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A. Fence Materials: The materials used in a constructed fence are limited to materials made of wood, metal, concrete, masonry, stone or vinyl. The materials used to construct the fence shall be of dimensions and design commonly intended for typical fence construction and shall not be materials or reused materials that have been designed for another function and are now being used to create a fence.
B. Fence Material Restrictions: Limitations to the use of certain types of fencing material shall be as follows:
1. In residential zones fences which have razor ribbon or barbed wire are prohibited. A barbed wire fence would not be considered to be in violation of this provision if such fence material is used to repair or replace existing barbed wire fences where such fencing is for existing agricultural or pasture fences.
2. In commercial zones fences which have razor ribbon are prohibited. Security fences may have up to three (3) strands of barbed wire provided that no strand of barbed wire shall be permitted less than six feet (6') high. The barbed wire strands shall not slant more than sixty degrees (60°) from a vertical line and shall not project over public property. Fences with barbed wire shall not be allowed in the front yard setback.
3. In manufacturing zones fences with razor ribbon shall only be allowed to the side or rear of a building on the same lot or if no building is on the lot such fencing will not be allowed in the front yard setback.
C. Fence Height: The maximum height of fencing allowed shall be as required below:
1. No fence or other similar structure shall be erected, installed, planted or maintained in any required front yard of a dwelling to a height in excess of four feet (4'); nor shall any fence or similar structure be erected in any side or rear yard to a height in excess of seven feet (7') except fences created solely of living plant material.
2. On corner lots in a residential zone, a fence may be erected, installed, planted or maintained in any side yard facing a street on a corner lot to a maximum height of four feet (4'), or to a maximum height of six feet (6') if the following conditions are met:
a. The fence shall not extend into the side yard area between the dwelling and street and shall be located exclusively in the side yard area immediately adjacent to the rear yard.
b. A clear view zone be maintained free of fencing when a driveway exists on the adjacent lot within ten feet (10') of the shared property line. The "clear view zone" refers to that portion of the corner lot lying within a triangular area formed by measuring back ten feet (10') from the point where the interior property line shared with the adjacent lot meets the property line along the public right of way.
3. Where a fence is erected upon a retaining wall or where, for other reasons, there is a difference in the elevation of the surface of the land on either side of the fence, height of the fence shall be measured from a point halfway between the top of the retaining wall and the land on the lower side or from the average elevation of the surface of the land on either side of the fence, but nothing herein contained shall be construed to restrict to less than four feet (4') in height measured from the surface of the land on the site having the highest elevation.
4. Notwithstanding the above, no fence shall be erected to a height in violation of title 7, chapter 3, "Obstructions At Intersections", of this code.
(Ord. 72-13, 7-6-1972; amd. Ord. 90-41, 7-26-1990; Ord. 90-52, 10-25-1990; Ord. 2000-16, 3-7-2000; Ord. 2005-19, 5-17-2005)