I hope anyone who rats out a neighbor unnecessarily gets everything
they richly deserve!
Its one thing if the no permit work is a obvious hazard, but far
different if its not a hazard or other major problem........
<I agree. When my neighbor fenced his yard, I was vaguely aware that
there were some rules about sight lines from driveways but I didn't
pursue it. His non-conforming fence basically runs all along my
driveway to the sidewalk. By code, it should have stopped 15 feet
short of the sidewalk. And now I see why: as I'm backing up out of
the driveway, I'm scared to death one of his kids will shoot out from
behind that fence on a tricycle or something. In retrospect there was
a darn good reason for the rule and I wish I'd spoken up earlier. -- H>
As a guy whom the very hand of God stopped me from backing over a little
girl on a pink a tricycle under very similar circumstances, I would consider
sending in an anonymous letter. Your issue is clearly a case of public
safety because as you've said, you've got to be able to see to be sure. In
my case - something - I can't say what, made me suddenly brake only to see
the image of a little girl appearing from behind my car. She was never
visible to me until that moment. Since then I've cut down all the shrubs in
the front right of way and try to back in the driveway whenever possible so
I don't have to back into the street butt first.
It's a very weird feeling to know you've just gotten a pass on what could
have been the worst thing in quite a few people's lives. Drop the dime.
You've got a much better reason than the the OP to see a change made. There
isn't a time I back down the driveway without seeing her in my mind and
thinking about how my life would have changed had I not decided to suddenly
Cyclists under age 16 accounted for 24% of all cyclists killed in 2002.
(Insurance Institute for Highway Saftey)
I figure that if the project doesn't affect the "complainer",and the guy
doing the project hasn't done something negative to the "complainer" in the
past,then the "complainer" should MYOB.
Instead of trying to be a busybody or "junior lawman".
If you do rat on him, there is absolutely nothing to be gained doing it
before job completion. At that time, he may have the options of: paying for
the permit plus a vig if the work meets specs, applying for a variance, or
having to remove it all.
All ratting is a matter of balance, and you must ahead of time weigh the
benefits and downsides to see if it is even worth stirring the brew. I had
a zoning inspector come out once because a rat turned me in for having a
little travel trailer parked next to my house. Technically, it was
illegally parked, but he did mention that I did have the right to move it to
the FRONT of the house and put it on the horseshoe driveway, and it would
comply. I did that. He mentioned that one of my Tough Sheds was not set
back far enough. I mentioned that I could show him at least a dozen that
were within a block that were also not in compliance, and that if he were to
cite me, that I would certainly appear at a county commissioners meeting and
wail discrimination that I was cited, and the other dozen not. That issue
If it is not an atrocious looking thing your neighbor is doing, I'd just
back off, lest you have an inspector out there, and you would have to move
your shed, too.
Your property value is based on YOUR property, and the neighborhood, and
unless all of your neighborhood is DIY Joe McGee's, one shouldn't affect
your valuation that much.
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