ORDINANCE NO. 777
AN ORDINANCE DEFINING AND REGULATING FENCES WITHIN THE CITY OF
WHEREAS, fences are an important element in the composition of the
community in terms of function and appearance; and
WHEREAS, type, size, and location of fences have the potential to
affect adjacent properties as well as adjoining public spaces; and
WHEREAS, proper placement and design of fences is an important
aspect of public safety as well as the aesthetic quality of
neighborhoods and the community in general; and
WHEREAS, the Governing Body of the City of Meade, Kansas finds it
advisable to establish regulations for location, design and use of
fences in the City of Meade, Kansas.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF
MEADE, KANSAS THAT:
Section 1. The term fence shall mean a free-standing structure of
metal, masonry, glass, vinyl, plastic or wood, or any combination
thereof, resting on or partially buried in the ground, rising above
ground level which is used for confinement, screening or partition
purposes. For the purposes of this Ordinance, a landscape barrier
consisting of a planted hedge or other ornamental vegetative or
non-vegetative landscape material shall also be considered a fence.
Section 2. The following regulations shall apply to the location and
construction of fences in the City of Meade, Kansas:
A. Residential Districts:
1. Front Yard. Fences may be erected within a required front
yard providing such fence shall be no more than thirty-six (36)
inches in height as measured form the top of the curb or if no
curb, from the centerline elevation of the adjacent platted
2. Side Yard or Rear Yard. Fences may be erected adjacent to or
within a side or rear yard provided such fence shall be no more
than eight (8) feet in height measured from the top of the curb
or if no curb, from the centerline elevation of the adjacent
3. Corner Lots. Where a residential structure fronts on one
street and sides on another, fences may be constructed in the
side street front yard subject to the following:
i. The side street front yard is not adjacent to the
front yard of an adjoining lot.
ii. The fence must be set a minimum of fifteen (15) feet
from the back of the curb or if no curb, from the edge of
the adjacent platted street, and not within city
iii. The fence shall not extend farther than the front wall
of the principal building toward the front street lot line
except as in conformance with 1. above.
iv. The fence does not extend into any vision clearance area
as defined in Ordinance No. 776 of the City of Meade,
v. The fence does not exceed a height of eight (8) feet as
measured from the top of the curb or if no curb, from the
centerline elevation of the adjacent platted street.
vi. The governing body shall establish which street side is
considered the actual front yard.
B. Commercial and Industrial Districts:
Fences not exceeding eight (8) feet in height as measured form
the top of the curb or if no curb, from the centerline elevation
of the adjacent platted street may be erected in any yard,
subject to the requirements of the vision clearance area
previsions for corner lot locations, and not within city
C. Prohibited Fences:
No fence shall be constructed in such a manner or be of such
design as to hazardous or dangerous to persons or animals.
No person shall erect or maintain a fence which will materially
damage the adjacent property or any fence which shall adversely
affect the public health, safety and welfare.
D. All fences shall conform to the construction standards of the
building code and other applicable Ordinances and regulations.
E. Variances to Fence Regulations:
Upon the payment of any fees required by Ordinance No. 699 of
the City of Meade, Kansas, the Board of Zoning Appeals may
authorize a higher fence at Public or Private Schools, Parks,
Playgrounds or Commercial or Industrial Areas where needed for
security and when such fence will promote the safety, health, or
general welfare of the public, and may make such other variances
to the fence regulations, in an individual case, as it may deem
appropriate subject to such requirements and conditions as it
Section 3. The provisions of this Ordinance shall govern where there
may be conflict between these regulations, and the fence regulations
of existing Zoning Ordinance No. 699 of the City of Meade, Kansas,
but shall not apply to agricultural related fences.
Section 4. This Ordinance shall become effective from and after its
passage, approval and publication one time in the official newspaper
of the City of Meade, Kansas.
PASSED AND APPROVED by the City Council of the City of Meade,
Kansas, this 22nd day of July, 2002.
LEROY LEMASTER, Mayor
DENNIS R. ECKHOFF, City Clerk