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t IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED• ALL RIGHTS RESERVED• USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. i' i PAGE 12 upon approval of the Board of Adjustment. 61.5 Change in Use. A non-conforming use which is changed to a conforming use shall not be permitted to revert to the original or a less restrictive use. 61.6 Discontinuance. A non-conforming use which became such after the adoption of this Ordinance and which has been discontinued for a continuous period of two years shall not be reestablished and any future use shall be in conformity with the provisions of this Ordinance. Section 62. Off-Street Automobile Parking. Off-street automobile storage or parking space shall be provided on every lot on which any permitted or conditional use is established in accordance with this Ordinance. 62.1 General Requirements. For the purpose of this Ordinance the following general requirements are specified: 62.11 The term "Off-Street Parking Space" shall mean a space at least nine (9) feet wide and twenty (20) feet in length with a minimum net area of one hundred and eighty (180) square feet, excluding area for egress and ingress and maneuverability of vehicles. / 62.12 If an off-street parking space cannot be reasonably provided on the same lot on which the principal use is conducted, the Board of Adjustment may permit such space to be provided on other off-street property, provided such space lies within 600 feet of the property line of such principal use. Such vehicle parking space shall be associated with the permitted use and shall not thereafter be reduced or encroached upon in any manner. 62.13 The required number of parking spaces for any number of separate uses may be combined in one lot, but the required space assigned to another use at the same time, except that portion of the parking space required for existing church whose peak atten- dance will be at night or on Sundays may be assigned to a use which will be closed at nights or on Sundays. 62.14 Area reserved for off-street parking in accor- ~with the requirements of this Ordinance shall not be reduced in area or changed to any other use unless the permitteduse which it serves is discon- tinued or modified, except where equivalent parking space is provided to the satisfaction of the Board of Adjustment. 62.15 Off-street parking existing at the effective date of this Ordinance in connection with the opera- tion of an existing building or use shall not be reduced to an amount less than hereinafter required for a similar new building or use. 62.2 Parking Space Requirements for All Districts. Off-street automobile storage Or parking space shall be provided with vehicular access to a street or alley, and shall be equal in or to at least the minimum requirements for the specific land use set forth. Land Use Parkin9 Requirements Dwellings: 1. One and Two Families . Mul ~Ip~,e" ~ Two (2) spaces for each dwell ing unit. • ,,-,~; /~ ,OI1e~an~i:~ half, ( ,1 ,I/2~ space • per dw'elling' unit except .for efficiency apartments for which one (1) space per dwelling unit shall be provided. 3. Hotel s One (1) space for each bed- room plus one (I) additional space for each five (5) employees. . Motels, Tourist courts and homes, mobile home and travel trailer parks. One (1) space for each guest bedroom mobile home or travel trailer space, plus one (1) additional space for a resi- dent manager or owner. 5. Boarding and rooming houses, dormitories. One (I) space for each guest bedroom. Public Assembly: I . Churches and other places of worship. One (I) space for each four (4) seats in the main audi- torium or sanctuary. . Private clubs, lodges, and fraternal buildings not providing overnight accommodations. One (1) space for each five (5) active members. . Theaters, auditoriums, coliseums, stadiums and similar places of assembly. One (1) space for each four (4) seats. 4. Libraries, museums. One (I) space for each 500 square feet of gross floor area. . Schools, including kindergartens, playschools and day care centers. One (I) space for each four (4) seats in assembly hall, or one (1) space for each employee, including teachers and administrators, whichever is greater, plus five (5) spaces per classroom for high school and colleges. . Skating rinks, dance halls, exhibition halls, pool roomsand other places of amusement or assembly without fixed seating arrangements. One (I) space for ~ach 200 square feet of floor area. 7. Bowling Alleys. Four (4) spaces for each alley Health Facilities: I. Hospitals, sanitariums nursing homes, homes for the aged and similar institutional uses. One (I) space for each four (4) beds, plus one (1) space for each four (4) employees, including nurses. 2. Kennels and animal hospitals. A parking area equal to 30 percent of the total enclosed or covered area. , Medical, dental and health offices and clinics. One (1) space for each 200 square feet of floor area used for offices and similar purposes. 4. Mortuaries and funeral )ar1Ors. Five (5) spaces per parlor chapel unit, or one (1) space per four (4) seats, THE FL'( RALA II WS; T HuRsDAY' OCTOBER 26, Businesses: I. Automobile )-epair establishments. 2. Food stores. 3. Restaurants, including bars, grills, diners, cafes, taverns, night clubs, lunch counters, and all similar dining and/or drinking estab- lishments. 4. Office buildings, including banks, business, commercial and professional offices and buildings but excluding medical, dental and health offices, and clinics. 5. General business, commer- cial or personal service establishments catering to the retail trade, but excluding food stores. 6. Governmental Offices. 7. Shopping Centers. whicheve, iS greater. One (1) space for each regular employee plus one ,l) space for each 250 square feet of floor a rea. One (1) space for each 200 square feet of floor area designed for retail sales only. One (1) space for each four (4) seats provided for pat- ron use, plus one (1) space for each 74 square feet of floor area provided for patron use but not con- taining seats. One (1) space for each 300 square feet of ground floor area, plus one (l) space for each 500 square feet of upper floor area. One (1) space for each 200 square feet of floor area designated for retail sales only. One (1) space for each 300 square feet of ground floor area plus one (1) space for each 500 square feet of upper floor area and one (1) space for each governmental vehicle. Ten (lO) spaces for each l,O00 square feet of floor area designated for retail sales only for Centers up to fifteen (15) acres in size and eight (8) spaces for each l,O00 square feet of floor area designated for retail sales only for Centers of 15 or mere acres in size. merchandise and having a floor area of less than lU,UUU square feet, sufficient off-street loading space (not necessarily a full space if shared by an adjacent estab- lishment) so located as not to hinder the free movement of pedestrians and vehicles over a sidewalk, street or alley. 63.5 Bus and Truckin9 Terminals. There shall be provided sufficient space to accommodate the maximum number of buses or trucks to be stored or to be loaded at the terminal at any one time. 63.6 Location of Off-Street Loadin9 Spaces. All required off-s~eet loading spaces shall be located on the same lot as the building which they are intended to serve, or on an adjacent lot when shared with the use occupying said adja- cent lot. 63.7 Permanent Reservation. Area reserved for off-street loading in accordance with the requirements of this Ordi- nance shall not be reduced in area or changed to any other , use unless the permitted use which is served is discontinuea' or modified, except where equivalent loading space is pro- : vided and approved by the Board of Adjustment. Section 64. Control of Curb Cuts and Vision Clearance. The requirements for controlling curb cuts and maintaining vision clearance shall be as follows: 64.1 Curb Cuts. No curb cut shall exceed fifty (50) feet in length, nor shall curb cuts be closer than twenty (20) feet to other curb cuts or closer than twenty (20) feet to an intersection of two streets measured along the curb line. 64.2 Vision Clearance. In all use districts, no fence, wall, shrubbery, sign, marquee or other obstruction to visionbetween the heights of two and one half (2 I/2) and ten (lO) feet from the street level sha]l be permitted within twenty (20) feet of the intersection of the riol~t- of-way lines of two streets or railroad lines, m" of street intersection with a railroad line Section 65. Storage and Parkin9 of Trailers and Vehicles. Commercial vehicles and trailers of all types, including travel, boat, camping and hauling, shall not be parked or stored on any lot occupied by a dwelling or any lot in any Residential District except in accordance with the following requirements: 65.1 No more than one commercial vehicle per dwelling be permitted; and in no case shall a commercial vehicle used for hauling explosives, gasoline or lique- fied petroleum products be permitted. 8. Furniture Stores. One (I) space for each l,O00 square feet of gross floor area. 65.2 Travel trailers, hauling trailers, or boat trailers be permitted if parked or stored behind the front yard building line. g. Public utilitieS, such as telephone exchanges and substations, radio and TV stations, and electric power and gas sub-stations. Aparking area equal to 25 percent of the gross floor area. Industries: I . Commercial, manufacturing and industrial establish- ments, not catering to the retail trade. One (1) space for each three (3) employees on themaximum working shift, plus one (1) vehicle operating from the premises. 2. Wholesale establishments.;;qr,, O~e (I) space for, every fifty (50) ˝quare feet of customer service area, plus two (2) spaces for each three (3) employees on the maximum working shift, plus one (1) space for each company vehicle ope- rating from the premises. 62.3 Site Requirements. All off-street parking shall be laid out, constructed, and maintained in accordance with the following requirements (except in residential areas). 62.31 All such parking areas shall be hard surfaces ~concrete or plant bituminous material and shall be maintained in a dustproof condition and that a good stand of grass be maintained on the remainder of the lot. 65.3 A travel trailer shall not be occupied either temporarily or permanently while it is parked or stored in any area except in a trailer park authorized under this Ordinance. 65.4 A junked vehicle, or one that is not in use, shall not be permitted to be located on or near to lots with dwelling units. These junked autos shall be confined to junk yards. Section 66. Screening and Lighting. 66.1 In any Commercial or Industrial District, any operation not conducted within a building, such as drive- in businesses, outdoor recreation, outdoor storage of materials, and outdoor serving activities, shall be enclosed bya Wall or fence of solid appearance or tight evergreen hedge not less than six (6) feet in height where necessary to conceal such areas or facilities from a residential district adjoining or facing across a street in the rear or on the side of the principal building or use. 66.2 In any district where reference is made requiring a--d-e-quate screening of a specified operation, such screening shall be a wall or fence of solid appearance or tight evergreen hedge not less than six (6) feet in height. 66.3 Outdoor lighting of all types shall be directed so as to reflect away from all residential dwellings, and shall be so situated as not to reflect directly into any public right-of-way. Section 67. Minimum Distance Between B,:ildin~s. 62.32 Lighting facilities shall be so arranged that ~is reflected away from adjacent properties. The following minimum distances between buildings shall be required unless otherwise specified within this Ordinance: 62.33 The parking lot shall be adequately drained. 62.34 Along those lot lines of the parking area which Eresidential districts, a dense planting of trees and shrubs shall be established on a strip of land not less than eight (8) feet in width adjacent to the dis- tricts and provided that such planting be not less than six (6) feet in height and a substantial bumper rail of wood, metal or concrete shall be installed on the inside of the planting strip. 62.35 A raised curb of at least six (6) inches shall erected along all of the property lines, except for driveway openings, and those lot lines abutting residential districts where the requirements in Section 62.34 shall prevail. 62.36 No sign, whether permanent or temporary, shall ~---~Faced within the public right-of-way. Signs and planting strips shall be arranged so that they do not obstruct visibility for drivers or pedestrians. Section 63. Off-Street Loadin9 and Unloadin9 Space. 67.1 There shall be a distance of not less than twenty feet between a main and accessory building located on the same lot or parcel. ARTICLE Vll USE REQUIREMENTS BY DISTRICTS Section 71. Residential Districts. nR~ Single-Family Residential Districts. Withi71"l !l Single-Family Residential Districts, the following uses are permitted. (1) Single-family dwelling. (2) Accessory Buildings and uses when located on the same lot or parcel of land as the main structure and customarily incident thereto and provided the requirements in Section 93 are met. (3) Fall-out shelters provided the requirements in Section 94 are met. Off Street loading and unloading spaces shall be provided as hereinafter required by this Ordinance. 63.1 Size of Off-Street Loadin9 Spaces. Each off-street loading space shall have minimum dimensions of 14 feet in height, 12 feet in width, and 55 feet in length. How- ever, upon sufficient demonstration that a particular loading space will be used exclusively by shorter trucks, the Board of Adjustment may reduce the minimum length accordingly to as little as 35 feet. 63.2 Connection of Street or Allex. Each required off- street loading space shall have direct access to a street or alley or have a driveway which offers satisfactory ingress and egress for trucks. (4) Home swimming pool provided the location is not closer than ten (lO) feet to any property line and the pool is enclosed by a wall or fence of at least five (5) feet in height andprovided approval__ from ai,..o~ the Covington County Health Department has been obt (5) Agricultural, forestry, livestock and poultry produC" tion, provided that the operation is conducted on a tract of land not less than ten (lO) acres in area, and that no structure containing poultry or livestOC~ and no storage of manure or odor or dust producing . substance or use shall be located within 200 feet ot a property line, ~rovided, however, any such struC- ture existing at the time of passage of this Ordi- nance shall be allowed to extend to the existing building line but no nearer the property line than an exist~n ort~on of uch n~malS 63.3 Floor Area over 10,000 Square Feet. There shall be y " g p " s structure. All a " . provide'd for each hospital, institution, hoteT, commercial, (except those generally recognized as pets) shall kept in a structure, pen or corral. Anyone may ke~v fowls for their own personal use on land less than lO acres provided all of the requirements in thiS Section are met. or industrial building or similar use requiring the receipt or distribution of materials or merchandise, and having a floor area of more than IO,O00 square feet, at least one off-street loading space for each 10,000 square feet of floor space or fraction thereof. Such space shall be so located as not to hinder the free movement of pedestrians and vehicles over a sidewalk, street or alley. 63.4 Floor Area Less than I0~000 Square Feet. There shall Be provided for each commercial or industrial building requiring the receipt or distribution of materials or (6) Churches and related accessory buildings, provided they are placed not less than 50 feet from any, property line. (7) Home occupations provided the requirements in secti~m 95 are met.