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Code enforcement stories

Dan

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I've got a ton of newspaper articles -- and editorials -- dating back from when I had sign code administration duties as a planner in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I was tempted to hang a picture of Stalin in my office, to jokingly validate the belief that I was a communist.

Now, in small town Florida, I'm the planning director, parks director ... and code enforcement chief. There's a house in the bad part of town (a six block area) with 12 cars in the front yard. I'm not looking forward to eventualy dealing with it.
 

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12 cars in front yard

other than visual, what is the objection to cars on unpaved private property?
is it necessary to prove pollutants are leaking from the cars?
 
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In South Carolina, I think that a residential property was not allowed to have more than one or two unregistered vehicles stored at any time. Since SC has a car tax, most people didn't want to pay the $45 tax on their junk cars, so enforcement was pretty simple. Well, as long as you weren't greeted by the property owner with a shot gun.
 

Dan

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Re: 12 cars in front yard

cypost said:
other than visual, what is the objection to cars on unpaved private property?
is it necessary to prove pollutants are leaking from the cars?
Because it's the equivalent of a junkyard -- a heavy industrial use -- in a residential zoning district.

I'd imagine that in the People's Republic, though, storage of junk vehicles on residential property is permitted if it's an integral part of the property owner's culture (have to be tolerant, after all); if homeless people are living in them (affordable accessory dwelling units); or if the cars are Volvos, Saabs or VW Bugs (with "Visualize World Peace," "Love Your Mother," "Blessed Be," "Slow Thinkers Keep Right," "Free Mumia," "Towanda!" and "Vote Green" bumper stickers, of course) .

:)
 
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