Chief Planner Conservation District
We consider the wall plane to be the front of the house in relation to fences, but the foundation of the porch (including any steps above 6” in height) would be the existing setback.
We do not use eaves for any setback calculations as they are allowed to project into the front yard 5’ and the side yards 3’.
Please note that the existing setback may be nonconforming and any additions would have to meet the new setback requirements. Those setbacks are listed in the ordinance.
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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