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Manteca may restrict ‘Pods’

City proposes maximum 90-day limit on container for moving purposes

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Manteca may restrict ‘Pods’

A photo of a storage container on a Manteca driveway taken in December.

Bulletin file photo/

POSTED January 19, 2018 1:28 a.m.

That storage container sitting in your neighbor’s driveway for the past year would be afoul of a proposed new Manteca municipal ordinance language
The city, under the proposal, would establish standards for storage containers such as those rented by PODS for moving and storage.
They would be allowed for moving purposes within all residential zoning districts for a maximum of 90 days within a 12-month period as well as for temporary use for up to 180 days in conjunction with work being done with a valid building permit.
They would be allowed on a permanent basis in commercial, industrial, and agricultural zones subject to a site plan and design review permit.
The containers — shipping, storage, or cargo — are being considered as an accessory structure much like a shed. As such they are subject to standards that require they do not create:
A public safety or public nuisance.
An adverse aesthetic impact from street right-of-ways or create a negative impact on surrounding properties.
The storage containers would be restricted to the driveway, side yard or a rear yard of residential properties.
Using the containers for moving would not require a permit. If construction is taking place, a temporary use permit would have to be obtained to allow their use for up to 180 days as long as there is a valid building permit for work on the property.
Containers limited to one unit up to 200 square feet will be allowed in commercial, industrial, and agricultural zones. They must adhere to setbacks and cannot be placed on any parking spaces required by the city, loading zone, or fire lanes. They must be completely screened with fencing or landscaping so they are not visible from neighboring property or the street. In lieu of fencing and landscaping the container would need to be compatible in materials and colors that mesh with the primary building.
The containers may only be used for storage and cannot be lived in or used as a place to conduct business.
The city has received complaints in recent years regarding homeowners or renters using such containers for long periods of time — some over a year — to serve as de facto storage sheds while placed in doorways or front yards.
The Manteca Planning Commission will review the proposed rules when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email

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