1288.03  YARD REGULATIONS.
   (a)   Front Yard Depth. In addition to the requirements for front yards provided elsewhere in this Zoning Code, the following requirements shall be enforced and shall be measured from the center of the street as originally established:
      (1) - (5)   (EDITOR'S NOTE:  Divisions (a)(1) - (a)(5) of Section 1288.03 were repealed by Ordinance 2014-02, passed April 15, 2014.)
      (6)   Venoy Road, from the north to the south City limits: 60 feet on both sides;
      (7)   Merriman Road, from the north to the south City limits: 60 feet on both sides;
      (8)   Treadwell Road, from the Michigan Central Railroad south to the City limits: 60 feet on both sides; and
      (9)   Cogswell Road, from Michigan Avenue south to the City limits: 60 feet on both sides.
   (b)   Reduction in Rear Yards. When a lot is less than 100 feet deep at the time of the passage of this Zoning Code (Ordinance 2, passed June 22, 1961), the rear yard may be decreased one-quarter of the distance that the lot depth is less than such 100 feet, provided, however, that no rear yard shall be less than 20 feet in depth.
   (c)   Distance Between Dwellings. When two or more separate dwellings for dwelling purposes are erected or placed on the same lot, the distance between any two such dwellings shall not be less than one-half of the height of the higher of the two dwellings, and front, rear and side yards shall be provided on such lots in accordance with the requirements of this Zoning Code for the district in which such dwellings are located.
   (d)   Use of Yard Space for More Than One Building. No part of a yard or other open space required about any building for the purpose of complying with this Zoning Code shall be included as a part of a yard or other open space similarly required for another building.
   (e)   Reduced Lot Area. No lot shall be so reduced in area that any required open space will be smaller than prescribed in the regulations for the district in which such lot is located. Whenever such a reduction in lot area occurs, no building located on such lot shall thereafter be used until such building is altered, reconstructed or relocated so as to comply with the area and yard requirements applicable thereto.
   (f)   Visibility at Intersections. On a corner lot in any Residential District, no fence, wall, hedge or other structure, or planting more than two and one-half feet in height, shall be erected, placed or maintained within the triangular area formed by the intersecting street lines and a straight line adjoining such street lines at points that are 25 feet distant from the point of intersection, measured along such street lines.
   (g)   Business Entrances on Residential Streets. Where a Residential District is bounded by a portion of a Business District and a building is erected on the corner, no side of such building along the street extending through such Residential District into such Business District shall be used for any business purpose, except as herein set forth. The business structure erected in the Business District shall face upon the street set aside for business purposes, and no opening shall be made or allowed on the residential street side, except that show windows in such business structure may be built and exposed upon the side street within the area set aside as a part of such Business District, an entrance may be made at the corner of such business and residential street, and entrances may be made from such residential street to the upper stories of such business structure.
   (h)   Residential Entrances on Residential Streets.  Whenever an existing dwelling on a public street in any Residential District is not on a corner, the door facing such public street may be removed provided that (i) the distance between the proposed functioning entrance and the lot line opposite said entrance is not less than the distance required for the front yard setback of this Zoning Code for the district in which such dwelling is located, and (ii) all other applicable setbacks for side and rear yards are not less than the distance required in this Zoning Code for the district in which such dwelling is located.
(Ord. 2.  Passed 6-22-61; Ord. 2001-20.  Passed 7-3-01.)
   (i)   Porches on Residential Structures.  All porches, landings, stoops and steps on residential structures shall be constructed of concrete.  Foundations shall be constructed in accordance with the current Michigan Building Code.  Porches shall be made with poured in place slab type construction or block/brick and mortar sides with a concrete cap.
      (1)   On porches and steps where railings are required the railing shall be installed so as to be of a decorative type railing and comply with dimensions and graspability as required in Michigan Building Code.  Metal railings shall be of a wrought iron type with lambs ear finials.  Wooden railings shall have routed edges, angled cuts and trimmed completely.
      (2)   Concrete steps are permitted to remain where doors are flush with the front elevation or on enclosed porches without the construction of a stoop or landing unless more than 50% of the structure is required to be replaced except for same type construction.
      (3)   All wood structures are considered decks and shall be permitted in the rear yard only.
      (4)   Exceptions to this chapter are where original construction was done with a wooden type construction and the porch is being replaced in a manner fitting to the architectural design of the original house.  Appropriate screening is required with a lattice and frame and where appropriate all steps shall be constructed of preformed concrete sections.
(Ord. 2014-04.  Passed 4-15-14.)