Many zoning codes appear to set 35 feet as the maximum height.
What is the reason for 35 feet?
Should 35 feet be to the peak of the roof?
Should it be the highest habitable floor?
Should it be to the window sill of the highest habitable floor?
Should it be to the chimney top?
Should it be to the ceiling of the highest habitable floor?
Was this the height of most ladder fire trucks could reach?
Was this the height of most water hoses could spray?
Is this an aesthetic height that would be less than most trees?
Is this a Fire Rating Bureau magic number? (If so, why?)
Is this the height at which someone could reasonably be expected to survive if jumping from that height to the ground while waiting for the volunteer fire department to arrive?
The reason I ask is that occasionally we have a request for a Variance to exceed that height. I would like to have a reasonable basis for evaluation of the requested Variance, and would like to know if the 35 ft height is still valid for anything.