1133.02  DEFINITIONS.
   As used in this Zoning Code:
   (1)   “Access drive” means an area approved for vehicular travel from a road to a lot.
   (2)   “Agriculture” means the use of land for agricultural purposes, including farming, dairying, pasturage, apiculture, horticulture, floriculture, viticulture, and animal and poultry husbandry.  “Agriculture” does not include packing, treating, or storing produce except for consumption or re-use on site and does not include commercial feeding of garbage or offal to swine or other animals.
   (3)   “Alteration”, as applied to a building or structure, means a change or rearrangement in the structural parts or in the exit facilities, or an enlargement, whether by extending on a side or by increasing in height, or the moving from one location or position to another.
   (4)   “Applicant” means the owner, agent, or person in control of property which is the subject of an application for a permit or other approval as provided by this Code.  An “applicant” may also be a person who is authorized by written permission of the owner of a property to make applications or to otherwise represent the owner with regard to matters addressed by this Code. 
   (5)   “Architectural Review Board” means the Architectural Review Board of the City of Aurora, as established in Chapter 1321 of the Codified Ordinances of Aurora.
   (6)   “Assisted Living Facility” means any one of the following:
      a.   A nursing home licensed by the State of Ohio;
      b.   Residential care or multifamily housing for seniors over the age of 55;
      c.   In conjunction with either (a) or (b) above, independent living clustered or multifamily housing for seniors over the age of 55;
      d.   Similar uses as determined by the Planning Commission.
         (Ord. 2003-12.  Passed 4-28-03.)
   (7)   “Auto repair” means the maintenance, repair, rebuilding, or reconditioning of motor vehicles or parts thereof, including collision service and the painting and steam cleaning of vehicles.  The term does not include within its meaning the uses “auto wash” or “gasoline service station”.
   (8)   “Auto wash” means a permanent facility, which may be a drive-up facility,  for washing the exterior of vehicles by machine, by employees of the business, or by customers and may include facilities for waxing, drying, or vacuuming of vehicles and accessory goods and services approved by conditional zoning certificate.
   (9)   “Basement” means a story, suitable for business or habitation, partially below the level of the adjoining road or ground and below the first tier of floor beams or joists.  When a basement floor is less than two (2) feet below the average grade, it will be rated as the first story or ground floor.
   (10)   “Board of Zoning Appeals” or “the Board” means the Board of Zoning Appeals of the City of Aurora as established by Chapter 1137 of this Zoning Code.
   (11)   Building” means a structure designed, built or occupied as a shelter or roofed enclosure for persons, animals or property,
      a.   “Building, accessory” means a building which is an accessory structure. 
      b.   Building, principle” means the building housing the principle use on any lot.
   (12)   “Change of use” means any use of a building or land which substantially differs from the previous use.
   (13)   “City” means the City of Aurora, Ohio.
   (14)   “City Council” or “Council” means the City Council of the City of Aurora, Ohio.
   (15)   “City Engineer” means the City Engineer of the City of Aurora, Ohio.
   (16)   “Condominium development” means a condominium development as defined and regulated by the Ohio Revised Code.
   (17)   “Curb cut” means an approved location along the edge of a road pavement, often an opening in the curb, at which point vehicles may enter or leave the road via a driveway apron or access drive onto a property abutting the right-of-way.
   (18)   “Density” means the number of dwelling units per acre of land.  Except as otherwise provided by this Code, the area of land used to calculate density shall only include the area of the lot on which a dwelling is located and shall not include an area of public right-of-way.  As provided in this Code, the actual density approved by the City for a plan of use or development for a lot or lots may, as a result of conditions of the lot or lots such as wetlands, steep slopes, flooding, and other factors, be less than the maximum density established for the respective district.
      (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
   (19)   “Development agreement” means a written agreement, executed by the City and a property owner, establishing the conditions under which the approval for and construction of a development of land shall occur.  A development agreement shall contain, at a minimum, the provisions required by the City’s guidelines.
      (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
   (20)   “Director of Law” means the Director of Law of the City of Aurora, Ohio.
   (21)   “Director of Planning and Zoning” means the Director of Planning and Zoning of the City of Aurora, Ohio.
   (22)   “District” or “Zoning district”  means an area of the City, comprised of one lot or contiguous lots, within which the provisions of this Zoning Code governing structures and uses of land are uniform.  Boundaries of the districts are shown on the Zoning Districts Map which is part of this Zoning Code.
      a.   “District, residential” means a district in which a dwelling is a permitted use and including those parts of a planned district,of the T-1 District or of an overlay district, which are approved for the construction of a dwelling or dwellings.
      b.   “District, commercial” means a district in which the predominant uses are retail sales or services, including any one of the following districts:
         1.   C-1, C-2, C-3; and
         2.   those parts of a planned district, of the T-1 District, or of an overlay district, which are approved for some or all of the permitted uses or conditional uses in the commercial districts.
      c.   “District, manufacturing” or “district, industrial” means the I-1 District.
      d.   “District, planned” means a district subject to the regulations of Chapter 1171.  A planned district may include areas which are also referred to as “residential districts”, “commercial districts” or “manufacturing districts” due to the uses permitted.   
      e.   “District, overlay” means a district which encompasses one or more underlying districts or parts thereof and which imposes additional requirements above those of the underlying zones.The T1 District is an overlay district.
   (23)   “Dwelling” mean a building which contains one or more dwelling units.
      (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
      a.   “Dwelling unit”means one or more rooms within a building arranged, intended, designed and equipped for independent occupancy by a family, or by an individual or a group of individuals, for living or sleeping purposes and containing cooking, bathing, and toilet facilities for the exclusive use of the occupants.  A room or rooms or a structure which does not comply with or has not been approved according to the occupancy regulations of the building and health codes effective in the City of Aurora shall not be deemed a dwelling unit. 
         (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
      b.   “Dwelling, one family” means a dwelling containing only one dwelling unit.  Except where specifically described and permitted as an “attached one-family dwelling”, a one-family dwelling shall be completely detached and not physically connected to any other dwelling. 
         (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
      c.   “Dwelling, two family” means a dwelling containing only two dwelling units and not including attached one-family dwellings.”
         (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
      d.   “Dwelling, multi-family,” means a building arranged, intended or designed to contain three or more dwelling units, but which is similar in outline and design to a single-family or two-family dwelling.
         (Ord. 2020-118.  Passed 10-26-20.)
      e.   “Dwelling, clustered one family” means a one-family dwelling which is located on its own subdivided lot with yards which may be smaller than required by the underlying district requirements, or without yards, as approved in the development agreement.
         (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
      f.   “Dwelling, attached one-family” means a one-family dwelling  which is structurally attached at its side or sides to one or two other one-family dwellings, separated from the attached dwelling(s) by a party wall without openings extending from the basement floor to the roof, and having a separate ground floor entrance, service connections, and an attached garage.
         (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
   (24)   “Family” means one or more persons related by marriage, adoption or blood.
      (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
   (25)   “Fence” means an accessory structure composed of wood, iron, steel, vinyl, or other material (not including shrubbery or other natural growth) erected in such a manner and positioned to enclose or partially enclose any lot or part of any lot.  Trellises or other structures supporting or for the purpose of supporting vines, flowers, or other vegetation when erected in such position as to enclose any lot or part thereof shall be included within the definition of “fence.”  Structures which have an ornamental purpose and which do not serve the purpose of enclosing a lot or part thereof, and which are not erected on lot lines or in close proximity to lot lines, shall not be included in the definition of “fence”.
   (26)   “Floodway” means the channel of a river or other watercourse and the adjacent land areas that must be reserved in order to discharge the base flood without cumulatively increasing the water surface elevation more than a designated height.  Such areas shall be determined by reference to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the City of Aurora or by other studies or methods approved by the City.
      (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
   (27)   “Floor area” means the sum of the gross horizontal floor areas of a building, as measured from the outside of the exterior walls.  The following are excluded from calculation of the floor area of a dwelling:  unfinished basement, non-habitable attic, garage, and unenclosed space such as covered exterior steps, porch, or breezeway.
   (28)   “Frontage” means the distance for which the front line of a lot and the road right- of-way line are coincident.
   (29)   “Garage” means a building or part thereof accessory to a principlebuilding and designed for the storage of automobiles.
   (30)   “Gasoline service station” means any area of land, including any structure or structures thereon, that is or are used or designed to be used for the supply of gasoline or oil or other fuel for the propulsion of vehicles.  The term does not include within its meaning uses such as retail sales, auto wash, or auto repair.
   (31)   “Height” means, generally, the vertical distance between the ground on which an object is located and that point on the object which is most distant from the ground, as further modified by the definitions below:
      a.   “Building height” means the vertical dimension measured from the average elevation of the finished lot grade at the front wall or walls of the building to:
         1.   On a sloped roof, including a gable, shed, gambrel, or hip roof, the average height between the plate and ridge;
         2.   On a flat roof, the highest point of the roof, not including  parapet walls;
         3.   On a mansard roof, the height of the deck line.
            All of the above points of building height measurement include the height of any equipment or structures attached to the roof, except as otherwise provided in this Code.
   (32)   “Home occupation” means an activity, profession, occupation, service, craft, or revenue-producing hobby conducted entirely within a dwelling and carried on only by the inhabitants thereof, which use is clearly incidental and secondary to the use of the dwelling for dwelling purposes and which does not change the character thereof.
   (33)   “Hotel”.  See “Motel”.
   (34)   “Institution” or “institutional use” means a non-profit, religious, or public use such as achurch or other place of worship, civic, educational, fraternal, religious, philanthropic, or a government-owned or operated building, structure, or land used for public purpose.
   (35)   “Intersection”means the point at which the right-of-way lines of two roads meet or, where the right-of-way lines join in a curved corner, the point at which the straight line extensions of the right-of-way lines meet.
   (36)   “Landscaping” means grasses, ground covers, vines, shrubs, trees and inanimate durable material such as organic mulches and decorative features such as sculpture, patterned walks, fountains, and pools.
   (37)   “Loading space” means an off-street space or berth on the same lot with a building or use for the temporary parking of a vehicle while loading or unloading merchandise or materials.
   (38)   “Lot” means a parcel of land recorded as a single property occupied or capable of being occupied by one or more buildings and accessory buildings or uses, including the yards and open spaces required by this Zoning Code.
a.   “Lot, corner” means a lot at the point of intersection of and abutting on two or more intersecting roads, the angle of intersection being not more than one hundred thirty-five (135) degrees.
b.   “Lot coverage” means the area of a lot which is covered by the enclosed and unenclosed ground floor areas of the buildings and other structures on a lot, expressed as a percentage. 
c.   “Lot, depth of” means the horizontal distance between the front lot line and the rear lot line measured on a line half way between the side lot lines.
d.   “Lot, interior” means a lot which abuts another lot or lots along the full length of its side and rear lot lines.
e.   “Lot, nonconforming” means a lot which does not conform with the lot area, lot width, or lot depth requirements of the district in which it is located.
f.   “Lot line” means a legally-defined line dividing one lot from another or from a road.
1   “Lot line, front” means the lot line separating a lot from a road right-of-way.  For a corner lot, the front lot line shall be one lot line specified by the Planning Commission in approval of a subdivision plat or by the Director of Planning and Zoning.
2   “Lot line, rear” means the lot line opposite and most distant from the front lot line.  In the case of a triangular or otherwise irregularly shaped lot, the rear lot line shall be a line ten (10) feet in length entirely within the lot, parallel to and at a maximum distance from the front lot line.
3   “Lot line, side” means any lot line other than the front or rear lot line.
g.   “Lot of record” means a lot which is part of a subdivision, the plot of which has been recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Portage County, or a lot described by metes and bounds, the deed to which has been recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Portage County.
h.   “Lot, width of” means the horizontal distance between side lot lines measured at the front setback line.
   (39)   “Mayor” means the Mayor of the City of Aurora, Ohio.
      (Ord. 2000-143. Passed 6-26-00.)
   (40)     "Medical Marijuana Dispensaries" means any business, entity, non-profit, building, structure, or land used for the sale or distribution of Medical Marijuana.
   (41)   "Medical Marijuana Cultivation" means any activity involving the planting, growing, harvesting, drying, curing, grading, trimming, or otherwise processing of marijuana plants or any part thereof for any purpose.
   (42)   "Medical Marijuana Processing" means drying, curing, trimming, or otherwise converting harvested marijuana into useable marijuana and marijuana-infused products, and extracts concentrates, or involves the mechanical and/or chemical processing by any person or entity. 
(Ord. 2016-117.  Passed 10-24-16.)
   (43)   “Motel” or “Hotel” means an establishment providing lodging accommodations to the traveling public for compensation.  The terms “motel” and “hotel” do not include within their meaning lodging accommodations which would more typically be defined as “bed-and-breakfast”, “rooming house”, or “boarding house.”
   (44)   “Open space” means an area of land which is in its natural state, or is developed only for the raising of agricultural crops or for passive types of outdoor recreation such as walking, bicycling, and the enjoyment and observation of nature.
   a.   “Open space, restricted” means land area within a residential conservation development which is preserved in a natural condition, or in an approved post-development condition, as approved by the City and as controlled by the provisions of this ordinance, provisions of the applicable development agreement, and by any easements or other legal controls upon the land approved by the City.
         (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
   (45)   “Organization or Association” means a non-profit or not-for-profit activity promoting the membership interests including:
   (a)   Business or professional organizations or associations;
   (b)   Labor unions or similar labor organizations;
   (c)   Civic, social or fraternal associations;
   (d)   Political, charitable, or other non-profit membership associations.
(Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)   
   (46)   “ORC” is an abbreviation for and means the Ohio Revised Code.
   (47)   “Other public facilities” means any building, facility, or use which is publicly owned and which is not otherwise regulated by this Code.
   (48)   “Owner of record”, with respect to real property, means the person, corporation, partnership, or other legal entity, singular or plural, which is a record owner as recorded on the current tax rolls of the county.  For condominium property, the term “owner” means the unit owners of the condominium collectively.
   (49)   “Parking” means the temporary storage of a vehicle for a period longer than required to load or unload persons or goods.
   a.   “Parking lot” means an off-street, ground-level area improved with pavement and used for the temporary storage of vehicles.  For purposes of this Code, a parking lot shall not be included in the meaning of the term “structure” or “accessory structure”.
   b.   “Parking space” means an area within a parking lot or within a garage, exclusive of driveways, reserved for the temporary storage of one motor vehicle and connected with a road by a driveway.
   c.   “Parking, Off-Street” means parking located on a lot and not in the public right-of-way.
(50)   “Party Center” means a building which is designed and used for rental of space for private parties, such as weddings and banquets, and for other events, such as meetings and training.
(Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
(51)   “Pen” means an enclosure or fencing for the purpose of harboring or confining small animals.
(52)   “Plan” means a drawing and associated texts, exhibits, or materials prepared to describe the intended nature and layout of uses and structures on a lot or lots or within a building.
a.   “Landscape plan” means a plan for the installation or construction of landscaping as required by the Zoning Code or Subdivision and Site Development Regulations.
b.   “Master Plan” means the long-range plan for the City as defined in the Charter.
c.   “Site Plan”, “Site Plan, Preliminary”, and “Site Plan, Final” mean plans for the development of a site as required by the Zoning Code or Subdivision and Site Development Regulations.
d.   “Development Plan” means a plan for the uses and improvements in a specific PD Planned Development District, approved as a condition of rezoning of the subject property.
(53)   “Planning Commission” or “the Commission” means the Planning Commission of the City of Aurora as established by the Charter.
(54)   “Pond and/or lake” includes all surface bodies or accumulations of standing water and all areas in which such bodies or accumulations of standing water are collected or are intended to be collected either temporarily or permanently including but not limited to ponds, lakes, retention or detention basins and reservoirs but not including swimming pools.
   
(55)   “Public outdoor recreation facility” means a governmentally-owned and/or operated park, playground, swimming pool, tennis court, golf course or other governmentally-owned facility, together with accessory uses or structures,  which provides space or facilities to the public for active or passive recreation, outdoor sports, or other outdoor activities, whether at no cost or for a fee.
(56)   “Private outdoor recreation facility” means a privately-owned park, playground, swimming pool, tennis court, golf course or other privately-owned facility (other than a facility designed and used solely for the normal use of resident household and its guests) which provides space or facilities for active or passive recreation, outdoor sports, or other outdoor activities, whether at no cost or for a fee .  A private outdoor recreation facility may include accessory uses or structures if approved by the Planning Commission.
(57)   “Public recreation” means open space designated for use by the general public, without fee for use, for such activities as walking, bicycling, and the enjoyment and observation of nature.
   (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
(58)   “Private recreation” means open space designated for use by the residents of a residential conservation development for such activities as walking, bicycling, the enjoyment and observation of nature, fishing, or picnicking. 
      (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
(59)   “Residential conservation development” means an area of land, developed with dwellings according to the terms of a development agreement and according to the provisions of the respective District for such use, and designed with the purpose of preserving open space, protecting wetlands or riparian areas, protecting high quality habitat, or protecting other natural, rural or agricultural characteristics of the area of land.
(Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
(60)   “Riparian area” means that area contained between the stream banks or river banks.  The banks shall be defined by the ordinary high water mark of the stream or river, also known as the bankfull stage of the stream or river channel, which may be indicated by changes in vegetation, slope, or bank materials, evidence of scouring, and stain lines.  Documentation of the riparian area shall be as approved by the City.
      (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
(61)   “Road” means an area of land intended for vehicular travel and which affords principle means of access to abutting property.
a.   “Road, public” means an area of land which has been accepted by and dedicated or deeded to the City, State of Ohio, or federal government and which has been accepted by City Council for public use for vehicular travel which affords principle means of access to abutting property.
b.   “Road, private”means an area of land which affords principle means of access to abutting property, but which has not been dedicated or deeded to the City, State of Ohio, or federal government.
c.   “Road right-of-way line” means a line defining the limits of a public  road right-of-way.
d.   “Road, major” means a major road as defined and classified in the Subdivision and Site Development Regulations.
e.   “Road, secondary” means a secondary road as defined and classified in the Subdivision and Site Development Regulations.
f.   “Road, local” means a local road as defined and classified in the Subdivision and Site Development Regulations.
(62)   “Senior housing” means residential facilities, such as a nursing home, rest home, assisted living facility, or independent living facility, designed for and restricted to occupancy by persons aged 62 years or older. 
      (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
(63)   “Setback” means the required minimum distance between a building and the related front, side, or rear lot line.
   (64)   “Setback line” means the line which is the required minimum distance from any lot line and that establishes the area within which the principal structure or structures must be erected or placed.
a.   “Front setback line” means the required minimum distance from the front lot line and a principal structure.
b.   “Side setback line” means the required minimum distance from the side lot line and a principal structure.
c.   “Rear setback line”means the required minimum distance from the rear lot line and a principal structure. 
(Ord. 2000-143.  Passed 6-26-00.)
(65)   “Small animal” means an animal which, by contemporary community standards, is considered to be a household pet and which is a species commonly housed within a dwelling designed and used for human occupation, including dogs, domestic cats, birds, fish, and rabbits.
      (Ord. 2016-115.  Passed 11-21-16.)
(66)   “Small animal shelter” means a structure to be constructed, or pre-constructed, for the use of small animal housing.
(67)   “Story” that portion of a building located between the surface of any floor and the surface of the floor next above it, or, if there is no floor above it, then the space between the floor and the ceiling next above it.
(68)   “Structure” means anything constructed or erected on the ground, or attached to something having permanent location on the ground, including but not limited to buildings, signs, swimming pools, fences or walls but not including post-type structures such as flagpoles or basketball hoops. 
a.   “Structure, accessory” means a structure which is:
1.   Clearly incidental to and customarily found in connection with a principal structure or use;
2.   Subordinate to and serves a principal structure or a principal use;
3.   Subordinate in area, extent or purpose to the principal structure or principal use served;
4.   Contributes to the comfort, convenience or necessity of occupants, business, or industry in the principal structure or use served; and
5.   Located on the same lot as the principal structure or use served.
b.   “Structure, nonconforming” means a structure which does not conform with the requirements for height, floor area, setback, or other requirements applicable to a structure in the district in which it is located.
(69)   “Structural alterations” means any change in the supporting members of a building such as bearing walls, columns, beams or girders, or any substantial changes in the roof and exterior walls.
(70)   “Subdivision Regulations” or “Subdivision and Site Development Regulations” means the Subdivision and Site Development Regulations of the City of Aurora, codified as Title One of Part Eleven - Planning and Zoning Code.
(71)   “Swimming pool” means any artificial or semi-artificial basin or tank, either in- ground or above-ground, permanently constructed or portable, including all equipment, piping, structures, and appurtenances, having a water depth of more than eighteen inches (18"), intended to be used solely for swimming, diving, wading, recreational bathing or other enjoyment by the residents and/or guests of the property on which it is located.
      (Ord. 2005-111.  Passed 8-22-05.)
(72)   “Tank storage” means, in reference to petroleum products, a closed vessel for the storage of liquid hydrocarbon substances at atmospheric pressure.
(73)   “Use” means a purpose or activity for which land or a building or other structure thereon is designed, arranged, or intended or for which it is actually maintained or used.
a.   “Accessory use” means a use customarily incidental and subordinate to the principle use, located on the same lot or premises as the principle use.
b.   “Principal use” means a use which is the dominant or main activity or use of a lot and structures thereon.
c.   “Permitted use” means a use which is authorized to be established in a district provided that it otherwise complies with the provisions of this code for all permitted uses in the subject district.
d.   “Conditional use” means a use which, due to certain characteristics of the use or potential for impact upon the district, may only be established subsequent to approval of a conditional zoning certificate.
e.   “Use, nonconforming” means a use of land which does not conform to the use regulations of the district in which it is located.
(74)   Utility” means any person, firm, corporation, governmental agency or board, but not including the City of Aurora,  authorized to furnish and furnishing, to the public, electricity, gas, steam, telephone, telegraph, cable television or other cable transmission, wireless telecommunications, transportation or water, or other services or facilities by means of facilities, equipment, or other appurtenant structures located on a lot or lots outside of the public right-of-way.  “Appurtenant structure” means a structure associated with the operation of  a utility such as a pipe, wire, track, tower, building, tank, other equipment (mechanical, electrical. electronic), transit stop, bus stop, accessory parking lot, or other transportation structure, for the purpose of collecting or transmitting potable water, sanitary sewage, gas, electricity, electronic communications (radio, telephone, television), or for public transportation of persons, freight, or cargo or for other purposes associated with the business of the utility.
(75)   “Variance” means permission, granted by the Board of Zoning Appeals,  to depart from one or more of the literal requirements of this Code, typically as a means of relief from the practical difficulty of complying with the Code on a property which exhibits unusual conditions. Chapter 1139 provides specific procedures and standards for the granting of a variance.
(76)   “Vehicle” means anything on wheels or runners, including motorized bicycles, but not including vehicles operated exclusively on rails or tracks or from overhead trolley wires and not including vehicles of a police department, fire department, and vehicles used by such department in the discharge of its functions.
a.   “Commercial vehicle” means a passenger car or other motor vehicle which is used for purposes of engaging in business for profit.
b.   “Recreational vehicle” means a travel trailer, motor home, truck camper, fifth-wheel trailer, or park trailer (as defined by the Ohio Revised Code), or a boat, (defined as a vehicle designed or used for transporting persons or property on the water).
(77)   “Wetland” means an area that is inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions.  Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs, and similar areas.  The three criteria that must exist on a site for an area to be designated a wetland are hydric soils, hydrophytic vegetation, and wetland hydrology as specified by the regulations implemented by the U.S. Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
      (Ord. 1999-156.  Passed 7-26-99.  Approved by voters 11-2-99.)
   (78)   “Yard” means an area of land located between a lot line and the principal building on a lot, and which area is unoccupied and unobstructed from the ground upward except as specifically provided in this code.
      a.   “Yard, Front” means the area of land extending the full width of the lot and bounded by the front lot line, the side lot lines, and the front line of the principal building extended to the side lot lines.
      b.   “Yard, Rear” means the area of land extending across the full width of the lot and bounded by the rear lot line, the side lot lines, and the rear line of the principal building extended to the side lot lines.
      c.   “Yard, Side” means the area of land bounded by the side lot line, the front line of the principal building extended to the side lot line, the rear line of the principal building extended to the side lot line, and the side line of the principal building.
         (Ord.  2001-200.  Passed 8-27-01.)
(79)   “Zoning Code” or “this Code” means Ordinance 2000-143, passed June 26, 2000, as amended, codified herein as Title Three of Part Eleven of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Aurora - Planning and Zoning Code.
(80)   “Zoning Inspector” means the Zoning Inspector of the City of Aurora.
      (Ord. 2000-143. Passed 6-26-00.)