Remove Design and Cosmetic Codes from Irrigon, Oregon City Code

Remove Design and Cosmetic Codes from Irrigon, Oregon City Code

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Anthony Corpus started this petition to City of Irrigon Irrigon Oregon City Council

The City Code for Irrigon, Oregon contains many Sections and Subsections that require specific design and cosmetic standards on newly built homes and major renovations to existing homes. These standards do not significantly improve the safety or quality of life of the owners/occupants. They do create an unnecessary burden on existing homeowners and potential builders.

The City of Irrigon should remove such ordinances and codes that inhibit the inhabitants of the City from making cosmetic and design choices for their structures that do not impact the safety or health of the owners/occupants or the community at large. 

Owning a home is a vital part of the American Dream and the Heritage of our country. Indeed our forefathers felt that owning ones home should be required in order to even Vote! While I am not saying that choice is right or wrong what it proves is that a great emphasis was and still is put on owning a home. It is an important milestone for many Americans especially in these trying times. 

It is not the right or duty of the government on any level to determine how an individual should express themselves through their property. So long as a property meets safety and health guidelines for the benefit of the community we should not restrict or add any additional hardship onto those seeking to pursue the happiness granted them through the constitution that becoming a property owner can bring. 

I call on the City Council of Irrigon to Immediately remove the Ordinances and Codes that infringe upon the basic right of a person to truly own and make their property their own.

The following list(original document: https://ci.irrigon.or.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Irrigon-Development-Code-Adopted-9-19-17.pdf ) is not comprehensive but at a minimum these should be reviewed and removed. Specific subsections or entire sections of the code go against the freedom expected from owning property.

 

10-2A-4 - Exceptions and Exclusions

B.1 -  No Shipping Containers allowed. All accessory structures must meet building code requirements and community design standards.   

 

10-2C-4 - Exceptions and Exclusions

A.2 - Shipping Containers used for temporary storage must receive a Temporary Use Permit (TUP). A TUP for containers will be for no more than six (6) months with a one-time six (6) month extension.

 

10-2D-3 - Exceptions and Exclusions

 A.2 - No shipping Containers.

 

10-3-2 - Community Design: Specific Standards

1.A.3 - Residential Building Materials: All dwellings shall have exterior siding and roofing which in color of earth tones or light pastels, material and appearance are similar or superior to the exterior siding and roof material used on nearby residences.

1.A.4 - Garages: Any single family dwelling must have a garage that is a minimum of 14’ x 20’. The garage shall be constructed of materials like 10-3-1 10-3-2 Title 10 – DEVELOPMENT CODE Page 46 those used on the house. A garage shall be setback at least 20 feet from the property line to a public street

B.2.D - d. All dwellings shall have a garage that is a minimum of 14’ x 20’, attached to the primary structure. A garage shall be setback at least 20 feet from the property line to a public street.

 

10-3-3 – Community Design: General Standards

1 - Building Orientation

2 - Architectural Design Standards

3.7 - On multi-story buildings, ground floors are defined and separated from upper stories by appropriate architectural features (e.g., cornices, trim, awnings, canopies, arbors, trellises, overhangs, or other features) that visually identify the transition from ground floor to upper story; such features should be compatible with the surrounding architecture.

4 – Compatibility

6 – Landscaping Buffers and Street Trees

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