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(A) Purpose. The purpose of this district is to implement the recommendations of the Town Comprehensive Plan 2009-2019 by recognizing existing agricultural and other traditional landscapes in their historic form and/or their historic uses; preserving and enhancing these traditional landscapes; increasing access to and interpretation of these landscapes to residents and visitors; conserving the character of traditional landscapes in their present form; and connecting people with those landscapes and history. The district is intended to perpetuate low- density rural character; preserve and protect natural and cultural resources, sensitive areas, historic sites, and agriculturally significant lands; promote agricultural pursuits; and balance the urban environment. As part of the nationally-recognized Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor, this area should serve as a focus of low impact tourist activity for the town with an interconnected system of trails and public access to the water where available. Development should complement and be compatible with existing land uses and so should occur in a sensitive way that minimizes the visual impact on traditional landscapes and is compatible with low intensity development forms.
(B) Location. This zoning district classification is available for implementation on parcels designated for Cultural Landscape land uses on the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map, as well as on other properties specifically mentioned in the Comprehensive Plan as part of the Cultural Landscape district to include Christ Church and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. Designated parcels are illustrated in Figure 1.
Figure 1. Boundary of Cultural Landscape District.
(C) Uses. Permitted, conditional, and special exception uses for all residential use districts shall be in accordance with the Use Table contained in this chapter.
(E) Bufferyard requirements. Minimum bufferyard requirements are set forth in § 156.201; however, crop production and horticultural uses do not require a buffer but all other farm uses do require a buffer.
(F) Parking requirements. Minimum parking requirements are set forth in § 156.170 et seq.; however, parking areas may be constructed of pervious materials.
(G) Pedestrian facilities. All developments containing six or more dwelling units shall incorporate a pedestrian and bicycle trail system that connects residential areas with open space areas, neighborhood amenities, transportation routes and, where feasible, adjacent properties. Subject to Planning Commission approval through the Sketch Plan process, such trail system may consist of a roadside sidewalk or a path outside of the right-of- way, or a combination of both. Nonresidential developments are required to incorporate new pedestrian facilities and connect to existing pedestrian facilities.
(1) Where appropriate, the trail system may be constructed of pervious materials or asphalt or similar material;
(2) Pedestrian amenities, such as benches and trash cans, shall be provided where feasible;
(3) The trail system shall be improved and maintained by the property owner.
(H) Reference to additional regulations. In addition to the above, all applicable provisions of this chapter shall apply to the development and use of property within this district. When in conflict, the more stringent requirements shall take precedence.
(Ord. 14047, passed 8-12-14; Am. Ord. 16082, passed 10-11-16)