West Lake Hills City Council decided at its regular meeting Aug. 22 not to set a statute of limitations for enforcement and other actions related to nonconforming uses and structures in the city.
The council discussed whether a property that has changed hands or a nonconforming structure that has existed for a lengthy period of time might be exempt from requiring an after-the-fact variance, but ultimately decided no to pursue a statute of limitations.
"It's such a case-by-case basis that it is hard to put a procedure on it," Councilman David Moore said.
Council decided that staff members will bring nonconforming structures to the council's attention to determine whether or not an after-the-fact variance is required. In situations where a property has changed hands and a nonconforming structure is older than 10 years, council can choose to waive fees, zoning and planning requirements, and other requirements in order to expedite the process.