsongmail.com)|
|Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2017 01:49:46 -0700 (PDT)|
Greetings. I am looking for examples, models, or suggestions related to a community herbicide and pesticide policy. Some background: We are an open air condominium style cohousing. So each unit owns the property surrounding their freestanding houses, but their activities thereon are subject to our bylaws, similar to HOA rules. We are surrounded on three sides by a conservation easement, greenbelt, which we manage. Recently a new owner, unaware this would be a problem, used Roundup on his yard. While retroactively there is little that can be done, this person now understands our concerns and is actively working to discover the communities intentions. He thoroughly read our policies and agreements, but we never mentioned the use of pesticides and herbicides there. There has been on and off again discussions on the topic, but none has resulted in a policy. On communal property we use organic gardening practices. As far as I have determined they are aligned with national organic standards. The first draft of a policy was to apply the same to the units. This encountered a number of problems. For example, trying to make a house resalable when it has an infestation of rats. The second draft was little more than be mindful and responsible, and don't use the listed products or items. That doesn't seem sufficient either. So I am here looking for options. Thank you for taking the time to consider. Moose Thompson Sharingwood Cohousing Snohomish, WA
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