Council acts to prevent ‘snout houses’

Prominent front entrance now required

Michelle Monroe

By Michelle Monroe

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ST. ALBANS CITY — On Monday night the St. Albans City Council approved changes to the city’s by-laws, voting to require that all residential buildings have a prominent front entrance facing the street and prohibit garages from detracting from the prominence of that entrance.

The changes are a direct reaction to the construction of a “snout house” on the corner of Messenger and Farrar streets.

A snout house is one in which the garage sticks out in front of the main structure, like an animal’s snout.

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  • Nancy Paquette

    First you have to Ok Color. Now you dictate style…….What…

  • Joel

    Anything to make it difficult for home builders and home owners. I think it should be up to the homeowner as to what they want, if they don’t want there house to be full frontal to the streets of a drug and crime ridden city then it’s there choice. Freedom is slowly slipping from the people. Quite content I don’t live in stalbans anymore.

  • Psherryred1

    It looks like that’s all we have in Silicon Valley. Yuck!

  • D M

    I think the option should depend if the lot is wide enough to permit the placement of the garage. City lots are notoriously narrow and small so in that instance the placement of the garage in this manner makes sense. I also don’t believe it should be up to a city council to make a decision about garage placement, colors of homes for an entire city. That city officials are eroding everyone’s freedom of choice. If it was a special subdivision that have covenants than that is the developers decision and everyone buying into informed prior to moving in.

  • D M

    I think the option should depend if the lot is wide enough to permit the placement of the garage. City lots are notoriously narrow and small so in that instance the placement of the garage in this manner DOESN’T makes sense. I also don’t believe it should be up to a city council to make a decision about garage placement, colors of homes for an entire city. That city officials are eroding everyone’s freedom of choice. If it was a special subdivision that have covenants than that is the developers decision and everyone buying into it is informed prior to moving in.