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Posted on: May 11, 2022

City Council to Discuss Proposed Property Maintenance Code Final Draft

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UPDATE: City Council will meet to discuss the final draft of the proposed property maintenance code at the 5 p.m. committee meeting on 9/27. Public hearing to be scheduled for a later date.

The next committee meeting discussing the proposed code is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 at 5 p.m.

FINAL DRAFT of Proposed Maintenance Code (2022)

Current Property Maintenance Code (1998 International Code)

Current Property Maintenance Code Legislation (1999)

Legislation: 2022-06 A  AN ORDINANCE TO REPEAL CHAPTER 1480, INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE, OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF GREEN; AND TO ESTABLISH CHAPTER _____, EXTERIOR PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE, OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF GREEN, AND PROVIDE FOR IMMEDIATE ENACTMENT.-(Introduced on 4/26/22) **PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022 AT 7:00 P.M. IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS** (AMENDED MAY 10, 2022) 

Video: Law Direct Lisa Carey Dean Shares Details of the Proposed Property Maintenance Code to Board of Zoning Appeals (May 19, 2022)


FAQs

Why do we need this legislation for our community?

Currently, our code, as passed by City Council in 1999, is the 1998 International Property Maintenance Code (link). This code’s scope is broader than what our community requires as it incorporates interior and exterior maintenance issues. The new code is written specifically for the City of Green and only addresses exterior maintenance (not interior) and clearly states the process of violations and fines.

What does the property maintenance code cover?

The proposed property maintenance code strictly covers exterior maintenance of residential, commercial, and industrial properties in the City of Green.  

What are the differences between the current code (1998 International Property Maintenance Code) and this proposed code?

The biggest difference is that the proposed code ONLY covers exterior maintenance. The current code is more restrictive and covers both exterior and interior maintenance.  Read both codes here.

I’ve heard that the City of Green may enter my property without my consent under the proposed code, is this true?

NO. The City of Green will not enter your property unless there is consent. The proposed code clearly states the process of notification, which begins with certified mail.

How to I share my opinion or comments about the proposed property maintenance code?

City Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m. during the City Council meeting allowing the community to comment. Those who still wish to comment on the code may do so in a number of ways:

  1. Email City Council or your individual council member at council@cityofgreen.org
  2. Contact your City Council member at 330-896-6604
  3. Attend City Council committee and council meetings. Public comments may be made at the beginning of City Council meetings at 7 p.m.  City Council will discuss the legislation during the Rules and Personnel Committee during committee meetings held at 5 p.m.

When does this proposed property maintenance code go into effect?

City Council must approve the proposed property maintenance code (Legislation 2022-06A).  Per committee chair CJ Meager (Ward 2 council member), the committee will discuss the legislation on both July 26 and August 9 at committee meetings. They will not vote on this legislation until at least August 9. However, council may extend the vote to subsequent meetings if more discussion is necessary.

Is this proposed property maintenance code a done deal?

No. City Council, City administration and the City Law Director are reviewing public comments and making changes as they deem appropriate. The final code will not be in effect until voted on by a majority of the City Council members.   

Can the City impose fines for violations without my knowledge?

No. The proposed property maintenance code describes the process of notification, appeal process, and fines for non-compliance. Fines will not be assessed until a court and a judge rule in a case of non-compliance.

Is the City now going to harass residents about maintaining their property?

No. Most property maintenance violations are initiated investigated due to neighbor complaints. A very small percentage of all violations are initiated by our zoning inspectors from observations of properties from the street.

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