Tree Limbs Overhanging Streets and Sidewalks
Tree Limbs Overhanging Streets and Sidewalks

The City of Shawnee has a “clear zone” for the safe passage of vehicles along the streets, and for pedestrians on sidewalks. Adjacent property owners are responsible for keeping the trees that adjoin their property trimmed so that the clear zones are maintained. Property owners that have medians or landscape islands with trees that are adjacent to their properties have a shared responsibility with their neighbors for maintaining the clear zone.

The street “clear zone” is shown above as a rectangular area 12’ tall above the residential street surface and the width of the street plus 1’ behind the curb on either side. The clear zone height is 14’ for busier non-residential streets (classified as arterial or collector streets).The sidewalk “clear zone” is 7’ tall above the sidewalk and the width of the sidewalk plus 1’ on either side.
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