You might appeal to replace or upgrade the existing fence, it might be
One reason for setback rules is keeping good site lines for vehicles!
suggesting something that does accomodate such concerns is very
"Zootal" <nousenetspam at dead ice dot us> wrote in message
Sounds like you are out of luck. Do you think the rule might be for fire
protection. A zone like this allows for a defensable barrior to fire should
one move through your area. The city may also use this area as a
universal easement for burial of utilities etc. when needed.
If the primary reason turns out to be primarily for cosmetic (a uniform look
to the neighborhood) then you may have luck getting approval.
I suppose if you never looked into it, you could have "improved and
repaired" the existing fence and nobody may have noticed. The existing
welded wire fence is transparent and non flammable and you want to replace
it with a wooden privacy fence, I suppose they might have noticed that.
How big is your lot?
The OP should just dig a goddamn moat around his property. Doesn't
sound like anything limit how DEEP he can go, just how high.
What is the world coming to when you can't even put a fence where you
want it on your own property?
My property has a sewer eastment beween 2 homes. I was allowed to put
up a 6 foot fence but if it ever needs removed for sewer work removal
and replacemnents at my cost...
the best option is a low profile fence eplacement of the existing wire
fence with something similiar and plead ignorance if caught. or you can
hire a fence crew to do a FAST one day preferably weekend fence
replavcement but know they might make you remove it......
another idea is call some local fence contractors and ask for opinions,
they want your $ selling you a fence and no doubt have run into this
rule before and will know best how to proceed...
I don't think this has much if any relevance for the OP. But where I
went to JHS and HS, we were on a rather major but only two lane road,
and the county owned enough to widen it to 4 lanes. There were no
fences at all, but some of our neigbors planted bushes or put in a
driveway lamp 20 feet back from the road, and others did the same
things right up close to the road. The lots are maybe 200 feet deep.
Some put in culvert next to the road and buried it, and some just left
the original ditch. We were not the first owners, and we inherited
culvert and bushes a foot or two from the road. We knew we would have
no bushes after they widened the road.
There is much more population north of that house today, but the road
still isn't that busy (there are parallel streets a mile away) and 49
years later the road still isn't widened. Spring Mill Rd. in
Washington Township, Indianapolis between 59th and 80th St.
Enforcement of building codes and zoning around here are totally
unpredictable - depends on the phase of the moon and who takes a
Best bet is to make an alternative plan to present to the city; they may
make exception, and our city does that routinely. A lower fence and
some creative landscaping may give you close to what you want. Your lot
is 100' x ?
Yep. And it also helps to have some driving reason to need to place the fence
there, other than anything that basically boils down to 'I don't like your
code'. Some reason why you're uniquely and deleteriously impacted by the
limitation. Or some reason why you're borderline - if, for example, your
property size would have put you in a different category of restriction if it
were slightly different.
If you don't have something like that - yes, making a plan with all the
mitigations you can think of (lowering fence and/or landscaping like Norminn
suggests) is your only hope.
What WON'T work is walking in with "hey it's my land I don't like your laws", no
matter how convolutedly and nicely it's stated.
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The rules are always very general, and corner lots present special problems.
I found it was fairly easy to get an inspector to stop by and give me a
variance for a fence which was, in theory, higher than the rules allowed.
The OP may find it's equally easy.
When my next door townhouse neighbors, a previous set from now, wanted
to build a bigger deck, they showed up with the plans (which as a next
door neighbor I had to approve) 4 minutes after the truck started
unloading the wood, and they were going to start work immmediately.
I knew I would sign, but it annoyed me so I said, "Let me look at this
stuff" and went into the house. I heard the wife saying "No one's
going to tell me what to do with my own house."
I came out about 5 minutes later after signing the plans.
But get this: The wife was a lawyer!
The husband was a computer programmer and a nice guy.
I've had 3 pairs of neighbors where the husband was nice and the wife
wasn't. And another whole household of females, 3 generations, where
no one is nice.
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