chance to wrap it up, you know?
Lucas Pelton: here are photos of the public-facing visuals before the project. This is a
reverse angle of the alley after phase 1 of the project. Then again, the driveway view.
Moermond: I will tell you I have dealt with, and one of the hardest things to deal with
now, as we transition as an urban culture, is how we look at gardening, yards, and
native growth and figuring out codes and what people are doing now versus historically.
It isn’t unusual for me to see this; it is hard to write regulation around all potentialities. I
want you to be sympathetic, but I also like you’re pushing and asking how to make
this better. That being said, when I come across cases like yours, whether it is
permaculture or situations like this, is I like to see a plan for where things are going.
Whether you are doing pavers, planting trees, establishing raised beds, and
associated materials. Same as when you build a fence or store construction materials.
These materials appearing unconventional, because they are in some ways, does
qualify them as an exterior nuisance. I understand where you’ve had difficulties with
this. I’m glad we’re talking about it. I’d like to see a plan, your final intention; so I can
look at it and say, “I’m not seeing any Code issues, and if I am here is exactly what I’m
seeing.” I’d like to set aside where we were. I’m not seeing the soil in the driveway; I’m
seeing something different. When I see this photos, I can say succinctly there is a
code violation in the 2 barrels abutting your driveway apron. That is because they are
in the right of way and because of their height and bulk. That I can say plainly this
needs to be dealt with and that is way. You can’t encroach on the City’s right of way.
There are boulevard planters that can happen, but it has to be below a certain height. I
like to tell people “trike height” when near a driveway or intersection. Relatively low. So
if you are pursuing boulevard plantings we have to have that conversation. You seem
to be close to execution of your hardscaping project. Are there other materials in the
public right-of-way besides those barrels. Are there other things in the public
[oval metal planter from right-of-way shown in picture]
Rebecca Pelton: 36”. The planter is 17” and it is mid-block.
Moermond: so a tiny plant. 36” minus 17”. So short plants, looking at total height. You
here wear I’m coming from, from a public policy perspective. I’m sure you have, in all
this work you’ve done you’ve diagrammed something along with these beautiful slides,
I’m sure I can recommend approval as any nuisance conditions are abated with your
hardscaping done. We could even provide a map of the parcel and you could show how
the pieces fit together. The large plastic tank is very unconventional. The large plastic
tank: it is unconventional to have a water barrel of that size. I can see where it seems
industrial. The rain barrels we see are much smaller to capture all my roof runoff. I
don’t know how much roofscape goes into that reservoir.
Rebecca Pelton: our ultimate hope is because of the draught last summer, is we have
a passive watering system instead of me standing out there with the hose. The
concern is how this is appearing, we can address that.
Moermond: the other thing I look at in terms of mosquito preventative so it isn’t
standing water so it doesn’t harbor mosquitos. I would want to know more about that
piece of it. How is it structured at the top so that is not creating an environment for
Lucas Pelton: and is that distinctly different than the tops of smaller rain barrel. What
about a smaller one—
Moermond: I simply cannot see the top. If it is wide open, it is one thing. I simply don’t