Clarifying The Fence-Like Hedge Proposal

December 18, 2009

On Monday, incorrectly reported details of the proposed fence-like hedge law. In actuality, the proposal would mostly regulate fence-like hedges on lots that do not have homes or other buildings. For example, the if a resident purchased a home and also purchased the lot directly behind it, then built a fence-like hedge on the empty lot, the ordinance would restrict that hedge. That empty lot serves as the resident’s back yard, but it is like a front yard to the neighbors on adjacent lots.

The restrictions would kick in if a hedge under those circumstances was running parallel to the street, had the characteristics of a fence or barrier, and covered more than 50 percent of the width of the lot.

“The definition of a fence-like hedge goes a long way towards making the plantings in most front yards exempt from this,” said Steve Brown, chairman of the Zoning and Planning Commission.

Hedges meeting the rigid definition would be restricted to five feet tall or less. If the hedge was planted before Dec. 1, 2009 the owner would get a five-year period to bring the hedge into compliance with the new ordinance.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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