All buildings, structures and uses shall conform to the following requirements:
   (A)   Lot area. Each principal building erected in the General Commercial District together with accessory buildings, required parking spaces and required loading berths shall be erected on a zoning parcel having an area not less than 20,000 square feet. A minimum building parcel width of at least 100 feet measured at the lot line bordering an improved street and the required minimum front yard setback.
   (B)   Floor area ratio. The combined floor area ratio of the principal building and all accessory buildings on a lot shall not exceed 35% of the total area of the lot.
   (C)   Front yard. Each lot shall have a front yard with a depth of not less than 30 feet. On zoning parcels with depth of less than 70 feet the front yard shall have a depth of not less than 15 feet.
   (D)   Side yards.
      (1)   Each lot shall have 2 side yards, 1 on each side of the principal building.
      (2)   The width of each side yard shall not be less than 10 feet, provided, however that on a corner lot, the side yards on the street side shall be 15 feet.
   (E)   Rear yard. Each zoning parcel shall have a rear yard of 10 feet in depth from the property line.
   (F)   Height limits. No building or structure shall exceed 2 stories, nor shall any building or structure exceed 35 feet in height from the existing grade of the lot.
   (G)   Accessory uses and buildings. All accessory uses, buildings and structures shall comply with all standards applicable to the General Commercial District. No accessory use shall be established or erected prior to the establishment or erection of the principal use, building or structure to which it is accessory.
   (H)   Lighting standards. The purpose of these lighting standards and the policy of the Town of Beverly Shores is to minimize glare and over-lighting beyond the property boundary of each lot by limiting outdoor lighting that is misdirected, excessive or unnecessary. The density of outdoor lighting, whether shielded or unshielded, shall not exceed in the aggregate 50,000 lumens per acre in the General Commercial District. Lighting shall be shielded to meet the following requirements:
      (1)   No light shall shine directly into the windows of a building on abutting lot.
      (2)   No light shall shine directly from a light source onto the ground or improvements of an abutting lot, although incidental light may be permitted to fall on an abutting lot. Such lighting shall not exceed 1/2 of an ISO foot-candle at ground level on the abutting lot.
      (3)   No light shall shine directly onto public roads.
      (4)   No parking lot lighting standard or building fixture shall exceed 25 feet in height from grade level.
      (5)   Light fixtures located closer to a side or rear lot line than the side or rear yard setback, shall be no more than 10 feet high, and shall direct the light source away from the boundary line of the lot.
      (6)   Light fixtures located adjacent to a residential use of a lot shall be setback a minimum of 20 feet from the boundary line of the lot.
      (7)   No streamers or festoon lighting, comprising a group of incandescent light bulbs, shall be hung or strung on a building or any other structure.
      (8)   No flashing or intermittent or moving lights, including lights on signs, shall be permitted.
      (9)   Any lighting fixture with a lamp or lamps rated at a total of more than 1,800 lumens, and all flood or spot lighting fixtures with a lamp or lamps rated at a total of more than 900 lumens, shall not emit any direct light above a horizontal plane through the lowest direct-light-emitting part of the lighting fixture.
      (10)   All existing lighting fixtures lawfully in existence immediately prior to December 16, 2013 can remain until removed or replaced by a lawful lighting fixture as defined by this subchapter or until such time as said existing lighting fixture is no longer safely maintained or the use is changed.
   (I)   Violations. All violations of the regulations of the General Commercial District shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $2,500 per violation. Each calendar day that the violation shall continue to exist, or each distinct repetition of any violation, shall constitute a separate violation.
(Ord. 2013-09, passed 12-16-2013)