Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Construction: Shouldn't The City Require Trashcan Concealment?

Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 3, 2010. It may be taking forever to complete 2316 Silver Ridge, but their trashcans are concealed. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

In older hillside neighborhoods, trashcans often stay in the street or sidewalks long past trash day. Lack of space in garages, driveways and sideyards are usually the reasons for the ever present trashcans. In the 1990s, the City gave us 3 giant bins for every home. In an R2-zoned neighborhood like ours, which is primarily already existing duplexes, there simply isn't enough room for all the bins.

Remarkably, the City does not require developers in Hillside areas to build a concealed area for trashcans in new development. Nor do they even require it in small-lot subdivision, where developers are allowed reduced parking and setback requirements. Trashcan politics may seem trivial, but in tough economic times, first impressions count with home values.

Despite the lack of a requirement, faced with the challenging lot at this corner of Silver Ridge and Lake View, someone took pride in workmanship and created an large enough containment area for the three trashcans. Kudos!

Read more about small-lot subdivision and the lack of parking and trashcan space in The Eastsider.