Brooks Washes Its Hands of Clothesline Controversy

Awbrey Butte residents might be in for a replay of the Great Clothesline War of 2007 if they vote to create a new homeowners' association.

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Awbrey Butte residents might be in for a replay of the Great Clothesline War of 2007 if they vote to create a new homeowners' association.


Brooks Resources Corp., which developed the spendy neighborhood, announced in a news release this week that it's getting out of the business of enforcing its codes, covenants and restrictions (CCRs), which, among other things, prohibit residents from hanging clothes outside to dry.

Awbrey Butte homeowner Susan Taylor ran afoul of her neighbors, and Brooks, last summer when she started hanging her washing on an outdoor line instead of using a dryer as a gesture toward reducing greenhouse gases. Citing the CCRs, Brooks made her take her laundry inside.

Brooks Resources Chairman Mike Hollern said the company sold the last Awbrey Butte property in 2005 and has decided it's time to get out of the business of CCR enforcement. Homeowners will be asked to form an Awbrey Butte Owners Association or, if that fails to get the requisite 51% of the votes, an architectural review committee.

The new association or review committee could lift the clothesline ban if most owners want to - but The EYE's hunch is they won't.

And as far as Susan Taylor is personally concerned, it's a moot issue: She and her husband put their Awbrey Butte home on the market back in November. However, Taylor said at the time that she would lobby state lawmakers for legislation to allow clotheslines.

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