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Are any Illinois or other midwest states or municipalities approving permaculture techniques?  RSS feed

 
phillip blake
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I have 38 acres in the middle of town. The city needs to repair the erosion they caused before I can use the land how I want. Because they are going to spend so much repairing the land, I'm wondering if I can point to other municipalities, which have embraced some permaculture techniques. I'd like the city to pay for a permaculture designer in addition to the engineer who will remedy the erosion. The city already paid for a drainage study albeit a somewhat limited study, which did not make remedy recommendations. Thank You.
 
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chicago here. i cant imagine 38 acres in the middle of town. I am surpised the town repaired your land, i cannot imagine why. I think if you want [permaculture you should do it yourself though. If you can get some monies from the town to do it, great, but i would be afraid they would have some demands to give money.
 
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Actually the city is supposed to repair the erosion. They have not yet as we are forebearing suit until a neighborly letter of understanding can be structured. They are culpable for the erosion for various reasons not the least of which is that they did not abide by a requirement to maintain this creek/draw and its banks. Anyway, I'm just hoping to be able to point to other communities, which have relaxed or changed ordinances in order to allow permaculture techniques. For example, I believe our fair city would require grasses and weeds to be mowed to 6 inches or lower. It would be pretty hard to grow edibles among weeds going to seed and still satisfy the ordinance. Any thoughts? Please advise. Thank You.
 
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they do not require gardens to be mowed, dont grow grass as part of your permaculture.

What is your land zoned as? What can yu do on your land is something you might want to read up on. It is within the city limits, can you have animals if you want to? bees? As part of a neighborhood, making friendly with the neighbors can keep you from a bunch of troubles. Try to make what they see look well maintained and put your messier stuff out of sight.

I have troubles myself with what I can do, I keep the permaculture to curvy areas around the trees so looks english garden like. Although I would like to plant clover around my annual vegitables, i am aware my neighbors will simply see weeds so i choose another cover. It is a give and take world.
 
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