Broomfield orders homeowners remove unapproved artificial turf
BROOMFIELD, Colorado – At a time when water conservation is a growing concern, a Broomfield homeowners association forced a family to tear out the artificial turf they had just installed. However, if a new bill is passed it could soon break the law.
Kerry Armstrong’s dog loves to play in the back yard, as does her husband. They have a small putting green.
“We’re very happy with the way the landscape looks,” said Armstrong.
But not everyone in Broomfield’s Anthem neighborhood is happy. Because instead of lawn, she chose high-end artificial turf for her garden.
“We are very diligent about water conservation. We all survived the terrible fires in Colorado last year, the drought,” said Armstrong.
To be clear, what they installed isn’t your childhood putting green.
“The product itself has improved dramatically,” Armstrong said, showing samples that looked like real weed. “I know several people in this neighborhood have it. I don’t know why they were allowed.”
Armstrong was shocked when she received a letter from her HOA last September asking her to remove the artificial turf, stating that it was the HOA’s duty to “protect the aesthetics and property values in the neighborhood”.
The HOA board rejected Armstrong’s appeal and threatened to fines of $ 10 per day if the turf was not torn out. If she were not a respected member, she would not be allowed to enter the leisure center where she volunteers.
“Some of these boards are frankly disgusting and bullied,” Rep. Brianna Titone, D-Arvada, told Contact Denver7 that HOAs should promote water conservation, not discourage.
“We live here in Colorado, and water is a valuable resource,” said Titone artificial turf is a really good alternative for that. “
She’s got a bill in place to stop HOAs from banning artificial turf and is working on the bigger problem. Most homeowners cannot afford to take their HOA to court, so Titone wants an affordable, alternative dispute resolution process through the state.
“We want to make sure that hopefully people can settle these disputes before they go to court and save people a lot of money,” said Titone.
In an email to Contact Denver7, the Anthem Highlands Community Association declined to comment. But after we got in touch, Armstrong received a letter from the HOA saying they’d wait and see what happens to the upcoming laws.
“You have to listen,” said Armstrong. “Many others I’ve spoken to also want artificial turf for water protection in their backyards. It’s time to make some changes and listen to your community while protecting the environment at the same time.”
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