Perplexed by a series of unresolved questions, the Glendale Planning Commission this week reversed its earlier vote and recommended that a proposed new ordinance governing front-yard fences be denied.
The city has wrestled for years over what to do with a 64-year-old law that, in general, prohibits all walls and fences within 25 feet of front property lines. The law has been widely ignored for generations and hundreds of illegal fences exist throughout Glendale.
After four months of study, the Planning Commission in September recommended by a 3-2 vote that the city adopt an ordinance permitting construction of some types of fences and walls. The Glendale City Council accepted the recommendation and sent the issue back to the commission for public hearing.
Then, after the public hearing, the commission voted 3 to 2 against the proposed ordinance. Several commissioners said they believe that the city needs an ordinance legalizing some types of fences, but that the proposed ordinance is not adequate.