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DENVER -- New subdivisions in Denver won't be able to
require Kentucky bluegrass landscaping or ban the water-saving
xeriscape concept, according to a proposed law.
City Councilwoman Susan Barnes-Gelt has pushed for nearly three
years to address neighborhood covenants that require homeowners to
install turf. Denver officials want more homeowners to consider
xeriscaping, a landscape technique that includes plants which require
less water but sometimes are viewed as weeds by neighbors.
"Especially in a year where we are facing drought, it makes
sense," Gelt said.
City officials are unsure how many covenants require grass,
although the review was prompted by restrictions in Grant Ranch and a
complaint by neighbors in northwest Denver.
"Neighbors called and complained about a homeowner who had
xeriscaped her yard," Barnes-Gelt said of the dispute in northwest
Denver issue a few years ago. "While they didn't like the plants in
her yard, a neighbor down the block had an entire yard of concrete."
Grant Ranch in southwest Denver now allows xeriscaping only after
plans are reviewed and accepted. New subdivisions at Lowry and
Stapleton also will allow xeriscape, but the new law will hit smaller
neighborhoods and those that don't have covenants established,
Barnes-Gelt would like to outlaw all covenants that require grass.
However, assistant city attorney Patrick Wheeler warned council
members they can't overrule covenants already in place but can
restrict new subdivisions.
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