MOUNT CARMEL — The Mount Carmel Board of Mayor and Aldermen gave its final approval Tuesday to an ordinance which eliminates any setback for driveways in new residential construction.
Mayor Larry Frost said the change, which eliminated the 2.5 foot setback, will make it easier for developers to build on smaller lots.
“The original setback was 2.5 feet, and we had numerous problems with that,” Mayor Frost said. “Some of the builders had stated they were having a hard time getting their driveways on some of their lots because some of the lots were smaller. We had the planning commission take a look at this, and they recommended this to us. What we’re actually doing is making a zero setback.”
Alderman Wanda Davidson asked if eliminating the setback would create problems down the road for property owners who end up with side-by-side driveways.
Building inspector Vince Pishner said neither Church Hill nor Kingsport requires a driveway setback, nor do any other municipalities in the area.
Pishner said he doesn’t anticipate the change causing any problems.
“What we’re after here is to try to work with our builders and encourage building in the city,” Frost said. “We have 50-foot lots in the city, and it’s hard to get a house of any size on that lot, and then still having to do a driveway. Two and a half feet becomes very important.”
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