The Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee will consider a plan to strengthen the city’s zoning ordinances concerning fencing and golf courses during its meeting on Monday, April 28.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St.

The plan has been suggested by City Councilman Sal DiCiccio after the closure of the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course in May of 2013. DiCiccio is asking the city to amend the zoning ordinance regarding temporary fencing and golf courses so that closed courses cannot become blight for the neighborhoods that surround them.

Neighbors were shocked when barbed-wire fencing was put around the closed Lakes Golf Course. Through negotiations that fence was eventually moved back and the barbed-wire was taken off of it. DiCiccio is now asking that that not be allowed to happen in the future.

The proposed changes include:

• Prohibiting barbed-wire, razor wire or equivalent fencing.

• Identifying a one-year time limit for all temporary fencing; establishing a use permit requirement for temporary fencing of a golf course when adjacent to residential areas.

• Requiring that temporary fencing be set back a minimum of 50 feet from the perimeter of a golf course, when adjacent to residential property.

• Mandating that landscaping within the 50-foot setback be maintained.

The proposed changes would amend Chapter 7, Section 703.C, of the city ordinance.

The change is being presented to all the city’s village planning committees before it will be considered by a planning hearing officer on May 13. The Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee will vote on the proposal during its April 28 meeting.

For more information on the meeting, visit phoenix.gov.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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