BUILDING HEIGHTS: The actual heights of buildings and their various components as measured from the ground.


  • Generally, the height of a new building should fall within a range set by the highest and lowest contiguous buildings if the block has relatively uniform heights. Uncharacteristically high or low buildings should not be considered when determining the appropriate range. If the block is characterized by a variety of heights in no pattern, then the height of new construction can vary from the lowest to highest on the block.
  • On expansive sites where greater heights might be appropriate, consider a stepping up of heights where the street context suggests lower buildings.
  • Cornice height can be as important as overall building height and where there is uniformity, should conform with contiguous buildings in a similar manner.
  • New construction at the end of a block should take into account building heights on adjacent blocks.
  • If the area immediately contiguous to new construction does not offer adequate context to establish an appropriate new building height, the larger historic area context should be assessed.
  • Porch height can have an impact on the height relationships between buildings and should align with contiguous porch foundation and roof heights in a similar manner to building heights.


  • Avoid any building height that appears either diminutive or overscale in relation to its context.

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