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The code currently requires accessory buildings to be subordinate in size to the main building on the property. In the past, variance requests to exceed this standard are common. The proposed change allows accessory buildings or structures prior to the commencement of construction of a main building, on lots two (2) acres or greater in size located within an Agriculture zoning district. The change also allows these accessory structures on larger lots (2 acres or more in all zoning districts) to be larger in floor area than the main dwelling unit but still subject to the respective zoning district’s height limitation.
The Code currently does not allow construction of accessory structures “until the construction of a main building has been commenced.” For canal construction (docks, piers), the timing standard is more stringent, requiring that the foundation of the residence be completed and inspected prior to construction. The proposed change would allow waterfront construction at a point in time when construction of the main building has commenced.
The code currently allows for commercial wall signage to be located only on one side of a building, the side facing the street. Corner lots are permitted signage on both street fronts. Variance requests to allow signage on non-street front side walls are not uncommon, for instance, out-parcel or commercial center situations where there may be a smaller commercial use surrounded by parking and/or internal development specific roadways.
The code currently prohibits outdoor storage in the M-1 Industrial Zoning District unless approved by the Zoning Board. In practice, staff has observed this restriction to be unnecessarily limiting. The proposed change would continue to require all principle activities to be located within a fully enclosed building but allow outside storage within the M-1 and M-2 districts (light and heavy industrial) to be as long as it is effectively screened by a solid wall, fence or planting so that the materials are not visible from a residential district.
The Code currently prohibits the storage of hazardous materials within 500’ of a residential zone. This requirement typically requires cell tower operators to seek a variance for locating on-site fuel storage for their emergency generators. The proposed change would allow hazardous or potentially hazardous materials used in conjunction with communications towers and public or private utilities to be stored a minimum distance of hundred (200) feet from any residential structure.
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