As of August 21, 2014, Chatham’s new Xeriscape policy will go into effect. Comment now!

Many of you may have heard about Governor Brown signing a state wide ban on home owner’s associations enforcing watering requirements for grass, as the state wrestles with drought and chronic water shortages.

The purpose of this legislation is to save water, not necessarily money–at least in the short term. Chatham Court will implement a Xeriscape policy for any home owner wishing to install Xeriscape as an alternative to turf, or grass. Grass uses a lot of water at the best of times, let alone when summers are hot.

Long term, homeowners who install Xeriscape now will save money. In fact, for home owners with green lawns, rebates for removing the grass will help fund your Xeriscaping efforts!

Here is an example of a website promoting turf removal by offering rebates: http://socalwatersmart.com/index.php/qualifyingproducts/turfremoval

And here is a link to the new regulations that are now state law. Enjoy!

Xeric Plants for the Win!

Xeric Plants for the Win!

DAVIS-STIRLING ACT
Civil Code §4735. Low Water-Using Plants.
[Old:Civ. Code §1353.8](a) Notwithstanding any other law, a provision of the governing documents shall be void and unenforceable if it does any of the following:

(1) Prohibits, or includes conditions that have the effect of prohibiting, the use of low water-using plants as a group.

(2) Has the effect of prohibiting or restricting compliance with either of the following:

(A) A water-efficient landscape ordinance adopted or in effect pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 65595 of the Government Code.

(B) Any regulation or restriction on the use of water adopted pursuant to Section 353 or 375 of the Water Code.

(b) This section shall not prohibit an association from applying landscaping rules established in the governing documents, to the extent the rules fully conform with the requirements of subdivision (a).

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