Couple to make case for keeping 11.5-foot privacy wall


An Albuquerque couple wanting more privacy from their noisy neighbors have built a massive wall to do just that.

The problem is they built it before getting the okay from the city, and now they might have to take it down.

In paperwork filed with the city, the couple requests a variance for the 11-and-a-half-foot backyard wall at their home near Louisiana and Constitution. 

“That’s a little bit more than what’s commonly asked for,” Carmelina Hart with the Planning Department explained. “There is a grade difference between the two neighbors so those kind of things play into it.”

The letter states the wall is necessary to muffle the noise from next door and to block the neighbors’ view into their backyard.

Another neighbor supports the couple in this separate letter to the city, saying the couple lives next door to a “nuisance” property where police have responded at least 25 times over five years.

All the same, the couple built the wall before getting permission from the city.

“You do have to come into the zone hearing examiner and ask for a variance,” Hart stated.

Neighbors who KRQE News 13 talked to don’t have a problem with the wall that’s double the normal height, saying you can’t see it from the street.

One neighbor down the street said he even built a 12-foot wall around his property years ago.

“I don’t want people looking in here. If you’re gonna look in here, you gotta get a ladder,” neighbor Chester Paliwoda said.

He believes most people share his mindset about the need for privacy.

“This is an older neighborhood,” he said. “If they’re constructing a wall, it’s purposeful.”

“One of the things they have to prove that it’s not going to deviate from the rest of the look of the neighborhood,” Hart explained.

The Zoning Hearing Examiner will hear the case on Tuesday.

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