Sparks code enforcement changes could be finalized this month

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Updated: 8/12/2014 5:36 pm
SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & -- The Sparks City Council is looking to change some of its property codes later this month.

City Planner Armando Ornelas said this all started with complaints from residents that weren't clearly code violations.

They're hoping these changes will help to clear up the rules and clean up the city because Ornelas said if there's one code violation, there's usually another nearby.

"We end up addressing the same sort of issue in a neighborhood and not just in the particular instance," he said.

So Ornelas said they're tightening up the city codes - starting with where and how many RVs you can have parked on your property.

"We're not looking to forbid the parking of recreational vehicles in front yards," Ornelas said. "Just clean it up."

Your front yard is next. 75 percent of it will need landscaping.

"A dirt yard would not be allowed," Ornelas said. "Dead landscaping would not be allowed." 

It also includes new requirements for vacant property.

"If you're going to board up the windows, [we ask] that you do so with plywood that's been painted to match the primary façade color of the home or that you use clear plexi-glass," Ornelas said.

Ornelas said these changes are meant to improve the city for residents, not to cite them.

"The intent is to get compliance not to write tickets," he said. 

So, if approved, the new rules won't start until January 1, 2015 so they can give people notice.

"We would prepare materials like brochures and add information on our website and do other outreach to get the word out that these changes are coming," Ornelas said. 

In the next few weeks they plan to hire a third code enforcement officer, so they can better respond to these issues.

The council is expected to finalize these amendments at its meeting on August 25. It is open to the public and it starts at 2 p.m. 

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Kramer - 8/13/2014 2:29 PM
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Banks? 'Cody' should actually Enforce upon regular, small-time landlords who Ignore filthy Waste and Dump Whatever where-ever.

Kramer - 8/13/2014 2:27 PM
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I'm hoping 'they' will get to the ripped-up couch cushions, dismantled TV's, and hypodermic needles behind the closed furniture store next to Rock 'n B laundromat... that's "code" 4 yeah, wright, this will be a fair system/ NOT

valleymike - 8/13/2014 8:11 AM
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Dear Speed, Perhaps you should attend some of the workshops over the last 2 years. The City is not talking CCR type codes but common sense codes that 99% of the residents already abide by for a clean and nice environment. The problem properties are those that the owner's do not care about or have walked away. The landscaping & trash rules are the same as required when the home was approved for construction. Nothing new or oppressive. Just common sense......

Speed - 8/13/2014 12:07 AM
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"......and they're all made of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same." I'm not into conspiracy theories,but this looks like a small group setting standards they expect everyone to live by;so far they don't seem too bad,but how long will it be before you have to apply for permission to paint your house blue or to build a chain link fence instead of the split rail like your neighbors have? What will you do when you're notified you have to re-roof your home because your neighborhood doesn't like your green roof-it clashes with the neighbors' stucco roofs. I know these examples seem extreme now,but I've seen this happen before,and though it's-pleasant-to see a lot of nice,nearly identical homes,is this "property coding" what you envisioned when you signed a 30 year note for your home?

sierra11 - 8/12/2014 6:02 PM
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Does that mean Sparks will make all the bank's sitting on foreclosed houses "still in the homeowners name" be responsible for the upkeep? I doubt it! Oh yah, the bank's have not filed final foreclosure so they don't have to pay property tax or homeowners insurance! I guarantee they don't have the ball's to go after the bank's. So make sure you know what your talking about before you shoot off your mouth!

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