Bill Bars Homeowners’ Associations From Banning Drought-Resistant Lawns

AUSTIN (March 18, 2013)—A bill that bars Texas homeowners’ associations from banning landscape designs intended to save water is headed to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature after the state Senate approved the measure Monday.

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, authored the bill, which still allows associations to review new landscape plans.

But Watson said that after the 2011 drought, homeowners should be allowed to install landscapes that can survive on very little water.

The Legislature is considering a $2 billion water development fund to meet the state's water needs.

The Texas Water Development Board estimates the state needs to spend $53 billion over the next 50 years to meet the state's growing demand for water.

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