The City Council approved the commercial property maintenance agreement at its May 22, 2017 council meeting. The Planning Commission also approved of the ordinance. City staff spent time communicating the ordinance and seeking citizen input on the new regulation for several months before the ordinance was passed.
The ordinance require that businesses adequately maintain their building exteriors, parking lots, signs, lawns, and fire protection systems.
For example, a commercial building is required to establish a lawn within one year of completing the building and maintain it so it does not exceed eight inches in height. A parking lot would be required to be maintained free from hazardous conditions that endanger persons or property.