City of Franklin, WI
Milwaukee County
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The district height limitations stipulated elsewhere in this Ordinance may be exceeded, but such modification shall be in accord with the following:
A. 
Architectural Projections. Architectural projections such as spires, steeples, belfries, parapet walls, cupolas, domes, flues, and chimneys are exempt from the height limitations of this Ordinance.
B. 
Special Structures. Special structures such as elevator penthouses, mechanical penthouses, gas tanks, grain elevators, observation towers, and scenery lofts, manufacturing equipment and necessary appurtenances, cooling towers, fire towers, substations, and smoke stacks are exempt from the height limitations of this Ordinance; provided the special structures are an integral part of and do not detract from the design of the principal structure as approved by the Plan Commission and/or Architectural Board.
C. 
Essential Services, Utilities, Water Towers, and Electric Power and Communication Transmission Lines. Essential services, utilities, water towers, and electric power and communication transmission lines are exempt from the height limitations of this Ordinance.
D. 
Communication Structures. Ground-mounted earth station dish antennas shall not exceed a height of 15 feet. Building-mounted earth station dish antennas shall not exceed the maximum height regulation of the district in which they are located.
E. 
Agricultural Structures. Agricultural structures, such as barns, silos, windmills, shall not exceed in height twice their distance from the nearest lot line.
F. 
Public or Semipublic Facilities. Public or semipublic facilities, such as schools, churches, hospitals, monuments, sanatoriums, libraries, and governmental offices and stations, may be erected to a height of 60 feet, provided all required yards are increased not less than one foot for each foot the structure exceeds the district's maximum height requirement.
G. 
Modification of Other Ordinances and Regulations Not Permitted Under this Division. Modifications permitted under this Division of this Ordinance do not modify any requirements of federal, State, or local building codes relating to the elements addressed in this Division of this Ordinance.
The yard requirements stipulated elsewhere in this Ordinance may be modified as follows:
A. 
Uncovered Stairs, Landings, and Fire Escapes. Uncovered stairs, landings, and fire escapes may project into any yard, but not further than six feet and shall not be closer than three feet to any lot line.
B. 
Architectural Projections. Architectural projections, such as chimneys, flues, sills, eaves, belt courses, and ornaments, may project into any required yard; but such projections shall not exceed two feet. (See § 15-2.0202(E)(1)(2) of this Ordinance for exceptions.)
C. 
Essential Services, Utilities, and Electric Power and Communication Transmission Lines. Essential services, utilities, and electric power and communication transmission lines are exempt from the yard and distance requirements of this Ordinance.
D. 
Landscape Bufferyards, Landscaping, Vegetation, and Areas of Natural Resource Features Mitigation Exempt from Yard and Setback Requirements. Landscape bufferyards, landscaping, vegetation, and natural resource features mitigation area are exempt from the yard and setback requirements of this Ordinance. Landscape plantings such as shrubs shall not be permitted in the street right-of-way unless approved by the Plan Commission.
Additions in the street yard of existing structures shall not project beyond the average of the existing street yards on the abutting lots or parcels.
Structures shall provide a street yard as required by this Ordinance on the street that the structure faces. A second street yard shall be provided on the side of the structure abutting a second public or private street. The setbacks on each street shall be as specified in this Ordinance.
Lots abutting two opposite streets shall provide the front yard setback required by the district in which the lot is located from each street upon which the lot abuts, except fences may be constructed to locate property lines in the yard opposite the front of the residence, in accordance with the applicable provisions of § 15-3.0802E.2.b.
Where a lot is located partially within the FW District that portion of the lot in the FW District shall be utilized to meet the lot area requirements of the adjoining zoning district. In no case, shall the FW District be used to increase the maximum permitted net floor area ratio (NFAR) or maximum net density (ND) of any parcel of land or lot which exceeds those levels as determined by the site intensity calculations and capacity calculations of Division 15-3.0500 of this Ordinance.
Where a lot is located partially within a deed restricted and preserved natural resource protection area or open space area (see Divisions 15-3.0500 and 15-4.0100) that portion of the lot in such an area may be utilized to meet the lot area requirements of the zoning district. In no case, however, shall such eligibility be used to increase the maximum permitted net floor area ratio (NFAR) or maximum net density (ND) of any parcel of land or lot which exceeds those levels as determined by the site intensity calculations and capacity calculations of Division 15-3.0500 of this Ordinance. For residential properties from the front property line to the area to be preserved shall not be less than 110 feet at any point. Any buildings or structures shall not be located any closer than 30 feet from a wetland and 75 feet from an FC District, FFO District or FW District.
Sirens, whistles, and bells which are maintained and utilized solely to serve a public purpose are exempt from the sound level standards of this Ordinance. (Also see § 15-3.1107B.)