Do Shorter Fences Make Better Neighbors On LI?

NORTH HEMPSTEAD, NY (WCBS 880) – It’s a case of privacy vs. good neighbor relations.

LISTEN: WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reports

Some in North Hempstead say a six-foot-tall fence around their property is necessary for privacy and protection.

Others, however, want the current four-foot height limit maintained. They believe the smaller fences lend to a greater sense of community and good neighbor relations.

“You can see your neighbors when you go and share space in their homes and your homes with them and get to really know your neighbors, not just look over a fence,” one homeowner told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

The issue has become an emotional one in Roslyn Heights section of North Hempstead, where one man says he wants a six-foot fence to protect his child from a neighbor’s dogs.

The town will decide the matter next month.

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  • Linda

    If I want to be neighborly I can do that in my front yard – in my backyard I want privacy and 5-6 ft fences should be allowed

  • Tiffany

    I like to putter around bottomless in my backyard, so a fence of 4 ft height is fine.

  • Nora

    You should be able to do what ever you want with your property as long as you dont bother your neighbors, God knows we pay enough taxes. I like to have privacy when I am in my backyard.

  • Karen

    It should be the homeowners choice

  • jackcrow

    It is kind good for the fence to be short

  • B.S.

    I didn’t buy my house for my neighbors. I can still wave at them from the front yard. Plus, they have 4 or 5 pitbulls…my kid’s safety comes FIRST! Not neighbor relations.

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