Timeline for temporary structures in Kent clarified

Code changed to permit items to be used for 14 days in 60-day period

By Jeremy Nobile | Staff Writer Published:

Temporary structures in Kent, such as scaffolds and tents, now have a clear timeline for use.

Action by City Council Wednesday corrected a lapse in law that Kent Planning Engineer Jennifer Barone noted didn't clearly define what qualifies as a temporary structure and how long those items can be used.

New criteria added to the zoning code now specifies that structures such as tents used for business functions, scaffolds and makeshift fences can be used for no more than 14 days in a 60-day span. Those days don't have to be used consecutively.

Variances in that timeline can be approved by the board of zoning appeals, however.

Assistant Law Director Eric Fink noted at a July planning commission meeting the change came up in light of an unspecified local restaurant possibly creating a safety hazard with a fenced-in smoking area it had put up.

Fink said that was an "isolated incident" and that a clear timeline for temporary structures would remedy the problem.

In other business, an executive session was held to discuss a proposal for the installation of a cell tower on Hodgeman Lane, which runs parallel to S.R. 261 near Dix Stadium.

Action was deferred as negotiations were not settled during the session.

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