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Planning & Zoning - Frequently Asked Questions:

Responses to Typically Asked Planning and Zoning Related Questions.

What rules does the City have about constructing a fence?

  • Front yard - A fence constructed in the front yard of all zoning districts cannot exceed 3 1/2 feet in height and must be of non-solid construction, such as cyclone fencing, with openings of at least seventy-five percent in each square foot of fencing.
  • Side yard/Rear yard - A fence constructed in the side yard or rear yard of all zoning districts cannot exceed 6 feet in height. Corner lots have additional location requirements to ensure intersection visibility is not obstructed.
  • NOTE: Several neighborhoods have rules regarding fences. Be sure to consult your association for more information.

I would like to construct a detached garage or pole barn; how large can I build it?

It depends on the size of your lot and if you currently have any detached accessory buildings on your parcel. The Zoning Ordinance allows one primary detached accessory building as follows:

  • For lots of 10,000 square feet or less: one building, 720 square feet and not exceeding 16 feet in height at its highest point.
  • For lots greater than 10,000 square feet and up to 1 acre: one building, 960 square feet and not exceeding 18 feet in height at its highest point.
  • For lots greater than 1 acre and up to 2 acres: two buildings, aggregate of 3,000 square feet and not exceeding 24 feet in height to its highest point.
  • For lots greater than two acres: four buildings, aggregate of 6,000 square feet and not exceeding 28 feet to its highest point.
  • The Zoning Ordinance also allows one additional secondary detached accessory building, which cannot exceed 120 square feet in area.

If I am going to re-pave my driveway, how far from the property line must the driveway be?

The City's Zoning Ordinance does not have a specified distance that your driveway must be from your property line. It is always a good idea to discuss your project with your neighbor so that you agree on the actual location of your property line.

If I am going to construct an addition to my home, how large can I make it and how far must it be from the property line?

The answer to both parts of this question depends on the zoning district in which your property is located and how large of a home that you have. The setback requirements and the total area that a lot may be covered by a hard surface varies from zoning district to zoning district. Consult with City Hall about information for your specific situation.