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How to address privacy issues on the design

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I have submitted a 2nd story addition but the city Bldg Department has concerns about privacy to side and rear neighbors. Also, rapid growth trees will be planted. I am reluctant to use no-see-trough window glass.

I must draw a line of sight from the proposed 2nd floor windows.  Is there angles and projections to take in consideration? How do you address it? Can you share you method?

Thank you

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Might be better to ask your building dept. exactly what they want... ask to see examples.

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I would ask the Planning Department to show you a sample diagram of what they are looking for. Nobody here is likely to be able to tell you.

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We have certain criteria here when designing accessory dwellings and how they may be oriented in relationship to adjacent properties but the features that are reviewed are generally upper floor decks and the like.

Can't think of a situation where window location would come into question but in a largev municipality I guess that may be an issue.

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I get this a lot ,and if you keep your windows high, like a 6020, 24" being the maximum depth, it usually works here and we don't have to do the study.  High windows will work but it puts a clamp on your design most of the time. This ,of course, does not work for egress windows in a bedroom, so when designing,  you have to keep this code in your mind. Most homes here are 10' apart and, that's why.

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I guess my question is is it a "concern" or is it a code? The "concerns" of the departments I deal mean very little unless they can reference a specific code to me. Sometimes pushing back a little keeps things moving.

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it's in some of the city ordinances, and California has come up with their own codes.

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I can see how local jurisdictions can implement their own area specific codes that could be based on planning concerns, but as far as the IBC or other building codes go I agree with Joey.

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Francois intended to say "Planning" Dept.,, not "Building" Dept, I'm sure. These issues are not related to the Building Code.

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14 hours ago, joey_martin said:

I guess my question is is it a "concern" or is it a code? The "concerns" of the departments I deal mean very little unless they can reference a specific code to me. Sometimes pushing back a little keeps things moving.

It is not a code issue but more a planning concern like Richard mentioned. I do not disagree with it. The properties are typically close to each other. 

My quest is about ways of addressing their comments. So far I have re-sized the side windows as Perry suggested and I am showing the trees as they are placed on the property, their height, in relationship to the adjacent properties and a elevation showing the height of the proposed trees to be planted along the back of the property relative to the 2nd floor windows which are egress.

I think it's a good answer to satisfy the "line of sight" request . They won't see Russia but they will see a lot of green. :D

Thanks to all for your feed back. I greatly appreciate it.

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Around here zoning department would handle that issue... but if you not sure, there is always a way to create privacy you can even add a barbed wire on top of that to prevent trespassing, I'm sure neighbors will love it lol.

 

 

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It's always been a planning issue around here. Those cities that wish to adopt it add it to the city ord's.

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I think they addressed the privacy issue in this brand new house I saw yesterday.... by putting blinds in all the windows of the blue house.

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They won't allow window treatments as a solution  around here

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Do people who live in houses with zero to five foot setbacks actually expect to find some kind of privacy?

 

I lived on a ten acre lot that backed up to over 44,000 acres of state land... and I still had my neighbor calling me to ask what I was working on in my backyard.

 

Was it Davy Crocket who said he felt crowded by his neighbors when he could see the smoke from their chimney?

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wow, nice lot, if I lived there ,I wouldn't need to work , I could hunt for food.

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