7.20 GV Council - Fences
Grandview eyes building permits for all new fences
by Elena Olmstead
GRANDVIEW - People thinking about installing a fence around
their property might want to check with the City of Grandview before they get
started. Next month, Grandview City Council will look at passing an ordinance
making it necessary for anyone putting up a fence to get a building permit.
The ordinance also outlines a number of requirements that
fences will have to meet. Monday night, City Council members reviewed a second
draft of the proposed ordinance, making changes and getting it ready to review
again during their Aug. 2 meeting.
As the proposed ordinance stands now, no fence more than six
feet tall will be allowed to be constructed without a special use permit. The
ordinance also deals with setbacks, noting that no fence can be constructed
"...closer than 30 feet from an intersection of two streets or a street
and an alley."
The proposed ordinance also lists several different
materials that cannot be used to construct fences, including razor wire, barbed
wire, chicken wire or electric wire fences in residential areas, as well as
items like tires, pallets, press board and cardboard.
Grandview Building Inspector Billie Barrett told Council
members Monday that pre-existing fences will not be affected by the new
"It's there, you can't do anything about it,"
The proposed fence ordinance will be reviewed by Council
members again during their Aug. 2 council meeting.
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