Attached House

Building Placement / Parking / Vehicle Access

Attached House Bldg Placement

1. Buildings shall be placed on the lot within zone represented by the hatched area.

2. Along new streets, the build-to line will range from 10 feet to 25 feet behind street ROW. Special site conditions such as topography or lot widths permit a larger setback. Along existing streets, front build-to lines shall typically be equal to the average setbacks for buildings on the same side of the street within 300 feet. However, in more urban conditions, dwellings may be set up to the property line at the sidewalk.

3. Building facades shall be generally parallel to front property lines. All buildings shall front onto a public street.

4. Front loaded garages, if provided, shall meet the standards of Section 8.16.

5. Points of permitted access to parking indicated by arrows.


The attached house is a rowhouse, a townhouse, or a duplex. Traditional southern homes in Savannah and Charleston provide the historic model. Dilworth Crescent in Charlotte provides a good contemporary example. Generally, building plans will have narrow frontages with the plan depth being greater than its width. Where possible, structures shall be designed to terminate vistas or serve as key focal points in the neighborhood.

Encroachment / Pedestrian Access

Attached House Ped Access

1. For buildings set up to the sidewalk, balconies and upper level bay windows are permitted to encroach over the sidewalk area up to 5 feet.

2. For buildings set back from sidewalk, balconies, stoops, stairs, open porches, bay windows, and awnings are permitted to encroach into the front setback area up to 8 feet.

3. Main pedestrian access to the building is from the street (indicated by larger arrow). Secondary access may be from parking areas (indicated by smaller arrow).

4. Decks must be constructed only in an established rear yard and are permitted to encroach into the rear setback up to 15 feet.

Special Conditions

1. The intention of buildings in all locations must be to relate the principal facade to the sidewalk and public space of the street.

2. Corners: Setback at street corners will generally replicate frontage conditions. However, side setbacks on a minor street may be less than the front dimension.

3. Front and side setbacks will vary depending upon site conditions. Setbacks should be used in a manner which encourages pedestrian activity.

Permitted Height & Uses

Attached House Height

1. Building height shall be measured as the vertical distance from the highest finished grade relative to the street frontage, up to the eaves.

2. Building height to ridge will vary depending upon the roof pitch.

3. Permitted uses are indicated above.

4. Maximum footprint for a building housing a detached accessory dwelling is 650 square feet.

5. Mechanical equipment shall not encroach into any required setback.

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