1. I had someone putting up a fence arou d my front yard—in retrospect, too close to the curb. Brothers called the city to complain (rather than discuss with me, but it is what it is) and the city was at my house to address this on the very same day. Okay, that’s the way it should work. I’m not complaining. I’m Shari g this bc this seems like a very different response from what this article describes. Is it bc I’m a current homeowner and taxpayer and not a builder?

    1. ‘Neighbors’ not brothers, ha ha

    2. Becky, when did this happen? I’m asking because we were told by both the Zoning Administrator and the City Manager that they don’t send people out in response to complaints from neighbors.

  2. No, some homeowners/taxpayers also receive preferential treatment. It’s not just builders. It’s unfair, but that’s how it is.

    I’m sorry you are having to deal with this situation.

  3. As a new homeowner in FCC, I’m concerned developers are changing the character of the city, especially all the single home lots that are being divided into multiple lots with ugly McMansions and no yard. What i see going up next to your home is is WAY to close to the property line!

    I’m all for development and modernization, but not at the expense of the character of the city. In other places we’ve lived, we have relied on the zoning board to fairly uphold the zoning rules of the town – applicable to both developer and homeowner – consistently and transparently. I expected that was also the case in FCC, but unfortunately see that it is not.

  4. The special treatment afforded certain builders goes back to at least 2000, when we renovated our home. In fact, our builder vowed to never again work in FCC because of the inconsistencies with respect to how zoning rules were being applied.

    Separately a decade later, in 2010 and in 2012 we registered complaints with the city regarding two neighbor’s proposed renovations, and on neither occasion were we visited by anyone in Zoning.

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