NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - The North Mankato City Council holds a public hearing and vote tonight on a proposed ‘Natural Managed Lawns’ ordinance.
The proposal has been under discussion for more than a year, with the city reaching out to residents, the DNR, and MPCA among other agencies for research. If passed, residents would be allowed to have up to 500 square feet, or 30%, whichever is less, of their yard converted to a managed native planting area...often used as pollinator gardens or native prairie gardens. Currently, the city has no code provisions for natural lawn areas. City officials say in the past three years, several residents have reported their lawn as a Managed Natural Lawn as a way to not comply with City Code.
A decision is expected following the public hearing Tuesday night at 7:00 a.m.