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Saranac Lake adopts new fence law

Part of this new fence erected at Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn at Lake Flower Avenue was being taken down Monday, June 25 after some residents complained in the local media.

Part of this new fence erected at Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn at Lake Flower Avenue was being taken down Monday, June 25 after some residents complained in the local media. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— •Fence height shall be measured from the lowest point of the natural grade of the property.

•No fence over 4 feet in height shall be erected or maintained in the architectural front yard. The “architectural front yard” shall be defined as the yard facing the side of the building containing the architectural main entrance to the house. For a waterfront lot, the architectural front yard shall be defined as the yard facing the street.

•No fence over 6 feet in height shall be erected or maintained in any rear yard or side yard; no fence over 5 feet in height shall be erected or maintained in the front yard not considered the architectural front yard.

•No stockade-type or privacy fence shall be allowed in any front yard or the side yard of a corner lot.

•All fences shall be maintained in good repair. Every fence shall be maintained in a safe, sound and upright position. No fence shall be erected which will create a safety problem for people using the public right-of-way.

•Fences shall not be erected within 2 feet of a publicly owned curb or sidewalk and shall not be erected within a public right-of-way.

•On industrial or commercial properties, proposed fences not in conformance with the provisions of Subsection C shall be approved by the Planning Board under site plan review.

•No solid fences, retaining walls or hedges over 26 inches in height shall be permitted in the triangular area formed by the intersecting street lines and a straight line joining the street lines at points which are 20 feet in distance from the point of intersection measured along the street lines. Measurement of height shall be made from the grade of the abutting top of curb or from the crown of the abutting road, if there is no curbing. Split-rail fences or other similarly open fences are permitted in the triangular area and are permitted to be 36 inches in height provided that they do not create a traffic hazard and block visibility. No hedge over 3 feet in height shall be planted or maintained in this same triangular area.

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