Monday, August 27, 2012

Following Ordinances Impacts our City

The other day my neighbor stopped me. She said her mom, who is also a Taylorsville resident, was frustrated by the numerous number of code and ordinance violators in her neighborhood. She expressed concerns about our city "going down hill" because residents have stopped taking care of their property.

Other residents of Taylorsville have expressed similar concerns. Generally we have one or two code enforcement officers who drive around the city and remind residents that they do have a duty to keep their property nice and to obey the laws and ordinances of the city.

Complying with the ordinances helps your property value and your neighbor's property value. If you choose to not mow your lawn for a month or let your weeds grow four feet tall, it impacts your neighbors. Most people like living in neighborhoods where the properties are well maintained. 

When properties are unsightly, it impacts our ability to attract good businesses to Taylorsville. Businesses want to locate in cities where residents care and take pride in their properties. 

Studies show that crime increases when property maintenance decreases. We keep our city healthy and vibrant when we all do our part to keep our property well maintained. 

Here are some other code enforcement tips that will help us maintain a healthy community:

  1. Trees overhanging the sidewalk must be trimmed up to a minimum height of seven feet above the sidewalk.  During the summer months, code enforcement officials are inundated with calls about low-hanging trees making it difficult for pedestrians to use the sidewalk. In addition, trees must be trimmed to a minimum height of 13-1/2 feet above the roadway. 
  2. All bushes, vines and other vegetation near the city sidewalk must be trimmed back to the edge of the sidewalk. Vegetation which encroaches on the sidewalk makes it difficult for pedestrians. This is especially true for those with special needs such as wheelchair-bound individuals and individuals with motorized wheelchairs. Vegetation must also be trimmed so that it does not overhang the curb line.
  3. All residential property is required to have landscaping in the front of the home.  Landscaping can take on several forms- grass, all types of plants and other allowed vegetation, decorative rock, mulch and bark. Lawns must be kept mowed and watered.
  4. Basketball standards must not be left at curbside. This causes an obstruction to vehicles on the roadway. Portable basketball standards must be completely on your property and not overhang the street.       
  5. All R-1 zones in the city (most of the residential areas) must be maintained as single family dwellings. That means that only one family can live in the home. We have an influx of calls about homes in R-1 zones being converted into multiple family dwellings. This is in direct violation of single family dwelling (R-1) ordinance.    
  6. Taylorsville contracts with West Valley Animal Services for all animal complaints. If you have a problem with a neighbor who has an animal that is troublesome, please contact West Valley Animal Services at: 801-965-5800. West Valley Animal Services is able to address any problems you may have with a neighboring pet in a timely manner.
  7. All owners of rental properties in the city are required to obtain a business license to rent their dwelling out. This license is renewable every year and has a minimal fee. Classes are available throughout the valley to assist owners of rental property, including screening potential renters and what information to include in a rental agreement.
Please contact the Code Enforcement Division of the City of Taylorsville at 801-955-2011 or 801-955-2013 if there are any questions.

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