Trail-lining fence heights go to public

Esquimalt ponders fence heights along E&N

Residents are invited to weigh in on fencing heights along the E&N right-of-way in Esquimalt, sections of which the Capital Regional District is turning into a network of paved walking and cycling pathways.

Council gave first and second readings to a proposed amendment to a zoning bylaw on June 20, that would allow residents along the E&N trail to construct privacy fences.

Since then it was learned that the proposed changes needed to be more specific. The proposed amendment now includes allowable fence heights to be no more than two metres from the grade of the trail.

“We didn’t want to see someone put up an 18-foot fence and someone else put a three-foot fence next to that,” said Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins.

A public hearing on the issue happens Sept. 12.