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No New Chain Link Fences Would be Allowed in Salisbury Under Proposed Code Change

Posted: Jul 10, 2017 5:17 PM Updated:

SALISBURY, Md.- A proposed code update in Salisbury would require people putting up fences to stay away from chain link material.

The city said it is considering changing the current standards for fencing because it will have a better effect on the property value of homes and businesses in the community. However, some residents are not happy.

"I agree that chain link fencing isn't always the nicest looking option but I think people need to be able to determine what is in their best interest in terms of the financial aspect," said Salisbury homeowner, Stephanie Moreno.

She also added that she wants to make sure people are able to make their own decisions that make the most sense to them, especially when it comes to finances. She doesn't want the city to lose its individualism.

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day said the interest in changing the standards isn't because of visual appearance or aesthetics reasons. Rather, everything is being done with the betterment of the city in mind.

"It's not about aesthetics or what people think looks attractive. It's the appraisal industry has said these are the things that will cause your property to be devalued or appraised for less," Day said.

The proposed code update would not require any changes to what already exists. However, it will affect new fence applications. Chain link will still be allowed around the perimeter of the side and backyard.

Some homeowners said they're still skeptical.

"I was going to put up chain links to fill in the gaps, but of course the mayor doesn't think they're pretty enough so I won't," Joel Roache said.

Under the proposal, chain link fencing would still be permitted in districts such as neighborhood business, hospitals, industrial, and mixed use non-residential.

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