Members of Princeton’s City Council were evenly spilt concerning a new fence ordinance passed during Monday’s regular session meeting.

The new fence ordinance proposed by the Princeton Planning and Zoning Commission updated the city’s Code of Ordinances pertaining to screening and fencing within the city. The amended ordinance requires all business lots adjacent to residential lots be installed with a well maintained compact hedge or solidly constructed opaque fence that is at least six feet tall and extends the entire length of the property. The installation of a fence or hedge is for the use of visually screening business use from residential use.

The ordinance also states that no fence or screening device within the city can be constructed of scrap metal, roofing metal or tin, pallets, tarps or plastic, other than building materials specifically designed and intended for fencing.

The Council was split on the wording at the end of the ordinance which states that any fence or screening device which is constructed of wood must have the smooth side of the fence, or the side without the support bracing, facing toward the adjacent lot. This means that anyone who puts up a wooden fence in their yard must face the smooth side on the outside, facing neighbors or businesses.

Councilmembers Alyson VanHooser, Brian Conger, and Dakota Young were against the wording and it’s implications for home and property owners. Princeton Mayor Danny Beavers split the tie in favor of the ordinance and it was passed.