Technically, the owner of the fancy Flintstones house in an upscale San Francisco suburb has settled a lawsuit with the town of Hillsborough. But the deal will allow Fred and his friends to stay.
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In a yabba dabba dispute that pitted property rights against government rules that unfolded in international media, retired publishing mogul Florence Fang defended her colorful bulbous house and elaborate tribute to family “The Flintstones,” featuring Stone Age sculptures inspired by the 1960s Cartoon, along with aliens and other quirks.
The city, however, called the towering dinosaurs and life-size sculptures a “very visible horror” and sued Fang, alleging that she violated local codes by placing dinosaur sculptures in the backyard. and making other landscaping changes that led local authorities to declare a public nuisance.
A city lawyer has previously said residents must obtain a permit before installing such sculptures, regardless of the theme.
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Hillsborough went to court in 2019 after Fang broke several stop work orders, as well as a feature removal order around the multi-million dollar property with his 2,730 square foot home. Fang counterattacked. The Palo Alto Daily Post first reported news of the settlement on Thursday.
Mark Hudak, a Hillsborough lawyer, previously said the town prides itself on its rural, woodland feel and rules are in place “so the neighbors don’t have to watch your version of what you’d like to have and you. don’t have to look at theirs.
According to records, the bylaw states that the city will review and approve a study of landscaping improvements. In turn, Fang will apply for building permits. The city will also pay Fang $ 125,000 and drop the lawsuit – which was dismissed by the state court on April 27.
No news on Barney Rubble’s role in the affair.
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