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Do Your Part to Reduce Landscape Obstructions

shrubsTrees and shrubs make a significant contribution to the value and appearance of properties in Glencoe. However, some trees and shrubs located on private property can pose a safety hazard for vehicles and pedestrians if they are not properly maintained. The Village’s public sidewalks are used by both pedestrians and cyclists, and trees and shrubs that are not properly trimmed and maintained are a nuisance and can reduce the width of the sidewalk and also cause visual obstructions that can present a public safety hazard. Every resident has the responsibility to do their part in keeping the Village’s streets and sidewalks safe by regularly maintaining private landscaping located along the public street right-of-way.

What is a nuisance tree or shrub?
According to the Village Code any private property tree or shrub overhanging any public sidewalk or street so as to interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic is a nuisance, and every owner or occupant is responsible for trimming back any such overhang.

What about private landscaping on corner lots?  
On corner lots landscaping can be no higher than 30 inches in a line-of-sight area (12 feet x 12 feet) at the corner of the property.

What if my property is not in compliance?
The Village reviews private landscape obstruction complaints on a case-by- case basis. In the event of a confirmed violation, the Village will provide a written notice to the property owner identifying the specific violation and the trimming work necessary to correct it. If there is no action or response within ten days after the service of such notice, the Village will trim or cause trees and shrubs to be trimmed, and the owner or occupant can be charged with all costs and expenses incurred.

How far back should I trim my shrubs or trees to restore full access to the sidewalk?
Overhanging branches from shrubs or trees should be trimmed back 1-foot from the edge of the public sidewalk and trimmed up so as to maintain a vertical clearance of 8-feet above the sidewalk. Shrubs must also be trimmed so they do not extend over the curb into the street.  Trimming of any trees in the public parkway is the Village’s responsibility.

Residents are encouraged to take a moment to review their private landscaping in proximity to the public sidewalk and street right-of-way and take appropriate action to trim or remove overhanging branches and shrubs. 

If you have any questions please contact the Public Works Department at (847) 835-4134.