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Documents give insight into Abilene neighborhood fence controversy

By Elizabeth Weiss, Crime/Courts Reporter, eweiss@ktxs.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:39:32 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 02 2014 11:31:38 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

More details are emerging in the Canyon Rock Lake neighborhood fence controversy.

A resident, who has lived in the complex for eight months and who has purchased a plot of land on the east side of the south Abilene lake, is building a fence restricting access to the lake. Neighborhood residents are supposed to have access to the private lake. Some residents feel the fence restricts such access.

The neighborhood is located off of Winters Freeway – and South Clack Street – between Buffalo Gap Road and the Loop 322 split. 

According to the city of Abilene, when Rodney Cosper first began building the fence, officials informed him that it was too close to the curb and too tall.

Ben Bryner, planning services manager for the city, said fences are required to be 12 feet from the curb – with a maximum height of four feet for a chain-link fence.

The fence is currently on the side of the lake that allows access for those who don’t live on the lake but live in the neighborhood.

According to deed restrictions, residents jointly own the lake, but aren’t allowed to cross other resident’s property to gain lake access. The restrictions also state no fences, walls, hedges, or mass plantings can extend beyond a homeowner’s property without the approval of the developer.

According to subdivision plats, two different plats exist with the same last name, Cosper, including one that features the home where Cosper resides.

Many residents are upset about the fence and are supporting the cause to have the fence removed. The homeowner’s association is currently working on hiring an attorney to look deeper into the legalities of what their rights are and what Cosper’s rights are as a homeowner.

Rodney Cosper has declined to comment since the controversy began.