California City Bans Front Lawns For New Homes


AMERICAN CANYON, Calif. — Less than a week after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 25 percent statewide water use reduction, the American Canyon City Council adopted a new ordinance banning front lawns on new homes.

The Water Efficient Landscaping Ordinance requires all new developments to use drought-resistant plants in the front of homes instead of grass or natural turf. The ordinance would not apply to existing homes, nor would it prevent lawns in backyards.

State law requires all California cities craft a water-efficient landscaping ordinance, or use a state model ordinance.

The City Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. on April 21, with a blue ribbon committee on water resources to discuss the city’s water supply and policies.

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