Retaining wall as 4' barrier for inground pool?
We have an inground pool in our backyard, and my property sits on a reasonably graded slope. The pool area as well as the immediate perimeter (small concrete walkway and thin strip of plants) sits on an area of land that was built up to accomodate the pool. Around this entire area, is a fence.
We back up to some beautiful woods and I would like to replace the current ugly fence with something as minimal as possible. Beyond the fenceline that runs parallel to the house, there is a steep dropoff as the land catches up to the gradual slope that extends far into our land.
I was thinking of putting in a retaining wall several yards past that current parallel fenceline such that the top of the wall is level with the pool, and the bottom of the wall sits 4' (or greater) down to the ground.
I'm wondering if anyone knows whether such a setup would satisfy safety regulations for a pool enclosure?
As I understand it, above ground pools are allowed to use the pool walls as a barrier as long as they satisfy the 4' rule. I suppose you could view the side of the pool furthest away from the home as my 'above ground wall' side. On the two sides running back to my house, standard 4' fencing.
Please let me know if my question / plan isn't entirely clear and I'll upload a couple drawings to illustrate.
Thanks for any opinions!