Governor Brown Signs AB 349 Into Law (9-2015) Preventing [HOA & CID] Associations from Prohibiting the Installation of Artificial Turf [Grass]
New protections for homeowners within HOAs installing artificial turf (grass); New limits on HOA ability to fine for irrigation reduction after drought periods are concluded.
Artificial turf [will] be coming to an association near you. On September 4, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 349 which prevents community associations from enforcing rules that prohibit the use of artificial turf or any other synthetic surface that resembles grass. The law was signed as urgency legislation and is effective immediately. [emphasis added]
The new amends Civil Code section 4735 by adding artificial turf to the list of protected drought-response landscaping strategies.
AB 349’s changes to the law take effect immediately as an urgency statute. (as of September 4, 2015) HOA boards, architectural committees and management professionals must take note of the changes to Civil Code Section 4735. While AB 349 does not address what types of restrictions (as opposed to flat prohibitions) a HOA may place on the installation of artificial turf, HOAs should endeavor to amend their architectural standards in order to provide some guidance to homeowners on this issue and to deter the use of low quality turf materials.(Source)
Artificial Turf & Synthetic Grass Water REBATE Programs
FOR SACRAMENTO AND SIERRA FOOT HILLS
We have gathered links to active or pending artificial grass and synthetic turf rebate programs. These programs are administered by the groups, organizations and agencies listed; many are on a first come/first serve basis. All programs have application processes; limitations and restrictions.
To see where drought levels are at in the USA – see this site:
Due to overwhelming demand, a waiting list has been established and new applications are being taken in the order in which they were received. To place your name on the waiting list, please submit your completed application and you will be contacted when funding is available.
Note from City of Roseville:Due to the implementation of mandatory drought restrictions, the program will now accept stressed or dying lawns if a dated photograph of living turf is submitted with the program application.
Reservations for rebate funding for the Cash for Grass /
Lawn Replacement and Irrigation Efficiency Upgrade
programs are full. Please sign up using the electronic form
below to be added to the waiting list.
Rebates are not retroactive, so please wait until
you have been approved to begin your project.
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