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Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission review ordinance
Posted: Nov 20 2013 by ppowers

 The Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night held a lengthy discussion on revising the zoning ordinance as it relates to fences. Dee Dora of 102 Apple Avenue brought a request before the commission asking for regulations that define appropriate materials which construct a fence. The commission will continue to address this at a future meeting. Commission members approved an amended chapter to the municipal code for fence requirements. They included that fences in front yards cannot exceed 4 feet in height, fences in side and rear yards cannot exceed 6 feet in height and fences in street side yards on a corner lot can be a maximum of 6 feet tall with a 10 foot setback. Retaining walls cannot exceed 4 feet in height in a front yard. In the case of retaining walls supporting embankments, the requirements will only apply to the part of the wall above the ground surface of the retained embankment. No barbed wire or electric fencing would be permitted in a residential district.  Fences that are not in compliance with current regulations can remain until a new fence in installed. For the purpose of this section, replacing 50 percent of a fence constitutes a new fence. The only exception to this is when a fence is adjacent an alley or a driveway, the fence must meet current code regulations. All fence whether new or replacement require a zoning permit. For the purpose of this section, the front yard is considered the side where the front door is located and property addressed. If there is a conflict, a determination will be made by the Webster City building inspector.

The Planning and Zoning Commission set December 9 at 7:00 p.m. for a public hearing on the updated Comprehensive Plan for the city.

 The Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night held a lengthy discussion on revising the zoning ordinance as it relates to fences. Dee Dora of 102 Apple Avenue brought a request before the commission asking for regulations that define appropriate materials which construct a fence. The commission will continue to address this at a future meeting. Commission members approved an amended chapter to the municipal code for fence requirements. They included that fences in front yards cannot exceed 4 feet in height, fences in side and rear yards cannot exceed 6 feet in height and fences in street side yards on a corner lot can be a maximum of 6 feet tall with a 10 foot setback. Retaining walls cannot exceed 4 feet in height in a front yard. In the case of retaining walls supporting embankments, the requirements will only apply to the part of the wall above the ground surface of the retained embankment. No barbed wire or electric fencing would be permitted in a residential district.  Fences that are not in compliance with current regulations can remain until a new fence in installed. For the purpose of this section, replacing 50 percent of a fence constitutes a new fence. The only exception to this is when a fence is adjacent an alley or a driveway, the fence must meet current code regulations. All fence whether new or replacement require a zoning permit. For the purpose of this section, the front yard is considered the side where the front door is located and property addressed. If there is a conflict, a determination will be made by the Webster City building inspector.

The Planning and Zoning Commission set December 9 at 7:00 p.m. for a public hearing on the updated Comprehensive Plan for the city.

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