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Bigger buildings allowed, if they fit


You can now have accessory buildings up to 3,000 square feet if you have property to support the size.

The Electric City Council accepted a number of changes to the building code at its meeting June 9, the most sought-after being the size of accessory buildings.

It has been in the works for about two years, and the changes to the planning commission’s recommendations caused three of its four members to resign in protest.

The council adopted the International Building Code which allows accessory buildings up to 3,000 square feet in size.

But as one advocate suggested it would take a very big lot for anyone to build a structure that large.

The council adopted language that requires accessory buildings have siding only “similar” to that of the residence.

The changes include fencing and home occupation business permits, not notable changes.

Mark Payne, who has worked with the planning commission and the city council has been frustrated with the length of time it has taken to finally get his request to put up an accessory building settled. He has been a spokesman to move the size of accessory buildings up from 850 square feet to the new change.

Documents showing the full zoning changes are available at city hall.


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