Hayward's Planning Commission on Thursday evening will consider banning gas-powered leaf blowers on residential properties starting in 2024.
City staff are recommending the ban because of noise complaints from residents and the desire to reduce carbon emissions in the city.
The commission will also consider changing the hours powered landscaping equipment can be used on or near residential property. If the commission approves the changes, they will be sent to the City Council for consideration and adoption June 1.
If adopted, the leaf blower ban would take effect in January 2024.
Currently, powered landscaping equipment can be used on or near residential property from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The proposed hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. There would be no change to the Sunday hours.
The changes would affect equipment used on residential properties and commercial properties within 25 feet of residential properties.
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