Zoning change gives Anna residents more backyard options

By Joshua Baethge
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune
city of Anna

The Anna City Council approved a zoning ordinance amendment that changes what residents are allowed to build in their backyards. Planning Manager Lauren Mecke said that city staff has received complaints from neighbors who have had permits denied due to existing regulations and what they consider to be overburdensome rules.  

In response, city staff worked with the Planning & Zoning Commission to develop changes they believe will better serve the city 

Under the revisions approved by the council July 13, the difference between an attached accessory structure and a building addition has been clarified. Pergolas and cabanas may now be allowed in a home’s backyard setback. The 10-foot separation requirement for detached accessory structures has also been removed. 

City officials say the amendment will improve staff efficiency, clarify the city’s development regulations and standards, and reduce costs to residents, developers and property owners.   

City leaders recognized 

City Manager Jim Proce and Mayor Nate Pike were each recognized for awards they recently received.  

Proce was given the President’s Award from the North Central Texas Branch of the American Public Works Association. He’s been a member of the Association for two decades.  During that time he’s received multiple awards, served as the local branch president, co-authored two books and led many classes and presentations.  

Pike was recently named one of the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list of rising young stars in the North Texas community. He was selected from a group of more than 400 nominees. 

Before formally recognizing him, Mayor pro tem Lee Miller joked that he had to write a script to ensure his remarks didn’t turn into a roast.  

“I can’t believe you’re under 40,” Miller added before officially honoring the mayor. 

Economic Development Intern Introduced 

Director of Economic Development Joey Grisham introduced Nathaniel Johnson as the city’s new Economic Development intern.  He joined the city on June 7 

Johnson is an Abilene Christian University graduate who is currently working towards his master’s degree in public administration at The University of Texas at Arlington.