SECTION III: DEFINITIONS:
As used in this ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires:
 
AIRPORT HAZARD:
Any structure, tree, or use of land which obstructs the air space required for, or is otherwise hazardous to, the flight of aircraft in landing or taking off at the airport; and any use of land which is hazardous to persons or property because of its proximity to the airport.
COMMISSIONER:
The Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
CONFORMING USE:
Any structure, tree, or object of natural growth, or use of land that complies with all the applicable provisions of this Ordinance or any amendment to this ordinance.
DWELLING:
Any building or portion thereof designed or used as a residence or sleeping place of one (1) or more persons.
ESTABLISHED RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD IN A BUILT UP URBAN AREA (ERN - BUUA):
An area which, if it existed on or before January 1, 1978 shall be considered a conforming use that shall not be prohibited except as provided in SECTION V B 5, EXEMPTIONS - ESTABLISHED RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS.
HEIGHT:
For the purpose of determining the height limits in all zones set forth in this Ordinance and shown on the zoning map, the datum shall be mean sea level elevation unless otherwise specified.
LANDING AREA:
The area of the airport used for the landing, taking off, or taxiing of aircraft.
LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE:
A single-family or two-family home.
LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL LOT:
A single lot located in an area which is zoned for single-family or two-family residences and in which the predominant land use is such type of residences.
NONCONFORMING USE:
Any pre-existing structure, tree, natural growth, or land use which is inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance or an amendment hereto.
 
 
NONPRECISION INSTRUMENT RUNWAY:
A runway having an existing or planned straight-in instrument approach procedure utilizing air navigation facilities with only horizontal guidance, and for which no precision approach facilities are planned or indicated on an approved planning document.
OTHER THAN UTILITY RUNWAY:
A runway that is constructed for and intended to be used by jet aircraft or aircraft of more than twelve thousand five hundred (12,500) pounds maximum gross weight; or is four thousand nine hundred (4,900) feet or more in length.
PERSON:
An individual, firm, partnership, corporation, company, association, joint stock association, or body politic, and includes a trustee, receiver, assignee, administrator, executor, guardian, or other representative.
PLANNED:
As used in this Ordinance, refers only to those proposed future airport developments that are so indicated on a planning document having the approval of the Federal Aviation Administration, Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics, City of Little Falls, and Morrison County.
PRECISION INSTRUMENT RUNWAY:
A runway having an existing instrument approach procedure utilizing an Instrument Landing System (ILS), a Microwave Landing System (MLS), or a Precision Approach Radar (PAR), a Transponder Landing System (TLS), or a satellite-based system capable of operating to the same level of precision guidance provided by the other included systems. Also, a runway for which a precision instrument approach system is planned and is so indicated on an approved planning document.
RUNWAY:
Any existing or planned paved surface or turf covered area of the airport which is specifically designated and used or planned to be used for the landing and/or taking off of aircraft. The runways at the Little Falls/Morrison County Airport define the land use and airspace surfaces protected under this Ordinance. The coordinates of the runway ends based on the Airport Layout Plan prepared April 2014 are as follows:
 
Runway End
Latitude
Longitude
13
N45° 57' 09.42"
W94° 21' 03.99"
31
N45° 56' 42.64"
W94° 20' 20.93"
18(Future)
N45° 57' 10.87"
W94° 20' 58.43"
36 (Future)
N45° 56' 42.68"
W94° 20' 59.49"
18 (Existing)
N45° 57' 13.84"
W94° 20' 55.39"
36 (Existing)
N45° 56' 45.65"
W94° 21' 02.67"
Note: Coordinates are NAD83
 
 
SLOPE:
An incline from the horizontal expressed in an arithmetic ratio of horizontal magnitude to vertical magnitude.
STRUCTURE:
An object constructed or installed by man, including, but without limitations, buildings, towers, smokestacks, earth formations, and overhead transmission lines.
TRAVERSE WAYS:
For the purpose of determining height limits as set forth in this Ordinance, shall be increased in height by seventeen (17) feet for interstate highways; fifteen (15) feet for all other public roadways; ten (10) feet or the height of the highest mobile object that would normally traverse the road, whichever is greater, for private roads; twenty three (23) feet for railroads; and for waterways and all other traverse ways not previously mentioned, an amount equal to the height of the highest mobile object that would normally traverse it.
 
 
TREE:
Any object of natural growth.
UTILITY RUNWAY:
A runway that is constructed for, and intended to be used by propeller-driven aircraft of twelve thousand five hundred (12,500) pounds maximum gross weight and less; and is less than four thousand nine hundred (4,900) feet in length.
VISUAL RUNWAY:
A runway intended solely for the operation of aircraft using visual approach procedures, with no straight-in instrument approach procedure and no instrument designation indicated on an approved planning document.
WATER SURFACES:
For the purpose of this Ordinance, shall have the same meaning as land for the establishment of protected zones.