City of Palm Springs City Council Votes to Ban all Gasoline Powered Leaf Blowers; Enforcement Will Not Officially Begin Until an Exchange Program is in Place
The new City of Palm Springs ordinance prohibiting gas-powered leaf blowers will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019. However, enforcement will not officially begin until an exchange program is in place, which could be sometime in April, 2019.
In the meantime, stay tuned for more information coming soon about the new incentive program aimed at helping residents and landscapers exchange their gas-powered blowers for electric.
On June 23, 2016, at a joint meeting of the City Council and Sustainability Commission, the City Council received a presentation on development of regulations limiting the use of leaf blowers throughout the City, and directed the Sustainability Commission to conduct studies and develop options for the reductions and/or elimination of gas powered leaf blowers.
Subsequently, following Council’s direction, at its meeting of December 20, 2016, the Sustainability Commission unanimously approved a recommendation that the City Council phase out gas powered leaf blowers and eliminate them in all areas/zoning of the City by December 31, 2018. The Sustainability Commission also recommended a program to test battery powered blowers and other maintenance equipment by City employees and contractors, and that the City provide an exchange program for gardener/landscaper-owned gas powered leaf blowers.
At its meeting of May 17, 2017, the City Council considered an Ordinance to amend the Palm Springs Municipal Code to prohibit the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers with an effective date of January 1, 2019. At that time, the Council directed staff to review and return for consideration an Ordinance prohibiting the use of both gasoline-powered and electrical/battery-powered leaf blowers within the City.
This item has returned to Council upon its direction and will allow Council to consider adopting an Ordinance to regulate the operation of leaf blowers (either gasoline-powered, or both gasoline-powered and electrical/battery-powered).
At the July 19, 2017 City Council Meeting the following Ordinance was approved:
Waive the reading of text in its entirety, read by title only, and introduce for first reading Ordinance No. _(TBD)_, “AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, ADDING SUBSECTION (k) TO SECTION 11.74.043 AND SECTION 5.78.050, AND AMENDING SECTION 5.78.010 OF THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE, REGARDING LOUD, UNUSUAL NOISES AND LANDSCAPE RELATED BUSINESSES, PROHIBITING GASOLINE POWERED LEAF BLOWERS IN THE CITY AS A PER SE NUISANCE COMMENCING ON JANUARY 1, 2019, AND PROVIDING FOR REGULATION OF ELECTRICAL OR BATTERY POWERED LEAF BLOWERS.”
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