Village of Lawrence, NY
Nassau County
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§ 212-35 Encroachments.

[Amended 12-9-1998 by L.L. No. 3-1998; 4-9-2003 by L.L. No. 3-2003; 11-10-2016 by L.L. No. 2-2016]
No building or part of a building shall be erected in, upon or over, nor shall they project into a required yard, with the following exceptions:
A. 
Cornices, eaves, gutters or flues projecting not more than 18 inches, or windowsills, belt courses or other ornamental features projecting not more than four inches.
B. 
Chimneys projecting not more than 24 inches.
C. 
One-story uncovered landings may project into the required rear yard not more than six feet.
D. 
One-story uncovered landings may project into the required side yard not more than three feet.
E. 
A one- or two-story extension or enlargement of a one- or two-family dwelling may encroach into a required side yard no further than any legally existing building nor nearer than 10 feet to a side lot line. Said extension or enlargement may have a maximum exterior dimension of twenty feet, measured from the existing building toward a rear or front property line, and may encroach above a required height/setback ratio, provided that such extension or enlargement complies with all of the requirements of this chapter other than the regulations as to side yard. Any extension or enlargement toward a front property line may not extend past the nearest front building line. Such extension or enlargement shall be permitted only once on existing structures.
F. 
A second-story extension or enlargement of a one- or two-family dwelling may encroach into a required side yard no further than any legally existing one story upon which the second story is extended or enlarged nor nearer than 10 feet to a side lot line and may encroach above a required side yard height/setback ratio, provided that such extension or enlargement complies with all of the requirements of this chapter other than regulations as to side yard. Such extension or enlargement shall be permitted only once.
G. 
Covered porches shall be allowed to encroach up to five feet into the required front yard, provided they shall not be more than 12 feet in width. Covered porches are only permitted on the condition that they never be closed off by walls, screens or any other form of enclosure.
H. 
Decks and patios in rear yards and side yards may not encroach into any required setback, except that a deck or patio may encroach up to 10 feet into a required setback if it is elevated less than three feet above the mean grade.
I. 
Reverse gables and dormers may encroach above a required height/setback ratio for up to 50% of the length of the side of a building, provided such extension or enlargement complies with all other requirements of this chapter.

§ 212-36 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 212-36, Location of swimming pools, was repealed 9-13-1995 by L.L. No. 9-1995.

§ 212-37 Finished face of fences and walls.

All stockade, picket, cyclone, chain link and similar types of fences and walls, wherein fencing, screening and wall materials are affixed to supporting structures, shall be placed with the finished fencing or wall facing the street or adjoining property owner.

§ 212-38 Corner lots.

A. 
In the case of a corner lot in a Residence AA District, a building shall be required to comply with the front yard restrictions on both streets, and each of such yards shall be deemed a front yard for the purposes of this chapter.
B. 
In the case of a corner lot in a residence district other than the Residence AA District, a building shall be required to comply with the front yard restrictions on the narrower street front only. The depth of the yard from the other street line shall be:
(1) 
In a Residence A District: 25% of the width of the lot, but need not be more than 30 feet.
(2) 
In a Residence BB District: 25% of the width of the lot, but need not be more than 30 feet.
(3) 
In a Residence B District: 20% of the width of the lot, but need not be more than 25 feet.
(4) 
In Residence C-1 and C-2 Districts: 20% of the width of the lot, but need not be more than 25 feet.
(5) 
In a Residence D District: 15% of the width of the lot, but need not be more than 20 feet.
(6) 
In a Residence F District: not less than six feet.
C. 
In the case of a corner lot in a Residence E or Residence FF District, a building shall be required to comply with the front yard restrictions on Central Avenue, Herrick Drive and Lawrence Station Plaza only. The depth of yard from the other street lines shall be not less than 25 feet.
D. 
The yard in the rear of the narrower street front shall comply with the restrictions provided for a rear yard. The yard in the rear of the wider street front shall comply with the requirements provided for a side yard.
E. 
In case of a lot, other than a corner lot, adjoining two or more streets, a front yard is required on each street.
F. 
In that portion of the Isle of Wight hereinafter described, no front yard need be more than 15 feet in depth, and no rear yard need be more than 15 feet in depth. The area to which this subsection applies is bounded on the north by a line 100 feet north of Berkshire Place; on the west by Sage Avenue; on the south by the waterfront; and on the east by an irregular line commencing at the intersection of the waterfront and the center line of Oxford Place continued southerly, running thence northerly along the center line of Oxford Place to Seaview Avenue, thence westerly along Seaview Avenue to a line 90 feet east of Albert Place and thence northerly along a line 90 feet east of Albert Place to the northerly boundary line first above mentioned.

§ 212-39 Building and wall heights; roofs.

[Amended 6-8-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994; 2-8-1995 by L.L. No. 2-1995; 1-8-1997 by L.L. No. 1-1997; 12-12-2001 by L.L. No. 4-2001; 11-10-2016 by L.L. No. 2-2016]
A. 
Chimneys, spires, turrets, cupolas, parapets and similar architectural features shall not count toward building height, provided such features shall not extend more than three feet above the roof.
B. 
Flat roofs on one- and two-family dwellings may be used in conjunction with pitched roofs on the same building, but shall make up no more than 35% of the total roof area of the building or structure. All pitched roofs on residential buildings also utilizing a flat roof shall have a maximum slope of 1:1.
C. 
Notwithstanding anything in this chapter to the contrary, no single exterior wall on a building or structure in the A, AA, BB, C-1, C-2, D, E, F or FF District shall have an exterior wall height greater than 23.0 feet.

§ 212-39.1 Attics.

[Added 9-13-1995 by L.L. No. 8-1995; amended 11-10-2016 by L.L. No. 2-2016]
Attics in residential dwellings may be used for or converted to habitable space, provided the attic and dwelling meet all requirements under the NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, as amended from time to time, including, but not limited to, sprinkler and emergency egress requirements. Attics in commercial buildings shall be used exclusively for storage and mechanicals and shall not contain any habitable, recreational or bathroom space.

§ 212-40 Computation of measurements.

A. 
In the case of an irregular lot, the Board of Trustees shall have power to determine and designate what portion of such lot shall be deemed to be used in connection with the proposed building or use and what, if any, portion thereof is not properly to be deemed used in connection therewith. For the purpose of computing the size of the lot and the building area and the location of the yards and their required dimensions, only that portion of the parcel which the Board of Trustees deems to be used in connection with the proposed building or use shall be taken into consideration.
B. 
In the case of a parcel of land connected with a public street by a driveway and having no other street frontage, the portion of the parcel of land occupied by such driveway shall be excluded for the purpose of computing the size of the lot, the building area and the location and size of the front, rear and side yards. In such a case, the size of the lot and the building area shall be computed, and the yards shall be located and their required size shall be determined, in the same manner as if the driveway did not exist and the line of the lot nearest the public street with which the driveway connected had been the front line of the lot.
C. 
For the purpose of computing the building area, the size of the lot, the rear yards, front yards and side yards and any proposed street or streets shown on any Official Map or plan of the Village, or any amendment or modification thereof now or hereafter duly adopted by the Planning Board or Planning Commission or Board of Trustees of the Village of Lawrence, shall be considered a public street with the same force and effect as if the same had been duly opened and improved and made available for public use.
D. 
For the purpose of computing the size of a building lot, there shall not be included any marshland or land subject to tidal action or land under water.