4S Ranch to replace grass with drought-resistant plants

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SAN DIEGO -- The 4S Ranch Community Home Owners Association voted Thursday to remove 20 acres of grass turf.

The plan is in response to the ongoing drought conditions across the state of California.

“It saves water, time, money and maintenance. Everybody wins,” said Albert Bates, President of the association.

Residents of the community feel the plan is too drastic and worry replacing the greenery with spiky plants could lower the property values.

“I wish we as home owners could vote on a plan that will have a major impact on our homes,” said Vic Vadi, a home owner.

The association believes the plan could save tens of thousands of dollars per month.

4S Ranch is the first large community to start this process, but home owners associations across the county are discussing similar plans.