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City discusses low-water ordinance

Original post made on Mar 24, 2010

To save increasingly precious water, the city of Mountain View is proposing an ordinance that limits the use of grass and other thirsty plants in city landscaping. A meeting on the proposal will be held Wednesday night in the Senior Center from 6 to 7 p.m.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 10:42 AM

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Posted by Scott S.
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm

The water budget calculation should also consider irrigation source. E.g., using underground drip irrigation (like Netafim Techline, which we use in our front yard) for lawns instead of sprinklers.

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Posted by RoxieK
a resident of another community
on Mar 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Re the statement: ... "The ordinance would only apply to properties going through the city's planning department for other reasons, such as building permits, variances and conditional use permits" ...

This is a potential land mine ... if I apply to the city for permits to redo my kitchen, a review of my landscaping and water usage would be triggered, and I would likely be required to then re-landscape my yard with drought resistant plants. In fact, any permit (new water heater?) could be used as a trigger to require a homeowner to re-landscape.

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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 24, 2010 at 7:47 pm

This seems like a sensible medium-term plan to me. In the long run, however, I think we should price water to reflect its scarcity and the environmental impact of diverting it. That would make better irrigation systems and landscaping choices more desirable for homeowners and businesses.

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Posted by Daniel DeBolt
Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on Mar 25, 2010 at 10:12 am

Daniel DeBolt is a registered user.

The story has been updated to address the concern mentioned above by RoxieK. For typical homeowners, unless you do something with your property that is not within its zoning requirements, you will not be subjected to this ordinance.

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Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm

The Best Way to limit water increases is to stop adding dense housing and more people. There is a limit too how much water the city can get from our water sources, this should be one of the prime considerations for new projects.

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Posted by the299crew
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 31, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Like we need more regulations and higher utility bills. Give me a break.

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