hearing on landscaping and fences draws no public comment
March 16, 2009 | MILLVILLE -- Although no one showed
up for the public hearing for the proposed landscape
maintenance and fencing ordinance, the city Planning
Commission discussed and changed the ordinance for over
The public hearing opened at 8:30 p.m. and as the
board members waited, some of them tried to voice their
opinions on the ordinance as members of the community
but found it a challenge in doing so without also acting
as a board. In the end they decided to wait quietly
for the next five minutes until the public hearing could
For an hour the commission discussed and made changes
to the proposed ordinance, debating what the citizens
of Millville should or shouldn't be responsible for
with their property.
"I don't want it to be a burden for people with larger
lots," Commissioner Jim Hart said in regards to part
of the ordinance that requires citizens to take care
of undeveloped lots.
The commissioners tried to keep the ordinance in faith
to the city motto of "country living at its finest."
In regards to fencing and the type that could be used
Catyse Easton made the point when she asked her fellow
commissioners, "Let's say I have a collection of Volkswagen
doors that I want to put up as a fence, do you see what
Discussion continued on the subject of how high fences
could be and what they could be made of.
The discussion of a guidance book, which would include
landscaping, fences, plants, and grasses that would
be suggested for citizens that would be permitted by
the city, was of an interest for the commission.
Modifications were made to the ordinance and will
be brought forth in front of the City Council for approval.
The public hearing regarding the signage ordinance
was opened an hour late, but no one had shown up for
it to voice their opinion during the meeting so it was
closed. Discussion among board members took place but
was put on hold after awhile to be continued in the
Discussion for the next meeting will include the signage
ordinance, the proposed group living facilities ordinance,
and conditional use ordinance 17.20.030.