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OCTOBER 25, 2008

PROPOSED NEW ZONING ORDINANCE

 On Thursday, October 23, at 7:00PM there was a public hearing on the new zoning ordinance.  This new ordinance appears to be a work in process and the following “draft” is not the final one.  Errors are still being corrected.  

 Click here to read new proposed ordinance: Zoning Ordinance “Final” Draft

  
The zoning committee met for approximately 10 months and went over the old ordinance.  This committee made several recommendations that were agreed on but are not included in the “final” draft.   

TWG encourages you to read the following pages:

 Non-conforming use—Will you be able to continue to use your non-conforming lot if the building on it is destroyed?  Did you know that “where the only buildings employed are accessory or incidental to such use shall be discontinued…and torn down…within two years of the adoption of the ordinance?” (See other details on p.25)

 
Home occupation in Residential districts --
In residential districts “no accessory buildings or outside storage can be used in connection with the home occupation.”  Only vehicles designed and used as passenger vehicles (including light pickup trucks) may be used in conducting the home occupation. (See other details on p.27)

Home occupation in Agriculture districts--
Only vehicles designed and used as passenger vehicles (including light pickup trucks) or farm vehicles may be used in conducting the home occupation. (See other details on p.27)

 Metal Exterior Buildings restricted—p.28

 Supplemental Regulations—p.59-61
This section includes yard modifications, including where you can locate your swimming pool, how big an accessory building can be, and how high your fence can be in the front and back yard.  It will be interesting to see what code enforcement does with this one.  Even in AG district, front yard fences can not exceed 5 feet in height.  What if there are cows or horses in front of the house?  That does happen in AG districts. 

 Every citizen needs to read the zoning ordinance and know how it may affect them.

These rules control what you can and can not do with your property, or as the Zoning
Director put it, what your neighbor can or can not do with his property.   

Sometimes Zoning and Code Enforcement can get out of hand. 

Read this news article: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-garage18-2008oct18,0,5661304.story?page=1

 

TWG
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