A setback line is the minimum distance between your property's line and the structure. You'll have a front yard setback line, and you'll also have side yard setback lines in a rear setback line. Setbacks may differ from city to city and if you're in a planned community, conservation district, or historic district.
When the Belmont Addition Conservation District was adopted in March of 2004, a group of neighborhood volunteers measured the distance from the Sidewalk to the first wall of the structure to determine the front yard setback for each house. They then averaged the distance by block face to determine a fair front yard setback for each face block. That distance was then recorded and became the new front yard setback for each block face.
When the first new construction after the conservation ordinance was adopted began, it became obvious that something was not right with the front yard setbacks. It was determined that the group of volunteers had measured from the sidewalk to the structure rather than from the property line to the structure. An effort was made to identify where the property line was located at each street. After a few trials and errors, a correct distance was identified, and an amendment to the CD ordinance was made to correct the front yard setbacks.
As it turns out, there was another error in the way the front yard setbacks were measured. The volunteer team measured to the first wall on the structure or front facade, but did not define the meaning of "front facade" in the ordinance. The City of Dallas definition of where a structure begins, is the first time anything raises over 6 inches from the grade. As more older homes see the need to remodel, replace or repair their front porches, they started to realize that some portions, ir not all of their stairs, columns and, front porches are currently IN the front yard setbacks and cannot be removed for repair or replacement.
The City of Dallas measures front yard setbacks are measured to the first place anything attached to the structure raises 6" or more above grade, but the front yard setbacks listed in the B.A.C.D. measured the original setbacks to the front wall closest to the street.
Existing homes may not add or replace original features located in the setbacks designated by the B.A.C.D.
Add a provision enabling original homes to maintain, rebuild, remodel or repair within their vertical and horizontal existing setbacks.
This solution will allow property owners to maintain and build within their current setbacks.
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