NORTH OGDEN -- Some residents will soon be able to put accessory buildings just 3 feet from property lines, provided they live in a zone that is 20,000 square feet or larger.
The city council recently changed the accessory building restrictions made in 2011, as some residents were building large accessory buildings close to property lines, hindering the views and aesthetics for their neighbors.
City Councilman Wade Bigler suggested going back to some of the old regulations because the new restrictions put some accessory buildings in the middle of some people's backyards.
Right now, the city is only looking back at the old regulations in the RE-20 zone.
Community Development Director Craig Barker thinks requests will start to come in from smaller zones to change back as well, but the city will have to continue to look at its options because it also affects the property rights of neighbors if accessory building are too close to the property line.
If a building is taller than 15 feet, it has to be at least 10 feet from the property line, said Community Development Director Craig Barker.
Accessory buildings can be no taller than 25 feet, no matter where they are placed in the yard.
City Councilman Kent Bailey said zoning issues can be frustrating because there are so many unforeseeable issues.
Bailey also worries about line of sight with other property owners even though the buildings that can be close to property lines have to be shorter.
He pointed out that, with the proposed change, there could be two accessory buildings only 6 feet from each other.
Bigler pointed out that the current change makes the ordinance easier to understand, but wanted to make sure it wouldn't go into effect in other zones yet.
Barker explained that the ordinance would be written so it was clear the change only affects those in the RE-20 zone.
The council was expected to vote on the change in a subsequent council meeting, though a few items needed to be clarified in the ordinance.