P&Z clarifies landscaping responsibilities of property
By Jessica Allen
February 13, 2009 | MILLVILLE The Planning Commission
discussed sign ordinances and landscape maintenance
and fencing ordinances Thursday.
After approving the agenda and minutes from a meeting
held Jan. 22, the commission discussed landscaping and
whether or not citizens are responsible for taking care
of the landscape by roads that are part of the city
right of ways.
It was decided that all people are responsible for
taking care the landscape in front of residences, not
pastures or fields.
The fencing ordinance was changed to allow fences
that did not obstruct view like a chain link fence and
could not be higher than 36 inches, a public hearing
will be held to discuss these changes.
It was also put on the table regarding signs and sign
violations and what would be done about them.
Those people who do not follow the ordinances regarding
signs after being warned will have their sign taken
down by the city and will be forced to pay for what
it will cost.
"We don't want our residential areas becoming commercial
areas," Jim Hart said but also thought that the city
needed to be "more business friendly. They bring revenue
to the city."
Housing of Animals ordinance was discussed and decided
that a permit was not needed for any building that was
under 200 sq. foot unless it had running water and lighting.
A-frames were struck from being prohibited from the
ordinance as well as portable mobile signs, like those
on the sides of vans.
Agenda items to discuss group living facilities and
conditional use ordinance were moved to the next meeting.