City approves encroachment for driveway heating system

Owners of a home in west Columbus are hoping to implement an easier way to clear their drive on snowy days.

The Columbus Board of Works has approved a right of way encroachment agreement between the city and property owners at 880 Baywood Court, who plan to install a radiant heat system in their driveway and sidewalk.

Executive Director of Public Works Dave Hayward said that the owners are remodeling their house and replacing the driveway and sidewalk, with plans to install the heating system under the pavement to melt snow and ice.

“This seems like something new,” said city attorney Alan Whitted. “I don’t remember seeing one of these before.”

“We have done encroachment agreements for fences and other things, but this is the first time for this type of situation,” agreed Hayward.

The agreement states that the encroachment will be installed and maintained “in a safe, sanitary and attractive condition at the sole cost, risk and responsibility of the owner and the successors in interest.”

Additionally, the city of Columbus will retain its rights and powers in regards to the right of way. If the city decides that the area is needed for any reason, it has the right to occupy and utilize the right of way “without obligation to remove, relocate or replace the encroachment.”