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(A) Intention of district. The B3 District is intended to serve as a general business district where a full range of goods and services are offered at the greatest amount of land use intensity.
(B) Conduct of uses. The conduct of permitted use in a B3 District shall be within completely enclosed buildings, except for accessory uses that are clearly subordinate to the permitted use in area, extent, and purpose. Such accessory uses shall not occupy an excess of 30% of the floor area used in the same building or the same firm or enterprise. Outdoor storage and display of merchandise shall be limited to materials that are not immediately available for purchase. Any other storage or display of merchandise must be within an enclosed building.
(C) Permitted uses. No building structure or premises shall be used, arranged or designed to be used except for one or more of the following uses:
(1) Any use permitted in the B2 District (no residential uses);
(2) Transportation facilities and accessory facilities, including, but not limited to, waiting rooms, loading and unloading areas, storage and associated commercial uses;
(3) Printing and publishing establishments, blue printing and photo establishments, radio and television studios;
(4) Public and semi-public buildings;
(5) Off-street parking facilities including parking garages and limited automobile servicing when enclosed;
(6) Sales and display rooms for retail wholesale distribution of goods and materials and products;
(7) Accessory uses which are incidental to and commonly associated with the permitted use including accessory drive-in services, wholesale distribution storage uses and the processing or light manufacturing of goods by retailers and wholesalers;
(8) Hotels and motels;
(9) Major automotive body repair, so long as inoperable or unlicensed motor vehicles or parts thereof are not located outside;
(10) Pawn shop or gun or ammunition sales;
(12) Carpenter, cabinet, plumbing or sheet metal;
(13) Second-hand store;
(14) Upholstery shop; and/or
(15) The following uses may be conducted wholly within a building or within an area enclosed on all sides by a solid wall, compact evergreen screen or uniformly painted board fence:
(a) Building material sales yard, including the sale of lumber;
(b) Contractor’s equipment storage yard or plant or rental of equipment commonly used by contractors;
(c) Draying, freighting or trucking yard or terminal;
(d) Feed or fuel yard or grain elevator; and
(e) Public utility service yard or electrical receiving or transforming station.
(D) Special uses. Those special uses that are permitted in this district are set forth in § 156.48.
(E) Lot size. There shall be no minimum lot size.
(F) Setback lines. The minimum setback lines shall be as follows.
(1) Front: the front yard setback shall be determined, with reference to the United States Department of Transportation Functional Roadway Classification System, in the manner provided as follows.
(a) For lots located on a major collector, the front setback shall be a distance of 70 feet from the center of the paved roadway.
(b) For lots located on interstates, expressways or other principal arterials, the front setback shall be a distance of 60 feet from the right-of-way.
(c) For lots located on a minor collector, the front setback shall be 70 feet from the center of the paved roadway.
(d) For local or minor streets, the front setback shall be 50 feet from the center of the paved roadway.
(2) Side and rear: no setback required when a lot line abuts a business or industrial district lot line subject to the landscaping and buffering requirements set forth in this section.
(3) Special requirements/proximity to residential districts: in any instance where a front, side or rear business lot line faces a residential district on the opposite side of the street or abuts a residential district the minimum required setback distance shall be 60 feet plus one-half of the right-of-way in front and 40 on the side and rear. These setback distances shall be used only for driveways and parking but shall also be landscaped with opaque fencing and natural buffer material, i.e., trees, shrubs and similar natural material.
(G) Landscaping and buffering. Twenty-five feet of the front setback area and ten feet in width along the rear and ten feet in width along each side of these respective setback areas shall be maintained in natural material and utilized for landscaping purposes. Said landscaping materials shall include appropriate vegetation, durable plants and trees such as pine and evergreen species from the front of the building line to the rear. Any lot within this district that abuts any lot utilized for residential purposes shall also be screened with a combination of opaque fencing, not to exceed six feet and natural material consisting of either small trees and/or shrubs.
(H) Height restriction. The maximum building height permitted shall be 40 feet.
(I) Floor area. The total floor area of the building shall not exceed 150% of the lot area.
(J) Off-street parking and loading. The minimum parking area for retail establishments shall be one space for each 400 square feet of gross floor area. The minimum off-street parking for office uses shall be one space for each 300 square feet of floor area. For theaters, auditoriums, including school auditorium, church or other place of public assembly, there shall be a minimum of one space for each eight seats available at maximum capacity. For hospitals and other institutions for care and treatment, one space for one each four beds plus one space for each staff and visiting doctor plus one space for each three employees. For hotels and motels, one space for each room offered for tourist accommodations. For all other uses not specified herein one parking space per 200 square feet of building area. The minimum off-street parking requirements for all other uses shall be one space per 200 square feet of floor area.
(Ord. 17-2007, passed 12-18-2007; Ord. passed 6-11-2009)