(A)   General.
      (1)   The GC - General Commercial District is a limited application zoning which occurs primarily in St. Onge and Nemo.
      (2)   The intent of the GC - General Commercial District is to provide a district that is similar to general commercial zonings found within municipalities and will: allow compact and convenient community oriented business; provide development standards that are compatible with slower speeds of abutting roads and highways; and permit retail, wholesale, businesses, and related services.
   (B)   Allowed uses. In GC - General Commercial District, the following uses are allowed:
      (1)   Transportation and utility easements and rights-of-way;
      (2)   On-premises signs, complying with Chapter 8 of this zoning title;
      (3)   Retail sales and trade;
      (4)   Commercial recreation facility;
      (5)   Public buildings and grounds other than schools;
      (6)   Public service structures such as police stations, fire stations, and post offices;
      (7)   Funeral homes/mortuary;
      (8)   Auditoriums, libraries, art galleries, museums, and other cultural structures;
      (9)   Community centers;
      (10)   Churches, religious structures;
      (11)   Parking lots and parking garages;
      (12)   Daycare, group;
      (13)   Daycare center, licensed;
      (14)   Daycare, group family home;
      (15)   Car wash;
      (16)   Historical monuments and structures; and
      (17)   Nursery or greenhouse.
   (C)   Allowed special uses. A building or premises may be used for the following purpose in the GC - General Commercial District in conformance with the requirements prescribed herein. A building or premises intended to be used for the following purpose, where the prescribed requirement will not be met, shall obtain a conditional use in conformance with the requirements set out in Chapter 19 of this zoning title: temporary uses in conjunction with § II-10.007.
   (D)   Conditional uses. The following uses may be allowed in GC - General Commercial District under the provisions of Chapter 19 of this zoning title:
      (1)   Utility substations;
      (2)   Antennas, microwave and communication towers;
      (3)   Off-premises signage, billboards, complying with Chapter 8 of this zoning title;
      (4)   Light manufacturing;
      (5)   Kennels, animal hospitals;
      (6)   Automobile sale and automobile service stations;
      (7)   Commercial nursery or greenhouse;
      (8)   Microbrewery; and
      (9)   Distiller, artisan.
   (E)   Density, setbacks, lot, and other requirements.
      (1)   General requirements.
General Requirements
Density/minimum lot size
2 acre(s) with residence and 1 acre without residence*
Front yard setback
Lot width
Maximum height
Side and rear yard setbacks
Table notes:
*: Minimum lot size shall be 2 acres if a residence is on the property. If no residence is located on the property, the minimum lot size is 1 acre, unless a central sewer and water system are in place and parking can adequately be handled on less, and it is approved by the County Commission.
**: From all lot lines and any road right-of-way, except as approved pursuant to a variance. All section lines shall be required to have a 25 foot setback form the edge of the section line right-of- way.
***: Shall not exceed 3 stories, except as approved pursuant to a variance or otherwise specifically exempted from this limitation (e.g., telecommunication towers, wind energy systems, water towers)
      (2)   Landscaping. All required yards shall either be open landscaped and green areas or be left in a natural state, and shall be properly maintained in a sightly and well-kept condition.
      (3)   Noise, odor, glare, and vibration. Noise, odor, glare, and vibration shall not be discernible to an objectionable degree beyond the property lines where the condition emanates.
      (4)   Exterior lighting. Any lights used for exterior illumination shall shielded downthrow lighting onto subject property.
      (5)   Smoke, dust, fumes, or gases. Smoke, dust, fumes, or gases shall not be emitted at any point in concentrations of amounts that are noxious, toxic, or corrosive.
(Ord. 14-01, passed 6-6-2014, Ch. 6, Art. 6; Ord. 16-03, passed 7-21-2017; Ord. 19-01, passed 4-9-2019; Ord. 22-04, passed 4-11-2023)