The Huntington Town Board will hear public comments Tuesday regarding possible bamboo use restrictions similar to those passed in a nearby Long Island community.
In recent weeks on Patch, opinions have been mixed regarding code enforcement which could force residents to maintain overgrowth of the plant.
In opposition to bamboo restrictions, Town Councilman Mark Cutbertson criticism last month by .
"I have concerns with the motion that we are going to regulate the bamboo," said Cuthbertson, at a meeting at Town Hall in February. "I don't know what would be next, poison ivy?"
Some say residential bamboo is invasive and damages underground pipes and neighboring yards.
"I would like to invite Mr. Cuthbertson over to our house to see and learn about the impact the bamboo our neighbor has planted has on our property," said one resident on Patch regarding Cuthbertson's position.
Support of proposed restrictions has been strong.
"If you do not maintain your bamboo, you should be liable for the cost," said one female commenter on Patch last month. "That's pretty fair, and if you haven't been effected by it, than you can't know how bad it really is."
In the Smithtown, forcing bamboo owners to properly maintain the plant or face penalties. After months of debate both for and against the restrictions, more than 25 residents addressed the board with their concerns.
According to the resolution which passed unanimoulsy, Bamboo owners in Smithown must now keep the plant 10 feet off of their property line or face penalties.
The public is invited to comment on bamboo and it's useage at the 7 p.m. Town Hall meeting Tuesday.