Zoning Dictionary

Letter: A

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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Abandoned Sign

Any permitted sign or sign structure which was erected on a premises in conjunction with a particular use which has been discontinued for a period of 30 days or more, or a permitted temporary sign for which the permit has expired.

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Abattoir

A building or structure specifically designed to accommodate the penning and slaughtering of live animals and the preliminary processing of animal carcasses and may include the packing, treating, storing and sale of the product on the premises. The use of land, or building, or structure or part thereof, in which animals are slaughtered.

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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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Access or Access Way

A way of approaching or entering a property. A way or means of approach to provide vehicular or pedestrian physical entrance to a property. Shall mean the place, means, or way by which pedestrians and vehicles shall have safe,...

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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 Advertising Use

Use of land, or a building exterior or of a structure or thing for the advertising or promoting by visible or other means of a product, service, place or event which is for sale, for rent, available, held, assembled, grown or manufactured on the same lot.

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Accessory Apartment

A second dwelling unit either in or added to an existing single-family detached dwelling, or in a separate accessory structure on the same lot as the main dwelling, for use as a complete, independent living facility with provision within the accessory apartment for cooking, eating, sanitation, and sleeping. Such a dwelling is an accessory use […]

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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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