Renovating just got tougher

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

If you were planning to convert that carport or garage into a man cave or a mother-in-law suite or a nursery for the new twins, better make sure you have a permit and a plan.

The Chiefland City Planning Board decided in its regular meeting Thursday night approved changing the method for issuing permits for enclosing carports and garages in R-1 and R-2 zones.

In the past, all a person had to do was apply for the building permit and they received it, even though city zoning law requires a carport or garage on homes in R-1 zones. Garages or carports are not required for R-2, but if there is one it also must meet the standards outlined for R-1 housing.

"Basically what we've been doing is legalizing and permitting a non-conforming use," said Planning Director Bill Hammond. "We're permitting somebody to do something we're not allowed to do."

From now on, permit applicants will have to appear before the planning board, give a reason for the enclosure or conversion, and detail how they will accommodate the loss of parking and storage.

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