General. This Section is enacted to assure than in RM-1 and RM-2 Districts new dwellings will be compatible with the established mixture of houses and apartment buildings in terms of apparent building width, requiring that on wider lots the front of the building be divided visually into narrower segments, according to the predominant existing scale in such areas.
Stepping of Building Height and Walls. Except as provided in Subsection (c) below, in the case of every dwelling in such districts on a lot with a width of more than 35 feet, there shall be a stepping of the building along the front lot line, or along the front of the building where it is set back from such lot line, by at least one of the following methods:
Variation of the upper limit of the front elevation of the building, at intervals of not more than 35 feet, by a minimum of two feet in height. Not less than 30 percent of the width of such elevation shall be varied in this way from the height of the remainder of such elevation. For purposes of this provision, the term “front elevation” shall mean the front wall and other portions of the building to a significant depth on the lot.
Variations of the depth of the front building wall from the front lot line, at intervals of not more than 35 feet, by a minimum of two feet in depth. Not less than 30 percent of the width of such front building wall shall be varied in this way from the depth of the remainder of such wall. For purposes of this provision, the term “front building wall” shall mean such wall exclusive of all projections and other obstructions permitted by Section 136 of this Code for required front setback areas.
Entrances to Dwelling Units. As an alternative to the requirements of Subsection (b) above, there may be provided for such dwelling a minimum of one pedestrian entrance serving a dwelling unit or units within each portion of the front of the building that has a full width of 25 feet.
(Amended by Ord. 443-78, App. 10/6/78; Ord. 63-11, File No. 101053, App. 4/7/2011, Eff. 5/7/2011)
Former Sec. 145 renumbered as this new Sec. 144.1; section header amended; Ord. 63-11, Eff. 5/7/2011.