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Dad Searches for Solution to Backyard Zoning Problems

February 13, 2018 - 8:10 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It's now 'Game on!' in one Town and Country backyard.

Steve Cameron says he and his son wanted to hang a baseball net up., but their request was denied by planning and zoning because the neighbors wouldn't sign off. Thus began their long quest to get the law changed.

"In today's world with all the internet and the other distractions that kids have, and to have an opportunity to get outside with your child and play a sport he enjoys and the neighbors say they don't want my child playing that sport in my own yard, it's extremely disappointing," he says. 

Last night, a 'fix' to the process was introduced by aldermen. 

"There's different structures that require a different level of permitting, and so the level of detail in the ordinance is such that if you have something in mind that you're bringing forth, you're going to have a pretty good idea of where you fit in the process," says Mayor Jon Dalton

And for hanging a net to take a few practice pitches? Mayor Dalton says that would not require a conditional use permit anymore.