One of the stories that has really captured the public’s attention this week is the story of a little girl her treehouse in Selinsgrove.
John “J.C.” Carlson was preparing to finish building a tree house for his daughter, Samantha, last Saturday when he received a notice from the borough zoning office informing him the structure is illegal.
He began building the eight-foot, by six-foot wood structure on a tree stump in the front yard of his 701 W. Spruce St. home a few weeks ago for his daughter’s 11th birthday.
Carlson didn’t give zoning regulations a second thought when he began construction.
“A tree house is a tree house,” he said. “What possible harm can it do to build one for an 11-year-old.”
Carlson’s tree house violates the zoning ordinance because it is located on his front lawn on a lot that doesn’t accommodate its large size, said deputy zoning officer Janet Powers.
When that story hit social media, it really took off, with people overwhelmingly on the side of the family wanting to build the treehouse.
I understand both sides of the issue: You have to enforce laws uniformly, no matter what a person’s intentions are. You can’t make exceptions for one person then refuse to help another.
But it’s really hard to stand up against a little girl and her treehouse. It’s going to be unpopular, no matter what she wants – which is, after all, only a treehouse.
What do you think about this situation? Which side are you on?