What should I know about vegetation obstruction?
Trees and shrubs make a significant contribution to the value and appearance of properties in Corvallis. Proper care and trimming of trees and shrubs increases safety for vehicles and pedestrians. Our sidewalks are used by citizens with varying abilities -- children on bicycles, senior citizens, persons in wheelchairs, joggers and families out for a stroll. Trees and shrubs that are not properly trimmed can become annoying or even hazardous. Your cooperation to keep our streets and sidewalks safe and available for everyone's use is appreciated.
Visibility is a major concern for the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. The vision Clearance Area has been established to ensure those approaching an intersection can see each other clearly. Vision clearance includes the area behind the property line (right of way) on private property and the area on the street side of the property line (within the public right-of-way). Property owners are responsible for seeing that vision clearance areas are free of visual obstructions.
To report problems or for other assistance, please email Corvallis Public Works or call 541-766-6916.
The vision clearance area at a street intersection is defined as a triangular area having a minimum of 25-foot legs along property lines of each street or highway intersection. This area shall not contain temporary or permanent obstructions to vision exceeding 24 inches in height. Tree trunks and vegetation (limbs) above the 8-foot height level are exempted from this requirement.
Vision clearance area at alleys and driveways is defined as the triangular area measured a minimum of 15-foot legs along each street, driveway, alley or highway. This area shall not contain vegetation in excess of 24 inches in height. Tree trunks and vegetation above the 8-foot height level is exempted from this requirement.
To maintain visual clearance and to protect traffic, pedestrians and bicyclists from running into low limbs, trees within or overhanging the public right-of-way must be trimmed to at least 8 feet above the sidewalk area and 12 feet above the street or alley. Shrubs must be trimmed so they do not extend over the street or into the sidewalk. Maintenance of shrubs in the public right-of-way (i.e., parking strips) is the responsibility of the abutting property owner. Trees on private property must also be trimmed to meet these requirements.
Make sure that fire hydrants have at least 3 feet of clear space around them so fire fighters can find them, attach the hose, and open up the valve without delay.