§ 153.047  GENERAL LIGHTING AND SCREENING REQUIREMENTS.
   (A)   Lighting.  All lighting upon any premises, regardless of zone, shall be so arranged that the lighting does not produce any glare which is a nuisance or annoyance to residents or occupants of adjoining premises or to the traveling public or public highways.
   (B)   Screening of nonresidential uses which abut transitional and residentially zoned lots.  Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, all premises used for business, commercial, or industrial purposes shall be screened from all abutting residential districts or uses.  Screening shall be any of the following and shall apply to side yards and rear yards:
      (1)   A natural buffer ten feet wide measured at the property line and planted with evergreens or shrubbery which maintains their density and screening effect throughout the calendar year, not less than four feet in height at the time of planting and maintained in a neat and attractive manner commensurate with the adjoining residential district; or
      (2)   An artificial wall or fence of sufficient density or compactness to screen the structures and activities of the business from the view of occupants of adjoining premises, not less than five feet in height and maintained in a neat and attractive manner, commensurate with the adjoining residential district.  No wall or fence shall terminate closer than ten feet from any adjoining street right-of-way line.
   (C)   Front yard screening.  Unless specifically provided for elsewhere in this chapter, a front yard fence in a residential zone may not exceed a height of four feet and shall not be more than 50% solid.
   (D)   Right-of-way.  It is unlawful to construct any private fence or barrier within a public right-of-way.
   (E)   Corner lot screening.  In all districts, the frontage for corner lots shall follow the same limitations as provided for residential front yard screening.
   (F)   Barbed wire.  Barbed wire fences are prohibited in all “R” zoning districts.  Barbed wire strands may be used to enclose storage areas or other similar agricultural, industrial, and commercial uses.  The strands shall be restricted to the uppermost portion of the fence and shall not extend lower than a height of six feet from the nearest ground level.
   (G)   Electric fence.  It shall be unlawful to install, construct, or maintain an electric fence within a platted subdivision.
   (H)   Interpretation.  In the event of any controversy as to the adequacy of any proposed or existing screening or the creation of any nuisance or annoyance by artificial lighting, the Zoning Board of Appeals shall have the right and is hereby given the authority to interpret and determine the screening and lighting provisions and the purpose herein sought to be accomplished.
(1993 Code, § 154.039)  (Ord. 84-1, passed 1-3-1984)  Penalty, see § 153.999