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SECTION 32- B-1 CENTRAL BUSINESS ZONE

 

32.00- DESCRIPTION OF ZONE- This zone is composed and limited to the downtown retail area. It is recognized that within this zone there are three unique classes of structures:

  • CLASS A structures are those located along Main Street and
  • CLASS B structures are located to the rear of Main Street in the Central Business Zone that are not Class A or Class C structures.
  • CLASS C structures are those located along Spring Street, Grand Street, Liberty Street, Wetmore Place, Broad Street, Old Church Street, Union Street, DeKoven Drive south of Union Street and Washington Street west of Wetmore Place.

The zone provides for the central retail, cultural and governmental activities of the community. Accordingly, these regulations are designed to permit retail development in the core of the community where there is a concentration of pedestrian activity. To these ends the regulations establish standards retaining such intensity of use and concentration of pedestrian and vehicular as is compatible with the function of this zone.                           (Section Amended Effective 6/22/15)

32.01- USES- No land shall be used or occupied and no structure shall be erected, constructed, reconstructed, altered or used, except for any use which is indicated in the B-1 column of the Use Schedule, Section 61 of this Zoning Code and shall be subject of such provisions as referred to in that column. Further, the front fifty percent (50%) of the ground floor space of buildings fronting on Main Street shall be restricted to the following permitted uses: Eating and Drinking Places, Entertainment, Restaurants, Retail Business, Retail Sales, Retail Services, and Theaters. Any other use allowed in the B-1 zone in Section 61 proposed for the front fifty percent (50%) of the ground floor space of buildings fronting on Main Street shall be a Special Exception Use. Cafeterias are not permitted as accessory uses in this zone and exterior gates are prohibited.

(Section amended effective 5/31/11)

32.02- HEIGHT- Build height shall be regulated by the following table:

Building Class

Maximum Height

Minimum Height

Other Requirements

A

 6 stories

35 feet

No Class A building fronting on Main Street shall be demolished, unless reconstructed to a height less than its previous height, or the minimum 35 feet, whichever is greater.

B

12 stories

2 stories

 

C

6 stories

2 stories

Class C buildings shall require that any story above the fourth be set back 15 feet from the front building fašade.

(Effective 5/10/2012) (Section amended effective 6/22/15)

32.03- LOT AREA, WIDTH AND YARD REQUIREMENTS- No minimum lot area or frontage required. Yard requirement is that any building shall have yards sufficient to insure proper design and placement of buildings as determined in the site plan review process.  The building shall have a maximum setback from the front property line and be a minimum width in relation to the lot frontage, as regulated by the following table:

Building Class

Maximum Setback

Minimum width of Building

A

5 feet from front property line

80% of the lot frontage width

B

None

50% of the lot frontage width

C

10 feet from front property line

80% of the lot frontage width

 

32.04- OFF-STREET PARKING AND OFF-STREET LOADING REQUIREMENTS- Off-street parking and off-street loading shall be provided in connection with any use in this zone in accordance with the provisions of Section 40. In addition, requirements for the provision of parking facilities may be satisfied by the permanent allocation of the required number of spaces for each use in a common parking facility, cooperatively established and operated. The total number of spaces so provided may be reduced provided that such reduction is approved by the Commission upon a finding by them that such reduction is justified on the basis of common patrons, overlapping peak needs, and existing public parking facilities. The location of parking and access to parking is regulated by the following table:

Building Class

Parking Facilities Setback

Driveway location

A

40 feet from front property line

There shall be no driveway access of parking lot fronting on Main Street.

B

40 feet from front property line

There shall be no driveway access of parking lot fronting on Main Street.

C

40 feet from front property line

There shall be no driveway access of parking lot fronting on Main Street.

(Section amended effective 9/1/95)

32.05- NEW CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS- No new building shall be erected, or constructed along Main Street, except with an entrance on Main Street. No new building shall be erected, or constructed along Main Street, except where the amount of area taken up by windows and doors shall be greater than 60% of the first floor facade area. No new building shall be erected, or constructed along Main Street, except where the amount of area taken up by windows shall be greater than 25% of the upper floor(s) facade are. The use of dormers above the roof line is encouraged.

32.06- DESIGN REVIEW- Advisory opinion from Design Review Board shall be submitted with site plan and special exception application for the construction of new buildings larger than 5,000 square feet.

(Section Amended Effective 6/22/15)

 

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