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There are two new Ordinances approved by City Council as recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission:

 

  • Noise Ordinance
  • “Same Kind/In Kind” Approved for Main House Structure

 

Please join us in being a good neighbor and following these ordinances.

 

New Noise Ordinance

At the request of the Mayor and City Council, the Planning and Zoning Commission worked diligently during 2017 to review the City's Nuisance Ordinance.   The City's original Ordinance was established in 1993 and was amended in 2013 and 2014 regarding construction noise.  The focus of this review was to update the ordinance and address non-construction related noise complaints. 

 

Police Chief, Ray Schultz, Memorial Villages Police Department (MVPD) joined the Commission to discuss this topic as MVPD is the City's enforcement entity after regular business hours.  This "after regular business hours" is typically the timeframe for noise complaints and concerns.  

 

The Commission concluded that the goal of this task was to set reasonable expectations to be “good, respectful neighbors” and to provide a tool to MVPD for enforcement.  The Commission recommended that reasonable quiet hours/timeframes be included in the Ordinance.  The Commission’s recommendation was approved by the City Council in November.  This included establishing “reasonable timeframes" to the Ordinance whereby a common understanding is provided for the City as a whole.  This is currently shared and used by the MVPD verbally when they are dispatched to a noise complaint. 

 

  •  Sunday thru Thursday (evenings prior to work days) 10:00 p.m.  – 7:00 a.m.
  •  Friday thru Saturday and the day before recognized holidays 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

     The morning hours align with the City’s morning construction hours

 

In addition, a provision was included that residents holding special events with over 50 invitees should contact their neighbors and MVPD to address event expectations including the time of the event, noise, and parking concerns. 

 

 

Please help us be good neighbors in following this ordinance.  

 

 

 

“Same Kind/In Kind” Approved for Main House Structure

 

In November 2017, the City Council approved ordinance amendments to allow “In Kind/Same Kind” Improvements for Main Structures.  This includes an exception to the building setbacks and lot coverage requirements for reconstruction of homes that do not change the existing exterior structural components of the existing home.

In 2015, the “In Kind/Same Kind” provision was approved allowing property owners to make maintenance improvements to items such as driveways, garages, pools. etc. whereby these items may have encroached onto the current setbacks but it is allowed for maintenance purposed for the same structure.  This has had a positive impact for property owners.  A discussion with the Planning and Zoning Commission included allowing this “in kind/same kind” for the main structure as well given there would be no changes to the footprint or structural components of the structure. The discussion included the need to allow changes to windows and doors to address current safety and code requirements for egress; however, the intent is that no exterior structural components would be changed.  Other code requirements would still need to be met including the current drainage ordinance provisions to ensure the minimum slab elevation.