New Law Gives More Freedom in Gardening for Homeowners with HOAs

– From the SAWS WaterSaver Newsletter of October 11, 2013:

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Water Conservation Unleashed
By Juan Soulas
 
A new state law (Texas SB 198) that took effect Sept. 1 now grants homeowners who live in HOA communities new outdoor freedoms.
 

Until recently, many Texas homeowners who live in neighborhoods managed by homeowner associations (commonly known as HOAs) were not allowed to implement certain water-saving measures and practices because of restrictive covenants.

However, a new state law (Texas SB 198) that took effect Sept. 1 now grants homeowners who live in HOA communities new outdoor freedoms. They can:

HOAs can still require homeowners to submit landscape redesign plans and regulate some aesthetic aspects of a landscape. For example, they can regulate the amount of gravel, rocks or cacti a homeowner may use in their landscape.

With this new flexibility, there’s almost no barrier to adopting a water-efficient landscape. Use your imagination to create a pleasing space while saving a valuable resource — not to mention some dough on your water bill.

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Juan Soulas is a conservation planner for San Antonio Water System.

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