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For the purpose if this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
ACCESSORY BUILDING. A detached building, the use of which is incidental to that of the principal building on the same lot.
ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT. A residential living unit attached to or detached and located in the rear yard area, constituting a separate, independent housekeeping establishment for owner occupancy, or rental or lease on a weekly, monthly, or longer basis, and physically separated from any other rooms or dwelling units which may be in the same structure and meeting all other requirements laid out in this code of ordinances.
ACCESSORY USE. A use incidental to the use of the principal building. An office for home occupations, as defined herein, shall be deemed an ACCESSORY USE.
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIAL. The chairperson of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
AGRICULTURAL OPERATION. The use of land for agricultural purposes in which a minimum of five acres of land is used.
ALLEY. Any public or private way used for public travel which is ten feet or less in width and has not been dedicated as a city street.
ALTERATION. Any change or addition to the supporting members or foundation of a structure.
APARTMENT BUILDING. A building arranged, designed, or intended to be occupied by three or more families living independently of each other.
BOARD. The Board of Adjustments of the City Planning and Zoning Commission.
BUILDING. Any structure enclosed and isolated by exterior walls constructed or used for residence, business, industry, or other public or private purposes, or an accessory thereto, and including tents, lunch wagons, dining cars, trailers, freestanding billboards and signs, and similar structures, whether stationary or movable.
(1) BUILDING HEIGHT. The vertical distance from the average elevation of the finished grade on at the front of the building to the highest point of the building.
(2) BUILDING LINE. The line extending across a lot generally parallel to the street on which the lot faces and between the street, and where no building or portion of a building is allowed.
(3) BUILDING PERMIT. The permit required for the construction, alteration, razing, or relocation of a building.
(4) BUILDING (PRINCIPAL). A building in which the principal use of the lot on which the building is located and conducted.
COMMISSION. The City Planning and Zoning Commission.
CONDITIONAL USE. A use which is essential to or would promote the public health, safety, or welfare in one or more zones, but which would impair the integrity and character of the zone in which it is located or in adjoining zones unless restrictions on location, size, extent, and character of performance are imposed in addition to those imposed in the zoning regulation.
CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT. Legal authorization to undertake a conditional use issued by the administrative official pursuant to authorization by the Board of Adjustments, and consisting of two parts:
(1) A statement of the factual determination by the Board of Adjustments which justifies the issuance of the permit; and
(2) A statement of the specific conditions which must be met in order for the use to be permitted.
DWELLING (MULTIPLE-FAMILY). A building designed for or occupied by three or more families living independently of each other.
DWELLING (SINGLE-FAMILY). A detached building designed exclusively for occupancy by one family.
DWELLING (TWO-FAMILY). A building designed exclusively for occupancy by two families living independently of each other.
DWELLING UNIT. One room, or rooms connected together, constituting a separate, independent housekeeping establishment for owner occupancy, or rental or lease on a weekly, monthly, or longer basis, and physically separated from any other rooms or dwelling units which may be in the same structure, and meeting all other requirements laid out in this code of ordinances.
FAMILY. One or more person occupying premises and living as a single nonprofit housekeeping unit, but not including a group of persons living together because of similar occupational status, such as in fraternities or nursing homes. This shall not include a commune.
FLOODPLAIN. The area adjoining the channel of a river, stream, watercourse, lake, or body of water which has been or may be covered by floodwaters.
FLOOD-PRONE AREA. All land subject to periodic inundation by the overflow of a river, stream, watercourse, lake, or body of water.
HOBBY ACTIVITY. An enterprise or mini-business carried on upon residential premises which grosses no more than $5,000 per year.
HOME OCCUPATION. The keeping of professional offices, studies, personal service facilities, or rental sleeping rooms with a personal dwelling, provided such activities are: incidental to the principal residential use; involve the employment of no more than one person not residing in the dwelling; and occupy no more than 25% of the total floor area of the dwelling. The selling of merchandise is not a HOME OCCUPATION.
JUNKYARD. Any place where two or more junked, wrecked, or nonoperative automobiles, vehicles, machines, or other similar scrap or salvage material are deposited, parked, placed, or otherwise located.
LOT. A parcel of land under the ownership of one person which the recorded deed describes separately from other lands of the owner and which has its principal front frontage on a street or road.
(1) LOT CORNER. A lot abutting on two or more streets at their intersections.
(2) LOT DEPTH. The horizontal distance between front and rear lot lines measured along the median between the two side lot lines.
(3) LOT WIDTH. The horizontal distance between the side lot lines measured at the right angles to the lot depth at a point midway between the front and rear lot lines.
MOBILE HOME. A movable living unit designed for a year-round occupancy without motive power designed to be used for year-round human habitation. This shall include double-wide MOBILE HOMES.
MOBILE HOME PARK. Any parcel of land proposed, developed, or designed to be used for the location, whether temporary or permanent, often or more mobile homes.
NONCONFORMING LOT. A lot of records existing at the time of the passage of this code which does not conform to the width, depth, or area requirements of this Zoning Code.
NONCONFORMING USE OR STRUCTURE. An activity or a building, sign, structure, or a portion thereof which lawfully existed before the adoption or amendment of this Zoning Code, but which does not conform to all the regulations contained in the Zoning Code which pertain to the zone in which it is located.
SETBACK. The required distance between the lot line and the closest permissible point of a conforming structure.
SHOPPING CENTER. A complex of retail, wholesale, and/or professional uses designed as an integral unit of development rather than as single units.
STREET. Any public right-of-way which affords the primary means of access to abutting property.
STRUCTURE. Anything constructed or made, the use of which requires permanent location in or on the ground or attachment to something having a permanent location in or on the ground, including buildings and signs.
TINY HOME. A dwelling unit with a minimum size of 200 square feet and a maximum of 400 square feet, and that meets all other requirements laid out in this code of ordinances.
TINY HOME PLANNED DEVELOPMENT UNIT. Any parcel of land proposed, developed, or designed to be used for the location, whether temporary or permanent, of eight or more tiny homes, and that meets all other requirements laid out in this code of ordinances.
VARIANCE. A departure from dimensional terms of the Zoning Code pertaining to the height, width, or location of structures, and the size of yards and open spaces where such departure meets the requirements of KRS 100.241 through 100.247.
(Prior Code, § 153.04) (Ord. 920.2, passed 10-30-1980; Ord. 2021-153, passed - -)