Landscape Maintenance Districts
A Landscape Maintenance District, or LMD, is an area identified to provide benefitting property owners the option to pay for enhanced landscaping, and other improvements, and services beyond those generally provided by the City.
The Public Works Department manages assessment districts for traffic signals, street lighting and landscaping. Districts are administered pursuant to the Landscaping and Lighting Act of 1972 and are in compliance with Article XIII D of the California Constitution.
2018 LMD Ballot Outcomes
Properties in two LMDs facing critical budget shortfalls received ballots in March 2018 to create re-engineered landscape maintenance districts. The ballot measures to restore and improve service levels received a majority protest and therefore failed to create a re-engineered district. (Click on the images below for information on the vote in each district.)
Moving forward, properties in LMD 83-1 and LMD 86-1 will continue to be assessed at their current rate. An engineer’s report will be presented at the June 5, 2018 City Council meeting that will outline a budget for each district based. Proposed service levels will either remain the same or decline as costs to provide services rise.
Under Proposition 218, the City cannot raise assessments to meet the rising costs without a vote of all parcels that receive what the State terms a “special benefit” from the landscape improvements. An independent engineering review determined which parcels received special benefit from the existing landscape improvements. By law, the City could not simply raise the assessments of those currently assessed.
LMD Advisory Group
In August 2018, the Poway City Council directed staff to form an LMD Advisory Group to solicit community ideas and recommendations as the City works toward a long-term solution to the financial challenges facing the districts. Anyone interested in serving on the LMD Advisory Group should email Public Works Director Mike Obermiller no later than Sept. 20 with the following information: name, email, phone number and a short summary of why you would like to participate.