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Artificial Turf

What are the current regulations pertaining to artificial turf?
Currently, residents may only install artificial turf in the side or rear yards where the material is not visible from streets, sidewalks, parkways, and/or alleys.  Prior to 2012, no regulations existed for artificial turf within the Town.  Staff would normally apply a maximum paved area regulation to the use of artificial turf in the front yards.  Over time, artificial turf has become more prevalent with the introduction of new natural looking products.  In August 2012, an ordinance was approved defining and allowing artificial turf as a surface of synthetic fibers made to look like natural grass; and making it illegal to install artificial turf in a front yard, in any easement, and anywhere the turf would be visible from the streets, sidewalks, parkways, and/or alleys.

What is the purpose of this meeting?
Since January 2015, the Town Council has been studying allowing the use of artificial turf in the front and side yard areas.  In recent years, the topic of allowing artificial turf in these areas has resurfaced with public interest; primarily due to inability to grow natural turf in shaded areas.  As part of its study, the Town Council is interested in hearing from residents if artificial turf should be allowed in the front and side yard areas visible from the street.

What will the outcome of this meeting provide?
The input gathered from residents will provide a direction for the Town Council to consider possible changes to the current artificial turf regulations. Input and comments are needed on the following:

  1. Consider use of artificial turf in the front yards of properties within the Town.
  2. Consider allowing artificial turf in front yards, but with limitations.

Upcoming Public Meeting
Join us for a public meeting on January 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to receive a brief presentation from Town staff on the use of artificial turf in front yards.  The meeting will take place at the Bradfield Elementary School Auditorium, 4300 Southern Avenue, Highland Park, TX 75205.
Resident participation is an important Highland Park tradition, and we look forward to your being a part of this work to ensure the continued preservation and enjoyment of our beautiful Town.

If you have questions or comments about the survey or the artificial turf presentation, please contact Kirk Smith, Development Services, by email or by phone, 214-559-9408.

If you are unable to attend the public meeting, please review the hyperlinked power point presentation below and provide input through the following online survey.

Artificial Turf - Related Information 
You may review the Town's existing Ordinance, Ordinance No. 1893, pertaining to artificial turf, the minutes from the Town Council Meetings and Study Sessions in 2015, and a power point covering the various aspects of artificial turf.