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Draft water efficient landscape ordinance moves forward

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2009




Backyard turf restrictions and whether or not the city should include backyards in its new Draft Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance sparked disagreement among members of the Paso Robles Planning Commission, who reccommended the City Council approve the ordinance in its current form last week.

On a 4-3 vote with commissioners Al Garcia, Steve Gregory and Joel Peterson dissenting, the commission voted to take the necessary steps to adopt the ordinance, which was developed in light of restrictions that would otherwise soon be required by the state.

According to city officials, the city\'s ordinance would be as effective as achieving water conservation as the state\'s model and be less onerous on property owners and developers along with costing less to implement. Currently, the state is requiring all cities statewide to reduce the amount of water used to irrigate landscaping. The state\'s restrictions would become effective beginning in 2010 if the city chose to not adopt its own ordinance, according to city officials.

The city\'s regulations would apply to...

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