If the porch was encroaching on the road frontage then If I were you I would go to the planning department and get a copy of the "sue of the land" for your property. This will indicate any monuments and landmarks that designate where your property lines are located. Then call the building department and enquire as to the set back regulations for your area. With these things and a 100' tape measure you should be able to figure out where your property lines are and also if your porch is indeed encroaching on the easement. If it is not then thumb your nose at them and tell them to get the hell off your property. Well.......Dont put it exactly like that. Try to be diplomatic about it. (as you sit there cleaning your shotgun).
As for the width of the porch that is none of their business so long as you permit it properly and it also does not encroach the setback of the easement.
Another thing you can do is take this to the cty council and petition for a varience.
What this is basicly, is asking for permission to build the porch on the easement.
If the city council can be shown that the porch will in no way interfear with anything that must pass down the road, or cause a problem in the future, they will usually grant the varience. They will usually add the stipulation that they can recind the varience if the city finds it necessary to do so in the future, or for any other reason they deem prudent. At that time you will have to dismantle the porch.
Taking this matter to the state will not do you any good until you have exhausted all local possibilities at the local and county/parish levels. This would of course be in the form of an appeal, and should be handled initially by an attorney that understands realestate law.
Actually it would be a good idea to consult with one now just to be sure that everyone is playing by the rules.
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