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ORDINANCE NO. 777


AN ORDINANCE DEFINING AND REGULATING FENCES WITHIN THE CITY OF MEADE, KANSAS.

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 street.

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 platted street.

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 right-of-way.

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, Kansas.

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 right-of-way.

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 may attach.


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


The City of Meade
132 South Fowler
PO Box 338
Meade, KS  67864-0338

Ph. (620) 873-2091
Fax (620) 873-2635

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