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David Smith

Theres one factor you didnt mention .. The increased demand by the thousands if not millions of people moving here from California and other Democratic


Bailey Jones

My sister is a Texas Master Gardener. She lives in Dallas where the drought has been worse than down here. Years ago she dug up all the grass in her yard and replaced it with a wonderland of native plants of all types. They only water with what they catch in a rain cistern. Her yard is always full of wildlife. It's a lot of work once or twice a year, but it's really something to see.

Diane Turski

True water conservation would require the state to override HOA rules regarding lawns.

Jim Forsythe

Diane , the rules are already in place and the state of Texas and rules are what we will go by regarding watering of lawns.

I found two post that talked about this.

A homeowner's association (HOA) must follow the law, meaning any rules or regulations they put in place must meet state and city ordinances. An HOA couldn’t have a rule that defies a city ordinance. That said, HOAs usually have more strict guidelines than you would find in a city.

Also found this.

You must keep your lawn watered if your HOA requires it. But what about in a drought? "The laws of your community, your city, your state is always going to overrule whatever’s within the declaration of covenants and restrictions.” So, if there is a severe water shortage restriction can be put in place regardless of what the HOA documents say.

Diane Turski

Thanks for the info, Jim. I should have made it clearer that my concern was about being able to remove the lawn and replace it with native plants. That would require the state to override the HOA rules and regulations, CCRs, and architectural guidelines that require manicured lawns. I don't think the state has done that yet.

Jim Forsythe

Diane, if I lived in a house ruled by a HOA, I would start by asking the people in charge of HOA what are their plans in case all the grass dies, and you are not allowed to water the grass. I would also attend the next HOA meeting, along with the other that live in that HOA and ask questions. I would not wait until it happens, so I would know what would happen if no watering were allowed.

I would also read the rules that governors the HOA and it may spell it out as what they can do. Also remember that a HOA board is elected for a term, usually 2 to 3 years and can be removed by someone running against them and winning.

Craig Mason

Water is literally life!

Diane Turski

Thanks again for your thoughts, Jim. Actually, I have already done everything you have suggested. A few years ago, before the pandemic, when I was elected for my 2 year term to our HOA Board, we accomplished everything we legally could to improve the management of our subdivision. We hired a new attorney, and in consultation with him, we updated and rewrote the Bylaws, the Architectural Guidelines, and the CCRs. We also hired a new management company and improved the budgeting process. We also created a website so the homeowners would be independent of any management company's system. Through the website we were able to improve the communications, the transparency and the accountability of the Board and of the management company to the homeowners. It took a tremendous amount of time and effort to accomplish what our Board created, but as residents, as well as HOA Board members, it was important to us to create a solid foundation to provide clarity for subsequent Boards to be able to operate more easily and to eliminate the confusion that we had experienced previous to our Board being elected.

Ted Gillis

I knew a couple living in Clear Lake Shores a while back, who got in trouble with the neighbors for keeping an overgrown yard. The wife then got a designation from the state as an urban wildlife sanctuary, and was even issued an official plague to mount on her fence. The neighbors tended to leave her alone after that.

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