GENESEO – The Town of Geneseo held a public hearing on Thursday to hear any community concerns about possible new fence regulations for the lakeshore district which would require fences to be made of decorative materials and be partially see-through on lakeshore properties.
Two lakeshore residents attended the hearing to voice concerns over the proposed Lake Shore District Fence Regulation, which includes requirements that any fence on a lakeshore property must have the decorative side facing the neighboring property, be under 4 feet high from the structure to the water, be under 6 feet in side yards, and be comprised of materials which make the fence 60% see-through as viewed from an angle of 90°.
“I spent 4 years in the Navy to preserve our freedoms, and I resent those freedoms being encroached upon,” said lakeshore resident Joe DiLaura. “If you compare those two complaints you have received to the number of properties in Geneseo, I don’t see the need for the new law. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
DiLaura’s wife, Marianne, voiced additional some concerns that the new law compromises the privacy of residents.
“Isn’t a lakefront homeowner entitled to take a nap in a hammock without being on display for the whole town?”, said Marianne DiLaura. “Some of this talk about preserving the visibility on the lake is about people being entertained by watching their neighbors. I think you can find a middle ground.”
Other parts of the proposed regulations say that a fence adjacent to driveways which intersect public highways or private right-of-ways, intersections of public highways or private right of ways cannot obstruct the view of drivers on or entering these roads.
All fences shall be made only of wood, chain link, stone, rock, brick, masonry brick, wrought iron, vinyl, or aluminum. Fences cannot be made of cast-off, secondhand, or other items not originally intended to be fencing, plywood less than 5/8 inches thick, low-grade plywood, particle board, parer, foam board, plastic, tarps and similar materials, razor wire, and other dangerous materials, sheet metal, roll metal, corrugated metal, or concrete block.
The proposed regulation says that residents can apply for a variance with the town Zoning Board of Appeals. Upon a showing of an unnecessary hardship, the Zoning Board of Appeals may grant the minimum variance necessary to grant relief from the hardship.
“Tonight we are here to listen and will not be making any decisions,” said Town Supervisor William Wadsworth.”We will to get in touch with our people and provide you with real and specific answers.”
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