§ 157.020  GENERAL USAGE.
   For the purpose of this chapter, certain words and terms are herein defined as follows.
   (A)   Words used in the present tense include the future tense; words in the singular number include the plural number and words in the plural number include the singular number; unless the obvious construction of the wording indicates otherwise.
   (B)   The word “shall” is mandatory.
   (C)   Unless otherwise specified, all distances shall be measured horizontally and at right angles to the line in relation to which the distance is specified.
   (D)   The word “building” includes the word “structure”; the word “lot” includes the words “plot” and “parcel”.
   (E)   The word “used” shall be deemed also to include “erected”, “reconstructed”, “altered”, “placed”, or “moved”.
   (F)   The terms “land use” and “use of land” shall be deemed also to include “building use” and “use of a building”.
   (G)   The word “state” means the Commonwealth of Virginia.
   (H)   The word “county” means Richmond County, Virginia, and the terms “county boundary” means any exterior boundary of the county or any boundary of unincorporated territory within the county.
   (I)   The word “applicant” includes a firm, association, organization, partnership, trust, company, or corporation as well as an individual.
   (J)   The term “VA Code” shall include “as amended”.
   (K)   The word “adjacent” means “nearby” and not necessarily “contiguous”.
(Ord. passed 11-9-1995)