Zoning Dictionary

Category: General Terms

Abandon

To discontinue a use for more than six (6) consecutive months. To cease or suspend from developing or maintaining a building or use for a stated period of time.

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Abandoned Activity

A business or activity with no reported sales or activity for a period of at least 180 days. Exceptions are temporary closures for repairs, alterations, or other similar situations.

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Accessory

A use, separate building, or structure, normally incidental, subordinate, exclusively devoted to and located on the same lot as the principal use, building or structure but does not include a building or structure used for human habitation. A use subordinate and naturally, customarily and normally incidental to and exclusively devoted to a main use of […]

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Accessory Building

A detached building located on the same lot as an existing building, the use of which is incidental or secondary to that of the main building and which is not used for human habitation and includes a private garage or implement shed. A building which is an adjunct or accompaniment to the main building. A […]

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Affordable

Annual cost of housing including mortgage, principal and interest payments as amortized over 25 years with a 25 percent down payment or gross rent that does not exceed 30 percent of gross annual household income.

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Amortization

The process by which nonconforming uses and structures may be discontinued or made to conform to requirements of the ordinance at the end of a specified period of time.

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Ancillary Use

An additional use essential for the proper and/or effective functioning of another use. A use which supports the dominant use of a building located on the same lot and which does not diminish the ability of the dominant use to fulfill its mandate.

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Angle of Light Obstruction

An acute angle formed from the horizontal by a line extending from the center line of the street at a grade at right angles to the center line of the street or to a tangent to the center line of a curved street, over a lot abutting on such street and touching a building or […]

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Appearance

The outward aspect of a building or structure that is visible to the public.

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Appropriate

Sympathetic, or fitting, to the context of the site and the whole community. To access the rest of this content, you must purchase a...

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