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Artificial Turf

What are the current regulations pertaining to artificial turf?
Currently, residents may only install artificial turf in the side or rear yards where the material is not visible from streets, sidewalks, parkways, and/or alleys.  Prior to 2012, no regulations existed for artificial turf within the Town.  Staff would normally apply a maximum paved area regulation to the use of artificial turf in the front yards.  Over time, artificial turf has become more prevalent with the introduction of new natural looking products.  In August 2012, an ordinance was approved defining and allowing artificial turf as a surface of synthetic fibers made to look like natural grass; and making it illegal to install artificial turf in a front yard, in any easement, and anywhere the turf would be visible from the streets, sidewalks, parkways, and/or alleys.

Public Meeting
A public meeting was held on January 29, 2018, to receive a brief presentation from Town staff on the use of artificial turf in front yards.  

What will the outcome of this meeting provide?

The input gathered from residents will provide a direction for the Town Council to consider possible changes to the current artificial turf regulations. Input and comments are needed on the following:

  1. Consider use of artificial turf in the front yards of properties within the Town.
  2. Consider allowing artificial turf in front yards, but with limitations.

If you have questions or comments about the survey or the artificial turf presentation, please contact Kirk Smith, Development Services, by email or by phone, 214-559-9408. 

Artificial Turf - Related Information 

You may review the Town's existing Ordinance, Ordinance No. 1893, pertaining to artificial turf, the minutes from the Town Council Meetings and Study Sessions in 2015.