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No structure shall be constructed on any yard required by this chapter unless in compliance with all the following requirements:
(A) Zone regulations imposed on minimum parcel width shall not apply to a parcel of record, or a parcel divided and conveyed by valid deed, or written contract of sale executed before the effective date of such provision made applicable to such parcel; if such parcel has less than the minimum required width, the minimum side yard required in all residential zones is reduced to five feet (5'); provided, that the structure is not higher than one and one-half (1 1/2) stories; if such parcel fronts streets on two (2) adjoining sides, the minimum front yard required in all residential zones is reduced to ten feet (10') on one of the streets.
(B) An unenclosed and uncovered patio, terrace, swimming pool, stairway or landing not higher than three feet (3') above the natural ground level may be located on the required yards. Cornice, eaves, canopy, chimney, fire escape, unenclosed and uncovered balcony, patio, terrace, stairway or landing and other similar projections or overhangs higher than three feet (3') above the natural ground level, may extend into the required yards to a distance of not more than two feet (2').
(C) A fence, wall or hedge not higher than six feet (6') above the natural ground level, may be located on the required yards; provided, that in all residential zones such fence, wall or hedge is not higher than three feet (3') above the natural ground level on corner parcels fronting on two (2) or more intersecting streets, within a triangle formed by the intersecting rights of way and a line drawn between points on such rights of way thirty feet (30') distant from their point of intersection.
(D) Detached accessory structures not higher than one story or twelve feet (12') may be located on the required rear yard up to five feet (5') of the rear parcel line.
(E) Where more than one-half (1/2) the building sites along the same side of the street in the same zone have been improved with buildings, the required front yard is the average of the front yards in improved building sites within three hundred feet (300') in each direction.
(F) On corner parcels the side yard abutting the street shall be one-half (1/2) the distance of the required front yard for the zone with a minimum distance of ten feet (10'). (Ord. 1474, 1-8-1991)
(G) On corner parcels the development services director shall determine which portions of the parcel are the front, side and rear yards.
(H) On irregular shaped parcels the development services director shall determine which portions of the parcel are the front, side and rear yards. (Ord. 1474, 1-8-1991; amd. Ord. 1654, 6-25-2013)