62-33 Special Yard Regulations on Waterfront Blocks
Yard regulations for zoning lots shall be governed by the provisions of this Section. For developments containing WD uses or, in C8 or Manufacturing Districts, developments comprised predominantly of uses in Use Groups 16, 17 or 18, or for developments on zoning lots that are not waterfront zoning lots, yards shall be provided in accordance with the applicable district regulations. For all other developments, yards shall be provided in accordance with the provisions of Sections 62-331 (Front yards and side yards) and 62-332 (Rear yards and waterfront yards), except that no yard regulations shall be applicable on piers or floating structures nor may piers or floating structures be used to satisfy any yard requirements.
Front yards and side yards shall be provided on zoning lots within waterfront blocks in accordance with applicable district regulations, except that:
(a) any rear lot line of a waterfront zoning lot that intersects the shoreline shall be deemed to be a side lot line and be subject to side yard regulations; and
(b) side yard regulations shall be inapplicable along side lot lines that are coincident with or seaward of the shoreline. In lieu thereof, a waterfront yard shall be provided in accordance with the provisions of Section 62-332.
Rear yard regulations shall be inapplicable on waterfront zoning lots. In lieu thereof, a waterfront yard shall be provided along the entire length of the shoreline, bulkhead or stabilized natural shore, whichever is furthest landward, with a depth as set forth in the following table. The minimum depth shall be measured from the landward edge of the bulkhead, landward edge of stabilized natural shore or, in the case of natural shorelines, the mean high water line.
Where a platform projects from the shoreline, stabilized natural shore, or bulkhead, such waterfront yard shall, in lieu of following the shore at that portion, continue along the water edge of such platform until it again intersects the shoreline, stabilized natural shore, or bulkhead, at which point it shall resume following the shoreline, stabilized natural shore, or bulkhead.
The level of a waterfront yard shall not be higher than the elevation of the top of the adjoining existing bulkhead, existing stabilized natural shore or mean high water line, as applicable, except that natural grade level need not be disturbed in order to comply with this requirement. The level of the portion of a waterfront yard on a platform shall not be higher than the abutting level of the non-platformed portion of the waterfront yard, of which it is the continuation, except that the level of a platform existing on October 25, 1993 need not be altered in order to comply with this requirement.
No building or other structure shall be erected above the lowest level of a waterfront yard. Permitted obstructions in waterfront yards in all districts shall include permitted obstructions as listed in Sections 23-44 (Permitted Obstructions in Required Yards or Rear Yard Equivalents) and 62-611, except thatenclosed accessory off-street parking spaces and walls exceeding four feet in height shall not be permitted.
In addition, the following rear yard obstructions shall not be permitted except when accessory to single- or two-family residences in detached, semi-detached or zero lot line buildings:
Greenhouses, non-commercial, accessory;
Parking spaces, off-street, open or enclosed, accessory;
Swimming pools, accessory;
Terraces or porches, open.
WATERFRONT YARD DEPTH FOR ALL DISTRICTS
Districts with 30 Foot Requirement
Districts with 40 Foot Requirement
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
R6 R7 R8 R9 R10
C1 C2 mapped in R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
C1 C2 mapped in R6 R7 R8 R9 R10
C1-6 C1-7 C1-8 C1-9
The minimum depth set forth in the preceding table may be reduced at the following locations provided no waterfront yard is reduced to less than 10 feet:
(a) Along those portions of the landward edge of stabilized shore, bulkhead, natural shoreline or along those portions of the water edge of a platform, having a lot dimension, measured perpendicular and landward from such edge, that is less than 70 feet in the case of districts in Column A or 80 feet in the case of districts in Column B.
For such shallow portions of lots, the minimum depth may be reduced by one foot for each foot that the lot dimension measured from such edge is less than 70 or 80 feet, as applicable.
(b) Along those portions of the water edge of a platform having a dimension, measured perpendicular from such water edge to an opposite water edge that is less than 100 feet in the case of districts in Column A or 120 feet in the case of districts in Column B.
For such narrow portions of platforms, the minimum depth along each opposite edge may be reduced by one-half foot for each foot that the platform dimension is less than 100 or 120 feet, as applicable.
WATERFRONT YARD AT STABILIZED SHORELINE