From the standpoint of the storm sewer sytem, it's a negative externality. If the artificial surface is impervious, it will create additional flow in the storm sewer. That means additional cost for all system users.
I don't know if this counts as an externality (I'm not too hip with the economics lingo), but it's probably going to lower property values for the neighbors. Artifical turf is considered to be pretty "white trash" (sorry for lack of a better phrase) and it'll make the neighboring houses less desirable. At least there isn't a car parked on the lawn.Does the city code allow for the turf?
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