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  1. Hi! I own a small patio home (<1,500 sq-ft) with no yard and would love to add some outdoor space to it. It is a two story with the 2-car garage occupying the full front of the house facing the street. I have my own driveway which also fits two cars. The house is in Cottage Grove (Heights area). My survey shows that there is a utility easement on my driveway (Labeled "15' PVT. COM. GRD. U.E" in the survey image). My idea is to build a patio/terrace extending from the 2nd floor above the driveway area sitting on 4 posts. Approximate size would be 12x16 (12' depth and 16 width). The first two posts (#1 and #2 in the altered image) would be outside the easement area. Posts #3 and #4 would be within the easement and the majority of the terrace will be ABOVE the easement area (approximately 12' above it). My first question is, can I get this approved by the city? If not, do you think there is a way to build the terrace without studs #3 and #4 so that no physical structure is in the easement? My 2nd questions is: If there is an engineering solution that allows me to build the terrace without posts #3 and #4, will a terrace that hovers many feet above an easement be allowed? My last question is, if this is not allowed under current code, is there any legal route for me to request this and maybe be granted some type of exception? In the 13+ years of living in this house, this easement was never used. My driveway sits on top of it so I would have known if they ever used it. Thank you for any guidance you can provide!
  2. Hello, i have a 16' utility easement (comes to the middle of my backyard). It has a sewer line in it. Thinking of building a pool in the future but would most likely need to move the sewer line so we have more space and the pool is not right against the house. Is that doable? Has anyone done this? Where do I go for permission to move the easement/sewer line? Any info would be most useful! Thank you.
  3. Hello everyone, I am about to buy a house that has a utility easement running right in the middle of the backyard (16' from back fence). I am sure it is not gas (the gas line easement is clearly marked on survey, 10' from back fence), nor is it electricity (there is an aerial line, also marked on the survey and very visible anyway). Can it be the sewer line for the house? The inspector who looked at the house confirmed there is a sewer line running across the yard (we found the cleanout). We want to dig a pool in the future, and I understand that the sewer line will of course need to be moved and create additional costs. BUT how can i be sure that there is indeed no other utility running there?? What else could possibly be right in the middle of the yard? Cable TV?? I don't want to start work and then find out it is something major... Any ideas? I attach a photo of the cleanout that sits in the middle of the yard, and a photo of the yard where you can see the white cleanout. The easement runs parallel to the back fence, and stretches out all along the yard at the level of where the cleanout is. Thanks a lot!
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