Hi neighbors, currently, Stonebridge Ranch does not allow a tree swing in the front yard, but only the backyard behind the perimeter fencing. Tree swings in the front should be allowed if they are a color friendly to the environment. They do not de-value the home in any way, in fact, I believe they increase value. Our new neighbors indicated they chose their house due to activity out front. Highland Park allows them, and they are one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Dallas with multi-million dollar homes. Tree swings promote family values. My son has benefited so much from being on this swing, as opposed to inside on video games. He has made friends from being out front. He talks with all the neighbors as they pass. My husband and I have sat in those chairs by the swing, and have had great family discussions. When I see a tree swing, I think of home...a place of comfort, safety and love. Our trees were planted 26 years ago, (since it is required to have 2 trees,) and are ideal for this type of swing. Trees are not required in the back, so they were not planted. My point being, unless one was planted 26 years ago, the requirement of having a back yard swing behind the fencing is not viable.
We have a hook on the tree so when the swing is not in use, it is hooked and is not visible from the front at all. I am more than happy to change out the blue/ white rope for a more environmentally friendly color if we are able to change the rules on this.
If you feel inclined, please sign this petition to change the rules on this.