Learn more about lot coverage.
The coverage requirement allows for a bonus for porches on the front of the house. How do you determine what the front of a house is?
The coverage provision includes a 3 percent coverage bonus for a main building footprint for a porch that is attached to the front of a house. Any porch or portion of porch that is not attached to the front of the house would not be eligible for this bonus. In addition, the front porch must have a minimum area of 60 square feet to be eligible for the bonus. To determine the front of the house, when the house is located on a corner lot, refer to the following definition of the Zoning Ordinance:
Lot line, front. That lot line, or combination of line segments, fronting a street or the legally required access to the lot. On a corner lot, it is the shortest of those lot lines which front a street. Where a corner lot has equal frontage on 2 or more streets, the front lot line will be the lot line on that street on which the greatest number of lots front within the block.
Thus, a front porch is a porch that is attached to a portion of the house that fronts the front lot line as defined by the Zoning Ordinance.
Can a one-family structure have a second-story addition if it currently does not comply with coverage requirements?
A homeowner can add a second story (straight up without any protrusion beyond the existing footprint) to an existing dwelling that is nonconforming to coverage. In general a home owner can add structure to a nonconforming structure as long as the addition complies with the Zoning Ordinance requirements (Section 16.2.2.A) for setback and height.
Why does the Zoning Ordinance address total coverage for undersized lots?
It was never the intent of any of the discussion to provide relief on total coverage for undersized lots. The issue that was always discussed, as directed by the County Board and the public, was the unfair restriction on house sizes that may result from the proposed amendments on undersized lots. To address this issue, the following provision was added to ARTICLE 3.2.5.A.2 (formerly Section 32.C.e.)
e. Maximum main building footprint coverage on undersized lots in a zoning district shall be the same square footage as permitted on a standard sized lot (e.g., 6000 square feet in R-6) in the zoning district, subject to all applicable setback requirements.