The Sandy Springs City Council revised the setback requirements for outdoor play equipment April 21, but not before another homeowner received a citation for a swing set.

At the council’s meeting April 21, Howard Kim shared his citation from a city code enforcement officer. “On March 27, we installed a swing set,” said Kim, who lives on Aberdeen Drive. “To our absolute surprise, the next day we had a visit from code enforcement, who cited us for a violation.”

Kim’s play equipment sits six or seven feet from the property line, violating the city ordinance’s requirement that outdoor structures be at least 35 feet from the property line.

The ordinance did not distinguish a swing set from any other structure, an issue first brought to the council’s attention Feb. 2, when homeowner Douglas Krevolin showed his swing-set citation and asked the council to amend the zoning ordinance.

Under the new setback requirements, play equipment may be as close as 10 feet from the side or rear property line, with a maximum height of 15 feet. Structures may not be lighted, and electrical connections are prohibited.

That change was not enough to rectify the situation for Kim.

After Mayor Eva Galambos suggested he seek a variance, Dist. 2 Councilwoman Dianne Fries and Dist. 1 Councilman Doug MacGinnitie introduced a solution: “As of April 21, anything already in the ground is grandfathered.”

— Amy Wenk