Fences are artificially constructed barriers intending protection, screening, or boundary. Refer to Section 8.2 (PDF) of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) for standards and diagrams on “Landscaping, Buffering, and Screening.”
- Fences or walls shall be constructed of wood, stone, brick, decorative concrete block, wrought iron, products created to resemble these materials, or a combination of any of these materials. Chain link fencing is allowed provided it meets the standards listed below.
- All fencing shall be finished on the side facing a public right-of-way or adjacent properties.
- Materials such as, but not limited to, plywood, particleboard, sheet metal, concrete slabs, or concrete barriers shall not be used for fencing or for walls.
- Chain link fencing shall be coated in black, brown, or dark green vinyl or equivalent and shall not utilize slats. In residential zoning districts, chain link fencing is only allowed in the side and/or rear yards of individual lots and is not allowed to be used by the developer of a subdivision for buffering and screening.
- Barbed wire and similar fence materials may only be used in conjunction with a permitted agricultural use or in conjunction with the permitted keeping of horses or livestock. Up to 2 feet of barbed wire can be erected on top of another fence type as a safety function for industrial and utility uses.
- No freestanding fence or wall shall exceed seven feet in height including piers, posts and finals. Non-residential fences or walls may be higher for security and/or screening purposes with approval by the Planning Director, after taking into account topography, unique site conditions, and unique safety, security, and screening requirements of the property owner.
- Fences and walls including piers, posts, and finals in front yards shall not exceed 48 inches in height.
- Fences and walls shall be allowed in the controlled and limited access highway buffer, through fare buffer, and street front buffer provided that they meet the requirements of Section 8.2.7(F), “Fences in Required Buffers,” and the height requirements of Section 8.2.7(B)(1) and (2).
- Fences/walls shall be permitted in buffers only where they are planned as an integral part of the buffer. Fences/walls are not allowed in Riparian Buffers Sec. 6.1.11, except for fences/walls installed by the Town for utility protection. Where there is existing vegetation, the installation of the fence/wall must be done in such a manner as to protect significant vegetation, such as, but not limited to, being hand built and winding around trees.
It is not the intent of this section to allow the piecemeal installation of fences/walls in buffers or the installation of private fences/walls that result in completely enclosing sections of buffer inside of a fence/wall or fences/walls.
- Fences shall supplement and not replace the existing and/or required plantings. Fences shall be set back from the edge of the buffer so that the buffer plantings are located on both sides of the fence, with a minimum of four feet from public rights-of-way. Fences shall be of uniform design throughout the buffer.
The property owners association or other entity controlling the buffer shall maintain fences. Privately owned and/or installed fences are not permitted in the buffers except where designed and approved as part of the overall buffer.