A proposed amendment to the City Code would restrict the planting or growth of bamboo in Independence.

At Monday’s Independence City Council study session, Andrew Warlen from the Health Department outlined reasons for the proposed amendment and provided some background on the perennial, tall, woody grass.

Warlen said his department receives two or three complaints a year about bamboo, but with no regulation in the book, the only possible way to address a complaint is as a civil issue between citizens.

The proposed amendment would prohibit non-native species of bamboo to be grown outdoors except in containers. Native plants are defined as those from the genus “arundinaria” and are commonly referred to as river cane, switch cane and hill cane. Citizens would be responsible for removing or controlling non-native bamboo on their property, regardless if it had simply spread from a neighbor’s property.