Fenton Officials Draft Ice Rink Ordinance

The proposed change would place a few restrictions on backyard ice rinks.

After much debate last year, the city of Fenton will likely put an official ice rink ordinance in place by winter.

Neighbors disputed an ice rink in the Andover Woods subdivision last winter. The new amendement would place a few restrictions on ice rinks in the city.

The proposed ordinance states:

  • Personal ice rinks (not commercial) are permitted as an accessory use in any single-family residential zoning district.
  •  Personal ice rinks are not permitted in any required front yard.
  •  A four-foot setback is required from adjacent residential property lines.
  •  The ice rink boards shall be no taller than two feet in height and must be properly maintained and free from deteriorating conditions such as peeling paint and cracking wood.
  •  No ice rinks shall be erected prior to Nov. 15 and shall be removed no later than March 15, or as weather permits.

"As a board member of a local homeowners association and one that might be asked to consider one such request, I think the ordinance provides a reasonable and sufficient guidelines for the location, maintenance and operation of personal ice rinks for neighborhoods like the one I live in," said Andover Woods resident Bob Campbell, who complained about the ice rink in the neighborhood last year, according to the Flint Journal.

A public hearing on the issue will be held Nov. 29.

Fenton resident John Jones built a backyard ice rink behind his home in the Andover Woods subdivision for about six years. Last year Campbell filed a complaint with the Homeowner's Association and the dispute led to the city of Fenton officials drafting an ordinance on backyard skating rinks.

Terri White November 06, 2012 at 11:46 PM
I think it's fair, but I think it's ridiculous that it has to have gone this far to begin with.
Julie Dooling November 06, 2012 at 11:54 PM
City of Fenton may want to consider developing an ice rink by the community center. It would be a wonderful and simple addition to downtown; offering something for families and young people. No hockey, just a simple ice rink.
stephanie pytlowanyj November 07, 2012 at 02:57 AM
I've lived here 20 years and it's getting to be ridiculous. An ordinance for chickens, an ordinance for a homeowners ice rink, what's next, and ordinance to control how much snow falls? UGH!
Aaron November 07, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Fair? Sounds like it but wait! Bob Campbell will still fight this for years to come. Sounds personal why is he attacking this! This ice rink has been up for six years why are we wasting city councils time? This is stupid!
Katrina O'Connor November 07, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I live in this sub, I do not know this homeowner but this rink has gone up every year I have lived here and taken down every year and his yard is maintained. I don't see what the problem is with this man wanting to build an ice rink for his family to use in the winter. I this that this crazy....


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