1151.01  PURPOSE.
   These regulations are intended to permit nonconforming uses and structures to continue, but not to encourage their perpetuation.  The regulation of non-conforming development is intended to bring development into conformance with the Sandusky Planning and Zoning Code and the Comprehensive Plan.
(a)   All nonconforming uses, structures, and lots shall be regulated according to the provisions of Chapter 1151, except as otherwise provided in the Sandusky Planning and Zoning Code.
(b)   Any lawful uses of buildings or land existing at the effective date of this Zoning Code may be continued, even though such use does not conform to the provisions hereof.
(c)   Whenever the use of a building or land becomes nonconforming through an amendment to this Zoning Code or Map, such use may be continued.
(d)   The existence of a nonconforming use or structure shall not be grounds for the establishment of additional structures or uses not otherwise permitted in the district.
(e)   In order to avoid hardship, nothing in this Code shall be deemed to require a change in plans, construction, or designated use of any building or upon which actual substantial construction was lawfully begun prior to the effective date of adoption or amendment of this Code and upon which actual building construction has been carried on diligently.  Construction is considered to have started if excavation, demolition, or removal of an existing building has begun in preparation of rebuilding, and a building permit has been issued, prior to the effective date of adoption or amendment of this Code.
      (Ord. 02-191.  Passed 12-9-02.)