"I think most developers and most homebuilders are in favour of anything that's going to save energy, and obviously clotheslines are going to save energy," says Barry Smith, president of Kingston Home Builders Association.
"I don't know if other homebuilders' associations in other cities are against the (new regulation), and I stand corrected on this, but they are not against grandfathering it," Smith
"In other words, there are some subdivisions that will allow clotheslines and some won't.To make it universal and going backwards â€" how do you put that onto somebody that's bought a house?"
In order for existing clothesline bans to expire, Smith
says everybody in a particular subdivision, or a particular phase of a subdivision (e.g. one phase of Greenwood Park subdivision on Hwy. 15 has the ban), must agree on having the clause taken off the restrictive covenant put on the land.
"That's going to be difficult and whose responsibility is it?Is it the developer who's been out there for 10 years, or is it the municipality or the provincial government who wants to take it on?"he