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Common sense should be applied to building regs

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Dear Editor:

I purchased a 2.75-acre lot in North Delta with a manufactured home on it. The home was in ill repair but after some fresh paint, new flooring, new appliances, new cabinets and a new roof and carport, the place looks really beautiful.

The building inspector was called to finalize the roof inspection and he noticed the carefully placed carport right in front of the front door.

This home was going to be rented out as an Air BnB, and the city was going to obtain its tax, but now that it has been red-tagged because it doesn't comply with a 40-foot setback rule from Highway 50 that no one else is required to comply with, I am going to let this property sit and do nothing but appease my colleagues, relatives and friends.

When the city makes rules that don't apply to anyone but newcomers, it is counterproductive to progress. The person who sold the carport is allowed to have a permanent display on Main Street and it sets less than 20 feet away from the street, but I'm required to move mine.

I installed the carport thinking about children and elderly folks who would stay at this freshened-up home, and need space and protection from the elements.

This 40-foot setback rule should not apply to this property because this property should be grandfathered in, and each property really should be at the discretion of a level-headed building inspector.

Regulations are made to protect the public. How am I protecting the public when I cannot protect them from entering my property with wind, rain and snow pummeling them while they exit their car and enter the home?

I placed the carport as close to the front door as possible to protect the public and the building inspector is doing a good job chasing city money away and making it less accommodating to the public.

I am forced to move this carport to appease these ridiculous regulations, which really should be on a case-by-case basis. This community needs to understand why numerous construction contractors and real estate developers shy away from the City of Delta.

As an investor in this community, a city taxpayer and a resident of Delta, I fully expect the conditions at the city administration level to improve and to dismiss all inhospitable and unreasonable city employees.

I'm in it for the long haul.

Tammy Murray
Delta

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