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Carport controversy closer to resolution
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Officials voted Tuesday night to allow changes to city code making more than 20 of the 40 illegally placed carports legal.
The measure passed 6-1. Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman, and Aldermen Jimmy Bonner, Ken Smith, Billy Wood and Mike Neal voted in favor of it, while Alderman Rick Barnes voted against.
If the measure passes one more read before the board, the decision ends a three-month dilemma by the McMinnville Planning Commission on what to do about more than 40 carports throughout the city that were placed since 2010 without permits and do not adhere to the city’s current code.
All the property owners who placed a carport without a permit will be required to apply for one. However, property owners whose carport still conflicts with city code will receive a letter stating their carport is in violation of city code and must be moved.
Property owners who do not want to move their carport or feel they should be allowed to keep it can apply for a variance request before the Board of Zoning Appeals. It will be up to board members as to the fate of the carport.
The measure must pass one more read before the board Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.