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Article VI: Business Districts

670 Business Districts: 

Accommodate existing and future business development in such locations and with such regulations so as to provide availability and accessibility for the success of business operations, to encourage the development of new business at appropriate locations and to preserve and protect existing and future development of non-business uses of access points, service roads, parking and loading areas, screening, and other regulations.

 

The Central Business District is intended for the conduct of retail business area for personal area business service for the city and its trade area. It is the most intensely developed district and contains stores and services for all areas of the city, requiring a high degree of internal interaction that demands close proximity arid freedom of movement by pedestrians within the District. 

1. Principal Permitted Uses (Back to B1)

Any consumer and personal service establishment such as, but not limited to the following; Shoe repair shops, drug stores, hardware stores, barber and beauty shops, clothing stores, banks, and other financial institutions, hotels, office buildings, walk-in restaurants, poolroom, gift shops and variety stores, printing shops, jewelry stores, mail-order houses, radio and television studios, and health center. 

Dry cleaning establishments are permitted, provided that establishments meet all fire code requirements; have installed venting which assures dispersion of all obnoxious fumes and odors at least twenty-five (25) feet above the street level or five (5) feet above the roof level of the highest adjoining building, whichever is the higher; use only nonflammable solvents as specified by the Underwriters' Laboratory, Incorporated, receive and disburse merchandise for processing on the premises; and provide at least two (2) off-street parking spaces for customers. 

In no case, shall the following uses by permitted within the Central Business District: 

New or used car sales, farm implement sales, trailer sales, drive-in theaters, drive-in restaurants, or any other similar uses which the Board of Adjustment determines to be detrimental to the district as a pedestrian-oriented retail consumer-service district. 

2. Conditionally Permitted Uses (Back to B1)

The following uses are special exceptions and require written approval of the Board of Adjustment: Churches and other places of worship; parish houses; public libraries; passive recreation and/or public parks, service stations, municipal county, state and federal buildings, public utilities; funeral homes; hospitals and clinics for human care, philanthropic institutions and clubs, including a club of which the chief activity is customarily carried on as a business; use of upper floors as residential dwellings by the owner of the business on the lower floors, the owner of the building, or as rental property, provided there are not any mixed floor uses within the building and a development plan has been submitted and approved. The Board of Adjustment may attach certain conditions to its approval which it feels are necessary to preserve and protect the character of the district in which the proposed use would locate. 

3. Accessory Uses (Back to B1)

Any accessory use or building customarily incidental to the above permitted uses is permitted. 

4. Required Conditions (Back to B1)

All permitted and conditionally permitted uses within the Central Business District shall be conducted wholly within an enclosed building except for off-street parking and loading facilities provided for under Article X of this Ordinance. 

5. Development Standards (Back to B1)

Minimum lot area none 
Minimum yard requirements none 
Maximum Building Height 36' or 3 stories 
Signs See Article XI 
Parking See Article X 

 

The purpose of the Neighborhood Business District is to provide retail stores and personal service outlets to meet the need of the people in adjacent or nearby residential areas for convenient services. These districts are closely related to residential districts but they are also commercial areas that generate activities that can be disruptive in residential areas unless they are properly regulated. The intent of these regulations is to make the B-2 districts as compatible as possible with associated residential districts while permitting commercial activity.

1. Principal Permitted Uses (Back to B2)

Any convenience type retail business or service establishment such as but not limited to those listed below. 

Groceries, drug stores, shoe repair shops, hardware store, barber and beauty-shops clothing shops, banks and finance companies, minor motor vehicle repair within and enclosed building, hotels, walk-in restaurants, self-service, filling stations, theaters, places of amusement and assembly, car washes and antique shops. 

Any retail or wholesale business or service (except warehouses) including the making of articles to be sold at retail on the premises; manufacturing incidental to a retail business or service where the products are sold principally on the premises by the producer to the consumer; provided however not more than five persons are employed in any such manufacture. 

THE FOLLOWING USES SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED; auto wrecking, coal or lumber yards, dairies electric welding, gasoline oil or alcohol storage above the ground in excess of 500 gallons, grist or flour mill, junk scrap or rag storage, bailing, laundry or bakery employing more than five persons, machine shop, slaughter house or stock yard, tin-smith shop or sheet metal works, or any other use that would be injurious because of offensive fumes, odors, noises, dust, vibrations or other objectionable features that would be hazardous to the community as a result of fire or explosion, even when such activity is conducted under safe guards. 

The storage for sale, rent, or use of heavy equipment such as earth movers, trucks over 1 tons, back hoes and tractors other than lawn and garden tractors is not permitted. Temporary use of heavy equipment for construction or for repair of facilities or premises within the zone is not precluded. 

2. Conditionally Permitted Uses (Back to B2)

The following uses are special exceptions and require written approval of the Board of Adjustment: Churches and other places of worship; parish houses; public libraries; public schools; parks and noncommercial public recreational facilities; public utilities; funeral homes; cemeteries nurses' homes; hospitals and clinics for human care, philanthropic institutions and clubs, including a club of which the chief activity is customarily carried on as a business; recreational park. The Board of adjustment may attach certain conditions to its approval which it feels are necessary to preserve and protect the character of the district in which the proposed use would locate. 

3. Accessory Uses (Back to B2)

Any accessory use or building customarily incidental to the above permitted uses is permitted, including dwelling units occupying the same building as the principal commercial use and being for use by the owner and/or operator of the permitted commercial use. 

4. Required Condition (Back to B2)

      a. Screening; The Administrative Officer may require a fence or screening on any side or rear lot line when such is requested by an adjacent lot owner. The screen may extend the full length of the lot line (s) if such is necessary to dampen noise or to hide unsightly uses. A well maintained compact hedge, a solid fence or similar screening device at least six feet in height shall be installed by the property business owner or the developers to screen the business use from the adjoining lot (s). The screen shall be of a material and design that will not detract from the area. Scrap materials will not be used. 

      b. Access to Highways and Streets: In all commercial zones, points of access to highways and streets shall be controlled by the Planning Commission and be Article VIII, Section 820 of this Ordinance. Before any building permit for any structure in a B-2 district may be issued the prospective builder or operator of the proposed B-2 activity shall submit a sketch of the layout and design of the proposed structure and/or use and its access points to the highway and/or street to the Planning Commission. 

The Planning Commission may require that when two or more consumer commercial establishments adjoin along one side of any street or highway that they share access points to the street. When more than four consumer commercial establishments adjoin along any highway or street, a road parallel to the highway or street may be built, at the expense of all adjoining consumer commercial establishments, to provide service to all consumer commercial establishments on the same side of the street or highway. 

This road shall have access to the highway or street at no more than two points for every four consumer commercial establishments. The provisions of Article VIII of the Ordinance shall also apply in a B-2 district. Parking and off-street loading requirements are provided in Article X of this Ordinance.

5. Development Standards (Back to B2)

Minimum lot area none 
Minimum lot frontage 100 feet 
Minimum front yard 25 feet, or one-half of the street right- of-way, whichever is greater Minimum side yard if adjacent to residential district, must comply with adjacent district's requirements Minimum rear yard same as side yard.
Maximum Building Height 36' or 3 stories 
Signs See Article XI 
Parking See Article X

 

The B-3 District is for the conduct of retail sales and personal business oriented to vehicles and vehicular travel primarily on major streets, roads, and arterials. Characteristically, the District is centering about major road intersections and along arterial routes. Travel within the District is mainly by way of private automobile. 

1. Principal Permitted Uses (Back to B3)

      a. Any uses in the Neighborhood Business District (B-2). 

      b. New or used car sales, farm implement sales, trailer sales, drive-in theaters, drive-in restaurants, or any other similar uses. 

2. Conditionally Permitted Uses (Back to B3)

Churches and other places of worship; public libraries; public parks, commercial public recreational facilities; public utilities; funeral homes; cemeteries; animal clinics; road side stands and clubs, including a club of which the chief activity is customarily carried on as a business; dwelling units occupying the same building as the principal commercial use and being for use; mobile home park; Mobile home subdivision; recreational vehicle and veterinary clinics.  The Board of Adjustments may attach certain conditions to its approval which it feels are necessary to preserve and protect the character of the district in which the proposed use would locate. 

3. Accessory Uses (Back to B3)

Any accessory use or building customarily incidental to the above permitted uses is permitted. 

4. Special Use (Back to B3)

A Planned Unit Development for highway business shall be permitted as a special use in conformance with Article XII of this Ordinance. 

5. Required Conditions (Back to B3)

Same as the required conditions for the B-2 District. 

6. Development Standards (Back to B3)

Minimum lot area none 
Minimum lot frontage 100 feet Minimum front yard 25 feet, or one-half of the street right- of-way, whichever is greater Minimum side yard if adjacent to residential district, must comply with adjacent district's requirements Minimum rear yard same as side yard. 
Maximum Building Height 36' or 3 stories 
Signs See Article XI 
Parking See Article X (Back to B3)
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