I may be the only planner that doesn't know this, but I have always been unsure as to the common zoning definition of front yard -
Is the front yard generally considered just the minimum front yard, or is is the entire area in front of the building on the lot. For example, if a house is set back 50 feet from the front lot line in a zone with a minimum front yard set back of 25 feet, do the 25 feet closest to the house count as a front yard? Can that person erect a fence taller than would be permitted in a front yard or any other structure not permitted in a front yard?
Thanks for your thoughts on this,