[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Flower Hill 6-4-1979 by L.L. No. 2-1979. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Certain words in this chapter are defined as follows:
- ELEVATED COURT
- Any platform or surface elevated off the ground upon which a game using nets, ball and racquets or paddles is placed, and includes any adjacent walls, netting, fencing, screening or other material which may limit the movement of or confine the ball or serve to conceal the court.
- TENNIS COURT
- Any area on the ground upon which a game using a net between opposing players, a ball and racquets is played, and includes any adjacent fencing, walls, screening or other material which may limit the movement of or confine the ball or serve to conceal the court.
[Amended 6-7-2004 by L.L. No. 16-2004]
No tennis court or elevated court shall be built or maintained on any plot or parcel of land in any residential district in the Village, as may be shown on the Building Zone Map thereof, except in compliance with the provisions of this chapter. The construction, erection or alteration of an outdoor tennis court or elevated court shall be a special exception, subject to site plan approval by the Board of Trustees and the issuance of a special exception permit.
Editor's Note: The Building Zone Map is on file in the Village offices.
No tennis court or elevated court may be constructed or maintained except as an accessory to an existing one-family dwelling located on the same lot.
No tennis court or elevated court shall be built or maintained in a front yard or side yard or within 20 feet of the rear or any side lot line.
Every tennis court shall be surrounded by a chain link fence, which shall be constructed and maintained in accordance with the following specifications so long as the tennis court remains in existence:
Height. The height shall be not less than 10 feet nor more than 12 feet above the playing surface. However, where the longer dimension of the court faces a dwelling on the same lot, the center 40 feet of fence along the side of the court facing the dwelling may be less than 10 feet in height or eliminated completely.
Fabric. The fabric shall be not less than nine-gauge steel having a uniform square mesh with two inches between parallel sides. The mesh shall have a green, brown or black plastic coating.
End and corner posts. The end and corner posts shall be 21/2 inches inside diameter galvanized pipe with a wall thickness of 0.203 of an inch, securely embedded in concrete.
Line posts. The line posts shall be two inches inside diameter galvanized pipe with a wall thickness of 0.154 of an inch, securely imbedded in concrete.
Horizontal lines. There shall be three horizontal rails running between the vertical posts situated at the top, center and bottom of the chain link fabric. These rails shall be 1 1/4 inches inside diameter galvanized pipe having a wall thickness of 0.14 of an inch.
Distance between posts. The distance between posts shall be not more than 10 feet.
All elevated courts shall be completely enclosed with fences of sufficient height and density to keep the ball within the confines of the court itself and shall be built of materials of adequate strength to form a permanent, safe and steady structure sufficiently secure to assure that the game and the players will be confined within the court area.
All tennis and elevated courts shall be completely screened from adjoining properties by coniferous trees which shall be at least eight feet in height when planted and shall be planted five feet on center on all sides of the court not facing the dwelling on the same lot, between the fence surrounding the tennis court or the elevated court and the lot lines of the lot on which the court is located. The coniferous trees shall be Canadian hemlock, or an alternate approved by the Building Inspector, and shall be maintained so long as the tennis court or elevated court remains in existence.
The height of the playing surface of any tennis court shall not be above the existing mean level of the ground immediately surrounding the tennis court area prior to the construction of the tennis court.
The top of the fence surrounding every elevated court shall not be more than 12 feet in height above ground level at its highest point when measured from the lowest of the ground surrounding the elevated court, and the playing surface of any elevated court shall not be more than three feet above ground level at its highest point when measured from the lowest point of the ground surrounding the elevated court.
No tennis court or elevated court shall be altered, maintained or constructed so as to cause or permit any drainage water to flow into adjacent properties or public streets.
No tennis or elevated court will be permitted to be illuminated for playing by any form of artificial lighting.
No tennis or elevated court may be used after 9:00 p.m. or before 8:00 a.m.
Building permits and certificates of occupancy for tennis courts and other elevated courts must be obtained from the Building Inspector, and all applicants for permits to construct or alter tennis courts shall supply their application the following:
A survey, showing existing structures and the proposed tennis court, indicating whether the court is new or an alteration to an existing court, and showing all areas and distances between edges of the tennis court and the nearest property line. A minimum lot size of 3/4 acre is required.
[Amended 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
A drainage impact notation, indicating what effect the construction will have on existing drainage, including the direction of flow and the provision for drainage.