Does anybody have as part of your Zoning Ordinance an allowance of front porches (covered, not enclosed) to encroach into the required front yard setback in residential zoning districts? This would be allowed without a variance, conditional use variance or requirement of any type of public hearing.
Over the past few years we have had numerous variance requests for these structures. Our Zoning Board of Appeals usually allows them as long as they do not become the closest on the block.
Currently, our ordinance regulates the front setback in the residential zoning districts by the average of the block. Thus, owners extending into the existing front yard could do so based on submittal of a survey showing the average front setback of the block. The average then is what is required to be followed. Of course, any deviations would require a variance.
Or, if anyone has any experience on this matter, your thoughts would be much appreciated.