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Leaf Blower Regulations Update (September 2011)


    November 10, 2011 - Gas-powered leaf blower ban goes into effect.
    For information regarding the new regulations, click here.




April 26, 2011 Update
City Council Regular Meeting - City Hall Council Chambers
Leaf Blower Ban Ordinance - 1st Reading
City Council voted 4-3 to approve a ban on gas-powered only leaf blowers for residential properties in Newport Beach.  Electric leaf blowers are permitted.  Certain exceptions apply (city parks, golf
courses, commercial areas, etc.).  The second reading of the ordinance will be in May.  There will be a six-month phase-in period before the ordinance is enforced.

  • Assistant City Manager's Letter - click here
  • Staff Report - click here                                                 

Background

On February 9, 2010, EQAC presented their findings to City Council during Study Session (click here to view video). Individual residents of Newport Beach, as well as CdMRA, provided testimony
for City Council's consideration.  City Council has agreed to increase its community outreach to determine how widely a ban and/or restrictions would be supported, and what financial impact, if
any, a ban would have.  


If you live in a planned community, your Board of Directors will likely get a letter from the City on this topic.  It is important to you convey your concerns and desires on the usage of leaf blowing
equipment in Corona del Mar to your Homeowner Association Board of Directors and/or Management Company.  The statistics CdMRA presented to City Council were compelling, and a good
model for Homeowner Associations to follow.  

To read a copy of the February 10 EQAC Report,
click here.

The CdMRA email poll results are shown below.

Results
  1. 567 emails sent to CdMRA Members (77% of membership; 9% of all CdM households)
  2. 104 responses received (18% response rate; our highest ever recorded)
  3. 71% of respondents were from the Village; 21% from planned communities
  4. 55% want an outright ban; 85% want to either ban or limit emissions, days/hours, or decibels on residential usage
  5. 15% do not support any changes on residential usage
  6. 44% also wanted to limit commercial usage in some way; 43% did not answer that question
  7. An independent statistician reviewed the sampling and the results and confirmed there was a 95% confidence level that these data were valid within a 7 point margin of error (meaning that
    as few as 77% and as many as 92% of CdM residents would favor a more restrictive policy change.

Summary
  1. It appears that the village residents were more motivated to respond to our poll because they are more directly impacted by the noise and pollution created by existing gas leaf blowers.  Lot
    sizes are much smaller in the village, and therefore the impacts of leaf blowers on neighboring properties seem to be more noticeable in this area.  
  2. A clear majority of respondents supported an outright ban for residential usage, and cited Laguna Beach as an example.  Additional controls were also cited by many, including limiting the
    days blowers can be used, more restrictive hours of use, phasing in lower-emission units, limiting decibels emitted.
  3. A desire was expressed to limit or control commercial usage, but not as clear a majority.  Some expressed desire to limit commercial usage if in close proximity to residential areas.  
    Some felt that commercial controls should be greater given the magnitude of the areas they covered, increasing the opportunities to minimize air and water pollution.  

Next Steps
If you live in a planned community, your Board of Directors will likely get a letter from the City on this topic.  It is important to you convey your concerns and desires on the usage of leaf blowing
equipment in Corona del Mar to your Homeowner Association Board of Directors and/or Management Company.  The statistics CdMRA presented to City Council were compelling, and a model for
Homeowner Associations to follow.  

We will continue to post updates as they become available.


** For additional information and background on this topic,
click here  (or click here for a PDF version).
To view results from previous CdMRA polls and member comments,
click here (or click here for a PDF version.
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