The City of Millbrae says it is cracking down on front yard landscaping violations citywide.
The city recently published a notice reminding residents that its Code Enforcement Division is monitoring to ensure that at least 60 percent of a homeowners’ front yard is landscaped, which can mean trees, shrubs, grass (including synthetic grass) or ground cover for primarily decorative purposes.
“While 40 percent (maximum) of a front yard can be devoted to a driveway, landscaped areas cannot be surfaced with concrete, asphalt, or other impervious materials,” the city said. “This area also includes the landscape vegetation strip located between the street and sidewalk.” Homeowners are required to maintain this landscape vegetation, but no paving is allowed in this area.”
Millbrae imposes these rules in order to increase areas that absorb rainwater and…