Archive for Thursday, November 2, 2006

Fence code to remain unchanged

November 2, 2006

Wary of possible consequences, Lansing City Council likely will not amend the city's fence ordinance.

The code was a topic of the council's work session on Thursday, Oct. 26.

Several members had expressed interest to revisit the code, hoping to solve an issue for residents living on corner lots, which are considered to have two front yards by the current code. The code states that fences higher than 48 inches may not be built in such yards, even if it is effectively a side yard for the property.

Residents wanting to build a taller fence along a street-front yard are required to seek council permission and are dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

But when council members discussed a possible language change in the code that would create a standard for such corner lots, they worried that even a small change could create larger issues than the current law.

Since seeking a permit for a side-yard fence taller than 4 feet requires a permit, the city can notify the petitioner's neighbors and determine if there are objections. Without this process, residents might return home to find their neighbor had built a tall fence next to their front yard.

The council overwhelmingly favored maintaining the current fence code.

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