If you live in a house that is Grandfathered in, you would think you are ok, but you are NOT. In most places in ND, including Grand Forks, if your house is over 50% damaged or destroyed you cannot rebuild or repair your property.
The intent of my proposed law is simple. If a residential property was once legal, but is now legal non-conforming, under the provisions in this bill, it can be repaired or replaced.
It would seem to most people that my bill makes sense. However, the cities including Grand Forks is opposing my bill. They don’t believe if you live in a Grandfathered house you should be able to rebuild. If fact, to quote Grand Forks ordinance, this what they think about nonconforming properties. “It is the intent of this chapter to permit these nonconformities to continue until they are removed or for the reasonable useful life of the building, but not to encourage their survival”.
What if it was your house? You could be living in a Grandfathered house and you may not know it. The people that live in Grandfathered houses most likely did not know it was Grandfathered when they bought it nor did they know the implications. If they knew, they would not have bought it for the same price. Would you?