WESTFIELD, NJ - The Westfield Zoning Board of Adjustment on Oct. 12 approved a six-foot fence in the yard of Westfield resident Tracy Fitzpatrick.  Recently a law changed that prohibits residents in her area from having a fence higher than four feet.

She resides on Dorian Road near Westfield High School, and said that on a daily basis she hears cars zooming by and lots of loud voices from students attending school.

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Fitzpatrick claims having a higher fence would afford her privacy and protection from the busy street.

“I want a tall fence; my dog could jump over the (four-foot) fence,” she said, adding that she is also concerned for the safety of her child, having heard stories of children in the area being lured into cars.  

The traffic and trash from the high school also irritates Fitzpatrick.

“It’s a very busy road and a lot of trash could fly over into my yard,” she said. “Once I even found a prophylactic.”

Fitzpatrick said a four-foot fence is simply not high enough for her property, and pointed out that houses not far from her on Lamberts Mill Road have six-foot fences.