Editor's Note — Ordinance no. 3001 §1, adopted December 23, 2008, repealed title IV in its entirety. See editor's note at beginning of title IV.
[Ord. No. 3001 §1, 12-23-2008]
This Chapter contains the regulations concerning fences, fencing and fencing materials installed, constructed and erected within the City of Fenton. These regulations may be supplemented and qualified by additional general regulations appearing elsewhere in this Title which are incorporated as part of this Chapter by reference.
[Ord. No. 3001 §1, 12-23-2008]
Fencing on any property within the City shall be regulated as follows:
All fencing shall be constructed with the structural or supporting members facing toward the area to be enclosed or in such a manner as to present the least conspicuous view of these members to the public.
All fencing for security or property demarcation shall be no greater than six (6) feet in overall height. Fencing in excess of six (6) feet may be allowed after giving due consideration for the public safety, health and welfare of the City by the Director, or as otherwise provided for within this Chapter.
All fencing used for security or property demarcation shall be on or inside the rear and side property lines and shall not extend towards the street beyond the front of the building, except as otherwise provided for within this Chapter. For these purposes, the front of the building is considered the side of the building facing towards the street. On corner lots, the front shall be where the entrances to the building are located.
Fencing four (4) feet or less in height may be considered by the Director beyond the front line of the main building in the front setback area if it is needed for safety concerns related to pools, water parks, retaining wall, detention basins, etc.
No fence shall be constructed on any portion of the lot within thirty (30) feet of the intersection of two (2) or more streets.
Fences must be kept in good repair and properly preserved. The property owner shall repair, paint, remove or otherwise attend to any fence if it becomes unsightly or a menace to public health, safety and welfare. The Director is hereby empowered to issue notices to property owners to comply with this Section. Owners will be given a reasonable time to comply with this Section but not to exceed forty-five (45) days except that a longer period may be given at the discretion of the Director if such compliance would cause an undue hardship.
Allowable materials for fencing, except where otherwise provided for in this Title, may include wood, plastic or other synthetic materials, woven fabric, chain-link or masonry elements.
The replacement of existing damaged fencing, including the height, material and location of original construction, shall not be prohibited by any provision within this Chapter.
Fencing on any property used for commercial, industrial or multi-family residential purposes shall further be regulated as follows:
Blind fencing for outdoor storage and storage containers, where required within this Title, may exceed six (6) feet in overall height to block and shield visibility of outdoor storage and storage containers from the street or the property immediately adjacent to the subject site. The materials used for blind fencing shall be of high durability, quality and require low maintenance. Any chain-link fencing with slats used to screen outdoor storage and storage containers must be vinyl-coated and be of an earth-tone color.
Where chain-link fencing is needed to enclose the activities of an accessory use so as to protect participants and the public, it shall be vinyl-coated and the height of the fencing shall not exceed ten (10) feet so long as the accessory use does not take up more than thirty-five percent (35%) of the front yard area. Netting suspended beyond the height of the fence enclosing the activity in order to protect the safety to the traveling public from recreational activities next to roadways such as volleyball courts, golf courses, driving ranges, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts and athletic/fitness centers will be allowed as permitted in the appropriate zone districts.
Blind fencing or screening of brick or concrete block must be installed around dumpster areas where they are visible from the street. In addition, gates for dumpster areas must provide screening, be constructed of wood, vinyl or vinyl-coated chain-link fencing with slats and should be oriented away from direct view from the street if possible. Where dumpster areas are not visible from the street, non-brick or non-block materials including vinyl-coated chain-link fencing with slats may be used.
Fencing may extend beyond the front of the building in the "IP-1" Industrial Park Zoning District where the Director deems it necessary for the operation of business.
Permit Required. Prior to construction, all fencing and fencing materials will be reviewed and approved by the Director.