Zoning Dictionary

Letter: V

Vacation Dwelling

A building used or intended for use as occasional residential accommodation by a person or persons occupying a permanent residence elsewhere, and for purposes of clarification, but not so as to limit the generality of the foregoing definition, shall include a summer cottage or ski chalet.

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Vacation Farm Establishment

A building or portion thereof, on a farm, consisting of not more than three guest rooms in which the proprietor resides and which caters to the needs of the travelling public by furnishing temporary sleeping accommodations, and which may, or may not, provide meals as an accessory use within the dwelling, but shall not include […]

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Vacation Home

A second home, owned or rented, usually used seasonally and located in an area with nearby recreational opportunities or amenities.

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Variance

A variance is a relaxation of the terms of the zoning ordinance where such variance will not be contrary to the public interest and where, owing to conditions peculiar to the property and not the result of the actions of the applicant, a literal enforcement of the ordinance would result in unnecessary and undue hardship.

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Variety Store

A retail commercial establishment in which goods or materials such as tobacco products and smokers’ supplies, confections, soft drinks, stationery supplies, reading materials, patent medicines and first aid supplies, housewares and notions, souvenirs and similar goods are offered for sale to the general public, and may include groceries and dairy products as a secondary line.

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Vehicle

A motor vehicle, trailer, traction engine, farm tractor, road building machine and any vehicle drawn, propelled or driven by any kind of power including muscular power, but does not include the cars of electric or steam railways...

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Vehicle Agency

An establishment having as its main use the storage of vehicles for sale, rent or lease. Accessory uses may include facilities for the repair or maintenance of such vehicles.

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Vehicle, Recreational

A vehicle designed to provide temporary living accommodation but does not include a mobile home, travel trailer or other vehicle defined herein.

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Veranda

A flat wooden surface projecting from the exterior wall of a building, usually used for seating. An open-roofed platform along the side of a house.

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Vessel

A craft designed to float on the water including a boat, a barge or a ship.

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