Hi, I am planning to build a new house and a granny flat. They recently passed a new law requiring garages to be set back by 1 meter from the house frontage, so to make sure the garage door "does not dominate the building" and to improve the overall look of the new house. I am going through a DA, so I may be able to deviate from some rules if I manage to provide a good argument for it. What I want to do is to bring garage forward by 1 meter from the house frontage, not backwards. My reasons for that are: - I want to preserve more of the backyard - My lot is sloping away from the road, which makes it more expensive to build if I have to build further from the road. - I am on a corner block and my block is irregular shape (sometimes irregular shaped blocks allow you to get some "discounts" from the council) - It is a small quiet street with only 3 houses on this side of the street, so not many people will see it - There is very dense plantation on the side where the other two houses are, so even fewer people will see it - I am happy to use some shrubs to disguise the other side - Nearly all of the houses on the street have the garage either in line with the building or coming forward from the building line. - My lot is very wide and not very deep, so every meter of depth counts and given it is so wide, there is no way that the 6 meter wide garage door would dominate a 19 meter wide building - I simply believe it is a stupid law and the government should pay people compensation for intervening so much with the design of their houses. This is the link to the picture of my lot with the desired footprint of the building. http://www.flickr.com/photos/roustam/12100202736/ What do you think my chances are of getting to build it my way? What would be a valid reason to convince the council to make an exception from the rule? I am in Ryde, NSW Thanks.