(A)   Every lot on which a business, trade, industry, residential use or mobile home park containing ten or more units hereafter established, shall provide space as indicated herein for the loading and unloading of vehicles off public rights-of-way. The space shall have access to an alley or, if there is no alley, to a street. For the purpose of this section, an off-street loading space shall have minimum dimensions of 12 feet by 40 feet and be clear and free of obstructions at all times.
   (B)   Required space shall be considered as follows:
      (1)   Retail business: one space for each 5,000 feet of gross floor space;
      (2)   Transportation, wholesale, industrial, governmental and institutional uses, including all public assembly places, hospitals and educational institutions, public or private outdoor and indoor recreational areas or activities: one space for the first 25,000 square feet of total floor area. For anything in excess of 25,000 square feet, the uses shall provide loading spaces according to the following schedule:
Square Feet
Total No. of Spaces
240,000-349,999 for each additional 100,000 or fraction thereof
1 additional
      (3)   Any residential use or mobile home park consisting of ten or more dwelling units: one space.
   (C)   All uses, whether specified in this chapter or not, shall provide off-street loading areas sufficient for their requirements. The space shall be adequate so that no vehicle being loaded or unloaded in connection with normal operations shall stand in or project into a public street, walk, alley or way.
   (D)   Required off-street loading and unloading areas shall in all cases be located on the same lot or parcel of land as the structure they are intended to serve. In no case shall the required off-street loading space be considered as part of the area provided to satisfy off-street parking requirements as listed herein.
   (E)   (1)   When situated adjacent to a residential district or a residential property, an institutional, commercial or industrial use, an off-street loading and unloading area shall be separated from the adjoining residential district or property line by a continuous planted buffer strip or a solid brick, concrete block or stone wall or a uniformly painted board fence.
      (2)   The buffer strip shall not be less than six feet in height and if planted, shall be composed of healthy plants which possess growth characteristics of a nature as to produce a dense, compact planting screen.
(Ord. 97-04, passed 12-19-1996)