4. Business and Industrial Zones

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4.0 Overview

 

Unless otherwise specified herein, each of the uses listed in Section 4 of these Regulations is also subject to the requirements of Section 7 of these Regulations including but not limited to:

1. Parking;

2. Signage;

3. Earth removal and filling;

4. Access drives and corner visibility; and

5. Performance standards.

 

4.1  WBR – Waterfront Business Residence District

 

4.1.A       Purpose and Objectives

The Waterfront Business Residence District as delineated on the Zoning Map is intended to encourage a mixture of land uses that will enhance the unique qualities of the Thames Street area with emphasis on waterfront access and water-dependent and related uses and retention of the historic character and scale of the “Groton Bank.”  The overall intent is to promote and enhance this area as a walkable, pedestrian-friendly area with a variety of uses on sites and in buildings contributing to a vibrant village atmosphere.  Due to the unique characteristics if this area and the varying property configurations, the Regulations are intended to allow for flexibility in a number of regulatory standards provided that the development objectives and design guidelines are achieved.

Development within the Waterfront Business Residence District shall be consistent with the following objectives:

1.  Public access to the Thames River is a major consideration in the Waterfront Business Residence District and establishment / extension of a continuous riverfront walkway is encouraged as is establishment of boat slips.

2.  Preservation and creation of views from public access to the riverfront strongly is encouraged.

3.  Maintenance of the character and ambience of the area is strongly encouraged. Rehabilitation of structures, where feasible, is encouraged to preserve and enhance the historic and diverse qualities of the Thames Street area.

4.  Water-dependent uses are specifically encouraged to locate along the river as primary uses or in combination with other permitted uses.

5.  Development within the Waterfront Business Residence District shall be consistent with the City of Groton Plan of Conservation and Development and the Thames Street Study as adopted by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

4.1.B       Village District Declared

In accordance with CGS Section 8-2j and as recommended in the 2008 Plan of Conservation and Development, the Waterfront Business Residence District is hereby declared to be a “village district” in order to protect the distinctive character, landscape and historic structures within the district.

 

4.1.C        Principal Uses Permitted By Site Plan Approval (Commission or City Planner)

1.  Any use permitted by Site Plan approval (Commission) in the R-5.2 Residence Zone subject to the same restrictions and controls of the R-5.2 Residence Zone.

2.  Retail businesses as defined in these Regulations.

3.  Restaurants and eating establishments including on-premises drinking of alcoholic beverages when accessory to an eating establishment.

4.  Business services.

5.  Business and professional offices.

6.  Personal service establishments as defined in these Regulations.

7.  Dry cleaning and laundry pickup stations where the processing is done elsewhere.

8.  Repair services as defined in these Regulations but specifically excluding boat repair, marine repair, machinery repair, outside repair, and the like.

9.  Retail sale or rental of boating, fishing, diving, and bathing supplies and equipment provided that any outside storage or display of products or equipment is expressly approved by the Commission.

10.  A sail loft or ships chandlery.

11.  Telecommunication facilities, subject to the requirements of Section 6.12 of these Regulations.

12.  Artist’s studios and galleries.

13.  Mixed use building(s) containing a combination of dwelling units and permitted businesses and service uses provided that, in a mixed-use building fronting on a public street, dwelling units shall be limited to areas above the first floor.

 

4.1.D       Principal Uses Permitted By Special Permit Approval and Site Plan Approval (Commission)

1.  Any use permitted by Special Permit Approval and Site Plan Approval (Commission) in the R-5.2 Residence Zone subject to the same restrictions and controls of the R-5.2 Residence Zone.

2.  Hotels and motels on lots having a minimum area of 20,000 square feet and a minimum width of 100 feet.

3.  Bed and breakfast establishments, subject to the requirements of Section 6.5 of these Regulations.

4.  Mortuary and funeral homes.

5.  Multi-family dwellings subject to the requirements of Section 6.1 of these Regulations.

6.  Yacht clubs and marinas.

7.  Boat docks, slips, piers and wharves for yachts and pleasure boats or for boats for hire carrying passengers on excursions, pleasure, or fishing trips, or for vessels engaged in fishery or shell fishery.

8.  Dockside facilities for dispensing fuel, restroom and laundry facilities to serve overnight patrons.

9.  Boat and marine engine sales and display provided that any outside storage or display of products or equipment is expressly approved by the Commission.

10.  The rental of boats provided that the location of any outside storage is expressly approved by the Commission.

11.  Museums with nautical themes.

12.  Public building or facility.

13.  Principal or accessory buildings and facilities for the storage, distribution, and wholesale or retail sale of fresh seafood, subject to the following requirements:

 a.  The use shall be water dependent.

 b.  No outside storage or handling of seafood or waste products shall be permitted, other than delivery and loading.

 c.  No canning, drying or other type of industrial-type processing of seafood shall be permitted.

 d.  The use shall be an integral component of a commercial seafood operation, comprised of, but not necessarily limited to, seafood handling, commercial fishing, small marine/boat landing, and such other related and permitted uses.

 e.  A minimum lot size of 1 acre shall be required.

 

4.1.E        Permitted Accessory Buildings, Structures and Uses

1.  Accessory buildings and uses which are clearly subordinate and customarily incidental to and located on the same lot with the principal use, and that will not be hazardous to the public health, safety, and welfare.

2.  Temporary outdoor events subject to approval by the City Planner and Police Department and provided that placement of merchandise or other objects does not obstruct the sidewalk, affect public safety, or unreasonably reduce parking.

 

4.1.F        Additional Requirements

1.  Permitted uses do not include drive-in establishments or uses with drive-in facilities.

2.  A building may contain a combination of permitted uses, however; if one of the uses is residential, then such residential use is limited to areas above the first floor.

3.  Any building to be converted, expanded, or modified shall be in (or improved to) an acceptable state of repair and modernization, including landscaping and paving.

 

4.1.G       Dimensional Standards

  WBR District
 
Minimum Lot Area 4,000 square feet per lot or 5,000 square feet per dwelling unit, whichever is greater
 
Minimum Lot Width 40 feet
 
Minimum Front Yard Setback 10 feet or the average setback line observed by buildings on same side of street between two intersecting streets, whichever is less.
Minimum Side Yard Setback No requirement but there shall be a minimum side yard setback of 10 feet where:

·        The property is used for a residential use other than a mixed use building;

·        The property is used for a business use and abuts a single-family residential lot or a residential district.

Minimum Rear Yard Setback There shall be a minimum rear yard setback of 20 feet.  New construction at the foundation line shall be at least 20 feet from the Thames River at mean high water level.
 
Maximum Building Coverage 50%
 
Maximum Building Height 25 feet

(May be modified as provided in Section 4.1.H.)

 
Maximum Building Width The total cumulative width of building, structure, fences, or walls more than 42 inches in height above the finished grade which are located adjacent to the Thames River shall not occupy more than 40% of the width of a parcel as measured along a line parallel to and 20 feet from the river

(May be modified as provided for in Section 4.1.H.)

 

Notes – 1.       Section 8.3 and Section 4.1.I of the Regulations may provide flexibility related to some of these dimensional standards.

 

 

4.1.H       Possible Modifications to Dimensional Standards

1.  Building Height – The Commission may, by Special Permit, allow for an increase of maximum building height up to a maximum of 35 feet when doing so will help to achieve the purposes, objectives, and design considerations in the Waterfront Business Residence District.

 2.  Building Width – The Commission may, by Special Permit, allow for an increase of maximum building width when doing so will help to achieve the purposes, objectives, and design considerations in the Waterfront Business Residence District.

 

4.1.I         Parking and Loading Requirements

Since the Waterfront Business Residence District is important to the city’s character and because its physical integrity must be enhanced, and further because it is desirable to utilize existing buildings as fully and as efficiently as possible, parking for uses within the District may be provided as follows:

1.  The Commission may, by Special Permit, reduce the parking requirements in Section 7.1 of these Regulations by up to 50 percent for uses within the Waterfront Business Residence District if the developer provides such spaces either:

 a.  On-street in locations deemed acceptable to the Commission; or

 b.  On the subject property in a configuration which makes such spaces available to the general public; or

 c.  On other property in the vicinity provided such spaces are:

      • Subject to a deed restriction binding the owner and his/her heirs and assigns to maintain the required number of spaces either (1) throughout the existence of the use to which they are accessory, or (2) until such spaces are provided elsewhere, and
      • Configured to make such spaces available to the general public.

 

2.  If such spaces are reserved for a specific use or are not configured to make such spaces available to the general public, the Commission may allow the parking required by Section 7.1 of these Regulations to be provided either:

 a.  On the site which they serve; or

 b.  On other property in the vicinity provided that:

      • Said spaces are within 750 feet walking distance of the lot or use which they serve.
      • Such spaces shall be in the same ownership as the use which they serve or shall be subject to a deed restriction binding the owner and his/her heirs and assigns to maintain the required number of spaces either (1) throughout the existence of the use to which they are accessory, or (2) until such spaces are provided elsewhere.

 

3.  Payment of a fee-in-lieu of parking to the City to be put into a dedicated fund for the creation of parking within the Thames Street area.

4.  A combination of the above.

 

4.1.J         Design Considerations

As part of the review of any application in the Waterfront Business Residence District, the Commission shall consider:

1.  The purposes of this Section;

2.  The design considerations set forth in Section 8.4 of these Regulations, especially since the WBR District has been designated as a “village district” as authorized by CGS Section 8-2j;

3.  Any design considerations set forth in the Special Permit review (Section 9.4) section of these Regulations;

4.  Any design guidelines set forth in the Municipal Coastal Program adopted by the Commission; and

5.  Additional considerations shall include:

 a.  The extent to which new buildings and additions or modifications to existing buildings are harmonious with the overall character of the district and the heritage of Groton Bank and its seaside New England presence in terms of scale, massing, articulation, and architectural features.

 b.  The extent to which views from adjacent public streets through the property to the water are protected or enhanced.

 c.  The extent to which the design of buildings as viewed from the water and the relationship of development to the waterfront enhances the overall area.

 d.  The extent to which public access to the river’s edge, including new bulkheading or docking facilities, is provided or facilitated.

 e.  The extent to which the configuration of traffic circulation, parking, sidewalks, landscaping, signage, and other improvements contribute to the maintenance and enhancement of an attractive, inviting, and pedestrian-friendly area.

4.2  FCD – Five Corners District

 

4.2.A       Purpose

The purpose of the Five Corners District as delineated on the Zoning Map is to reinforce and enhance the Five Corners area as a mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly focal point within the City of Groton, to establish opportunities for new development at an appropriate scale and intensity, and to provide for appropriate transitions to adjacent uses and neighborhoods.

 

4.2.B       Village District Declared

In accordance with CGS Section 8-2j and as recommended in the 2008 Plan of Conservation and Development, the Five Corners District is hereby declared to be a “village district” in order to protect and promote a distinctive character and landscape within the district.

 

4.2.C        Principal Uses Permitted By Site Plan Approval (Commission or City Planner)

1.  Mixed use building(s) containing a combination of dwelling units and permitted businesses and service uses provided that, in a mixed-use building fronting on a public street, dwelling units shall be limited to areas above the first floor.

2.  Buildings containing a combination of business and/or service uses permitted by Site Plan Approval.

3.  Retail businesses as defined in these Regulations.

4.  Eating and/or drinking establishments.

5.  Business service establishments.

6.  Business and professional offices.

7.  Personal service establishments as defined in these Regulations.

8.  Dry cleaning and laundry pickup stations where the processing is done elsewhere.

9.  Artist’s studios and galleries.

10.  Telecommunication facilities, subject to the requirements of Section 6.12 of these Regulations.

 

4.2.D       Principal Uses Permitted By Special Permit Approval and Site Plan Approval (Commission)

1.  Multi-family buildings provided that any such buildings do not front directly on a street and are located to the rear of a building fronting directly on a street and containing business uses on the street level.

 2.  Parking lots and garages in accordance with Section 7.1.

 3.  Clubs, lodges, or associations.

 4.  Public buildings.

 5.  Public utility buildings and facilities.

 6.  Mixed use building(s) that allow dwelling units in conjunction with any principal use permitted by Section 4.2.B and or 4.2.C (“live – work” opportunities) provided that dwelling units shall be limited to areas above the first floor.

 

4.2.E        Permitted Accessory Buildings, Structures and Uses

1.  Accessory buildings and uses which are clearly subordinate and customarily incidental to and located on the same lot with the principal use, and that will not be hazardous to the public health, safety, and welfare.

2.  Micro-brewery-distillery-winery as an accessory use to a restaurant or drinking establishment provided that:

a.  Such use shall only be authorized through Special Permit Approval and Site Plan Approval by the Commission.

b.  The combined gross floor area of the principal use and the accessory use shall not exceed 3,000 SF.

c.  The area devoted to production shall not exceed twenty-five (25%) percent of the gross floor area.

d.  Parking for both the principal use and the accessory use shall be established in accordance with Section 7.1.

e.  The Commission may limit the hours that the micro-brewery-distillery-winery operation is open to the public to the same hours as the principal use.

f.  Production shall be limited to not more than 10,000 barrels annually in the case of beer, and/or not more than 10,000 gallons annually of wine or spirits, or a combination thereof.

g.  Prior to a zoning compliance permit being issued, the Applicant shall demonstrate compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations, and shall have obtained all permits required thereunder.

 

3.  Temporary outdoor events subject to approval by the City Planner and Police Department and provided that placement of merchandise or other objects does not obstruct the sidewalk, affect public safety, or unreasonably reduce parking.

 

 

4.2.F        Dimensional Standards

  FCD District
 
Minimum Lot Area 4,000 square feet
 
Minimum Lot Width No requirement
 
Minimum Front Yard Setback No requirement except there shall be a minimum sidewalk width of 10 feet from the edge of the curb.
Maximum Front Yard Setback 10 Feet
Minimum Side Yard Setback 8 feet where the lot abuts a residential zone

 

Otherwise no requirement.

Minimum Rear Yard Setback 15 feet where the lot abuts a residential zone

 

Otherwise no requirement.

 
Maximum Building Coverage 50%
 
Maximum Building Height 45 feet

 

Notes – 1.       Section 8.3 of the Regulations may provide flexibility related to some of these dimensional standards.

 

 

4.2.G       Parking and Loading Requirements

Since the Five Corners District is important to the city’s character and because its physical integrity must be enhanced, and further because it is desirable to utilize new and existing buildings as fully and as efficiently as possible, parking for uses within the District may be provided as follows:

1.  On street parking is encouraged and the Commission may, by Special Permit, reduce the parking requirements in Section 7.1 of these Regulations by up to 50 percent for non-residential uses within the Five Corners District if the developer provides such spaces on-street in locations deemed acceptable to the Commission.

2.  Off-street parking, when provided, shall be located to the side and rear of buildings and shall be buffered or shielded from the sidewalk by a solid wall or hedge.

3.  The Commission may, by Special Permit, reduce the parking requirements in Section 7.1 of these Regulations by up to 33 percent for non-residential uses within the Five Corners District if the developer provides such spaces either:

 a.  On the subject property in a configuration which makes such spaces available to the general public; or

 b.  On other property in the vicinity provided such spaces are:

      • Subject to a deed restriction binding the owner and his/her heirs and assigns to maintain the required number of spaces either (1) throughout the existence of the use to which they are accessory, or (2) until such spaces are provided elsewhere, and
      • Configured to make such spaces available to the general public.

 

4.  If such spaces are reserved for a specific non-residential use or are not configured to make such spaces available to the general public, the Commission may allow the parking required by Section 7.1 of these Regulations to be provided either:

 a.  On the site which they serve; or

 b.  On other property in the vicinity provided that:

      • Said spaces are within 500 feet walking distance of the lot or use which they serve.
      • Such spaces shall be in the same ownership as the use which they serve or shall be subject to a deed restriction binding the owner and his/her heirs and assigns to maintain the required number of spaces either (1) throughout the existence of the use to which they are accessory, or (2) until such spaces are provided elsewhere.

 

5.  Payment of a fee-in-lieu of parking to the City to be put into a dedicated fund for the creation of parking within the Five Corners area.

6.  A combination of the above.

 

4.2.H       Design Considerations

As part of the review of any application in the Five Corners District, the Commission shall consider:

1.  The purposes of this Section;

2.  The design considerations set forth in Section 8.4 of these Regulations especially since the FCD has been designated as a “village district” as authorized by CGS Section 8-2j;

3.  Any design considerations set forth in the Special Permit review (Section 9.4) section of these Regulations; and

4.  The extent to which:

 a.  The design of new buildings and additions or modifications to existing buildings shall be harmonious with the desire to create a mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly focal point reflecting Groton’ overall architecture and its seaside New England presence in terms of scale, massing, articulation, and architectural features.

 b.  The configuration of traffic circulation, parking, sidewalks, landscaping, signage, and other improvements contribute to the desire to create a mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly focal point reflecting Groton’ overall architecture and its seaside New England presence.

 c.  Drive-in establishments or uses with drive-in facilities and any entrance or exit driveways interrupt the creation of a pedestrian-friendly street.

4.3  GC – General Commercial

 

4.3.A       Purpose

The purpose of the General Commercial Zone is to maintain and enhance areas containing commercial uses that help to meet the needs of people who live, work, and visit Groton.

 

4.3.B       Principal Uses Permitted By Zoning / Building Permit (Staff)

1.  Farmer’s market as a temporary use, a seasonal use, or a permanent use.

 

4.3.C        Principal Uses Permitted By Site Plan Approval (Commission or City Planner)

1.  Retail businesses as defined in these Regulations.

2.  A licensed medical marijuana dispensary.

3.  Automotive supply stores.

4.  Eating and/or drinking establishments including the serving of alcoholic beverages, either as a principal or accessory use.

5.  Business services, including but not limited to banks, credit unions, loan companies and other financial institutions, real estate and insurance agencies, utility offices, government.

6.  Business and professional offices.

7.  Personal service establishments as defined in these Regulations.

8.  Dry cleaning and laundry pickup stations where the processing is done elsewhere.

9.  Group daycare homes and child daycare centers subject to the requirements of Section 6.4.

10.  Repair services as defined in these Regulations but specifically excluding boat repair, marine repair, machinery repair, outside repair, and the like.

11.  Computer centers.

12.  Telecommunication facilities, subject to the requirements of Section 6.12 of these Regulations.

13.  Artist’s studios and galleries.

14.  Cultural/Historic Memorial Parklet of 5 acres or less of passive recreation with no active recreation or commercial uses, permanently accessible to the public; temporary or special events are permitted subject to approval by staff.

 

4.3.D       Principal Uses Permitted By Special Permit Approval and Site Plan Approval (Commission)

1.  Hotels and motels.

2.  Boarding, rooming, or lodging houses.

3.  Bed and breakfast establishments, subject to the requirements of Section 6.5 of these Regulations.

4.  Gasoline stations, motor vehicle dealerships, and motor vehicle repair and/or service garages, and other similar automotive uses, as defined by State Statute subject to the conditions set forth in Section 6.6 of these Regulations.

5.  Drive-in type establishments, including but not limited to, restaurants, car washes, beverage distributors, banks, theaters, and other similar establishments primarily designed to provide drive-in facilities.

6.  Retail sale of alcoholic liquor.

7.  Commercial recreation and entertainment facilities, including but not limited to billiard rooms, bowling alleys, skating rinks, swimming pools, night clubs, theaters, amusement centers, and other similar facilities.

8.  Mixed use buildings containing dwelling units and permitted businesses and services provided business and service uses, excluding offices, shall only be permitted on the first floor and/or basement levels; and no mixed building shall contain more than two dwelling units.

9.  Parking lots and garages in accordance with Section 7.1 of these Regulations.

10.  Clubs, lodges, or associations.

11.  Public buildings.

12.  Public utility buildings and facilities.

13.  Mortuary and funeral homes.

14.  A boatyard for building, storing, repairing, selling, or servicing boats which may include the following as an accessory use: office for the sale of marine equipment or products, dockside facilities for dispensing fuel, restroom and laundry facilities to serve overnight patrons.  Furthermore, adequate lanes must be provided to allow access and egress throughout the boatyard for fire trucks.

15.  Docks and other marine-related facilities.

16.  Taxi services facility.

17.  Community Residential Counseling Facilities, in accordance with Section 6.8 of these Regulations.

18.  Halfway houses, in accordance with Section 6.7 of these Regulations.

19.  Vocational Training Facilities for persons with physical and developmental disabilities in accordance with Section 6.9 of these Regulations.

20. Micro-brewery-distillery-winery as a principal use provided that:

 a.  Such use(s) shall not occupy more than 3,000 SF of floor area for production.

 b.  Such facility may include a tasting/retail area in total not to exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the gross floor area.

 c.  The Commission may limit the hours that the micro-brewery-distillery-winery operation is open to the public.

 d.  Production shall be limited to not more than 10,000 barrels annually in the case of beer, and/or not more than 10,000 gallons annually of wine or spirits, or a combination thereof.

 e.  The facility shall maintain production records which shall be subject to inspection by the Zoning and Building Official for compliance with the foregoing provisions.

 f.  Prior to a zoning compliance permit being issued, the Applicant shall demonstrate compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations, and shall have obtained all permits required thereunder.

 

4.3.E        Permitted Accessory Buildings, Structures and Uses

1.  Other accessory buildings and uses which are clearly subordinate and customarily incidental to and located on the same lot with the principal use, and that will not be hazardous to the public health, safety, and welfare.

2.  Accessory accommodations for watchmen, caretakers, or custodians in conjunction with a principal use on the same premises.

3.  Assembling, converting, altering, finishing, cleaning, or other similar processing of products which is clearing incidental and customarily subordinate to a principal use, and where goods so produced and/or processed are sold from or used on the premises; provided the area used for such purposes shall be within a completely enclosed building.

4.  Accessory outside storage of equipment, merchandise, materials, and supplies which is clearly subordinate and customarily incidental to a principal use and where goods so stored are sold from or used on the premises; provided that the area used for outside storage shall be effectively screened by appropriate structures, fencing, walls, or landscaping of suitable type, density, and height.

5.  Micro-brewery-distillery-winery as an accessory use to a restaurant or drinking establishment provided that:

 a.  Such use shall only be authorized through Special Permit Approval and Site Plan Approval by the Commission.

 b.  The combined gross floor area of the principal use and the accessory use shall not exceed 3,000 SF.

 c.  The area devoted to production shall not exceed twenty-five (25%) percent of the gross floor area.

 d.  Parking for both the principal use and the accessory use shall be established in accordance with Section 7.1.

 e.  The Commission may limit the hours that the micro-brewery-distillery-winery operation is open to the public to the same hours as the principal use.

 f.  Production shall be limited to not more than 10,000 barrels annually in the case of beer, and/or not more than 10,000 gallons annually of wine or spirits, or a combination thereof.

 g.  The facility shall maintain production records which shall be subject to inspection by the Zoning and Building Official for compliance with the foregoing provisions.

 h.  Prior to a zoning compliance permit being issued, the Applicant shall demonstrate compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations, and shall have obtained all permits required thereunder.

 

6.  Temporary outdoor events subject to approval by the City Planner and Police Department and provided that placement of merchandise or other objects does not obstruct the sidewalk, affect public safety, or unreasonably reduce parking.

 

4.3.F        Dimensional Standards

  General Commercial District
 
Minimum Lot Area 4,000 square feet
 
Minimum Lot Width
 
Minimum Front Yard Setback No requirement, except when provided, there shall be a minimum front yard setback of 15 feet.
Minimum Side Yard Setback No requirement, except

8 feet where the lot abuts a residential zone

Minimum Rear Yard Setback 15 feet where the lot abuts a residential zone

 

Otherwise no requirement, except when provided, there shall be a minimum rear yard setback of 15 feet

 
Maximum Building Coverage 70%
 
Maximum Building Height 35 feet

 

Notes – 1.       Section 8.3 of the Regulations may provide flexibility related to some of these dimensional standards.

4.4  IT – Industrial / Technology District

 

4.4.A       Purpose

The purpose of the Industrial / Technology Zone is to provide for appropriate locations and standards for industrial-type uses and technology-related uses.

 

4.4.B       Principal Uses Permitted By Site Plan Approval (Commission or City Planner)

1.  Scientific and research laboratories and similar uses devoted to research design and/or experimentation.

2.  Computer centers and similar technology-related uses.

3.  Offices for business, financial, professional, and similar office-type uses.

4.  The manufacturing, fabricating, assembling or processing of goods and products.

5.  Warehousing and wholesaling and storage.

6.  Building equipment, merchandise, material and supply business.

7.  Printing and publishing establishments.

8.  Metal, woodworking and other similar shops.

9.  Repair services as defined in these Regulations but specifically excluding boat repair, marine repair, machinery repair, outside repair, and the like.

10.  Stone and monument works.

11.  Parking garages and lots in accordance with Section 7.1 of these Regulations.

12.  Telecommunications facilities, subject to the requirements of Section 6.12 of these Regulations.

13.  Licensed medical marijuana producer.

14.  Other use similar to a permitted use or uses.

 

4.4.C        Principal Uses Permitted By Special Permit Approval and Site Plan Approval (Commission)

1.  Principal outside storage yards and uses, including, but not limited to, petroleum storage facilities, building and contractors’ equipment, merchandise, materials and supplies, but not including junkyards; provided that the area used for outside storage shall be completely visually screened.

2.  Trucking terminal facilities for handling freight or material with or without maintenance facilities, including accessory trucking facilities; provided that such facilities, including any truck entrance, exit, driveways, maneuvering, parking or loading area, shall not be located or operated within a distance of 500 feet of any Residential Zone measured in a straight line between such facility and said boundary.  Trucking terminal facilities shall not be construed to include clearly subordinate and customary incidental delivery department or off-street loading facilities operated by business concerns for their own use.

3.  Public buildings, use and facilities.

4.  Public utility buildings and facilities.

5.  Railroad rights-of-way and stations.

6.  Gasoline stations, motor vehicle dealerships, and motor vehicle repair and/or service garages, and other similar automotive uses, as defined by State Statute subject to the conditions set forth in Section 6.6 of these Regulations.

7.  Docks and other marine-related facilities.

8.  A boatyard for building, storing, repairing, selling, or servicing boats which may include the following as an accessory use: office for the sale of marine equipment or products, dockside facilities for dispensing fuel, restroom and laundry facilities to serve overnight patrons.  Furthermore, adequate lanes must be provided to allow access and egress throughout the boatyard for fire trucks.

9.  Vocational Training Facilities of persons with physical and developmental disabilities subject to the requirements of Section 6.9 of these Regulations.

10.  Mixed use building(s) that allow dwelling units in conjunction with any principal use permitted by Section 4.4.B and or 4.4.C (“live – work” opportunities) provided that dwelling units shall be limited to areas above the first floor.

 

4.4.D       Permitted Accessory Buildings, Structures and Uses

1.  No accessory building or structure shall be built on any lot on which there is not a principal building.

2.  Garages for storage and maintenance and utility shops for the upkeep and repair of buildings and structures and service; central heating and power plants for furnishing heat and electricity energy; training schools for employees, buildings for the storage of documents, records and personal property; communication facilities and clinics; and dining and recreational facilities, to be used for company purposes only and not by the general public.

3.  Any accessory buildings and uses clearly subordinate and customarily incidental to and located on the same lot with any of the foregoing uses shall be permitted in the same manner as the principal building.

4.  Group day care and child day care subject to Site Plan approval and Section 6.4 of these Regulations.

 

4.4.E        Dimensional Standards

  Industrial / Technology District
 
Minimum Lot Area 40,000 square feet
 
Minimum Lot Width 100 feet
Minimum Lot Depth 200 feet
 
Minimum Front Yard Setback 30 feet Where the required yard setback line is adjacent to or across from the street from any residential zone, each yard setback shall be equal to the height of the outer face wall of any building adjacent to the subject yard
Minimum Side Yard Setback 15 feet, not required for the portion of the lot abutting navigable water
Minimum Rear Yard Setback 30 feet, not required for the portion of the lot abutting navigable water
 
Minimum Buffer Strip Unless modified by the Commission by Special Permit due to the provision of comparable screening, a landscaped strip 25 feet wide providing complete visual screening shall be provided along lot lines that abut or are across the street from any residential zone.
 
Maximum Building Coverage 70%
 
Maximum Building Height 75 feet

 

The Commission may, by Special Permit, authorize a building height above 75 feet when such additional height is needed for a specific manufacturing process or operational consideration.

 

Notes – 1.       Section 8.3 of the Regulations may provide flexibility related to some of these dimensional standards.

4.5  TC – Technology Campus

 

4.5.A       Purpose

The purpose of the Technology Campus Zone is to provide for appropriate locations and standards for office and research-type uses with some other light industrial uses allowed in appropriate areas.

 

4.5.B       Principal Uses Permitted By Site Plan Approval (Commission or City Planner)

1.  Research centers and laboratories and similar uses whose principal activity shall be for any type of research, engineering testing, laboratory work and pilot development, devoted to design and/or experimentation, and processing and fabricating incidental thereto providing no materials or finished products shall be manufactured, processed or fabricated on said premises for sale, except such as are incidental to said research, design, or experimentation conducted on said premises.

2.  Computer centers and similar technology-related uses.

3.  Business, financial, professional or governmental offices.

4.  Parking garages and lots in accordance with Section 7.1 of these Regulations.

5.  Telecommunication facilities, subject to the requirements of Section 6.12 of these Regulations.

6.  Other use similar to a permitted use or uses.

 

4.5.C        Principal Uses Permitted By Special Permit Approval and Site Plan Approval (Commission)

1.  Light manufacturing, fabricating, finishing, processing and assembly where such use or activities shall be confined within completely enclosed buildings with the exception of off-street parking and loading spaces.

2.  Warehousing and storage.

3.  Building equipment, merchandise, material and supply businesses.

4.  Public buildings, uses and facilities.

5.  Public utility buildings and structures.

6.  Railroad rights-of-way and stations.

7.  Mixed use building(s) that allow dwelling units in conjunction with any principal use permitted by Section 4.5.B and or 4.5.C (“live – work” opportunities) provided that dwelling units shall be limited to areas above the first floor.

 

4.5.D       Permitted Accessory Buildings, Structures and Uses

1.  No accessory building or structure shall be built on any lot on which there is not a principal building.

2.  Any accessory buildings and uses clearly subordinate and customarily incidental to and located on the same lot with any of the foregoing uses shall be permitted in the same manner as the principal building or use.

3.  Eating establishments accessory to a permitted principal use.

4.  Garages for storage and maintenance and utility shops for the upkeep and repair of buildings and structures and service; central heating and power plants for furnishing heat and electrical energy; training schools for employees; buildings for the storage of documents, records and personal property; communication facilities to be used for company purposes only and not by the general public.

5.  Group day care and child day care s accessory to a permitted principal use subject to Site Plan approval and Section 6.4 of these Regulations.

 

4.5.E        Dimensional Standards

  Technology Campus District
 
Minimum Lot Area 80,000 square feet
 
Minimum Lot Width 200 feet
Minimum Lot Depth 300 feet
 
Minimum Front Yard Setback 50 feet Where the required yard setback line abuts or is across from the street from any residential zone, each yard setback shall be equal to the height of the outer face wall of any building adjacent to the subject yard
Minimum Side Yard Setback 15 feet
Minimum Rear Yard Setback 50 feet
 
Minimum Buffer Strip Unless modified by the Commission by Special Permit due to the provision of comparable screening, a landscaped strip 25 feet wide providing complete visual screening shall be provided along lot lines that abut or are across the street from any residential zone.
 
Maximum Building Coverage 40%
 
Maximum Building Height 75 feet

 

Notes – 1.       Section 8.3 of the Regulations may provide flexibility related to some of these dimensional standards.
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