By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Jan. 4, 2014
A vinyl fence on a Jay Crescent home in Garibaldi Highlands managed to create division of a different kind in this tony neighborhood.
Seven home owners opposed the fence made of vinyl, a material forbidden by a district bylaw.
But there were 14 other homeowners who had no problem with the vinyl fence.
The district bylaw states the fencing should be limited to stained or painted wood, brick, stone, or chain link.
On Dec. 10, the bylaw was amended to allow vinyl, but the letters of support and opposition reveal how something as innocuous as a new fence can split a neighbourhood.
“My grandson asked me if that was a fisher price fence,” wrote in Esta Evans.
She continues: “Sticks out like a sore thumb, completely out of context of our beautiful natural BC beauty that we moved from Ontario to enjoy.”
Added Chuck Prenevost: “Although it may weather the Squamish climate better, it’s an eye sore.”
“Looks cheap and tacky,” wrote another neighbour, Michael Butterworth.
Another neighbour Francisco Megale said it ‘looks like plastic and will depreciate the community.’
The letters of support were a different material.
‘The white vinyl resembles painted wood and is attractive—there is minimal impact on neighbours,” wrote Karen and Mark Potter.
Another neighbor Jenny Pederson said vinyl is a good alternative for this climate.
“I have seen the fence and I believe it’s attractive and practical,” she said.
Unaware that she would be contravening a bylaw, Carrie Ann-Chase decided to install a vinyl fence a few months ago.
The vinyl fence, the home owners said, was installed because it’s durable, mold and mildew resistant and requires little maintenance.
Chase said they weren’t aware of the bylaw that specified the material.
“Our intention was to create something that requires little maintenance,” she said.
When the Chases learned they had run afoul of the fencing, they stopped work on the fence.
On Dec. 17, the district amended its bylaw to accommodate vinyl fencing on the list of fencing material that can be used.
You can now use vinyl for your fence.