Paul Strout, Co-Chairperson
October 26, 2021
The Greenbelt Preservation & Advisory Committee is newly formed as of November 2019.
Our mission is to welcome all new lot owners and to be a resource of general information should you have questions about the greenbelt areas of your lot.
We love our greenbelts, the vegetation on the sides and back edges of your property. Greenbelts help keep privacy between neighbors, besides making our community attractive and unique. Maintaining greenbelts is required of all lot owners, so please contact the office if you intend to make changes to the layout of your property.
We offer a greenbelt plant reimbursement program for those lot owners who would like to purchase plants for their greenbelt areas. If you would like to apply for assistance, please contact the office. The committee collects bottles and can deposits to fund this program. Collection cans are located in the Clubhouse entry, or you can bring bags of cans to the office during regular business hours, Monday thru Friday, 9am to 3 pm. If you have mobility issues, one of our Greenbelt Preservation & Advisory Committee members may be able to come by your residence and pick up your cans and bottles. Please call Nancy at the office (541) 997-3312, and she can make arrangements for a pick up for you.
Our greenbelts are primarily made up of four main plants: Pacific Rhododendron, Wax Myrtle, Huckleberry, and Salal (see pictures below.) Pacific Rhododendrons can be full and bushy or tall and spindly. Wax Myrtles can be pruned and kept as a dense hedge or left alone to become a 20 to 30 foot tall tree. They can also grow sideways and in all sorts of directions. Huckleberry bushes can also be pruned to a hedge-style appearance or left alone to grow naturally to 4 to 6 feet tall and the same in diameter. Salal is the medium leaf, low lying vegetation that grows 2 to 6 feet tall in spindly groups. These are the four main plants the Greenbelt Preservation & Advisory Committee will concentrate on, but are not the only plants allowed in a greenbelt (see the City of Florence approved natural vegetation list-- copies are available in the Coast Village office or here).
Trees are considered part of the greenbelt even though they don't contribute much to privacy, they are a very important component of our Coast Village environment. As more and more shore pines are being cut down for safety reasons, we encourage everyone to plant trees, not just bushes. It will take a while for the trees to grow and continue to enhance our area, so we need to get started now.