Electric Fence Text Amendment Update

Background

Electric Guard Dog, LLC sought an amendment to the Spokane City fence code in 2015 to allow business owners in commercial and industrial zones to install electric fence security systems. The Plan Commission forwarded a recommendation to City Council to allow these fences in Light (LI) and Heavy Industrial (HI) zones. The amended code adopted by City Council in May, 2016 permitted electric fence installation in Heavy Industrial (HI) zones only.

A new request for an electric fence was received for a business in a LI zone in mid-2017. Council President Stuckart is sponsoring a new process to evaluate expansion of electric fence installation to the LI zone.

A draft code amendment was reviewed and discussed by the Plan Commission on March 14, 2018. Draft amendments under consideration include revised landscape and screening requirements to reduce conflicts with adjacent, non-industrial zoned property and uses such as residences, schools, daycare facilities, trails and other pedestrian connections.

Notice of Plan Commission Hearing on Electric Fence Ordinance

The Plan Commission reviewed a draft amendment to Spokane Municipal Code Section 17C.13.310(E) on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018. This was a workshop session - no public testimony was taken. A Plan Commission Hearing on this amendment is tentatively scheduled for May 9, 2018 beginning at 4 pm. Another hearing before the Spokane City Council has not yet been scheduled, but is anticipated for spring, 2018. This project website will updated with additional information upon confirmation of a hearing dates.

2018 Project Documents

2015-2016 Project Documents

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Contact Information

Melissa Owen
Assistant Planner
509.625.6053
mowen@spokanecity.org