The City Council has approved two new ordinances - one making changes to the maintenance of the growth of weeds, grass or other rank vegetation and the other regarding swimming pools. The ordinances were adopted as emergency ordinances and will go into effect April 28, 2011.
Ordinance No. 164 amends Sections 14-180, 14-181 and adds Section 30-35 to the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cedar Springs. It states that the owner or occupant of every premises or the owner of every unoccupied premises, shall not permit or maintain on any premises any growth of weeds, grass or other rank vegetation to a greater height than eight (8) inches or any accumulation of dead weeds, grass or brush within 200 feet of any structure.
It also states it is the duty of the owner or occupant of every premises and the duty of the owner of every unoccupied premises to cut and remove or destroy by lawful means all weeds, grass or rank, noxious or harmful vegetation as often as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of the ordinance.
Failure to maintain the premises may result in the City issuing a notice to abate to the owner or occupant of the premises. If the violation has not been corrected at the expiration of the notice to abate, the City may cause the weeds, grass or rank, noxious vegetation to be cut or destroyed with any and all costs incurred by the City to constitue a lien against the property until paid.
Ordinance No. 165 added a new Section 40-467, Chapter 40 of the Code of Ordinances entitled “Zoning Ordinance, Swimming Pools.”
This ordinance states swimming pools of any nature (whether in-ground, portable, above ground, inflatable or otherwise) the height of which, if filled with liquid exceeds 18 inches, shall be allowed on a residential lot as an accessory use of the property, subject ot the requirements of the Building Code.
The ordinance only allows swimming pools in a side or rear yard with a minimum of a ten-foot setback to be provided from the side and rear yards.
Further, swimming pools may not be located under overheard wires or within public utility or other public easements.