The City Council is beginning the process of a potential ordinance concerning tethering and chaining animals. If this ordinance is adopted, any rules pertaining to fencing need to be in place so a home owner will know what is allowable in their neighborhood.
Front yard perimeter fencing may be acceptable in some neighborhoods depending on the materials used, the type housing in the neighborhood, etc. It may enhance in some cases and not in others.
I look forward to discussing this issue with neighborhoods and building a plan that fits theirneighborhood. If you’re still not sure what you’d like in your neighborhood….just ride around. Although many people believe that they are protected by restrictive covenants…you’d be surprised how many subdivisions are not. Many have a sunset of 30 years.
Below is a blog concerning fencing that I wrote in July 2008. I have reposted this hoping it may help explain some of the thought process concerning this subject.
Would you like a 6 foot, chain link, barbed wire fence in the front yard beside your house? That is exactly what is happening in different neighborhoods in Sanford. There is currently no ordinance regulating this type fencing. Unless your neighborhood has restrictive covenants regulating fencing, this could happen in many areas of the city.
There is no doubt the aesthetic value of homes and neighborhoods decline with this type fencing. It also sends a negative tone to the neighbors, and to the people passing by, to see a barbed wire fence in a front yard. The important question we must ask is why these residents feel they need this type fencing?
There could be many different reasons:
Is safety the concern? Do these residents not feel safe in their home?
Are these residents trying to keep something inside the fence? Do they have pets that could possibly be a danger to the rest of the neighborhood?
Are these residents from other cities or environments that commonly have these type fences?
This is a very complicated issue. All of the above reasons must be considered. City Council began addressing the issue of fencing in 2006. During this period, an ordinance was almost brought before Council for a vote. Revisiting the different details continued to move this issue backward instead of forward. There are many things that must be considered when discussing this subject.
Things that must be considered:
What types of fencing will be allowed?
What heights would be acceptable?
What about decorative fencing?
How will walls on property lines be classified?
What would the setbacks be for front yards, side yards, and back yards?
Would existing fences be grandfathered or would there be a sunset date for removal of the fences out of code?
There are many, many questions that need to be answered. East Sanford seems to have the majority of front yard fences. This problem is beginning to move to other areas of the city. I could not imagine a six foot, chain link, front yard fence in any neighborhood in Ward 1. I do not believe they should be in any areas zoned residential, however this could happen in most neighborhoods.
I have asked that this subject be revisited by Council as soon as possible. There will be more discussion on this issue very soon. If you have any questions or comments, please call Steve Brewer at 919-770-9587. You may also contact any Council Member. Their contact numbers are located on the city web site. www.sanfordnc.net.