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Published: Tuesday, 11/13/2012

Change considered for property setback for backyard pools


Perrysburg has one of the strictest codes regarding residential swimming pools among neighboring communities, according to planning and zoning administrator Thomas King.

The city receives several complaints each year about the requirement that backyard pools must be set back at least 20 feet from the side and rear property lines to the water's edge, Mr. King told council's Planning and Zoning Committee at its recent meeting.

Most other communities' rules state a setback of only 10 feet, with some defining that to any part of the pool such as a deck or patio, he said.

The committee agreed 3-0 to propose changing the pool setback to 15 feet from property lines to the water's edge and 5 feet to any pool-related structures, which is consistent with the existing code setback for accessory structures, according to meeting minutes submitted by committee chairman Timothy McCarthy.

The matter will go to the Municipal Planning Commission since it involves a code change. The commission is next scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in council chambers.

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