1131.01   WORD USAGE.
   Certain words and terms in this Zoning Code are herein defined for the purposes of this Zoning Code and shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this chapter. For the purposes of this Planning and Zoning Code, the following rules of word use apply:
   (a)   Interpretation of Common Words.
      (1)   The word "lot" includes the words plot and parcel.
      (2)   The word "person" includes a firm, association, organization, partnership, trust, company, corporation, or any other legal entity including its agents as well as an individual.
      (3)   The word "shall" signifies a mandatory requirement, one that is not discretionary; the word "may" signifies a permissive or discretionary requirement; and the word "should" is a preferred requirement.
      (4)   The words "used" and "occupied" include the words arranged, designed, constructed, altered, or intended to be used.
      (5)   The present tense includes the future tense, the singular number includes the plural, and the plural number includes the singular, unless the context clearly indicates the contrary.
      (6)   Whenever a number of days are specified, days shall mean calendar days unless specifically noted otherwise.
      (7)   All distances are horizontal measurements unless otherwise specified.
   (b)   Conflict Between Text and Visual Depiction. In the case of a discrepancy in meaning or implication between the text of this Code and any illustration or caption, the text shall control.
   (c)   Interpretation of Labels Pertaining to Parma Heights.
      (1)   "City" means the City of Parma Heights, Ohio.
      (2)   "Council" means the City Council of Parma Heights.
      (3)   "Commission" means the Parma Heights Planning Commission.
      (4)   "Board" means the Parma Heights Board of Zoning Appeals.
      (5)   "County" means Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
      (6)   "City Engineer" means the Engineer of the City of Parma Heights.
      (7)   "Director" means the Parma Heights Public Service Director.
      (8)   "Chief Building Official" means the Parma Heights Chief Building Official.
      (9)   "Zoning Code" means Ordinance 1953-29, passed June 5, 1953, as amended, codified herein as Titles Five through Nine of Part Eleven - Planning and Zoning Code. The words Planning and Zoning Code or this Code encompass the Zoning Code of the City of Parma Heights and includes all ordinances amending, explaining or supplementing the same.
(Ord. 2021-1.  Passed 1-25-21.)