The Mesquite City Council unanimously approved zoning amendments Monday to establish new regulations for accessory structures.
The purpose of the zoning amendment is to allow garage doors and gates to rear car ports, clarify square footage for a car port and increase the setback for rear yard carports with doors or attached gates.
“This has come up for a lot of people due to security and protecting their property,” Jeff Armstrong, director of planning and development services said.
The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the ordinance regarding car ports with garage doors or gates require a setback of 8 feet from the right-of-way and 5 feet from the property line. This is less than the previously required 20 feet from the right-of-way where the garage facing less than 90 degrees to the street.
“What we’re changing from the recommendation is the setback only applies if it’s an attached gate,” Armstrong said. “Not if it’s a gate attached to the fence and the car port is somewhere in the yard. Some of our thoughts with that if you want a port deep in your yard, it might be 40 feet from the alley, and if you have a gate right on the alley. We feel like it’s OK to just have the detached gate in line with your fence.”
Another change to the amendment will allow residents to build car ports with an area of up to 528 square…