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Man battles Kansas City over neighbor's new building

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Man battles Kansas City over neighbor's new building

Man battles Kansas City over neighbor's new building

Imagine having not one, but two buildings towering over your backyard.

It's happening to a Kansas City, Missouri, man fighting an unsuccessful battle with city permitting.

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Man battles Kansas City over neighbor's new building

IT'S HAPPENING TO ONEHOMEOWNER WHO LIVESIN BROOKSIDE -- AND SOFAR HE IS FIGHTING ANUNSUCCESSFUL BATTLEWITH CITY PERMITTING.HERE'S 41 ACTION NEWSINVESTIGATOR ANDYALCOCK WITH HIS STORY.JOHN STILL LIKES TOWORK IN HIS BACKYARD ATHIS HOME IN KANSASCITY'S BROOKSIDEGARDENSNEIGHBORHOOD.John Still / Homeowner"THIS IS OKRA BACK HERECOMING UP AND THIS ISMUSTARD GREENS."STILL HAS LIVED AT HISOAK STREET HOME FOR 47YEARS - WHERE HE NOWKEEPS HONEY BEES ASPART OF HIS BACKYARDGARDENBUT A REAL "BUZZKILL" FORSTILL IS THIS NEWSTRUCTURE CURRENLTYUNDER CONSTRUCTION INHIS NEIGHBOR'SBACKYARD, RIGHT BEHINDSTILL'S BACKYARD AND HISGARAGE.JOHN STILL/OPPOSESCONSTRUCTION"I THINK IT'SINAPPROPRIATE BECAUSETHE NUMBER ONE THING ISIT'S NOT AT ALL INCHARACTER WITH THERESIDENTIALDEVELOPMENT IN THISBROOKSIDE PARKAndy Alcock / Reporting"NEARLY A DECADE AGO,STILL'S FORMER NEIGHBORAPPLIED FOR ANDRECEIVED A VARIANCE TOBUILD THIS GARAGE, RIGHTBEHIND STILL'S HOME.

ITTURNED OUT TO BELARGER THAN STILL ORANYBODY ELSE IN THENEIGHBORHOODEXPECTED...A FOUR CARGARAGE.

NOW THERE'S ANEW BUILDING GOING UPRIGHT NEXT TO ITJohn Still / Homeowner"I WANT TO KNOW HOWTHIS HAPPENED.

I WANTTO KNOW WHY IT WASPERMITTED."STILL ADMITS HE MADE AMISTAKE BY NOT GOING TOTHE VARIANCE MEETINGFOR THE GARAGE IN 2010WHERE HE COULD'VE HADINPUT AS A NEIGHBOR.AS FOR THE NEWSTRUCTURE, CITYRECORDS WE OBTAINEDSHOW A PERMIT WASISSUED FOR IT AND ITPASSED ITS FIRSTINSPECTION.IN A LETTER STILL WROTETO CITY PLANNING ANDDEVELOPMENT LEADERSLAST WEEK, HEQUESTIONED THATAPPROVAL PROCESS.John Still / Homeowner"ULITMATELY, I'D LOVE TOHAVE IT TAKEN AWAY.

BUT IPROBABLY THINK IT'SASKING TOO MUCH."STILL'S NEIGHBOR DIDN'TWANT TO SPEAK ONCAMERA -- BUT CALLEDTHE SITUATION A NON-STORY BECAUSE THE CITYISSUED THE NECESSARYPERMITS.ONE KEY ELEMENT OF THEAPPROVED PLAN IS THENEW BUILDING ISSUPPOSED TO BEATTACHED TO THEGARAGE BY AN OUTDOORHALLWAY OR BREEZEWAY.FOR THAT REASOINSPECTORS CONSIDERTHE NEW BUILDING AN"ACCESSORY STRUCTURE"TO THE GARAGE.IT MEANS THE STRUCTURECAN BE BUILT "WITHOUT" AVARIANCE MEETING ANDPOTENTIAL INPUT FROMNEIGHBORS.STILL ISN'T SATISFIED.John Still / Homeowner"WE HAVE A SWAMP BACKHERE WHEN WE HAVE THETORENTIAL RAINS THATWE'VE HAD."THE REASON...THERE AREARE NO GUTTERS ON THEBACK OF HIS NEIGHBOR'SGARAGE.STILL BELIEVES THE NEWBUILDING WITH A ROOFSLOPING TOWARDS HISPROPERTY WILL ONLYMAKE THAT ISSUE WORSE.Andy AlcockAFTER WE MET WITH STILLAND SPOKE TO HISNEIGHBOR, THE TWO MENMET IN STILL'S BACKYARD.THE NEIGHBOR AGREED TOHELP SOLVE STILLWATER PROBLEM WITHGUTTERS ON BOTHSTRUCTURES AS WELL ASPOSSIBLY PLANTING ATREE AND GETTING RAINBARRELS TO COLLECT THEGUTTER WATER.FINAL APPROVAL FOR TNEW STRUCTURE ISPENDING.I'M INVESTIGATOR ANDYALCOCK, 41 ACTION NEWS.IF YOU LIVE IN KANSASCITY, MISSOURI...YOU CANFIND OUT ABOUT BUILDINGPERMITS IN YOURNEIGHBORHOOD BYVISITING THE CITYWEBSITE.YOU CAN FIND THAT LINKIN THE WEBLINKS SECTIONAT KSHB DOT COM.FOR FURTHER QUESTIONSOR ISSUES, YOU CANCONTACT CITY PLANNINGAND DEVELOPMENT AT THENUMBER ON YOURSCREEN




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