1276.09  YARD REGULATIONS.
   In all Business Districts, buildings and land shall abut a dedicated street for the required lot width, and shall be used, and buildings shall be designed, erected, altered, moved or maintained, in whole or in part, only in accordance with the following schedule of regulations:
   (a)   Schedule of Yards and Setbacks for Business Uses. In Business Districts, yard and setback dimensions shall be not less than those set forth in the following schedule.
   SCHEDULE OF MINIMUM YARD AND SETBACK DIMENSIONS
 
Dist.
Main & Accessory Building & Use
Front Yard Setbacks (Distance from street right of way) (ft.)
Side Yard Setback (ft.)
Rear Yard Setback (ft.)
Abutting Res. Dist.
Abutting Nonres. Dist.
Abutting Res. Dist.
Abutting Nonres. Dist.
Office Bldg.
Office
75
40(a)
None or min. 10 ft. between bldgs.
40(a)
20
 
Parking areas & drives
25
20
5
20
5
Local Bus.
Offices, stores and services
60
40(a)
None or min. 10 ft. between bldgs.
40(a)
20
 
Sales in open yards
Not allowed
Not allowed
- - -
Not allowed
- - -
 
Parking areas & drives
20
20
5
20
5
 
Nursing facilities and assisted living facilities
60
40
10
40
20
Gen. Bus.
Offices, stores, services, amusement & recreation
60
50(a), (c)
None or min. 10 ft. between bldgs. (b)
50(a), (c)
20(b)
 
Mortuaries
60
50(a)
15
50(a)
15
 
Sales in open yards
Not allowed
Not allowed
- - -
Not allowed
- - -
 
Parking areas & drives
20
20
5
20
5
Motoris t Serv.
Service stations, motels & restaurants
75
50(a)
25
50(a)
25
 
Parking areas & drives
25
20
10
20
10
 
(a)   Or two times the building height, whichever is greater.
(b)   Or two times the building height, whichever is greater, when approved by a conditional use permit for office structures only in the General Business District, as provided for in Section 1276.04(d).
(c)   Or three times the building height, whichever is greater, when approved by a conditional use permit for office structures only in the General Business District, as provided for in Section 1276.04(d).
   (b)   Supplementary Yard Regulations.  Yards may be used for off-street parking, loading, traffic circulation, illumination, landscaping and signs as regulated in other sections of this Zoning Code.
      (1)   Front yards.  For buildings and uses, front yard setbacks shall not be less than as established in the schedule set forth in subsection (a) hereof, and no structure shall be erected in front of such a front yard setback line unless specifically modified in supplementary regulations.  The front yard shall not be used for any purpose except for off-street parking, signs, landscaping or access drives.
         A.   Wherever parking areas are proposed in front yards, the Planning Commission may require, as a condition of approval, that a front yard depth greater than that set forth above is deemed proper to relate the proposed structures to surrounding developments.  Where parking is permitted in front yards, a concrete curb or precast barrier shall be erected along the parking area, and the front yard between such line and the public right of way shall be a minimum of twenty feet, landscaped and maintained attractively.  The open air parking or storage of vehicles for sale or rent shall not be permitted within the minimum front yard setback.
         B.   Service station buildings shall be located not less than seventy-five feet from the nearest street right-of-way line, and shall be separated from said line by a fifteen-foot landscaped area.  However, gasoline pumps, if constructed and operated as a part of a service station or garage, may be erected in front of the established building line, but not less than thirty-five feet from the front lot line.  All driveways, platforms and curbs of the service stations, whether located on a City street, County road or State highway, shall be designed in accordance with the latest revision of the Regulations Governing Ingress and Egress at Gasoline Service Stations Fronting on all Highways Under State Jurisdiction in Ohio, adopted by the Ohio Department of Transportation. 
         C.   Along Royalton Road, the minimum setback for all Business Districts shall be 100 feet for buildings and fifty feet for parking, as measured from the centerline of the street, or as provided in the schedule set forth in subsection (a) hereof, whichever is greater. 
      (2)   Side yards generally.  Whenever two business buildings are located adjacent to each other and have one or more party walls and a common roof with one or more similar buildings, but are individually owned, there shall be no side yards required.  Individual business buildings shall be separated not less than ten feet from the nearest business building.
      (3)   Side yards on corner lots.  Whenever a business building is located on a corner lot, the width of the side yard on the side street shall be not less than seventy-five feet for major arterial streets, fifty feet for collector streets and thirty-five feet for local collector and local streets.  However, a service station building on a corner lot shall be set back not less than seventy-five feet from the side street right-of-way line.
      (4)   Yard screening and landscaping.  Wherever a business building is located, a side or rear yard of not less than the dimensions set forth on the schedule provided in subsection (a) hereof shall be provided on the business lot.  In addition, the Planning Commission may require a wall or solid fence of five to seven feet in height placed at least ten feet inside the Business District boundary line to reduce the visual encroachment of business buildings, signs and activity and to shield adjacent areas from parking lot illumination, headlights, fumes, heat, blowing papers and dust.  The area between such wall or fence and the property line shall be planted with a screen of evergreen and deciduous trees or shrubs to create a year-round visual barrier.  All areas not covered by buildings or pavement shall be landscaped.
         The Planning Commission may waive the requirement for a wall or fence if equivalent screening is provided by existing or planned parks, parkways or recreation areas or by topography or other natural conditions.  All areas required to be landscaped shall be planted within six months from the date of issuance of a certificate of occupancy and thereafter shall be reasonably maintained.  All landscaping plans shall be submitted to the Planning Commission for review and approval and shall be prepared in accordance with Chapter 1288.
      (5)   Parking setback from buildings.  In all Business Districts, a five-foot parking setback from any office or commercial building shall be required. 
(Ord. 1988-173.  Passed 10-17-88; Ord. 96-164.  Passed 10-15-96; Ord. 16-112.  Passed 9-6-16.)