The Case Against the Zero Lot Line House
1. The up-hill side of the house will have the neighbor’s surface water run against the foundation which will be a structural problem that the owner of the house on the property line cannot prevent or correct. The Zero Lot Line owner cannot install an underground drainage system off his property to correct any drainage problem without permission (and disturbance or disruption of existing patio, ground, planting, or other structure) of his neighbor.
2. Termite treatment cannot be injected into the ground of the neighbor when the foundation is on the property line.
3. The Zero Lot line residence cannot prohibit the planting of a major tree with massive root system adjacent to his foundation. It has been demonstrated that the roots of such trees suck the moisture out of the ground, which adversely affects the foundation of houses nearby.
4. The Zero Lot line residence has no control over vines and ivy that may grow on the neighbor’s property, but which may actually climb on the wall of the Zero Lot Line house causing damage to certain wall finishes.
5. The Zero Lot Line resident cannot fully inspect the wall on the property line without obtaining permission to enter the neighbor’s property.
6. The Zero Lot Line resident cannot physically maintain or repair the wall on the property line without obtaining permission to enter the neighbor’s property.
7. The Zero Lot Line residence eave may not be permitted to hang over the property of the neighbor. This would limit the architectural style or cause the design to appear unbalanced if there are eaves on all sides but the neighbor’s side.
8. The Zero Lot Line resident may have difficulty preventing the attachment of objects to the wall on his property line, or from periodic impacts against the wall.
9. The Zero Lot Line resident will have no control over the placement of a “lean-to” shed immediately adjacent to his wall, which would prevent full inspection of his wall, and could entice vermin or undesirable growth in the tight space between the shed and his wall.
10. Placing windows in the wall that is on the property line is undesirable due to privacy and maintenance problems.
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This zoning is still in our Zoning Ordinance - is it still an acceptable zoning method?