223 N.Atlantic Avenue is located in an R1-D-H zoning district, which stands for Single Unit Detached Residential High Density District, meaning that single family detached houses are permitted in this district. Each house must meet the following site development standards:
1) The minimum front setback must 15′, but the code also permits a contextual setback to match the neighboring houses, which are 0′ on N. Atlantic Avenue. (You are probably wondering what a “contextual” setback is. Section 925.06 B of the code addresses Contextual Front Setbacks. In a nutshell, the front setback is permitted to fall anywhere between the zoning code requirement of 15′ and the front setback on an adjacent lot, which is 0′ in this instance);
2) The minimum rear setback must be 15′;
3) The minimum side setback is 5′, but a contextual setback is allowed since the house next door has a 3′ setback as well;
4) The maximum height of a house must be 40′ and no more than three stories;
5) One off-street parking spot must be provided; and
6) One street tree must be planted for every 30 lineal foot of frontage. Since our frontage is less than 30′ and we have to fit a curb cut into that frontage as well, we are probably going to argue for no tree.
Once all these setbacks are applied, we have just enough space left over to build Minim!
Perhaps the most frequently asked question about building a tiny house in Pittsburgh is, can it have wheels? Section 906.02 of the Pittsburgh Zoning Code treats any structure built on a chassis which is transportable as a mobile home and mobile homes are not permitted in residential districts in the City of Pittsburgh.
So all you wanna-be tiny house dwellers, you will have to ground your tiny house in Pittsburgh.