Repeal 21 inch deck Ordinance

Repeal 21 inch deck Ordinance

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Vinay Shankam started this petition to Robbinsville Mayor Robbinsville Mayor

If you are thinking of building a deck in your backyard then this Ordinance impacts you. Robbinsville Township has this archaic rule that decks can be only 21 inches (max) above ground (see copy below). Using this law the zoning board has been declining zoning permit application for most residents. How often have you seen a deck 21 inches high. Not sure what the thought process was in putting in this rule. But it has no place in 2020. Please take a moment to sign this petition to Mayor of Robbinsville to repeal this archaic rule.

 

[Amended 7-12-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-20; 3-15-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-8; 8-26- 2010 by Ord. No. 2010-25] (i) Patios/terraces, decks and rear yards. All dwelling units, except apartments located on upper floors, shall have a private yard or patio designed in accordance with the standards of this chapter and having a minimum of 400 square feet in area. Rear steps and landings are permitted, but may not encroach into the minimum required yard or patio area by more than 20 square feet. Decks in rear yard areas are permitted, provided they are constructed no more than 21 inches above grade. In no case shall rear steps and landings in excess of 21 inches high be closer than 15 feet to side and rear property lines. Property owners may not alter existing LAND USE 142 Attachment 5-3:9 11 - 01 - 2010 property grade without Township approval. The yard or patio shall be within an area enclosed by a masonry wall, wooden fence, trellis or lattice, evergreen hedge, vines, or some combination thereof.

 

DECK

A nonroofed, above grade structure that extends from a dwelling or other structure or is freestanding, and that rises more than 12 inches above grade at any one point. A deck shall be considered part of the building area, except that it shall not be included in floor area ratio

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