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    Screening of outdoor storage areas

    Does the City you work for require screening of "Outdoor Storage Areas" that are an accessory use to the main use? Such as gravel piles, misc. parts, etc... possibly in conjunction with a Nursery.

    I'm thinking about 6' site reducing fence 90% opacity with an evergreen screen???

    Anyways just wanted to get comments on how other Cities handle this issue.

    Thanks...

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    Quote Originally posted by Vlaude
    Does the City you work for require screening of "Outdoor Storage Areas" that are an accessory use to the main use? Such as gravel piles, misc. parts, etc... possibly in conjunction with a Nursery.

    I'm thinking about 6' site reducing fence 90% opacity with an evergreen screen???

    Anyways just wanted to get comments on how other Cities handle this issue.

    Thanks...
    We require 100% of "activity areas" which could be loading areas, access aisles, parking lots, A/C and other mechanical units, refuse containers, etc. when they are immediately adjacent to residential property.

    Industrial properties may be required to provide 100% screening if they are a tow lot, junk yard, etc.
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    Our two light industrial districts do not permit outside storage or manufacturing whatsoever. Only our heavy industrial permits it -- and we require substantial visual buffering only where it abuts a public right-of-way or a zoning district of lower intensity (e.g. we don't buffer industrial from industrial...).
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    From my fair city's ZC:

    15.153.020 FENCES, WALLS, AND HEDGES

    (C) All junkyards, salvage yards, storage yards, outside storage areas, commercial vehicle and equipment parking lots, scrap yards, scrap metal reduction operations, garbage reduction operations,
    or similar operations to any of the above shall be completely enclosed with an opaque fence not less than eight feet high.
    This fencing requirement is mandatory for all storage areas for inoperable vehicles or inoperable equipment in conjunction with repair shops or similar operations when such storage areas abut residential areas or are visible from public thoroughfares.
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    Solid wall required. Chain link with slats 250' away from the street.

    http://www.ci.fairfield.ca.us/files/Chapter25Sect9.pdf

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    We require a conditional use permit for any outdoor storage areas in commercial or industrial zones. Fencing has to be 6' high site-obscuring and one of the conditions of approval is that the piles behind the fence can not exceed the height of the fence.
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    We only permit outdoor storage in heavy industrial areas, even then the site plan goes to PZ and they will require screening of the area...typically it is site proof screening.

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    Permitted only by Planning Board approval with the following standards:

    Quote Originally posted by NHPlanner's Site Plan Regs
    e. Screening
    1. Screening shall be a year-round visually impermeable barrier that may be existing, constructed, or a combination thereof.
    i. Existing screens may consist of natural topographic landforms, rock outcrops, or vegetation that is dense enough to be visually impermeable.
    ii. Constructed screens may consist of built screens, such as walls or fences, topographic screens, such as berms or landforms, vegetative screens consisting entirely of evergreen material, or a combination thereof.
    2. Screening is required to soften the visual impact of buildings, parking areas (see Section 3.11f), loading docks, trash disposal areas, exterior storage, and other unsightly areas associated with or generated by a particular development as viewed from a public right-of-way, residential zoning districts, and the principal entrances of buildings on abutting lots.
    3. The use of existing vegetation, topography, and natural features to comply with screening requirements is encouraged.
    4. Screening may be required, at the discretion of the Planning Board, along the entire front setback or only a part of it. Screening may also be required to extend beyond the minimum setback areas or further into the lot, particularly if the building is located beyond the minimum setback or if the lot configuration is such that the visibility into side or rear setbacks is unimpaired from the public right-of-way, residences, and principal entrances on abutting lots.
    5. A minimum of 50% of built screens which face the public right-of-way, residences, and principal entrances on abutting lots shall be softened with landscaping.
    6. Vegetative screens shall achieve a minimum of 75% vertical opacity to a height of 6 feet, year-round, within one year of installation. Screens shall not be located so as to impede vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
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    My question wasn't real clear, what I am looking for is standards for screening, ro such an area... ie. 6' combination masonry wall and berm (3:1) or evergreen plantings, etc... Sorry for the confusion.

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    Consider:

    2. The outdoor storage or outdoor display of merchandise, equipment, inventory or materials shall not be located in any required yard area on the lot.

    3. The outdoor storage or outdoor display of merchandise, equipment, inventory or materials shall not include the use of banners, pennants or strings of pennants or lights.

    4. Outdoor storage areas shall be required to be fully screened with an opaque fence or wall not to exceed eight (8) feet in height. Such fence shall be constructed out of a material that is similar in nature to the principal structure on the lot or painted in a similar fashion to the principal building or structure.

    Quote Originally posted by Vlaude
    My question wasn't real clear, what I am looking for is standards for screening, ro such an area... ie. 6' combination masonry wall and berm (3:1) or evergreen plantings, etc... Sorry for the confusion.

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    [QUOTE=BKM]Solid wall required. Chain link with slats 250' away from the street.

    http://www.ci.fairfield.ca.us/files/Chapter25Sect9.pdf[/QUOTE

    Solid wall??? Chain link....? Sounds like those in and of themselves need screening

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