16.04.200: FENCING:
The following fencing standards shall be incorporated into development design and implemented and maintained by the developer and/or property owner:
   A.   Fencing Between Incompatible Uses: The following shall apply to fencing between incompatible uses:
      1.   A minimum six foot (6') tall, decorative precast or integrally colored and textured block, brick, stone or other masonry fence and/or wall, with an approved cap fence, or wall, shall be installed along hazardous areas as identified by the Planning Commission such as railroads, canals, ditches, flood channels, waterways, etc.
      2.   Decorative simulated wrought iron or other decorative nonobscuring fences made of high quality, durable, low maintenance materials shall be required along sidewalks or pathways that cross over and are perpendicular to canals, ditches, flood channels, waterways, etc.
      3.   Fences and walls may be required, as determined by the Planning Commission, between incompatible uses such as, but not limited to, residential and industrial, manufacturing, commercial or office uses.
      4.   A temporary six foot (6') chainlink or other similar six foot (6') safety fence shall be installed around commercial, office, industrial or multi-family construction sites throughout the duration of the construction project. All construction fences shall be well maintained in excellent condition. All gates are to be securely locked when the construction site is unattended.
   B.   Incompatible Zones: The following shall apply to incompatible zones:
      1.   A minimum six foot (6') tall, decorative precast or integrally colored and textured block, brick, stone, or other masonry fence and/or wall, with an approved cap shall be installed between the development and any adjacent parcels zoned for and meeting the minimum lot size requirements for large animals or between any adjacent property allowed large animals under a legal, nonconforming use, irrespective of whether or not large animals are on the property at the time of application or development. The type and design of all masonry walls shall be approved by the City Engineer for the purpose of holding large animals.
         a.   The requirements of this subsection may be waived and/or modified where the City Engineer determines strict compliance with this subsection would result in a practical difficulty upon the owner of such property. Such circumstances may include topographical conditions, location of public utilities, or other unique situations. The City Engineer must find that such practical difficulties cannot be overcome by any feasible alternative other than the exception and relief can be granted in a manner that will not alter the essential character of the area.
      2.   A minimum six foot (6') tall, decorative precast or integrally colored and textured block, brick, stone, or other masonry fence and/or wall, with an approved cap, shall be installed between the development and any incompatible zone such as single-family residential or multi-family residential and commercial, office, industrial or as otherwise identified by the Planning Commission.
   C.   Fencing Between Residential Uses Abutting Collector Streets: The following fencing shall be installed and maintained between residential uses abutting collector streets:
      1.   Residential front yard fencing adjoining or parallel to collector streets shall meet the following criteria:
         a.   Height: Fence heights shall be measured from the finished grade of the edge of the right-of-way.
            (1)   A maximum of four feet (4') for nonobscuring fences or maximum three feet (3') for obscuring fences.
            (2)   A maximum six foot (6') reinforced post and rail style fencing is allowed on R-1.8 and agriculturally zoned properties which allow for large animals.
            (3)   A six foot (6') tall fence may be allowed parallel to the right-of-way if set back from the sidewalk ten feet (10') with approved landscaping.
         b.   Materials: Reinforced nonobscuring vinyl picket or split rail, decorative wrought iron, or a decorative precast concrete or integrally colored and textured block, brick, stone, or other masonry fence and/or wall, with an approved cap.
         c.   Design: Masonry fences shall have an architectural pattern and be earth tone colors. There shall be architectural relief features at minimum twenty five foot (25') intervals.
      2.   Residential side and rear yard fencing parallel to and within twenty feet (20') of collector streets shall meet the following criteria:
         a.   Height: A maximum of six feet (6'), as measured from the finished grade of the edge of the right-of-way.
         b.   Materials:
            (1)   Concrete, Block, Brick Or Stone: Decorative precast concrete or integrally colored and textured block, brick, stone, or other masonry fence and/or wall, with an approved cap.
            (2)   Post And Rail Fencing: Reinforced post and rail style fencing is allowed on R-1.8 and agriculturally zoned properties which allow for large animals.
            (3)   New Wrought Iron Fencing Prohibited: The installation of new wrought iron fence material is prohibited as of the date of this section. (Ord. 2014-13, 10-21-2014)
            (4)   Replacement Of Existing (Simulated) Wrought Iron Fences: Sections of wrought iron fences existing prior to the date of this section, may be replaced with any of the following materials, as determined by the Planning Department: (Ord. 2014-13, 10-21-2014; amd. Ord. 2018-07, 5-15-2018)
               (A) Decorative precast concrete or integrally colored and textured block, brick, stone, or other masonry fence and/or wall, with an approved cap.
               (B) Solid or private heavy gauge (minimum 0.15 mil.), beige and/or white vinyl.
               (C) Solid or private sunlight stabilized polyethylene materials or similar products.
               (D) Solid or private composite materials or similar products.
               (E) Solid or private structural wood fencing (to minimally include integrated reinforced top and bottom rails).
            (5)   Fabric On Wrought Iron Fencing: Industrial grade, black colored fabric is allowed on wrought iron fences constructed prior to the date of this section.
         c.   Design:
            (1)   Masonry fences shall be textured and/or have an architectural pattern and shall be earth tone colors. There shall be architectural relief features at minimum twenty five foot (25') intervals.
            (2)   Reinforced post and rail style fencing shall be a minimum five feet (5') in height and shall comprise of at least three (3) horizontal rails.
            (3)   Except as noted above for beige and white vinyl and black fabric on existing wrought iron fences, all fences located within ten feet (10') of the right-of-way, shall be earth tone colors.
            (4)   All fences shall be broken up with minimum twelve inch by twelve inch (12" x 12") decorative masonry pillars every third panel or at minimum twenty five foot (25') intervals, whichever is less.
            (5)   Other than masonry walls the replacement materials, as listed above, may be attached to the street side of an existing wrought iron fence, where there is sufficient space between the sidewalk and fence to not encroach onto the adjoining sidewalk.
         d.   Collector Street Right-Of-Way: There shall be only one fence allowed within twenty feet (20') of a collector street right-of- way unless the fence closest to the collector street right-of-way is an obscuring privacy fence, whereupon multiple fences would then be allowed behind the collector street fence.
         e.   Landscaping: All areas between any allowed fence and the right-of-way shall be properly landscaped as approved by the City planning staff and be continually maintained by the property owner.
      3.   All collector street fencing shall be consistent with or similar to the design, materials, and height of the existing fences on adjoining properties; provided that the adjacent fencing meets the requirements of this chapter.
      4.   The City Council, after recommendations from the appropriate City staff, may approve fences/walls up to eight feet (8') in height after due consideration of safety, aesthetics, construction materials, location, topography, and existing and proposed landscape buffers.
      5.   Chainlink fencing is allowed adjacent to collector streets for properties both zoned as and used for agricultural purposes.
   D.   Commercial And Office Uses Abutting A Public Right-Of-Way: No fencing shall be allowed for commercial and/or office uses abutting a public right-of-way or between similar and adjacent commercial or office uses.
   E.   Wall And Fence Height: Wall and fence height may be increased if the setback from the street is increased when an appropriate combination of landscaping materials are used, and incorporated as part of the fence or wall design. Said design shall be approved by the Planning Commission, as recommended by City staff. (Ord. 2014-13, 10-21-2014)
   F.   Review Of Construction Drawings: Prior to construction, all fencing for new development, shall have construction drawings submitted to the City for review and approval by the City Engineer and shall be considered as part of the project improvements for purposes of bonding and occupancy. (Ord. 2018-07, 5-15-2018)
   G.   Code Requirements: All applicable land use and Building Code requirements pertaining to fencing shall be met.
   H.   Fencing Maintained: All fencing shall be maintained in good condition by the property owners after the improvement guarantee is released unless said fencing is specifically accepted by the City for maintenance.
   I.   Decorative Treatment: All sides of collector street fencing or other required masonry walls or precast concrete fencing shall have equal decorative treatment including an antigraffiti sealant.
   J.   Clear Vision: Landscape materials, except for mature trees which are pruned at least seven feet (7') above the ground, and fences shall not exceed three feet (3') in height within a ten foot (10') triangular area formed by the edge of a driveway and the street right-of-way line or within a thirty foot (30') triangular area formed by the right-of-way lines of intersecting streets. Lesser clear vision triangular areas may be approved by the City Engineer based upon traffic speeds, flow, volumes and other traffic related variables. (Ord. 2014-13, 10-21-2014; amd. Ord. 2020-05, 3-3-2020)