Zoning Dictionary

Category: Lot Building Size/Location/Landscaping

Abut/Abutting

Having a common border with, or being separated from such a common border by a right-of-way, alley, or easement. To physically touch or border upon. To share a common property line but not overlap. Means two (2) adjoining parcels of property with a common property line, including two (2) or more lots adjoining only at […]

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Adjacent Land

Land contiguous to an identified natural feature or function or resource.

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Berm

A raised form of earth to provide screening or to improve the aesthetic character. A mound of earth.

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Block

All land fronting on one side of a street between the nearest streets, intersecting, meeting or crossing the aforesaid street.

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Buffer Area/Strip

A landscaped area intended to separate and partially obstruct the view of two adjacent land uses or properties from one another. Land area used to visibly separate one use from another or to shield or block noise, lights, or other nuisances. A part of land which alleviates the adverse effects of the use of one […]

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Buffer Yard

A unit of required yard which is a combination of land and physical barriers such as fencing, plant materials and earth berm which separate various land uses.

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Buildable Area

The portion of a lot remaining after required yards have been provided. The area of a lot remaining after the minimum yard and open space requirements of the zoning ordinance have been met. The space remaining on a zoning lot after the minimum open-space requirements (coverage, yards, setbacks) have been met. An area of a […]

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Buildable Width

The width of the building site left to be built upon after the required side yards are provided.

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Building Area

The maximum projected horizontal area of a building at established grade measured to the center of party walls and to the outside of other walls including air wells, and all other spaces within the building, but excluding open air porches, verandahs, steps, cornices, chimney breasts, fire escapes, exterior stairways, breezeways, accessory buildings, ramps and open […]

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Building Coverage (also See Coverage)

The amount of land covered or permitted to be covered by a building, usually measured in terms of percentage of a lot.

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