A couple weeks ago, I shared some reaction to the story about a girl and her treehouse – and the borough codes office.
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.
I wrote that social media reaction took off like a rocket. And after a zoning hearing last night which solidified the borough’s decision to make the family knock down the treehouse, the debate is still going strong.
I’ll be curious to see where this ends up. It could have the wings to make it a big issue.