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City moving forward with building size change proposal

Input will still be sought


Residents of Electric City will soon be able to comment on the size of accessory buildings.

The city council decided last week to move forward on a possible change in the comprehensive plan that would allow larger accessory buildings in the city.

Electric City has been under pressure for over a year to allow larger accessory buildings.

The city plans to soon send out surveys to all residents in the city to give them an opportunity to express their view of changing the comprehensive plan.

City Clerk Jackie Perman said the city has already spent about $5,000 in planner fees and expects the cost to go up to $15,000.

After the survey is returned, the city plans to have at least two public hearings on the matter before any decisions are made.

Currently, the comprehensive plan allows accessory buildings up to 850 square feet, but some residents are trying to get the city to change the limit to 2,000 square feet or larger, or up to 60 percent of their lot size. Mayor Jerry Sands has stated at various council meetings that he would be comfortable moving the size to 1,750 square feet.

Perman said that once the process begins, it could take up to six months to make a decision.

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