Homeowners Associations: Green Scourge of the Earth?

Awhile back, we declared leaf blowers the most environmentally annoying things on the planet. Maybe we were over exaggerating a little.

But what about homeowners associations? Now we have two big reasons to believe that some of them might be the most non-green/annoying things on the planet.

We've already blogged about how some homeowners associations won't allow clotheslines. That's bad enough on its own; however, now we're hearing reports on associations that are actually restricting the use of solar panels!

According to this article in the Ventura County Star, Marc Weinberg, a homeowner in Camarillo, Ca, is suing his association because they told him he could only have solar panels on the back of his house (where they wouldn't be seen), which would've significantly decreased the system's efficacy.

Here was the associations rationale:
The community has a number of guidelines for homeowners, said association architect Jeffrey Jordan, in order to maintain a consistent look that conveys "a restrained elegance." The rules cover exterior materials and colors, for example.

What do you think? Are homeowners associations awful or do they serve an important purpose?

via Groovy Green

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