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   (a)   Purpose and intent. The purpose of the general commercial (“F”) district is to provide for commercial uses intended to serve the entire community.
   (b)   Uses. In the general commercial (“F”) district, no building or land shall be used and no building shall be hereafter erected, reconstructed, altered or enlarged, nor shall a certificate of occupancy be issued, except in accordance with the use tables in Chapter 4, Articles 6 and 8 and the supplemental use standards of Chapter 5.
   (c)   Property development standards. The minimum dimension of lots and yards and the height of buildings in the general commercial (“F”) district, shall be as shown in the accompanying table.
General Commercial (“F”) District
General Commercial (“F”) District
Front yard*
None required if entire block frontage is zoned “FR” through “K;” if the block frontage contains a residential district or the “ER” or “E” district, the most restrictive district standards apply
Rear yard*
10 feet minimum unless adjacent to residential district, where 15 feet minimum required
Side yard*
   Interior lot
5 feet minimum adjacent to residentially zoned lot, none otherwise; if provided, side yard must be 3 feet minimum
   Corner lot**
None required unless through lot, then 10 feet minimum required
3 stories or 45 feet maximum provided, however, stealth telecommunication towers are permitted to a height of 60 feet; the urban design commission must approve the design of all stealth telecommunication towers; telecommunication towers are permitted to a height of 45 feet as a special exception approved by the board of adjustment
*   Additional setback may be required by §§ 6.101(c) or 6.300
**   May be subject to projected front yard (§ 6.101(f))
   (d)   Other development standards. Development in the general commercial (“F”) district may be subject to a variety of general development standards, including, but not limited to, the following.
      (1)   Off-street parking and loading. Commercial buildings require one space per 250 square feet office or professional buildings require one space per 400 square feet of gross floor area. Restaurants require one space per 100 square feet of gross floor area. For further details, other uses and loading areas see Chapter 6, Development Standards, Article 2, Off-Street Parking and Loading, § 6.200.
      (2)   Landscaping and buffers. Generally, 10% of net site area. See Chapter 6, Development Standards, Article 3, Landscaping, Buffers and Urban Forestry, § 6.300.
      (3)   Signs. See Chapter 6, Development Standards, § 6.400 Signs.
      (4)   Outdoor storage or display. Limited outdoor storage or display may be permitted. See Chapter 5, Supplemental Use Standards, § 5.306, Storage or Display in Commercial Districts, Outdoor.
      (5)   Metal buildings. The exterior metal building walls of the front and any sides of a building facing a public street that will be constructed with metal cladding as the primary siding material shall not be constructed with exposed fasteners on more than 50% of the building. All buildings with metal siding shall have at least two exterior architectural features for articulation, such as front porches, gables, awnings or other exterior siding materials. Exterior metal siding shall not be considered an architectural feature. These provisions shall not apply to large retail stores.
(Ord. 20159-04-2012, § 1 (Exh. A), passed 4-3-2012)