Letter to the editor: There's a bigger problem

Posted 1/15/19

There's a bigger problem The HRCA has reached too far with their decision to require all street-facing fences to be stained the same color. The larger problem, left unsolved, is the condition of the …

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Letter to the editor: There's a bigger problem

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There's a bigger problem

The HRCA has reached too far with their decision to require all street-facing fences to be stained the same color. The larger problem, left unsolved, is the condition of the aging fences and the difficulty many homeowners face to justify the replacement.

A fence is a major expense for most homeowners. This year, Highlands Ranch will be filled with identically stained fences that are old and in need of replacement. Five years from now those same fences will not only still need replacement, but also need to be sanded and re-stained.

As I look on my street and see the yards in disrepair and the houses that need to be painted (to the point of trim rotting), I question how HRCA will monitor and enforce such a far-reaching guideline of fence stain. Your time would be better spent enforcing what you already are required to uphold.

If you want to improve fence appearance, go first to the heart of the problem: Ask how you help homeowners replace and maintain an unstained fence before you require an additional expense and ongoing maintenance requirement. Perhaps a fence-replacement fund would have been more helpful to our community than a new color.

Jacob Stauber

Highlands Ranch

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