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Photo Challenge #368

Fences make good neighbors.

They also make good subjects for our Photo Challenge.

Last week’s image showed a typical — in other words, fairly expensive, handsome, and not at all garden-variety — Westport fence.

It could have been many places. Most readers thought it was somewhere on the water. But not Compo Cove. Not Beachside Avenue.

As Matt Murray, Andrew Colabella, Gloria Smithson, Joelle Malec, Clark Thiemann, Claire Elliot and Lynn Wilson knew, the image by Molly Alger showed the fence near 250 Hillspoint Road. It offers access to a small private beach between Old Mill and Compo. (Click here to see.)  

Sure, it interrupts the view of walkers, joggers and bicyclists between Schlaet’s Point and Joey’s by the Shore.

But it’s a lot better looking than the big new house whose construction has been stalled for a couple of years now, just a few yards away.

Check out this week’s Photo Challenge below. Don’t click “Comments” to tell us what it is — that’s pretty obvious.

We want to know where in Westport you’d see it.

That’s right: Cobb’s Mill — at least, the sign — is not in Weston anymore.

(Photo/Cathy Malkin)

Westport Neighbors: On The Fence

Do good fences make good neighbors?

Next Thursday (December 16, 6 p.m.) the Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on a text amendment involving fences.

A new proposal would require that the finished side of a fence be installed facing the adjacent lot or street. The idea is for the more attractive side of a fence to face outward, toward the neighbors and street.

A new text amendment would mandate that the “bad” side of a fence (shown here) would have to face the property of the homeowner who built it.

There’s an exemption for lot lines adjoining a non-residential lot, or a lot line directly adjacent to wetlands.

To see the full amendment, click here, then scroll down to Text Amendment #806.

The December 16 public hearing will be livestreamed at www.westportct.gov, and is available on Optimum Channel 79 and Frontier Channel 6020. Comments can be sent prior to the meeting to PandZ@westportct.gov. Residents may join the meeting to offer live testimony.