zoning in small older communities
We are being advised by an official with vast experience in zoning, that it is unheard of to allow additions to a building that is deemed as nonconforming.As an example,A home that was built prior to zoning enactment and is now a nonconforming structure due to being too close to the east side lot line, only. Is it advisable to allow a twenty by twenty addition to the west side of the house with no issues with any setbacks? And if you can answer this, what percentage of communities would allow this?
In Michigan a nonconformity can be allowed to expand. Often there are limits as to how much expansion. There may be situations where an expansion has to be allowed.
This article,"Nonconformities in zoning is the source of much confusion" goes into more detail on this topic and may be helpful: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/nonconformities_in_zoning_is_the_source_of_much_confusion
Another article on the same topic is "Understanding nonconformity: Are you ‘granfathered’ in?:" http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/understanding_nonconformity_are_you_granfathered_in