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CARPORT DISCUSSION 12-4-13 LMS

One portion of the proposed Salmon Development Code that drew much public comment dealt with carports and how to deal with the existing portable structures that do not comply with current city building codes.

At its December 4 meeting the Salmon City Council discussed the myriad of issues involved such as grandfathering existing carports, carports that infringe on property lines and city street easements as well as what to do about improper setbacks and provisions related to carport replacement.

There are approximately 60 carports in the city, many of which were erected without proper building permits.

After an almost hour long discussion City Attorney Fred Snook gave a summation that succinctly pinpointed the steps which need to be taken to address the main areas of concern the discussion had identified. He proposed that the missing tool is a procedure to obtain a grandfathered status.

Snook said the first step in developing such a procedure would be to determine where to apply for an application for grandfathered approval and how much the application will cost. Then a time-frame for how long people will have to submit the application needs to be established. Snook said the next part of the procedure will deal with inspections; defining the specific purpose of the inspections, who will perform them and where the final approval authority lies.

The council liked Snook’s approach and asked him to put it in written form for study at the next council meeting.
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