Although mirrors can help with visibility around corners they are not a suitable alternative to clearing the sight triangle. Obstructions must still be removed.
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The City has marked the corners with yellow or white paint to help you identify the area to clear. Stand at the farthest painted marker from the intersection and look at the 20’ mark to define your first intersection visibility area. Repeat on the other side of the corner for the second intersection visibility area. Watch the video on our website (www.redmond.gov/intersection-visibility) for additional instructions.
No, large trees should not be removed. They can remain, but please trim their branches to a height of 8 feet. Other objects that obstruct visibility such as fences, hedges, and large shrubs need to be removed. Objects 18 inches or less in width or diameter are allowed in the intersection visibility area when spaced at an adequate distance to not significantly obstruct the intersection visibility area.
The Redmond Zoning Code requires all property owners to keep intersection visibility areas clear of obstructions on their property and out to the adjacent street curb. If your intersection visibility area is not clear of obstructions, it is your responsibility to resolve the problem at your own expense.
The requirement to keep intersection visibility areas clear has been in City code since 1982 or earlier. City Staff enforces the intersection visibility area for all new development in the city and responds to existing problems only when complaints are received for a particular location.
The city inspects new homes when they are first built. However, the developer or contractor is ultimately responsible to meet the applicable codes and standards. Vegetation may have grown since the home was inspected or other obstructions such as fences could have been added at a later date. Unless a special permit was acquired for an intersection visibility obstruction (such as a garage) the obstruction is still subject to code. The City, through the Municipal Code, has the authority to enforce adherence to any codes and standards regardless of the prior inspection.
The flyer or letter you received is to alert you of your intersection visibility obstruction and of your responsibility to keep this area clear as stated in the Redmond Zoning Code and is not subject to appeal. If it becomes necessary to serve you with a formal code enforcement order, then this order would be subject to appeal to the City Hearings Examiner. However, please be aware that this appeal would only be to decide if your intersection visibility area is obscured and not to determine if the code requirement is valid.