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Some new landscaping rules are expected to make the city of Amarillo more water efficient

Amarillo, TX - New businesses coming to Amarillo will now have stricter landscaping rules.

The city will now allow commercial businesses to have up to 50 percent of non living materials.

This replaces the previous ordinance requiring 100 percent living materials. This only applies to new commercial businesses coming into town and current businesses who plan on remodeling.

The planning director of Amarillo, Kelley Shaw says one of the main reasons for major changes in the cities landscaping ordinance was because of the ongoing drought.

"We really tried to just incorporate some things into the landscaping ordinance that would help with our water conservation efforts and it also provides a little more flexibility for the property owners who are required to put in landscaping."

Any business who violates the new landscaping ordinance could face a fine of up to 500 dollars.

The ordinance will take into effect September 5th.
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