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Town drops pesky roof requirement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark Jaeger   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 20:41

Overhang standard for accessory buildings has proven petty annoyance

Contending it is not government’s function to dictate aesthetics, the Saukville Town Board has eliminated a provision from its zoning code requiring that all accessory buildings have 12-inch roof overhangs.
In many cases, the requirement has been the only stumbling block property owners have encountered when having building plans for sheds or detached garages reviewed by the town’s Plan Commission.
Although no town officials were around when the overhang requirement was initially imposed, officials theorized that the restriction was one way of ensuring that stormwater runoff from a roof would be kept away from a building foundation.
“Someone felt it was a good idea at one time,” Town Chairman Don Hamm said in explaining the rule.
Plan Commission members have become increasingly disenchanted with the requirement and led the push to drop the overhang standard.
Depending on the size of the accessory building and the design of the primary residence, members agreed the 12-inch overhang can look out of place.
With the push to eliminate the requirement gaining momentum, several accessory buildings were approved at the last commission meeting with the 12-inch overhang “or whatever the code allows” at the time the storage building is erected.
A public hearing at the last Town Board meeting failed to generate any opposition to the rule change.
The revised ordinance now simply states that roof overhangs of accessory buildings may be “consistent with the design and construction of the principle structure.”
Accessory buildings are limited to 2,500 square feet without conditional approval. Sidewalls cannot be higher than 12 feet.

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