So, our required front setbacks in most of the older portions of the city are kinda wonky and annoying to administer,therefore I am rethinking the methods, but there will need to be care to make sure we adhere to existing setback character of the already built out neighborhoods.
I am thinking of going with an "or" text, and distinguishing between existing lots and new subdivisions.
It will look something like this:
Front setback = existing setback or 25 feet, whichever is less.
Exterior Side setback (side adjacent to street) = existing setback or 10 feet, whichever is greater
New lots (which will be seldom used because we are practically built out):
Front setback = 25 feet
Exterior Side setback = 20 feet
Think the setback rules for existing lots would maintain character (because min. setback is what the character is now) but allow for moving the house forward on the lot in the rare instances when you have old houses that were built with very large setbacks. Right now we require the average setback along the frontage establishes the req'd setback, which is exceedingly burdensome and confusing.
What are your thoughts? What do you do when trying to accommodate existing character?