A zombie-themed nativity scene in Sycamore Township, OH is drawing the ire of the local government, who are invoking local laws to try and get it taken down. According to Cincinnati.com, Jasen Dixon is now facing daily citations as the nativity scene is being viewed as an accessory structure to his home, per Sycamore Zoning Administrator Harry Holbert.
Basically, what it boils down to is that per local laws, accessory buildings in the front or side yards of a home (which this is) and can’t be taller than 5 feet, which Dixon’s scene reaches 15 feet at its peak. Holbert also states that an application was submitted but was denied.
This is the second year Dixon has had a structure similar to this. Sycamore Township Trustee Tom Weidman explained, “It’s an accessory structure. He doesn’t have a permit for it. It has nothing to do with what he’s got underneath the accessory structure. He can put a hundred zombies in his front yard if he wants. It’s none of my business. It’s none of our business. The fact of the matter is the guy’s got an accessory structure in his front yard. Which is illegal.”
The very nature of a nativity scene is that it goes up for the holidays and then comes down afterwards. I personally don’t see how it can be viewed as an “accessory building” when that’s not its function at all. If someone’s kids had a sleepover and they wanted to sleep in a tent in the front yard, do they have to get a permit because it’s an “accessory building”?
What are your thoughts on the matter? Is this a case of the city wasting time and resources or is there something to this?
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