SALT LAKE CITY

Is there a war brewing over artificial grass in Salt Lake City?

Apr 4, 2024, 1:00 PM

Patricia Council's North Las Vegas yard after her grass was replaced with artificial turf, on Frida...

Patricia Council's North Las Vegas yard after her grass was replaced with artificial turf, on Friday Sept. 30, 2022.

SALT LAKE CITY — Some people in Salt Lake City are being asked to pull out their artificial grass, and they are not happy about it.

Troy Vialpando has had artificial grass for about nine years, and he spent about $2,200 installing it because he has the supplies already. However, not all his neighbors are so lucky.

“The gal over here did her front yard. It cost her $12,000,” Vialpando said. “She used her whole 401K. It’s sad.”

Now, city civil enforcement officers are asking them both to rip it out by April 25. Vialpando says they told him that if he didn’t comply, he would face a $5,000-$7,000 fine on that day, and a $25 fine a day for every day after that if he does not get his yard up to code.

City zoning laws dictate that turf is not supposed to cover more than 35% of the area that should be covered by vegetation.

While Salt Lake City’s Public Utilities Department has nothing to do with enforcement, Director Laura Briefer says artificial turf is not recommended because it contains microplastics, and chemicals like PFAS, which are known as forever chemicals.

“During runoff, for instance, in a rain event, the types of man-made materials that are used could add to contamination to our waterways or groundwater,” Briefer said.

Briefer added they have lists and more information on their website that can recommend better drought-resistant landscaping options.

Vialpando claims he still does not understand though, and he feels targeted by the city enforcement officials. He listed several other addresses, including businesses and an apartment complex, with artificial turf that were not being asked to remove their turf.

In response, Vialpando has been talking to neighbors about starting a petition to warn people about what is happening, especially before they make a big investment in installing artificial grass.

Related: 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Salt Lake City

West High Principal Jared Wright with James Yapias in front of west high clinic sign...

Amanda Dickson

Healthcare inside West High School

The West High School Clinic allows students to see nurses, pediatricians, psychiatrists and psychologists right inside their school.

22 hours ago

SLCPD emblem at the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building....

Devin Oldroyd

SLCPD investigating alleged homicide involving a child

SLCPD is conducting a homicide investigation involving a man and a child. The investigation is ongoing.

2 days ago

a police car is pictured...

Devin Oldroyd

Two injured following Glendale Neighborhood shooting

A man and a woman were hospitalized following a shooting in the Glendale Neighborhood early Sunday morning.

2 days ago

South Salt Lake Police Department...

Devin Oldroyd

South Salt Lake Police Department searching for missing, endangered 13-year-old

The South Salt Lake Police Department is looking for missing and endangered Aliah Samora. Police say she may be in West Jordan.

2 days ago

A Salt Lake City stabbing has led to a man being in critical condition after being stabbed during a...

Kennedy Camarena

One person critically injured in Salt Lake City stabbing

A man is in critical condition after a fight and attempted burglary led to him being stabbed. Police are investigating the incident.

2 days ago

The Salt Lake City Police Department arrested a man for allegedly kidnapping and holding a woman ag...

Devin Oldroyd

Salt Lake City police arrest man for alleged kidnapping Saturday

The Salt Lake City Police Department arrested a man for allegedly kidnapping and holding a woman against her will Saturday.

3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.

...

Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

Is there a war brewing over artificial grass in Salt Lake City?