City Seeks Resident Input On Fence-like Hedge Law
The West University Place City Council on Monday will join with the Zoning and Planning Commission to offer residents a chance to provide input on proposed laws that will restrict residents from using large, thick hedges in the front yard that act like fences. The public hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3800 University Blvd.
The city held a previous public hearing in March 2009 and experienced somewhat of a backlash from residents who attended. Since then the Zoning and Planning Commission has made significant changes to tame down the proposed restrictions.
“The main purpose of this proposal is to restrict hedges that function like fences in much the same manner as the code currently restricts fences,” according to the proposed amendment to the zoning ordinance. Any fence-like hedges planted in the front yard after Dec. 1, 2009 would have to be three feet or less to conform with the code. Hedges planted before Dec. 1 would be exempt.
The proposed revision also deals with a requirement to have “emergency portals” in fences for emergency personnel, and it restricts objects in the front yard that reduce visibility when residents back out of their driveways.