§14-211. "RC-1" Residential District. [26]


(1) Use Regulations. Additional permitted uses are as follows:

(a) Private dwelling garages as accessory uses;

(b) Commercial Uses. Where the Chart at §14-205 provides for Commercial/Offices/Signs, the following uses shall be permitted as set forth below. In any structure erected in this district, the commercial uses below listed shall be permitted subject to the limitations set forth:

(.1) Such uses shall be permitted only in structures containing 25 or more dwelling units, at the rate of 40 square feet of commercial area for each dwelling unit actually existing at the time of the beginning of such commercial use;

(.2) The minimum gross floor area of any commercial use shall be 500 square feet and the maximum gross floor area for any commercial use shall be 6,000 square feet;

(.3) No commercial use shall be located above the first story of the structure;

(.4) The only uses permitted shall be:

(.a) Professional offices;

(.b) Sales at retail, separately or in any combination, in completely enclosed stores or shops, on the premises, and dealing directly with the consumers: apparel, confections, drugs, flowers, food, gift shop, goods and greeting cards, jewelry (including watch repair), reading material, tobacco goods, and variety store goods, beauty shop, barber shop, custom tailoring or dressmaking, laundry pick-up agency (provided that no laundering or dry cleaning shall be done on the premises);

(.c) Accessory uses, customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses; provided, that the accessory use does not occupy more than 25% of the commercial floor area and does not include open air storage of materials;

(c) Signs. Signs shall be permitted to the extent provided for in §14-203(3)(a)(.2); except that, for those commercial uses permitted (under (1)(b), above), the following signs shall be permitted:

(.1) The total area of signs permitted on buildings shall not exceed 1 square foot for each linear foot of store front width, and may be attached flat against the wall of the building or marquee but shall not project above the roof or wall coping of a one story building or above the bottom of any second floor window in buildings two stories or greater in height;

(.2) In addition to the signs allowed in sub-section (.1) above, one monument type freestanding sign shall be permitted under the following conditions:

(.a) Such sign is located upon the lot where permitted uses are in existence;

(.b) The uses upon the lot exceed a sales-floor area of 10,000 square feet;

(.c) Such sign shall not contain more than 2 sign faces with a total area of 200 square feet, exclusive of any supporting structure, nor exceed in total height 10 feet from ground level at the base of any supporting structure to the top of the sign;

(.d) Signs may be animated or illuminated; provided, the illumination shall be focused upon the sign itself so as to prevent glare upon the surrounding areas; and,

(.e) Signs with flashing or intermittent illumination shall not be erected within 150 feet of any Residential District, nor facing any Residential District within 300 feet of the sign.

(2) Area Regulations.

(a) Distance from Lot Lines to Structures. The distance from the lot lines to structures shall conform to the following requirements:

(.1) Every point on a structure shall be a minimum horizontal distance from every lot line which is not a boundary line between the lot and a river, stream, canal, railroad right-of-way or a street line in accordance with the following requirements:

(.a) For buildings up to 25 feet in height every point on the structure shall be a minimum horizontal distance from every lot line equal to the height of that point above the mean ground level at the base of the structure; but in no case less than 10 feet;

(.b) For buildings over 25 feet in height every point on the structure shall be a minimum average horizontal distance of 25 feet from every lot line but in no case less than 10 feet;

(.2) Every point on a structure which faces a river, stream, canal, railroad right-of-way or street shall be a minimum horizontal distance from the centerline (or the combined center lines) of said river, stream, canal, railroad right-of-way or a street equal to the height of that point above the mean ground level at the base of said structure;

(b) Spacing of Structures. The required minimum spacing shall be as follows:

(.1) Between parallel structures (front-to-front, rear-to-rear, or front-to-rear), 25 feet;
(.2) Between obliquely aligned structures (front-to-front, rear-to-rear, or front-to-rear), the minimum distance required in the preceding sub-paragraphs for structures of 5 stories or less may be decreased by as much as 10 feet at one end if increased by a similar or greater distance at the other end;

(.3) Between end walls of structures where said walls contain no legally required windows, 10 feet at any point. Where legally required windows occur in one or both end walls of structures, and such walls face each other, this distance shall be 25 feet;

(.4) Between the end wall of a structure and the front or rear wall of another structure, or between the side walls of separate structures, 10 feet at any point. Where legally required windows occur in one or both walls of the structures, this distance shall be 25 feet;

(.5) Between corners of adjacent structures that do not face each other or overlap, 5 feet at any point;

(c) Courts. The minimum width of courts between wings of the same structure shall be determined by the following requirements:

(.1) For buildings of 3 stories or less and not in excess of 35 feet high, the minimum width shall be not less than the length or depth of such court;

(.2) For buildings over 3 stories or over 35 feet in height, whichever is less, the minimum width shall be not less than the length or depth of such court plus 1/3 of that portion of the height of the building over 3 stories or 35 feet.

(3) Off-street Parking. Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with Chapter 14-1400 of this Title. Furthermore, all commercial uses permitted in this district (under (1)(b), above) shall provide additional off-street parking on the basis of one parking space for each 1,000 square feet of commercial gross floor area of the building; provided, that requirements shall be rounded to the nearest whole number of spaces, with 1/2 or more being considered to require one additional space.

(4) Off-Street Loading. Off-street loading shall be provided for that portion of any building erected, which is used for commercial uses, listed in this district. Said loading shall be in accordance with §14-1405 of this Title.