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Council passes modified fencing ordinance for residential properties
by Gary Kent
Jul 24, 2014 | 273 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday evening, July 15, to make some minor changes in the city’s ordinance controlling fences.

Each of the changes involved fences in front yards.

City Building Inspector Albert Vilches told the council that each of the changes was recommended by members of the Beeville Planning Commission after they reviewed Ordinance 2090. The original ordinance was approved by the City Council on Feb. 13, 2007, and signed by then Mayor Kenneth Chesshir.

The changes included a 42-inch limit on the height of a chain-link fence in a front yard.

Vilches said the 42-inch limit made fence installation harder because chain link fencing material normally is manufactured at a height of 48 inches.

The building inspector said the way chain-link fencing is made prevents any visibility problems that could be a concern if a fence is installed in the front yard of a corner lot.

Another change involved a requirement that fences in front yards have at least a 75 percent visibility through the fencing material.

Vilches said commissioners decided that a 50 percent visibility requirement would be sufficient as long as height of those fences was reduced.

Council members also approved a commission recommendation that any commercial property located next to R-1 or R-2 residential property be required to have a six-foot privacy fence installed with no more than a quarter inch of space between the boards of the fence.

Mayor David Carabajal said he would be concerned about potential visibility problems that could be experienced by motorists leaving the business property.

But Vilches said that fencing requirement would only pertain to back yards and would not include front yards where a fence could interfere with customers leaving a parking area.

The council did not pass one of the recommended changes which would require a fence to be limited to 36 inches or beyond a setback line for a particular property or require a 50 percent visibility between the fencing material. The height limit for that type of fence now is 42 inches.

Carabajal said he was concerned that a picket fence on corner property at an intersection could limit visibility for motorists.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5220, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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