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Chapter 18. General Zoning Ordinance

Sec. 18-105. Exterior Storage Standards

(1) Purpose. The purpose of this Section is to control the use of office and commercial property for exterior storage so as to promote the safety and general welfare of the public. For exterior storage in agricultural and industrial districts, refer to Article III.

(2) Applicability. The requirements of this Section apply to all development.

(3) Review and Approval. If a conditional use permit is determined to be necessary by the Zoning Administrator, the Plan Commission shall review and approve all development for conformance with this Section through the site plan review process (see Section 18-164).

(4) Requirements for Exterior Storage in Mixed Use Districts. In all commercial zoning districts, all materials and equipment shall be stored within a completely enclosed building except for the following which shall not be located within any required front yard or required street yard (except for vehicles in designated parking spaces) and shall be stored a minimum of 5 feet from any and all property lines: screened refuse containers; construction materials, landscape materials, and related equipment connected within on-site construction; and off-street parking.

(5) Inoperable Motor Vehicles. Refer to section 15-53 3Q of the City of Marshfield Municipal Code.

(6) Outdoor Storage of Firewood. No person shall store firewood in the front yard on residentially zoned property, except that firewood may be temporarily stored in the front yard for a period of 30 days from the date of its delivery. Firewood should be neatly stacked and may not be stacked closer than 2 feet to any lot line and not higher than 6 feet from grade, except abutting a fence where firewood can be stacked against the fence as high as the fence. Fences as used in this Section shall not include hedges and other vegetation.

(7) All brush, debris, and refuse from processing of firewood shall be promptly and properly disposed of.

(a) Woodpiles that contain diseased wood that is capable of transmitting disease to healthy trees and woodpiles, or that harbor or are infested or inhabited by rats or other vermin, are public nuisances and may be abated pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter.

(b) Not more than 20 percent of the required side and rear yard may be used for storage of firewood at any one time.