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24 Comments

  1. 1

    Saul

    Will this amendment update also address the famous D1 ratty fences?

  2. 2

    William Jennings

    I wonder if they’ll require home owners to provide a site plan with their permit, adding hundreds of dollars to the cost of installing a fence. While I agree that fences should adhere to a set of rules, this doesn’t require a permit. If a fence is found to be non conforming, it can and should be torn down at the property owners expense.

    The Brookhaven permitting process appears to make the lives of it’s residents harder while allowing developers to run roughshod over our neighborhoods. I have a feeling fence permits won’t be any different.

  3. 3

    Tom Reilly

    Fences have an often unintended “ripple effect” on the environment. They should be regulated just like any other development feature.

  4. 4

    Susan

    Wait for it.

    The City of Brookhaven, located in Metro Atlanta, is seeking highly qualified applicants for a Fence Permitting Specialist………………

  5. 5

    Susan

    Some people just love more government, especially if it is Brookhaven government.

  6. 6

    Thomas Porter

    Good.
    Standard practice in most other jurisdictions, often abused here, so, it’s needed.

  7. 7

    Joan dillon

    This law does not mention the fact that fences should be set back a few inches insude the builder’s proprty line. My neighbor built his fence on my property by nine inches in some places. I did not require a tear down, but should be allowed to demand that, or movement of the fence. There is always a concern about encriachment and adverse possession as well.

  8. 8

    Nice

    Meanwhile it’s a-okay to put 12+ foot high piles of mulch or dirt in your front yard (that goes everywhere when it rains). . .

    trampolines, play pens and jungle gyms in your front yard. . . mmmm okay.

    This is just another excuse for Brookhaven to bully whomever they want when it suits them.

  9. 9

    Eric Robert

    Well said! I agree fences are easy to take down. Perhaps retention walls above a certain size could create problems that would be difficult to reverse.
    Will I have to get a permit each year for the chicken wire fence I put around my vegetable garden? I need it to stop the deer from eating my tomatoes.

  10. 10

    Nice

    It’s just another opportunity for the city to bully those they don’t like.

  11. 11

    Melanie Pollard

    Tom’s comment is actually right. Our backyard, which slopes up, dependent on the healthy tree root systems for erosion and stormwater management, is entirely made up of protected Critical Root Zone. Many neighbors aren’t aware of this and just automatically decide to put up a fence on the proposed property line without involving their neighbor. That was our experience and we have no idea what damage was done to our trees and shrubs when they dug the holes- illegal in CRZ protected areas. The new neighbor put the fence up without our consent. We had our property surveyed afterwards to discover that the fence is 6 inches inside our property. The owner then filed bankruptcy and now we are left with a new neighbor, a fence in the wrong place, and potential further damage to our tree roots if it is moved.

    I fully support a permit.

    I would also love to know what our next steps should be in solving the problem created for us by the pervious owner that would not exist had there been a permit. This is in addition to a host of other problems we’ve been dealing with on our street – all related to stormwater and lack of infrastructure.

  12. 12

    Janine

    You’re a one note samba. Tiresome actually.

  13. 13

    Thomas Porter

    I would photograph it, then, you have the right to remove the offending portions. I’d pry the panels off & saw the posts at the ground. If you wanted to be nice you could save the panels for the resident, otherwise discard. Just like tree limbs, over your property line, you can do what you want. Their sole option is to sue you, if you’re right, you’re right.

  14. 14

    Roberta

    Retaining walls aren’t required to be moved, they just get an encroachment easement from public works. Est. if you are new construction. Just had another one on Inman.

  15. 15

    Saul

    Janine, would you by chance be one of the D1 ratty fence owners or a D1 perfectionist insisting you have no flaws? Do you find ratty fences by them selves absent of Saul tiresome? How about property owners that refuse to maintain their property? Tiresome?

    Me love me some samba and all it brings!

  16. 16

    Thomas Porter

    Who are you talking to?

  17. 17

    Sad!

    That’s just what we need, more government!

  18. 18

    Heather

    Are the individuals being accused of committing crimes in The Brookhaven Post comment section being alerted to this so they have an opportunity to defend themselves?

  19. 19

    Saul

    Saul has attorney connections if you need them.

  20. 20

    Ellen

    I had my fence permitted in Chamblee. Just needed a quick drawing of the property and where I wanted to put the fence. It took 5 minutes. Let’s not make a mountain out of a molehill.

  21. 21

    Susan

    Ellen, if government makes the rules they eventually will. Mole hill, meet government mountain and bureaucracy.

  22. 22

    Ellen

    Some people just like having new things to complain about. If having to obtain a permit in 5 minutes is the biggest problem you’ve got, then your life is pretty dang good.

  23. 23

    Flubber

    Some people just love to complain, particularly when the issue is trivial.

  24. 24

    Susan

    Ellen, if it ended there that’s one tbing, but we both know that is not actually how it plays out in the long run. A comment on the other Post story about fences by Joe gives examples of how far it could be taken.

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