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.
What is the purpose of this meeting?
Since January 2015, the Town Council has been studying allowing the use of artificial turf in the front and side yard areas. In recent years, the topic of allowing artificial turf in these areas has resurfaced with public interest; primarily due to inability to grow natural turf in shaded areas. As part of its study, the Town Council is interested in hearing from residents if artificial turf should be allowed in the front and side yard areas visible from the street.
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:
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