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Carlsbad Treehouse Goes Over Property Line

Janelle Butler, a Carlsbad resident for the past 34 years in the Rancho Ponderosa neighborhood, appeared before the city council on Tuesday, November 9, in order to express her concerns about a treehouse that her neighbor built.

“It’s basically hovering right above our fenceline,” said Butler. She said the treehouse was built 11 inches over the property line and approximately 15 feet up in the air.

From the council, Butler requested an exception to a code-enforcement law that she believes is allowing the treehouse to remain untouched by the City because of a “loophole”; Butler claims she was informed by city code-enforcement officers that treehouses fall under playground-equipment law and are not subject to enforcement. Butler described the treehouse as being made of a platform of wood with no edging, railing, and or anything to hang onto.

“I come before you to beg for the safety of any child that could perhaps play on the treehouse and fall onto our property,” said Butler. She also said she is concerned about her personal liability.

Butler suggested that the City allow code enforcement to address the issue or implement a setback that would restrict the treehouse's proximity to her property.

Upon looking at photos submitted by Butler, mayor Bud Lewis stated, “That platform and the location of that fence just below the platform look very dangerous.” Lewis requested that the city manager and city attorney look into the matter after acknowledging that Butler had made valid points.

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Janelle Butler, a Carlsbad resident for the past 34 years in the Rancho Ponderosa neighborhood, appeared before the city council on Tuesday, November 9, in order to express her concerns about a treehouse that her neighbor built.

“It’s basically hovering right above our fenceline,” said Butler. She said the treehouse was built 11 inches over the property line and approximately 15 feet up in the air.

From the council, Butler requested an exception to a code-enforcement law that she believes is allowing the treehouse to remain untouched by the City because of a “loophole”; Butler claims she was informed by city code-enforcement officers that treehouses fall under playground-equipment law and are not subject to enforcement. Butler described the treehouse as being made of a platform of wood with no edging, railing, and or anything to hang onto.

“I come before you to beg for the safety of any child that could perhaps play on the treehouse and fall onto our property,” said Butler. She also said she is concerned about her personal liability.

Butler suggested that the City allow code enforcement to address the issue or implement a setback that would restrict the treehouse's proximity to her property.

Upon looking at photos submitted by Butler, mayor Bud Lewis stated, “That platform and the location of that fence just below the platform look very dangerous.” Lewis requested that the city manager and city attorney look into the matter after acknowledging that Butler had made valid points.

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nah ::-{ ...leave the treehouse alone wilya!!!

Nov. 13, 2010

Poor little girl!!!!.....but I have to side with Butler, if a kid fell out of that tree house and landed in Butlers yard-or worse yet on their community fence-it could indeed get them dragged into a lawsuit and face potential $%$$$$ liability.

I only speak from a liability point of view-I want the tree house to stay for the kids, but not over someone else's preoprty and fence.

Nov. 13, 2010

Oh FFS, I'm with nan, leave the treehouse alone. What has our society turned into ? Neighbors out with tape measures worried about 11 inches and liability. Here I'll give you my 11 inches, that should shut her up :)

Nov. 14, 2010

A treehouse, a freehouse, A secret you and me house, A high up in the leafy branches Cozy as can be house.

A street house, a neat house, Be sure and wipe your feet house, Is not my kind of house at all – Let’s go live in a tree house.

  • Shel Silverstein
Nov. 15, 2010

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