Proposed changes to fencing, wall code up for review by town council

(file photo)

(file photo)

The Town of Paradise Valley is proposing changes to Article XXIV of the town’s zoning ordinance regarding walls and fences.

The town council will discuss these proposed changes during its 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 town council meeting, at Town Hall, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive.

The amendment would include adding a section on combination view fences at a 20-foot setback, modifying definitions of view fences to better accommodate decorative elements and modify the definition of wall finishes.

According to a draft of the proposed ordinance, a combination view fence “is a free-standing, upright structure that meets this Section’s definitions of a ‘view fence’ for at least 50 percent of the height of the structure and meets this Section’s definition for ‘wall’ for the remaining portion.”

Additionally, the proposed ordinance would define a hedge, a hedge and landscaping area and a front yard.

The proposed ordinance also outlines additional criteria for view fences and combination view fences.

According to the proposed ordinance, any property containing view fencing or combination view fencing taller than three feet and has a setback of 20-40 feet would not be able to have hedges over three feet in the front yard or any unpaved sections of right-of-way.

Additionally, the owner would need a hedge maintenance agreement executed and recorded in order to have hedges under three feet.

Another proposed change includes changing the 80 percent minimum openness to 70 percent to better accommodate decorative features on view fencing, according to a town staff proposal.

The ordinance is up for a public hearing review on Thursday, Dec. 1. The council has the option to take action or continue discussing.

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