eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle

© SDCWA 2013

WaterSmart is where our San Diego lifestyle and water efficiency meet. Each step you take has the potential to enhance your lifestyle, increase the value of your home, save money and inspire a neighbor to do the same.

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Planning Identify Any Requirements You may need to follow rules when you design your new garden Homeowner Association Rules Covenants, conditions and restrictions are meant to preserve the attractiveness and property values of developments. They give HOA boards the authority to enforce landscaping standards. However, Assembly Bill 1061, enacted in 2009 during severe drought, restricts HOA architectural standards and other governing documents from prohibiting the use of low-water-use plants. Many HOAs, cities and developers have raced to increase the water efficiency and overall sustainability of their properties over the past few years. Most HOA boards meet monthly and some have separate design review committees to approve homeowner improvements. Del Sur in Carmel Valley is an example of the direction where more HOAs are headed. It features regionally authentic landscaping and architecture, and its community association provides homeowners with a palette of California native and Mediterranean plants to simplify garden design projects. If you are an HOA member, attend your association's next board meeting to learn about its design review process, and how it can help you. Tips! "A Homeowner's Guide to a WaterSmart Landscape," created by the San Diego County Water Authority, is a helpful resource for homeowners who are required to or choose to incorporate the state of California's waterefficiency requirements into their design. 112

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