A B C

  • Accessory - See "Principal vs Accessory" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Agriculture - As defined in CGS Section 1-1(q), the cultivation of the soil, dairying, forestry, raising or harvesting any agricultural or horticultural commodity, including the raising, shearing, feeding, caring for, training and management of livestock, including horses, bees, poultry, fur-bearing animals and wildlife, and the raising or harvesting of oysters, clams, mussels, other molluscan shellfish or fish; the operation, management, conservation, improvement or maintenance of a farm and its buildings, tools and equipment, or salvaging timber or cleared land of brush or other debris left by a storm, as an incident to such farming operations; the production or harvesting of maple syrup or maple sugar, or any agricultural commodity, including lumber, as an incident to ordinary farming operations or the harvesting of mushrooms, the hatching of poultry, or the construction, operation or maintenance of ditches, canals, reservoirs or waterways used exclusively for farming purposes; handling, planting, drying, packing, packaging, processing, freezing, grading, storing or delivering to storage or to market, or to a carrier for transportation to market, or for direct sale any agricultural or horticultural commodity as an incident to ordinary farming operations, or, in the case of fruits and vegetables, as an incident to the preparation of such fruits or vegetables for market or for direct sale. See "Aquaculture", "Farm", and "Farming" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Amusement Center - A business establishment containing more than three amusement devices.
  • Amusement Device - A machine that is controlled and operated by the insertion of a coin or token or electronic remuneration and intended for the amusement or recreation of a patron, including, but not limited to, baseball and football games, pinball games, electronic video games, and other similar games. Such devices shall be considered accessory an establishment provided there are three or fewer devices.
  • Animal Hospital- Any lot on which four or more dogs or cats or other animals, six months or older, are available for sale, boarded for compensation, or kept for medical treatment.
  • Animated Sign- See "Sign-Related Terms" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Antenna - A device used to receive or transmit telecommunications or radio signals. Such signals shall include, but not be limited to, radio, television, cellular telephone, paging, personal communication services (PCS), and microwave communications. Examples include panels, microwave dishes, and single poles known as whip antennae.
  • Apartment - A room or suite of two or more rooms within a multi-unit structure which is rented or occupied as the home or residence of an individual, family, or household.
  • Aquaculture - The farming of the waters of the state and tidal wetlands and the production of protein food, including fish, oysters, clams, mussels and other molluscan shellfish, on leased, franchised and public underwater farm lands. See "Agriculture", "Farm", and "Farming."
  • Assisted Living - See "Institutional Residential Facilities" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Banners- See "Sign-Related Terms" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Basement -See "Story-Related Terms" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Bed and Breakfast Establishment - See "Lodging Facilities" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Boarding House - See "Residential Lodging Facilities" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Boarding, Rooming, or Lodging Unit - See "Residential Lodging Facilities" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Board / Passenger / Vehicle Ferry - See "Ferry and Boat-Related Terms" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Buffer or Buffer Strip - A strip of landscaped land along a property line which, with the exception of required utility installations, shall be free of any building or use.

Building vs Structure

  • Building -A structure having a roof supported by columns or walls which is permanently affixed to the ground for the housing or enclosure of persons, animals, or property. The definition shall include any independent units into which a building is divided by party walls.
    • The connection of two buildings by means of an open porch, breezeway, passageway, carport, or other such open structure, with or without a roof, shall not be deemed to make them one building, except in the case of a private garage so attached to a dwelling.
    • The term "building" shall not include mobile homes or trailers.
  • Structure -Anything constructed or erected which requires location on the ground or attachment to something having a location on the ground. Except as otherwise indicated, "structures" as used in these Regulations shall be deemed to include buildings, swimming pools, open entries, pier signs, and fences or walls,. See Section 5.3.D of these Regulations for the definition of structure for floodplain management purposes.
  • Building - See "Building vs Structure" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Building, Accessory - See "Principal vs Accessory" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Building Group - Two or more principal buildings located on a single lot.

Building Height

  • Building Height - The vertical distance measured from average level of the ground along the street facade of the building to:
  • The highest point of the roof beams in the case of flat roofs;
  • To the average height of the gable in the case of pitched roofs; or
  • To the highest point of the building where no roof beams exist or there are structures wholly or partly above the roof.

Def.-bldg-height

  • Building, Principal - See "Principal vs Accessory" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Building Setback Line - See "Setback" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Business Services - Establishments primarily engaged in rendering business-type services including but not limited to banks, credit unions, loan companies, and other financial institutions, real estate and insurance agencies, utility offices, government, and printers.
  • Cellar - See "Story-Related Terms" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Certified Massage Therapy - In accordance with CGS Section 20-206a(d), as may be amended, the systematic and scientific manipulation and treatment of the soft tissues of the body:
    • By use of pressure, friction, stroking, percussion, kneading, vibration by manual or mechanical means; and
    • By a therapist certified by the state of Connecticut as having met at least one of the following requirements:
    • Successful completion of a course of study that provides 500 or more classroom hours at a school of massage therapy accredited by the American Massage Therapy Association; or
    • Successful completion of 70 classroom hours at a school of massage therapy accredited by the American Massage Therapy Association in addition to prior medical training including a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, physical therapy, chiropractic science, osteopathy, or medicine.
  • Child Day Care Center - See "Day Care-Related Terms" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Clubs, Lodges, and Associations - A recognized organization duly formed or existing under the laws of the State of Connecticut which has been established and is operated for a recreational, social, fraternal, religious, political, or athletic purpose whose facilities and activities are available only to the members and guests, and specifically excluding any organization whose chief activity is carried on primarily for business or gain unless specifically approved or authorized by the Commission.
  • Coastal Resources - As defined in CGS Section 22a-93, the coastal waters of the state, their natural resources, related marine and wildlife habitat and adjacent shorelands, both developed and undeveloped, that together form an integrated terrestrial and estuarine ecosystem.
  • Commission - The Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Groton.
  • Community Residential Counseling Facility - See "Institutional Residential Facilities" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Condominium - A form of ownership in which more than one owner has control over a certain property jointly with one or more persons.
  • Congregate Housing - See "Institutional Residential Facilities" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Convalescent Home, Nursing Home, or Rest Home - See "Institutional Residential Facilities" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Cooperative - A form of ownership in which more than one stockholder of a corporation has control over a certain property jointly with one or more other stockholders.
  • Corner Lot- See "Lot-Related Terms" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.
  • Coverage-Related Terms
  • Building Coverage - The portion or percentage of a lot occupied or intended to be occupied by all buildings and structures onDef.-Coverage such lot as enclosed by the walls of all buildings on a lot, together with the area enclosed by the columns of all covered porches and similar roofed structures. For the purposes of calculating building coverage, fences, landscape walls, and retaining walls shall not be included
  • Lot Coverage - See "Building Coverage" in Section 2.2 of these Regulations.