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Thinking of building a fence?

Article Published 12/08/2008

Most Layton residents have heard of the term "Clear View Area," but may be unfamiliar with what it is. The clear view area is an area located at the corner of a street intersection and drive approach that is supposed to be maintained free of any objects that would obstruct the view of a motorist or pedestrian.

The size of the clear view area is based on street type. There are three types of streets, local, collector and arterial. Local and collector streets have a thirty (30) foot-wide clear view area based on the speed limit on these types of streets. Arterial streets have a fifty (50) foot-wide clear view area based on higher speed limits on this type of street.

The clear view area for a drive approach is measured from the backside of the sidewalk. Find the middle of the driveway at the backside of the sidewalk and mark that spot. Then, proceed to draw a straight line fifteen (15) feet into your property and mark it. Go back to the starting point at the middle of the driveway at the backside of the sidewalk and draw a thirty (30) foot line or fifty (50) foot line, depending on what type of street your home faces. Draw a line parallel to the sidewalk one direction and mark it and then go back to the starting point and measure thirty (30) or fifty (50) in the opposite direction and mark it. Once all three spots are marked connect the dots. It should form a triangle, which creates the clear view area.

Corner lots have a similar clear view area required at the corner where the lot has street frontage on both sides of the property. The clear view area for a corner lot is measured at the backside of the curb. Since all corners are rounded at intersections, the clear view area is measured by an imaginary line that would extend out past the rounded corner until it forms a right angle or ninety (90) degree angle. Typically the two lines intersect about five (5) feet into the street. Once you find that point mark it. Then draw a straight line thirty (30) or fifty (50) feet, depending on the type of street, from the mark that you made where the two lines intersected and mark each spot. Now that you have three (3) places marked, connect the dots to create the clear view area for a corner lot.

No objects that exceed two (2) feet in height shall be placed inside the clear view area. All trees that are within the clear view area shall be pruned to a height of six (6) feet and any shrub or other objects shall not exceed two (2) feet in height. Fences that are considered non view-obstructing, such as a chain-link fence or a fence that allows a pedestrian or motorist to see oncoming traffic, are allowed to be placed within the clear view areas.

The purpose for maintaining all clear view areas free of objects that would obstruct the view of a pedestrian or motorist is to ensure the safety of all citizens that use the public right-of-way. As the winter season is upon us, Layton City would like to remind you to please keep these areas clear of snow piles that would exceed two (2) feet in height.