The intersection of Walnut Hill Lane and Inwood Road. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

A neighbor who lives on Inwood Road near Walnut Hill Lane has requested an exemption to the fence height limit.

He wants to build a six-foot-tall fence in his front yard, and he needs permission from the Board of Adjustment to do so. Currently, fences can’t be taller than four feet. The neighbor also needs a special exception to the visibility obstruction regulation.

In the application, the neighbor claims the fence will not “adversely impact” his neighbors, since they already have six-foot fences and gates installed on their properties. The applicant based his need for the fence on his desire for increased protection from burglaries and street racing.

Burglaries have taken place in that area of our neighborhood recently. There was one at a single-family residence near our neighbor’s home in March, and there have been many burglaries of vehicles nearby since the start of 2021. Access the interactive crime map here to see exactly where and when the crimes occurred.

We wrote about street racing in March. Reports of street racing increased from 4,867 in 2019 to 8,441 in 2020. Former City Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates told us there were 11 incidents of reckless driving in District 13 on a single night in January.

If the Board of Adjustment grants our neighbor’s request, he will have 180 days to apply for a permit to install the fence.