Opinion: It’s Time for the City Council to Approve Regulations on Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment
On December 14, 2021, Mayor Khan moved and Councilmember Kim seconded the move to direct City staff to come back to the city council with a draft for an ordinance to ban the loud and fume-producing gas-powered lawn equipment. All five of the Irvine Council Members then voted “Yes”.
It has been two years now and no draft for this ordinance has come before the Irvine City Council. Someone dropped the ball or was actively blocking this from moving forward. The Mayor had the main responsibility to see that this moved forward in a timely way.
Fortunately, Councilmember Kathleen Treseder recently revived this issue by proposing a related gas-powered lawn equipment ordinance. It is agendized for discussion and a vote at the November 28, 2023 City Council meeting. It is time that the City Council approves an unwatered downed version of the staff recommendations for this.
For some background on the history of this issue with the Irvine City Council:
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