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Yellow, Anybody Home? Why Tamarac Needs Stricter Ordinance Codes

Date posted: August 2, 2012

This brightly painted yellow home is in the Mainlands in Tamarac. The City of Tamarac does not have color restrictions like other cities.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

There is no reason why every community in the City of Tamarac can’t look as well-maintained as the Woodlands Country Club.

Woodlands residents have the benefit of stricter codes which protect their home values, while other communities have to contend with residents painting their homes whatever color they choose.

Back in 2004, The Woodlands Country Club, consisting of 892 single family homes, created their own Overlay Zoning District. This overlay created stricter codes than the rest of Tamarac resulting in higher property values and an aesthetically nicer looking community.

The purpose and intent of the Woodlands overlay zoning district is to create and establish specific regulations in addition to those requirements contained within the City Code of Ordinances that will serve to preserve the neighborhood character, promote its high quality and appearance, maintain property values and protect the public health, safety and welfare. The overlay district is not only intended to provide guidelines to ensure the preservation of the Woodlands community’s visual integrity, but to also ensure that every property is maintained in accordance with the community standards.” - Introduction to the Woodlands Overlay Zoning District

Yellow home in the Mainlands in Tamarac

The fluorescent yellow home pictured is located in Section 9 of the Mainlands.

“There are two more in the Mainlands 10, that it’s almost becoming an epidemic,” said Mainlands resident Chris (who didn’t want his last name being used).

Sunrise, Coral Springs and Lauderhill have all enacted color codes for homes in their cities. Lauderhill quickly adapted its color palette in 2003 when a homeowner decided to paint his house purple and gold to match his fraternity colors.

Many Homeowner Associations in Tamarac do not have color codes authorized by their deed restrictions. Changing them would require two-thirds vote of all residents which is difficult because of foreclosures and the low turnout of residents who do vote. Also, the high cost of legal fees makes it difficult for HOA’s to enforce such restrictions.

In many communities in Tamarac, residents can choose to paint their home purple like this one in Plantation, FL

City officials have told residents at neighborhood meetings that they can create their own “overlays” just like the Woodlands has done. The problem is many do not know how to go about it.

The simpler answer would be for our Mayor and City Commissioners to do what the other cities have, so that every community doesn’t have to draft their own overlays.

“There is no reason why the whole city can’t draft everything contained in the Woodlands overlay,” said Chris. “Don’t they realize that the declining aesthetics of the city is doing nothing more than making people move elsewhere? It’s also inviting more people to neglect their homes because it is not expected of them.”

“They just don’t do it, because they don’t care.”

By enacting stricter codes in our city, paint still would cost the same whether they buy beige, gray or white instead of fluorescent yellow.

Chris said, “It’s time for the city to protect home values and enact an ordinance before we look like a fluorescent kaleidoscope.”

Do you think the City of Tamarac needs to enact stronger codes like other cities?   Let your city commissioner know.

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  • http://vote4trout.com Mike Trout Congress 2012

    At the risk of being contrary — I’ll posit another perspective … Growing up in Panama, it’s typical for houses to be painted in bright and varied colors. I think what’s missing with the houses pictured are some design features to complement the whole picture. With the right landscaping, and some feature enhancements to the walls, these *could* be attractive, and an asset to community value.

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=colorful+home+exteriors
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=colorful+tropical+home+exteriors

    But, as is — you’re right, not too attractive.

    • woody72

      Mike is right, as the community changes from mostly New Yorkers to Haitian & Jamaicans, ( Island folks in general.) we should embrace their culture and give them a hand. Tamarac has always been a community on the lower end of the socioeconomic scale and change is going to happen.

      • randy miner

        Why do I have to embrace the Haitian and Jamaican culture? This is not Haiti nor Jamaica! If they move here, they need to adapt or GO HOME.

  • Jim

    Mike – If we were in Panama or in the Caribbean the bright colors would be acceptable and wouldn’t stand out because they are standard colors there and blend in. They don’t blend in here and don’t belong. Pastel colors would blend fine, but these colors are garish and shouldn’t be aloud.

    Maybe it’s because the Mayor and a Commissioner live in the Woodlands which the city granted more restrictions, they just don’t care.

    Read the quote of the Woodlands Overlay:

    “…serve to preserve the neighborhood character, promote its high quality and appearance, maintain property values and protect the public health, safety and welfare. The overlay district is not only intended to provide guidelines to ensure the preservation of the Woodlands community’s visual integrity, but to also ensure that every property is maintained in accordance with the community standards.”

    Is the Commission saying that the rest of the city doesn’t deserve high standards, preservation of values, and community standards?

    It sure does sound like it to me!

    • Herman Pecker

      Hey moron, we have tougher standards in the Woodlands because we ASKED for it, not because commissioners live here. You want it in your neighborhood, ask for it. Putz.

      • Chris

        We did ask for it Pecker. They don’t respond.You only got it due to the politicians that live in the Woodlands pushing for it.

  • Sa’id Cortijo

    I think the people who bought the house that they are working hard to pay for moved in at the city laws were what they were, so they painted what they wanted. That is the American dream to paint my house the way I want to and the are well within their rights. Apparently Chris feels that homes should be a bland color. I feel health care and college should be free for american citizens, but hey that’s not the real issue here. It is yellow and purple paint. That has got to cease! #notimportant

  • Bruce Burke

    It’s none of the government’s damned business what color I paint *MY* house.

    • Chris

      I’m not for bland colors. I’m for colors that blend. Do you realize that right now your neighbor can actually make their home look like a billboard?

      http://advertising-for-success.blogspot.com/2011/04/have-your-mortgage-paid-by-advertising.html

      Tell me you’d want to look at your neighbor’s house if it was painted with graffiti, and the owner claims it to be art.

      It IS the governments business to regulate aesthetics! If you don’t think so, you don’t belong here. Move to Liberty City.

  • Patti Lynn

    The Woodlands overlay came into place because of expiring original document. The City of Tamarac enacted the overlay to protect the Woodlands original organizational documents, rules, and regulations. They are not wanting to do that for each Association. Should they enact a city-wide set of rules, ordinances, and general prohibitions?

    How would they address the economic situation that exists now? People are parking in the street and on the grass, (BANNED-by law in the Woodlands), but their properties may not have enough space to widen a driveway sufficiently to accommodate their vehicles.

    The Mainlands homes were built as retirement residences. Most have single driveways, because, back in the day, the family only had one car. Now, the family may consist of Mom, Dad, their children and grandchildren.

    Why don’t we ask the city to form a committee of city staff and residents to study the problems and come up with some workable, economically feasible, proposals? It’s way past time.

    • Chris

      Patti, you right. Most of the homes here were built for retirees. But many of the homes added an additional driveway next to the original. For people to park all over their lawn making it look like a used car lot is wrong. Specially since the city allows street parking. Most homes have a carport or garage so there is at least parking for two vehicles.

      The problem is the city won’t even acknowledge the problems.

  • Plebe

    I blame Mitt Romney and the Republicans for not embracing diversity and tolerating the color preferences of other cultures. Tamarac must be filled with a lot of conservative haters.

    Too bad the facts don’t support my opinion:

    Democrat: 61.19%
    Republican: 30.38%
    Independent: 8.43%

    • Jim

      Politics has nothing to do with this. It’s just common sense that this statement should be for the whole city, not just one neighborhood.

      “…serve to preserve the neighborhood character, promote its high quality and appearance, maintain property values and protect the public health, safety and welfare. The overlay district is not only intended to provide guidelines to ensure the preservation of the Woodlands community’s visual integrity, but to also ensure that every property is maintained in accordance with the community standards.”

  • http://TamaracTalk Violet Weres

    We in Mainlands6,also have,yellow,purple and many other shadesof color. We are too busy applying stickers on our cars in the garage and driveways, so we don’t get fined as per Board mandate.

  • Len Murray

    I selected Tamarac over Coral Springs specifically to avoid living in what I describe as ‘single family condos.’

    The City of Tamarac has instituted programs like N.I.P. IT (Neighborhood Improvement Program) and hired code enforcement officers without any quantification other than the ‘umbrella’ excuse of ‘property values’.

    I think the issue is we need to be more tolerant of others rather than more regulatory.

    There are obvious homes that need to be addressed but this is over reach and I, quite frankly. do not want to live in a boring vanilla community like the Woodlands.

  • Len Murray

    I would revise my statement…

    There are obvious homes that need ‘blatant code violations’ to be addressed…

  • Len Murray

    And I apologize for taking a shot at the Woodlands. To each their own. :)

  • BOB WOOD

    The decor of the inside of your house belongs to you, the outside belongs to the community.

    • Vladimir

      The decor of the inside of your house belongs to you, the outside belongs to the community.

      Can’t wait for the “community” to start paying their share of my bills.

  • Chris

    Bob, that’s a perfect way to explain it.