SETBACK: The distance a building is set back from a street.


  • A new building’s setback should relate to the setback pattern established by the existing block context rather than the setbacks of building footprints which no longer exist. If the development standards for the particular zoning district do not allow appropriate setbacks, a variance may be needed.
  • If setbacks are varied, new construction can be located within a setback which falls within an “envelope” formed by the greatest and least setback distances.
  • If setbacks are uniform, new construction must conform.
  • On corner sites, the setbacks from both streets must reflect the context.

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