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A distance from a curb, property line, or structure within which building is prohibited.

Setbacks are building restrictions imposed on property owners. Local governments create setbacks through ordinances and Building Codes, usually for reasons of public policy such as safety, privacy, and environmental protection. Setbacks prevent landowners from crowding the property of others, allow for the safe placement of pipelines, and help to preserve wetlands. Setbacks form boundaries by establishing an exact distance from a fixed point, such as a property line or an adjacent structure, within which building is prohibited. Generally, prospective buyers learn that land is subject to setback provisions when they are considering purchasing it. This information is important to future development plans, because setbacks remain in effect until changed by law or special action of a local government.

Setbacks can significantly affect a property owner's right to develop land or to modify existing structures on the land. For this reason they can influence property values; severe restrictions on land can decrease its value. Violating setback provisions can lead to legal action against a property owner, and penalties can include fines as well as an order to remove noncompliant structures. Property owners whose desire to build is stymied by setbacks have few remedies. They can petition their local government by applying for a variance—a special permission to depart from the requirements of Zoning ordinances—but variances are generally granted only in cases of extreme hardship. Litigation over setbacks is common.


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By using the thermal dynamics prediction model and the energy consumption prediction model, the setback temperature is calculated satisfying the 5% deviation from the comfort zone with low energy consumption when the un-occupancy event is detected.
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And I would heartily support Rohter and other property owners along the McKenzie River developing a process that holds their neighbors accountable and helps enforce the existing riparian setback ordinance - without the added tax burden, and added intrusiveness, of more government oversight.
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But any setback at this stage would be a genuine one simply because of Martin's importance to the team.
The trial court concluded that the board accurately applied the regulations, but that the requirement of 30,000 square feet for a single building when a typical house occupies 2000 square feet "is absurd and serves no legitimate land use purpose:' In addition, the court held that since setback areas can contain underground construction such as septic systems, setbacks could be included in calculations of building site area.
Part of Georgia Tech's initial conservation strategy was to implement night setback temperature offsets for noncritical spaces.
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Setback devices for furnaces and central air conditioning evolved as a way of conserving home energy usage with no loss in comfort.
5m setback from all site boundaries, Most flowerbeds are more generously proportioned.