Council to tackle height dispute

first_img Most of the two dozen residents found in violation the ordinance each year comply by trimming hedges, installing shorter fences or applying for a variance to avoid making changes, officials said. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] IF YOU GO The Burbank City Council will meet at 6:30 tonight at City Hall, 275 E. Olive Ave. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “I’m happy that we can do something that at least addresses” the issue, Vander Borght said. “I think most people didn’t pay attention to the ordinances in place, and the staff didn’t have manpower in place to enforce code violations.” Last summer, Scandiffio attended a City Council meeting, where he displayed photos he’d taken of 40 hedges, fences and walls that surpassed the city’s 3-foot height limit. Nearly three months later, he got a letter from the city, ordering him to remove an 8-foot-high hedge at his Riverside Drive home. Since then, the city has received more than 500 complaints about hedges, fences and walls that were too high, forcing the council to consider relaxing the standards. The current policy says walls, fences and hedges can be 3 feet high in front yards and 8 feet tall in back yards, according to a Burbank municipal code section that helps “create a consistent development pattern and improve the aesthetic quality of the street-scape.” Similar codes are in place in cities across the state. Burbank officials only initiate a fence, wall or hedge investigation when they receive a complaint. BURBANK – After getting hundreds of complaints about hedges, fences and walls that city rules said were too high, the City Council tonight will consider relaxing the ordinance. Under the proposed policy, the city would eliminate height limits and form a committee to work toward making the ordinance permanent. “We spoke up and they listened,” said Michael Scandiffio, a neighborhood activist who brought the issue to the city’s attention in August. “We’re hoping they approve it. It was substantial progress from the point of view of protecting our greenery and property rights. A heavy weight is lifted.” Mayor Jef Vander Borght said he believes that the committee will go a long way toward finding a permanent solution to a decades-old problem. last_img

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