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City of Linwood, NJ
Atlantic County
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Except as may be permitted by ordinance or the Municipal Land Use Law:
A. 
No building or structure shall be erected and no existing building or structure shall be moved, altered, added to or enlarged, nor shall any land or building or structure be designed, used or intended to be used for any purpose or in any manner other than as specified among the uses listed as permitted, accessory or conditional in the district in which such building, structure or land is located.
B. 
No building or structure shall be erected, reconstructed or structurally altered to exceed in height the limit designated in the district in which such building or structure is located.
C. 
No building or structure shall be erected, no existing buildings or structures shall be altered, enlarged or rebuilt, nor shall any open space surrounding any building be encroached upon or reduced in any manner, except in conformity with the yard, lot area and building location regulations hereinafter designated for the district in which such building or open space is located.
D. 
The area or dimension of any lot, yard, parking area or other space shall not be reduced to less than the minimum required by this article; and if already less than the minimum required by this chapter, said area or dimension shall not be further reduced. The provisions and restrictions contained in this article shall not apply to or be binding upon the City of Linwood.
A. 
Required yards.
(1) 
Every lot shall include front, side and rear yards having the areas and dimensions required within the particular zone in which said lot is located.
(2) 
No yard or other open space provided for any building or structure for the purpose of complying with the provisions of this article shall be considered as providing a yard or other open space for any other building or structure on any other lot.
(3) 
No land in a residential zone shall be used to fulfill open space, minimum areas, minimum yard and setback requirements, parking or other similar requirements for uses in nonresidential zones.
B. 
Front yards. For existing houses, the front yard shall be determined by the street address.
C. 
Front yards on corner lots. Where a lot is bounded by two streets and is a corner lot as defined in this chapter, the front yard setback requirements for the zone shall be satisfied with respect to each abutting street. One of the remaining yards shall be considered a rear yard and the other yard shall be considered a side yard. Where a lot is bounded by three streets and is a corner lot as defined in this chapter, the front yard setback requirements for the zone shall be satisfied with respect to each abutting street. One of the remaining yards shall be considered a side yard. For purposes of determining rear yard, the rear yard will be the side deemed the yard opposite the front yard; the narrower frontage shall be deemed the front lot line. For square lots, the applicant shall declare the front lot line at the time of subdivision or building permit in the case of an isolated lot.
Yards and courts required by this article shall be free of buildings, structures or parts thereof, and no building, mechanical equipment or structure shall project into any front, side or rear yard required by this article, nor shall use be made of such yard, except as follows:
A. 
In residential zones, unenclosed porches including steps extending not more than five feet from the building line into any required rear yard and not exceeding more than 20 square feet in size. Unenclosed porches may have a roof.
B. 
Driveways providing access to permitted garages or parking areas; provided, however, that in residential zones, driveways used to provide access to private garages shall not be wider than 20 feet and shall be set back a minimum of five feet from the property line. If direct access to the garage requires a width greater than 20 feet, then the driveway width may be increased only to accommodate direct access to the garage.
C. 
Sills, eaves, leaders and similar ornamental or structural features may project not more than 18 inches into any required setback.
(1) 
Roofs that project into a required yard shall have a maximum roof pitch of 12 inches vertical rise in 12 inches of horizontal run.
(2) 
No residential roofs are permitted with less than a four-inch vertical rise in a twelve-inch horizontal run, other than ornamental architectural features.
D. 
Fences and retaining walls, where specifically permitted in this chapter.
E. 
Freestanding flagpoles, television antennas and radio aerial masts, children's playground equipment, outdoor fireplaces and yard clothes lines and posts must be set back at least 10 feet from any property line. Except for freestanding flagpoles, such structures shall not be located in the front yard.
F. 
Accessory buildings and uses, including swimming pools, where specifically permitted in this chapter.
Driveways and parking areas shall be paved, concrete or paver block/brick; use of loose stone, shells, or unfinished dirt driveways and parking areas shall not be permitted.
Every principal building shall be built upon a lot with the minimum required frontage upon an approved street which shall be improved in accordance with the street standards established by the City of Linwood or the Residential Site Improvement Standards (RSIS), as applicable.
A. 
Only one principal building may be erected on a lot except for related buildings forming one principal use in accordance with an approved plan, and limited to the following:
(1) 
Public or institutional building complexes.
(2) 
Office or retail shopping complexes, or complexes involving mixed office and retail use.
(3) 
Multifamily dwelling complexes.
B. 
No new building shall be constructed on or any existing building altered or moved onto any lot for use as a dwelling when there exists on said lot a building which is being used for dwelling purposes.