September 30, 2023

Neighborhood Improvement District 2 supervisors have refused to grandfather in patio villas with stone landscaping whose homeowners have been ordered to place down sod.

CDD 2 Supervisor Tom Swiers on Friday made a movement to grandfather in eight properties within the La Cresenta Villas whose homeowners unknowingly purchased their properties with the stone landscaping already in place. On June 23 in a particular public listening to at Savannah Heart, the householders got 90 days to take away their stone landscaping and change it with sod.

In making his movement for grandfathering, Swiers famous that in 2015 the rule banning stone landscaping at patio villas was mysteriously put into place. The eight properties within the La Cresenta Villas had already had the stone landscaping in place in 2015. The rule change in 2015 was largely unnoticed. The eight householders within the La Cresenta Villas had been amongst a bigger group of patio villa homeowners turned in by an nameless criticism.

Swiers’ movement, cheered by the eight out-of-compliance householders within the La Cresenta Villas, was instantly rejected by his fellow supervisors. His movement died for lack of a second.

Chairman Bart Zoellner feared that grandfathering could be a “slippery slope.” He stated increasingly patio villa homeowners with stone may begin coming ahead.

“I’d by no means vote to grandfather them in except we grandfather everyone in,” stated Supervisor Jim Conti stated. “You simply wish to grandfather in these eight folks.”

Different supervisors stated it is very important be constant and implement the foundations.

“What will we inform the opposite 99.9 p.c individuals who comply with the foundations? The rule is you may’t have stone in patio villas,” Supervisor Jim Cipollone stated.

La Cresenta Villa resident Garry Mang went into Friday’s assembly believing that Swiers’ movement would sail by with an affirmative vote. He was livid on the board’s adamant rejection of the grandfathering suggestion

“The stone was there for 20 years and has by no means been an issue till a silly nameless complainer got here alongside,” Mang stated.

Owners will begin being fined $50 per day on Sept. 23 and the fines will proceed till the stone is eliminated and changed with sod.