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Draper Cracks Down on Homeowners Building on Public Land

Draper Cracks Down on Homeowners Building on Public Land


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**Photo Courtesy Draper City**Mary Richards, KSL Newsradio

Draper officials are now sending letters to hundreds of residents after they extended their yards beyond their property lines right onto public open space.

In a subdivision near Highland Drive, white picket fences, rock walls and Kentucky bluegrass lawns are encroaching onto the Bonneville shoreline trail. This is all open space, not private property.

Draper City Councilman Bill Colbert says some residents argue they are beautifying the open space. He says, "But I'd prefer that things are kept in a more natural state because we have a lot of wildlife that are in our city."

Colbert says the most egregious cases involve a swimming pool, a tennis court and a shed built right onto city property.

The city says some of this might just be mistakes, so they'll work with residents on a case-by-case basis.

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