At the August 6, 2021, meeting, the Town Council adopted standards regulating the placement of certain decorations in front and side yards. The topic among neighbors and officials exposed the difficulty the Town faced with current regulations. While recognizing it being a difficult subject, Mayor Goodwin said the standards adopted by the Town Council strikes a good balance between a homeowner’s personal likes and community standards.
Residents may place statues/sculptures, topiaries, pots, planters, containers, and other similar free-standing landscape receptacles in the front yard and side yards that are visible from a public roadway. The placement of the item(s) must be 5% or less of the yard area. Holiday decorations displayed between November 15 to January 6 of each year are exempt. Also excluded are any architectural features and/or extensions of the house.
The new ordinance also limits the number of certain items in the visible yards. No roadway-visible front or side yard is allowed to have more than one statue/sculpture, topiary, pot, planter, container, or other similar free-standing receptacle per 100 square feet of yard area. Topiaries, pots, planters, and other free-standing landscape containers are required to have year-round living vegetation.
Citizens may call the Town’s Code Compliance Department at 214-559-9354 with any questions or if needing further clarification of the new regulations. A copy of Ordinance 2080 is available on the Town’s website at https://www.hptx.org/313/Code-of-Ordinances.