A new ordinance limiting outdoor storage in Ferndale will come into force in March following a council vote.
The council voted in December to pass the new ordinance in the city code that lays down “minimum standards governing the maintenance, appearance and outdoor conditions of residential premises,” according to a report in the Oakland County Times.
Then-Councilwoman Julia Music, who in introduced the code change following consultation with the city attorney and staff, told the County Times that they wanted language that was “clear and easy to enforce.”
“It was time to look at our codes for homeownership,” Music said, adding that residents had raised concerns and revealed their frustrations over outdoor hoarding that potentially could attract rodents and were eyesores.
She added, “With the way the ordnance is now written, residents have clear-cut rules about outdoor storage that are closer to what we expect of our businesses.”
Owners and others living at a property must keep the properties of refuse, hazardous natural growth, including dying trees and limbs, overhanging objects including ice, rubbish, ground surface hazards, unsanitary conditions, and recurring accumulations of storm water, the ordinance states.
Further, it also has rules for chimneys, flues and vents, exterior porches, landings, balconies, stairs and fire escapes.
“Outdoor storage of items accessory to residential use shall not exceed 36-square-feet total on premises, shall only be located within the rear yard and shall not be located within any required side yard or rear yard set-back for the property,” the ordinance adds.
Bicycles are limited to two for each person living at the property
Lawn furniture, including tables, chairs, a working grill, umbrellas and benches are allowed if in good working order, as are toys and play equipment. The ordinance will be enforced Monday, March 16.