We have had more than our share of problems with this house that we have owned now for several years. It seems like the problems never end and all we have ever done is fix and improve, fix and improve.
Last summer, we put up a fence in the corner of our back yard. We finally have some privacy in the back yard and it is one feature that we really enjoy about this home.
Before putting up the fence, we contacted the city building office and we were told no permit was required. We could build a fence up to 6 ft in height in back and side yard.
Little did we know that a neighbor down the street was just forced to lower their fence because in this city, a corner property's side yard is treated like the front yard. So it seems that our neighbor down the street now wants us to have to lower our fence. The city has a zero rate of approving variances for fences, I am told. There are many more 6 ft high fences in the neighborhood. And there are even more who have solid bushes of even greater height on the corner, but this is not considered a fence in our town. Ours is actually less than 6 feet if you consider the spindles on the top, but a front yard has a height limit of 4 feet.
Does anyone see any way of fighting this? Or would you just comply. I feel upset because it seems unfair, because of the cost, because I feel it will damage the beautiful fence we bought (a quality fence), because we will lose the privacy of the back yard, and because of the hassle of it all.
How can the city take this up with some and not others? I wish I could gather up everyone and we could force the zoning committee to vote in favor of some of the variances, since some people have been allowed their fences for years.