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Section 2: Screening Standards

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Overview

Before any screening is commenced, the plans and specifications must be submitted by the junkyard owner to, and approved by, the TxDOT District Engineer who serves the county in which the screening is to be placed.

Junkyard screening must be located so that it will not interfere in any way with traffic or traffic signs along any highway or roadway. Unless it is constructed or planted by the State, it will not be located within the highway right of way. Screening may be accomplished by means of:

The screening must effectively block the view of the junkyard or automobile graveyard from the motoring public traveling in a standard size automobile along the main traveled way of the controlled highway. The height and density of the screening must effectively block the view at all times. Screening shall be designed and landscaped so the junkyard or automobile graveyard area is inconspicuous and pleasing to the motoring public in accordance with the purposes of the Federal Highway Beautification Act of 1965.

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Measurements

If the industrial activity does not front the highway, the width of the activity measured parallel to the highway at its widest point and within 1,000 feet of the right of way will be considered to be its highway frontage. All measurements shall be made from the outer edges of the regularly used buildings, parking lots, storage, or processing areas of the industrial activity, and shall be along or parallel to the edge of the pavement of the highway. Measurements shall not be from the property lines of the activity unless the property lines coincide with the regularly used buildings, parking lots, storage, or processing areas.

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Compliance

Junkyards which were in lawful existence when the site became subject to control under the Highway Beautification law, but which are neither screened nor located in either zoned or unzoned industrial areas, may be brought into compliance with the law by being either screened, removed, or relocated, or by disposal of the junk. The owner of each junkyard may bring it into compliance with the law or the State may do so as funds are available.

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Owner Action

If the owner elects to bring the junkyard into compliance with the law, the owner may relocate, remove or dispose of the junk as the owner wishes. If the owner elects to screen the junkyard, the owner shall first submit the screening plans and specifications to the District which serves the county in which the junkyard is located. The District must approve the screening plans and specifications to ensure that the junkyard owner will be in compliance with the law.

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Screening Requirements

Junkyard screening must be located so that it will not interfere in any way with traffic or traffic signs along any highway or roadway. Unless it is constructed by the State, it cannot be located within the highway right of way. Screening may be accomplished by means of earthen berms, plants, fences, walls, or other durable materials provided they are effective in blocking the view of such junkyard or automobile graveyard from the motoring public traveling in a standard size automobile along the main traveled way of the controlled highway. The height and density of such screening must effectively block the view of the junkyard or automobile graveyard at all times.

A sanitary landfill may be appropriately screened by:

When landfill operations have ceased, the area is to be landscaped by the owner of the landfill unless it is then used for immediate development purposes.

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