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Chapter 18. General Zoning Ordinance

Sec. 18-60. Storage Land Uses

1) Indoor Storage and Wholesaling: Land uses primarily oriented to the receiving, holding, and shipping of packaged materials for a single business or a single group of businesses. With the exception of loading and parking facilities, such land uses are contained entirely within an enclosed building. Examples of this land use include conventional warehouse facilities, long-term indoor storage facilities, and joint warehouse and storage facilities. Retail outlets associated with this use shall be considered accessory uses per Section 18-65(17).

Regulations:

(a) Minimum required parking: One space per 2,000 square feet of gross floor area.

(2) Outdoor Storage and Wholesaling: Land uses primarily oriented to the receiving, holding, and shipping of packaged materials for a single business or a single group of businesses. Such a land use, in which any activity beyond loading and parking is located outdoors, is considered an Outdoor Storage and Wholesaling land use. Examples of this land use include, but are not limited to, storage yards, equipment yards, lumber yards, and coal yards.

Regulations:

(a) All outdoor storage areas shall be completely enclosed by any permitted combination of buildings, structures, walls, and fencing. Such walls and fencing shall be a minimum of 8 feet in height and shall be designed to completely screen all stored materials from view from non-industrialized areas at an elevation of 5 feet above the grade of all abutting properties and rights-of-way. Said walls or fencing shall be screened from residentially zoned property by a bufferyard with a minimum opacity of 0.80.

(b) The storage of items shall not be permitted in required frontage landscaping areas, bufferyard areas, or permanently protected green space areas.

(c) In no event shall the storage of items reduce or inhibit the use or number of parking stalls provided on the property below the requirement established by the provisions of Subsection (g). If the number of provided parking stalls on the property is already less than the requirement, such storage area shall not further reduce the number of parking stalls already present.

(d) Storage areas shall be separated from any vehicular parking or circulation area by a minimum of 10 feet. This separation shall be clearly delimited by a physical separation such as a greenway, curb, fence, or line of planters, or by a clearly marked paved area.

(e) Materials being stored shall not interfere in any manner with either on-site or off-site traffic visibility, including potential vehicle/vehicle and vehicle/pedestrian conflicts.

(f) Inoperable vehicles or equipment, or other items typically stored in a junkyard or salvage yard, shall not be stored under the provisions of this land use.

(g) Minimum required parking: One space for every 10,000 square feet of gross storage area, plus one space per each employee on the largest work shift.

(3) Personal Storage Facility: Also known as "mini-warehouses," these land uses oriented to the indoor storage of items entirely within partitioned buildings having an individual access to each partitioned storage area. Such storage areas may be available on either a condominium or a rental basis. This land use may include multiple buildings, shall be regulated as a conditional use, and shall not be considered a Group Development.

Regulations:

(a) Facility shall be designed so as to minimize adverse visual impacts on nearby developments. The color, exterior materials, and orientation of proposed buildings and structures shall complement surrounding development.

(b) Facility shall be surrounded by a bufferyard with a minimum opacity of 0.80 along all property borders abutting residentially zoned property.

(c) No electrical power shall be run to the storage facilities, except for exterior lighting and interior hallway lighting.

(d) Minimum required parking: One space for each employee on the largest work shift.