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  S.B. No. 198
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to restrictive covenants regulating drought-resistant
  landscaping or water-conserving natural turf.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 202.007, Property Code, is amended by
  amending Subsections (a) and (d) and adding Subsection (d-1) to
  read as follows:
         (a)  A property owners' association may not include or
  enforce a provision in a dedicatory instrument that prohibits or
  restricts a property owner from:
               (1)  implementing measures promoting solid-waste
  composting of vegetation, including grass clippings, leaves, or
  brush, or leaving grass clippings uncollected on grass;
               (2)  installing rain barrels or a rainwater harvesting
  system; [or]
               (3)  implementing efficient irrigation systems,
  including underground drip or other drip systems; or
               (4)  using drought-resistant landscaping or
  water-conserving natural turf.
         (d)  This section does not:
               (1)  restrict a property owners' association from
  regulating the requirements, including size, type, shielding, and
  materials, for or the location of a composting device if the
  restriction does not prohibit the economic installation of the
  device on the property owner's property where there is reasonably
  sufficient area to install the device;
               (2)  require a property owners' association to permit a
  device described by Subdivision (1) to be installed in or on
  property:
                     (A)  owned by the property owners' association;
                     (B)  owned in common by the members of the
  property owners' association; or
                     (C)  in an area other than the fenced yard or patio
  of a property owner;
               (3)  prohibit a property owners' association from
  regulating the installation of efficient irrigation systems,
  including establishing visibility limitations for aesthetic
  purposes;
               (4)  prohibit a property owners' association from
  regulating the installation or use of gravel, rocks, or cacti;
               (5)  restrict a property owners' association from
  regulating yard and landscape maintenance if the restrictions or
  requirements do not restrict or prohibit turf or landscaping design
  that promotes water conservation;
               (6)  require a property owners' association to permit a
  rain barrel or rainwater harvesting system to be installed in or on
  property if:
                     (A)  the property is:
                           (i)  owned by the property owners'
  association;
                           (ii)  owned in common by the members of the
  property owners' association; or
                           (iii)  located between the front of the
  property owner's home and an adjoining or adjacent street; or
                     (B)  the barrel or system:
                           (i)  is of a color other than a color
  consistent with the color scheme of the property owner's home; or
                           (ii)  displays any language or other content
  that is not typically displayed by such a barrel or system as it is
  manufactured; [or]
               (7)  restrict a property owners' association from
  regulating the size, type, and shielding of, and the materials used
  in the construction of, a rain barrel, rainwater harvesting device,
  or other appurtenance that is located on the side of a house or at
  any other location that is visible from a street, another lot, or a
  common area if:
                     (A)  the restriction does not prohibit the
  economic installation of the device or appurtenance on the property
  owner's property; and
                     (B)  there is a reasonably sufficient area on the
  property owner's property in which to install the device or
  appurtenance; or
               (8)  prohibit a property owners' association from
  requiring an owner to submit a detailed description or a plan for
  the installation of drought-resistant landscaping or
  water-conserving natural turf for review and approval by the
  property owners' association to ensure, to the extent practicable,
  maximum aesthetic compatibility with other landscaping in the
  subdivision.
         (d-1)  A property owners' association may not unreasonably
  deny or withhold approval of a proposed installation of
  drought-resistant landscaping or water-conserving natural turf
  under Subsection (d)(8) or unreasonably determine that the proposed
  installation is aesthetically incompatible with other landscaping
  in the subdivision.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 198 passed the Senate on
  March 18, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 198 passed the House on
  May 20, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 88, Nays 58, one
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor