“It’s kind of a Catch-22,” he said.
With local utilities limiting irrigation to only a few days a week, Wood is one of several residents across the city who say they feel caught between adhering to the water conservation measures and Planning Department design standards while avoiding penalties from Neighborhood Services inspectors who can issue citations for brown lawns.
Some city officials contend that the current restrictions still allow for enough water to sustain “moderate green” landscapes and point to drought-tolerant plants as turf alternatives.
But Councilman Ara Najarian, who has pushed for allowing artificial turf in front yards since the issue was in front of the council in February, said he thinks the issue needs to be revisited.
“This is one of the prime examples of why artificial grass is appropriate because it will not need the constant watering that either sod or seeded grass would require,” he said. “This is why artificial turf has to be allowed in Glendale.”
Water officials also support artificial turf. Most members of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, including Crescenta Valley, offer rebates for residents who install artificial turf.
“We like to encourage cities to allow customers to take the most water-conservation measures that they can while maintaining the appearance of their yards,” said Christy Scott, a program specialist for the Crescenta Valley Water District.
Artificial turf, which a weary City Council relegated to backyards in February, is scheduled to be reviewed again in coming months, said Planning Director Hassan Haghani.