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Treehouse story still hot topic in Valley

Samantha Carlson, of Selinsgrove, sits in a partially built tree house outside her home that her father began building for her as a gift for her 11th birthday. The Selinsgrove Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday night said the structure must come down.

Samantha Carlson, of Selinsgrove, sits in a partially built tree house outside her home that her father began building for her as a gift for her 11th birthday. The Selinsgrove Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday night said the structure must come down.

A couple weeks ago, I shared some reaction to the story about a girl and her treehouse  – and the borough codes office.

Here’s a synopsis:

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.

Make sure you read the latest here – and then go to our Facebook page to add in your thoughts.

I’ll be curious to see where this ends up. It could have the wings to make it a big issue.

 

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Facebook reaction to treehouse story

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.

Here’s a synopsis:

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.

untitledIt appears the borough is going to be receiving some phone calls and letters now that this story has gotten out.

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?