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Ordinance change may limit backyard amenity
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

March 14. 2014 10:00AM
A proposed change to a city ordinance may keep some new homeowners from having a deck off of their home.

That is, if the deck would be closer than 15 feet to the rear property line.

“Where I live … the way my house sits, although I’m grandfathered in, I wouldn’t even be able to have a deck,” said Alderman Blaine Jones.

Alderwoman Mindy Hansen also took issue with the proposed change, saying the ordinance change would penalize people who build new homes on smaller lots.

The proposed change to Ordinance #512-15-15-3, Protection from Buildings, would only allow decks that may encroach into the rear yard setback to be located no closer than 15 feet from the rear property line.

“I’m not saying that I wouldn’t be OK with a second reading, but I need some proof of a hardship … or why we’re doing this,” Jones said. “I’m not trying to second guess what planning and zoning is doing … but this is going to affect the lying share of people moving in.”

City administrator Bryan Read said the proposed change came from the city’s planning and zoning commission. Their reason given is they feel that two feet from a rear property line is too close, he said.

“They want to extend that to 15 feet,” Read said.

The city also no longer has a lot coverage ratio, Read added, so the trade off was setbacks.

“So, we’re trying to keep our green space,” he said.

The second reading of Ordinance #512-15-13-3 is scheduled for the council’s next meeting on March 17.
Micro sealing in 2014

For a second year, Brandon is looking for joint bids in their 2014 micro sealing endeavors with the city of Sioux Falls, and from early reports, the bids should be favorable for both.

Read said the bids had come in “fairly well” but said they had not been tabulated by Monday’s council meeting.

Although Brandon had advertised for type 2 micro seal product, city engineer Jon Brown advised the Council to go with type 3, which Sioux Falls solicited bids for.

“It’s a little coarser mix that all levels out,” he said. “The only thing to be aware of is it will be a little coarser than last year.”

Brown said the product has a 5- to 7-year life expectancy, “but you will see it wear through the heavier drive lanes,” as does the other products.

“Healing time” is very similar to the product that used last summer on city streets in the Country Club Addition and surrounding streets. “It won’t impact the public at all,” Brown said.

Because of the favorable bids, Read said cost of the type 3 product does not exceed the amount that was budgeted for the annual process.





A proposed change to a city ordinance may keep some new homeowners from having a deck off of their home. Challenger file photo



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