§ II-6.006  GC - GENERAL COMMERCIAL DISTRICT.
   (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)   Residential usage shall be limited to one dwelling for the owner or manager of an enterprise;
      (2)   Mixed use structures;
      (3)   Transportation and utility easements and rights-of-way;
      (4)   Hotels, motels, rooming, and boarding houses;
      (5)   Eating and drinking establishments;
      (6)   On-premises signs, complying with Chapter 8 of this zoning title;
      (7)   Retail establishments, including incidental manufacturing goods for sale at retail premises, when conducted entirely in an enclosed building;
      (8)   Commercial recreation and amusement structures and uses conducted entirely in an enclosed building, such as theaters, bowling alleys, and pool rooms;
      (9)   Public buildings and grounds other than schools;
      (10)   Public service structures such as police stations, fire stations, and post offices;
      (11)   The storage, display, and sale of new, used, repossessed, and traded-in merchandise, when conducted entirely in an enclosed building;
      (12)   Barber and beauty shops, massage, and tanning salons;
      (13)   Cleaning, dyeing, laundry, pressing, dressmaking, tailoring, garment, and shoe repair shops;
      (14)   Businesses for repair of jewelry, eye glasses, hearing aids, and prosthetic appliances;
      (15)   Business and vocational schools not involving operations of an industrial character;
      (16)   Service and repair establishments, including automobile service and repair, but excluding airplane and railroad establishments;
      (17)   Medical, dental, clinics, and laboratories;
      (18)   Office spaces;
      (19)   Bank and financial institutions;
      (20)   Funeral homes/mortuary;
      (21)   Bakeries;
      (22)   Butcher shop;
      (23)   Auditoriums, libraries, art galleries, museums, and other cultural structures;
      (24)   Community centers;
      (25)   Churches, religious structures;
      (26)   Bus stations;
      (27)   Parking lots and garages;
      (28)   Building material sales, not including, concrete, asphalt plants, or lumberyards;
      (29)   Group daycare, daycare center, group home;
      (30)   Car wash;
      (31)   Historical monuments and structures;
      (32)   Mortuary; and
      (33)   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)   Construction equipment sales;
      (5)   Warehousing, wholesale, and distribution establishments;
      (6)   Manufacturing and fabricating;
      (7)   Kennels, animal hospitals;
      (8)   Campground;
      (9)   New and used motor vehicle sales, rental, and repair, including trailers, boat sales, motorcycles, and travel trailers;
      (10)   New and used farm equipment sales;
      (11)   Equipment sales, display, repair;
      (12)   Lumberyard;
      (13)   Commercial nursery or greenhouse;
      (14)   Frozen food lockers provided there is no slaughtering of animals on the premises;
      (15)   Transportation, truck stop, and terminal;
      (16)   Recycling facility;
      (17)   Uses which store or handle a regulated substance;
      (18)   Contractors shop and storage yard;
      (19)   Airport/heliport;
      (20)   Small wind energy systems per § II-10.001; and
      (21)   Small and large scale sand, gravel, or rock extraction.
   (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
25’**
Lot width
None
Maximum height
35’***
Side and rear yard
0’
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)