I have noticed a trend toward support of Zero Front Yard Setbacks on Cyburbia commentators.
Observation - many on this board propose "building out to the sidewalk." They then also admit if this is done, there is a need for street trees.
Question - What are the advantages and disadvantages for city inclusion of sufficient space in its ROW to allow for street trees, or should the city stay with requiring Setbacks for space for owner option tree types and locations?
Please address city tree maintenance cost/responsibility/liability, sidewalk/tree locations, utility conflicts and utility replacement in areas with mature street trees.
Please also address building height to total ROW open space recommendations (maybe as a ratio?).
It is ok to address one aspect at a time if you want.