Section 103-395; Ord. 17384; Amending Chapter 11 RE: Weeds


Ordinance No.            17384              Council Bill No.           B 248-02A            

AN ORDINANCE

amending Chapter 11 of the City Code as it relates to weeds; and fixing the time when this ordinance shall become effective.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

    SECTION 1.  Chapter 11 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Missouri, is hereby amended as follows:

Material to be added underlined.

DIVISION 4. WEEDS
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Sec. 11-254. Defense.

(a)    It is an affirmative defense that the defendant did not have the legal right to control the location where a violation of this division occurred.

(b)    It is an affirmative defense that the growth of weeds was for agricultural purposes, provided that a fifteen foot wide, weed-free buffer was maintained on the perimeter of the property wherever the property adjoins property used for residential or commercial purposes.

(c)    It is an affirmative defense that the growth of weeds was part of a federal or state agricultural or conservation program.

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    SECTION 2.  This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.

    PASSED this 15th day of July, 2002.