On May 17, Governor Polis signed into law SB23-178 Water-wise Landscaping In Homeowners’ Association Communities. The bill was co-sponsored by Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Perry Will, and Representatives Karen McCormick and Mandy Lindsay.
Native plants that attract pollinators are a great option.
The new provides that an association’s guidelines or rules must:
Not prohibit the use of nonvegetative turf grass in the backyard of a unit owner’s property;
Not unreasonably require the use of hardscape on more than 20% of the landscaping area of a unit owner’s property;
Allow a unit owner an option that consists of at least 80% drought-tolerant plantings; and
Not prohibit vegetable gardens in the front, back, or side yard of a unit owner’s property.