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Planners ponder setback rules for Manteca yards

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POSTED August 10, 2013 2:37 a.m.

A children’s swing set — or other playground equipment — can’t be placed within three feet of either a property line or within 10 feet of a side street in Manteca.  Play equipment can never go in a front yard.

Those are some of the restrictions spelled out in development standards for fencing and accessory structures being reviewed Tuesday by the Manteca Planning Commission. The commission meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

The standards are the outgrowth of controversy triggered during the past year over code enforcement citations issued regarding fences, sheds, carport structures, and such. Some rules are new while others are simplified.

Among the rules in the development standards:

• There is no minimum setback for patios from the front, side, rear or interior yard property line.

• Sheds and other such auxiliary structures 120 square feet or  smaller are not allowed in the required front or side yard setbacks. Such a structure can be placed on  the rear or interior property line. It cannot be higher than eight feet.

• Larger sheds and auxiliary structures over 120 square feet are not allowed in front yards. They must be 10 feet from the side property line. If they are fully enclosed it is five feet minimum  from the interior property line, If it has a solid roof but limited enclosure it can be within 3 feet of the side property line. The maximum height for such structures is 15 feet.

• Pools and spas have to be at least 5 feet from the side or rear property lines and are not allowed in front yards. The maximum allowable height above the ground is 15 feet.

• Landscape features have no front yard minim setbacks but must be 5 feet from a side, rear or interior property line and can’t be more than 16 feet tall.

There are also setbacks for fences and walls.

• Fences along front yards cannot by higher than 42 inches.

• Fences in side yards cannot be higher than 42 inches if they are within 5 feet of the back of the sidewalk or 6 feet of they are over five feet from the back of a sidewalk.

• Rear and interior fences can sit on the property line but must not exceed 6 feet.

• Fences are the intersections  of streets, alleys or driveways can’t exceed 30 inches.

• Any fence that is located outside of the required yard setbacks can have a maximum height of 16 feet.

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