Town of Ulysses, NY
Tompkins County
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§ 212-21 Word usage.

For the purpose of this chapter certain words shall have the following meanings unless otherwise required by the context:
A. 
Words used in the present tense include the future;
B. 
The singular number includes the plural, and the plural the singular;
C. 
The word "building" includes the word "structure";
D. 
The word "occupied" includes the words "designed or intended to be occupied"; and
E. 
The word "used" includes the words "arranged, designed or intended to be used."

§ 212-22 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ACCESSORY BUILDING
A building subordinate to and clearly incidental to the principal building on the same lot, and used for the purposes customarily incidental to those of the principal building. An accessory building shall not contain habitable space. For the purposes of this chapter, tractor trailers, shipping containers, PODS®, and similar structures are not considered to be accessory buildings.
ADULT CARE CENTER
A building used for the care, protection and supervision for fee of more than 12 elderly or disabled adults for part of a twenty-four-hour day, such care to include personal assistance, development of skills for daily living and opportunities for social contact.
ADULT CARE, FAMILY
Any building used for the care, protection and supervision for fee, at least once a week, of not more than six elderly or disabled adults for part of a twenty-four-hour day by a resident of the dwelling, such care to include personal assistance, development of skills for daily living and opportunities for social contact, excluding, however, the care of an adult(s) given by relatives.
ADULT CARE, GROUP
Any building used for the care, protection and supervision for fee, more than once a week, of more than six but not more than 12 elderly or disabled adults for part of a twenty-four-hour day by a resident of the dwelling, such care to include personal assistance, development of skills for daily living and opportunities for social contact.
ADULT ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS
A business, including arcades, bookstores, theatres, dance clubs, massage parlors and similar establishments, providing live, motion picture, videocassette, slide, photographic or computer-generated visual entertainment characterized by: the display of less than opaquely covered female human genitals or male human genitals in a discernible turgid state, the human pubic region, buttocks, or female breast or breasts below the top of the areola; or human sexual activity, including human genitals in a state of sexual arousal, or acts of sexual intercourse, sodomy or masturbation, or fondling or other touching of human genitals, pubic region, buttocks or breasts for the purpose of sexual arousal; and/or the retail sale of books, magazines, newspapers, movies, slides, films, devices or other photographic or written reproductions characterized by: the display of less than opaquely covered female human genitals or male human genitals in a discernible turgid state, the human pubic region, buttocks, or female breast or breasts below the top of the areola; or human sexual activity, including human genitals in a state of sexual arousal, or acts of sexual intercourse, sodomy or masturbation, or fondling or other touching of human genitals, pubic region, buttocks or breasts for the purpose of sexual arousal.
AGRICULTURAL COMMERCE
A retail or wholesale enterprise operated as an accessory use to an active farm on the same premises providing services or products principally utilized in agricultural production, including structures, agricultural equipment and agricultural equipment parts, batteries and tires, livestock, feed, seed, fertilizer and equipment repairs, or providing for wholesale or retail sale of grain, fruit, produce, trees, shrubs, flowers or other products of agricultural operations.
AGRICULTURE
The use of land and on-farm buildings, equipment, manure-processing and -handling facilities, and practices which contribute to the production, preparation and marketing of crops, livestock and livestock products as a commercial enterprise, including a commercial horse-boarding operation, as defined in the Agriculture and Markets Law Article 25-AA, § 301. (See also "farm.")
AIRPORT
An area of land or water set aside and designed for the landing and takeoff of aircraft, that is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and that includes facilities necessary for the housing and maintenance of aircraft.
AIRSTRIP, PRIVATE
An area of land or water set aside and designed to be utilized by the owner of the property for the landing and takeoff of aircraft, and that includes facilities necessary for the housing and maintenance of aircraft.
ALL-WEATHER SURFACE
Any roadway, driveway, alley or parking lot surface paved with crushed stone, asphalt, concrete or other pervious or impervious material in a manner that will support the weight of anticipated vehicular traffic in all weather conditions and minimize the potential for ruts, potholes or pooling of water. (See also "impervious surface.")
AMUSEMENT, PLACE OF
A facility providing rides, games, variety shows and other forms of entertainment, and food and drink for the amusement of the general public.[1]
BAR
An establishment primarily engaged in the retail sale of alcoholic drinks, such as beer, ale, wine and liquor, for consumption on the premises.
BED-AND-BREAKFAST
An owner-occupied, one-family dwelling used for providing overnight accommodations and a morning meal to not more than 10 transient lodgers and containing at least three but not more than five bedrooms for such lodgers.
BICYCLE/SKI RENTAL BUSINESS
Establishment for the purpose of renting nonmotorized recreation equipment, such as bicycles and cross-country skis, where there is no permanent outdoor storage or display of equipment, and may include retail sales incidental and subordinate to nonmotorized recreation activities, subject to the following: no more than 20% of the square footage of the building or structure used by the establishment will be used for such retail sales.
BOARDING HOUSE
A building arranged or used for lodging for compensation, with or without meals, for up to 15 occupants, and which is not occupied as a single-family unit.
BREAST HEIGHT (bh)
The standard height at which the caliper (diameter) of a tree is measured, 4 1/2 feet above the base of the trunk of the tree.
BUFFER, STREAM PROTECTION
A strip of land on each side of a stream that is left vegetated or replanted with native woody tree and shrub plants to provide several important societal services, including flood reduction, erosion control, groundwater filtration, surface water quality improvement and wildlife habitat.
BUILDING
Any structure having a roof supported by columns, posts or walls.
BUILDING HEIGHT
The distance from the average grade level to the highest point of a building or structure.
CAMPER
A dwelling designed and used for temporary residence mounted on a chassis designed to be towed or mounted on a truck for travel over roads and highways. Units may be self-contained or designed for temporary connection to electric, water or sewerage utilities. (See also "motor home.")
CAMPGROUND, GROUP
Any parcel of land on which the following are located for group activities by private groups or semipublic groups, and such as a boy or girl scout camp, fraternal lodge, summer camp facility, conference center or nature center: 1) tent sites, cabins, or other accommodations of design or character suitable for seasonal and temporary accommodations; and/or 2) a structure or structures containing communal facilities, such as a kitchen, dining area, gathering space and bathrooms. No camping vehicles, campers or motor homes shall be permitted on the premises. There shall be no more than two year-round single-family homes for each group campground facility, which shall be accessory to the group campground use, such as housing for a caretaker.
[Amended 8-12-2014 by L.L. No. 3-2014]
CAMPGROUND, OVERNIGHT
Any parcel of land on which are located two or more tent sites, or small camper sites, such as pop-up type, and is primarily used by overnight, weekend, or short-term (not seasonal) campers, and for which fees are charged. Large campers, such as Class A or C self-propelled units, are clearly an incidental and accessory use and limited to no more that 10% of the campsites. Storage on more than 10% of the campsites, storage on more than 10% of the total site capacity and commercial sales of Class A or C vehicles are prohibited.
CAMPGROUND, SEASONAL
Any parcel of land on which are located two or more cabins, park models, travel trailers, recreational vehicles or other accommodations of design or character suitable for seasonal or temporary living purposes, and on which these accommodations may be stored year around, and for which fees are charged. Each seasonal camp site shall be connected to utilities and sanitary waste disposal system.[2]
CHILD-CARE CENTER
A building used for the care, protection and supervision for fee, more than once a week, of more than 12 children at any one time. If conducted within a dwelling by a resident of said dwelling, children of the resident under the age of 16 shall be counted in determining the number of children being cared for.
CHILD CARE, FAMILY
The care, protection and supervision for fee, more than once a week, of not more than six children at any one time by a resident of a dwelling. Children of the resident under the age of 16 shall be counted in determining the number of children being cared for.
CHILD CARE, GROUP
The care, protection and supervision for fee, more than once a week, of more than six but not more than 12 children at any one time. If conducted within a dwelling by a resident of said dwelling, children of the resident under the age of 16 shall be counted in determining the number of children being cared for.
CLEAR-CUT
A stand in which essentially all trees have been removed in one operation. Depending on management objectives, a clear-cut may or may not have reserve trees left to attain goals other than regeneration.
CLINIC
A building designed and utilized in the diagnosis and treatment on an outpatient basis only of persons who are sick or injured, providing clinical, temporary, surgical and laboratory medical services.
COMMUNITY CENTER
A place, structure or other facility used for fraternal, social, educational and recreational programs generally open to the public and intended to serve significant segments of the community.[3]
CONFERENCE CENTER
A building or structure designed and available to rent to persons, businesses or organizations for the purpose of one or more group meetings, social events, exhibitions or other large gatherings. Restaurant or cafeteria facilities may be included in such a building or structure.
COTTAGE INDUSTRY
A manufacturing, construction or service enterprise owned and operated by a resident of the principal dwelling on a lot, but which is not engaged in retail sales with established hours of operation, or services on the premises, and which does not employ more than 10 persons on site not residing on the property.
CUL-DE-SAC
See "road, dead-end."
DISTRICT
See "zoning district."
DOMESTIC LIVESTOCK
Domestic animals, such as cattle, sheep, hogs, goats, horses, poultry, alpacas, llamas, ratites, such as ostriches, emus, rheas and kiwis, farmed deer, or farmed buffalo, raised for sale or home consumption of meat, fiber, milk, eggs, or as work animals.[4]
DRIVE-THROUGH
A retail facility or portion thereof from which business is transacted, or is capable of being transacted, directly with customers located in a motor vehicle during such business transaction.
DWELLING
A building or portion thereof designed and used for human habitation, with an independent entrance and with provisions for living, cooking, sanitary and sleeping facilities arranged for the use of one family, excluding tents, hotels, motels or other building designed for transient residence.
DWELLING UNIT
A single unit providing complete independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, cooking, sanitation and sleeping.
ELDER COTTAGE
A separate, detached one-family dwelling of not less than 560 square feet and not more than 750 square feet. The unit may be manufactured housing, provided that the width of the unit shall be no less than 22 feet. The unit shall be designed to be temporarily placed on a lot as an accessory dwelling to the principal dwelling, for the purpose of providing housing for one or more persons related by blood, marriage or adoption.
EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY
The extraction of overburden and minerals from the earth; the preparation and processing of minerals, including any activities or processes used for the extraction or removal of minerals from their original location and the preparation such as washing, cleaning, crushing, stockpiling or other processing at the mine location that makes a mineral suitable for commercial, industrial or construction use, but does not include operations extracting natural gas and/or petroleum. For the purpose of this chapter, borrow pits (excavations for removing material for filling operations) which exceed 2,000 tons in a one-year period are considered extractive industry.
FAIR
A competitive exhibition of agricultural products and animals, usually with accompanying food and merchandise vendors, displays, entertainment and amusements.
[5]
A. 
One or more persons living together in a single dwelling unit, all of whom are related by blood, marriage or adoption; or
B. 
A functional family unit, defined as follows: A group of individuals living together in a single dwelling unit and functioning as a family. In determining whether a group of legally unrelated individuals is a functional family unit, the following criteria must be met:
(1) 
The occupants must share the entire dwelling unit.
(2) 
The household must have stability. Evidence of such stability may include following:
(a) 
The presence of minor dependent children regularly residing in the household.
(b) 
Proof of the sharing of expenses for food, rent or ownership costs, utilities and other household expenses and sharing in the preparation, storage and consumption of food.
(c) 
Whether different members of the household have the same address for the purposes of:
[1] 
Voter registration.
[2] 
Drivers' licenses.
[3] 
Motor vehicle registration.
[4] 
Summer or other residences.
[5] 
The filing of taxes.
(d) 
Common ownership of furniture and appliances among the members of the household.
(e) 
Enrollment of dependent children in local schools.
(f) 
Employment of household members in the local area.
(g) 
A showing that the household has been living together as a unit for a year or more, whether in the current dwelling or other dwelling units.
(h) 
Any other factor reasonably related to whether or not the group of persons is the functional equivalent of a family.
FAMILY CHILD CARE
See "child care, family."
FARM
The use of land and on-farm buildings, equipment, manure-processing and -handling facilities, and practices which contribute to the production, preparation and marketing of crops, livestock and livestock products as a commercial enterprise, including a commercial horse-boarding operation, as defined in the Agriculture and Markets Law Article 25-AA, § 301. (See also "agriculture.")
FARM LABOR HOUSING
A temporary or permanent structure that is clearly accessory to an agricultural operation and occupied by farm workers employed on the premises and their families.[6]
FLAG LOT
See "lot, flag."
FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION
An organization of persons, excluding churches, mosques, synagogues, temples or other places of worship, formed for a specific purpose, such as the promulgation of arts, literature, politics, civic involvement or other mutual interest, or out of a common experience or heritage, but not operated for profit.
FRONTAGE
The length of the boundary line of a lot abutting on the public highway right-of-way. In the case of lots that bound on a lake shore, the length of the boundary line abutting the lake on a line or lines running parallel to the general shoreline.
FULLY SHIELDED LIGHT
An outdoor light fixture shielded or fabricated so that no light rays are emitted by the installed fixture at angles above the horizontal plane as certified by a photometric test report.
GLARE
Light emitting from a luminaire with intensity great enough to reduce the viewer's ability to see, and in extreme cases with intensity great enough to cause momentary blindness.
GRADE
The average finished ground level of the land at which the perimeter of a building or structure meets the ground.
GROUP CAMPGROUND
See "campground, group."
GROUP CHILD CARE
See "child care, group."
HANDICAPPED PERSON
See "person with disabilities."
HANDICRAFT ITEM
An object that requires use of the hands, hand tools and human craft skills for its production, and which is usually not adaptable to mass production by mechanical means.
HEALTH CLUB
A private gymnasium, athletic, fitness, health or recreational facility, or reducing salon or weight-control establishment.
HOME OCCUPATION
An occupation, profession, activity or use performed by the resident that is clearly a customary, incidental and secondary use of a residential property, including, but not limited to, dressmaking; hairdressing; cooking, baking, and meal preparation for consumption off-premises; wholesale or retail sales not involving the display of goods; wood- and metalworking; word- and data-processing; and which does not affect the use of the property for residential purposes or alter the exterior residential character of the property.
HOSPITAL
An establishment for temporary occupation by persons who are sick or injured for the purpose of medical diagnosis and treatment, including clinical, temporary, surgical, laboratory and emergency medical services.
HOSTEL
An establishment providing transient, overnight accommodations, typically characterized by low cost, shared use of a self-service kitchen, common areas, sleeping rooms and bathroom facilities.
HOTEL
A multiple dwelling used primarily for the purpose of furnishing for compensation lodging, with or without meals, for transient guests, and which may provide additional services, such as restaurants, meeting rooms, recreational facilities and shops for the sale of gifts and incidental items to guests.
HUNTING CLUB
A building, facility or organization catering exclusively to members and their guests, and including facilities for trap shooting, target shooting, and archery, for both practice and competition, and other outdoor recreational pursuits by members and their guests, except motorized racing; provided, however, that there are not conducted any vending stands, merchandising or other commercial activities except as may be incidental to the operation and maintenance of the facility, and generally for the benefit of members and to further the purposes of the club.
IMPERVIOUS SURFACE
Any material or surface that substantially reduces or prevents the infiltration of water into the ground, including areas covered by buildings, conventionally surfaced roads and highways, driveways and parking lots, and sidewalks. (See also "all-weather surface.")
INN
See "hotel."
JUNKYARD
An open area used for the storage or accumulation of wastes, used and secondhand materials, including, but not limited to, building materials, scrap metal, plastic, paper, rags, glass, broken appliances and electronic equipment, rubber tires, bottles, refuse, inoperative vehicles and other machinery, and other debris that is not generated by or used in any ongoing agricultural operations on the premises. For the purpose of this chapter, an automobile wrecking yard is also considered a junkyard.
KENNEL
Any building or lot where four or more dogs are raised and/or boarded for the purpose of sale, breeding, training or exhibition, or are boarded for a fee or are sheltered for humanitarian reasons.
LIFE-CARE FACILITY
A facility for the residency of persons aged 55 or older and/or persons with disabilities that includes one or more of the following features or services: individual dwellings; congregate apartments where residents may share common meals; nursing home facilities; laundry services; common recreational facilities; and other personal services.
LIGHT FIXTURE
The assembly that houses a lamp or lamps and which can include all or some of the following parts: a housing, a mounting bracket or pole socket, a lamp holder, a ballast, a reflector or mirror, and/or a refractor or lens.
LIGHT INDUSTRY
The manufacture of finished products or parts predominantly from previously processed or prepared materials, including processing or fabrication, assembly, treatment, packaging, incidental storage, or sales and distribution of such products.
LODGE
A building or buildings in which overnight accommodations and meals may be offered to paying transient guests, where such use is secondary to an active farm operation.
LOT
A parcel of land that may be occupied by one or more principal buildings and accessory buildings for uses customarily incidental to the principal buildings, including such open spaces as are used in connection with the principal building or buildings.
LOT AREA
All of the land between the boundary lines of a lot but not including any portion of the public highway right-of-way that may be included in the deed description of said lot.
LOT, CORNER
A lot or parcel of land abutting two or more public or private road or highway rights-of-way at their intersection, or on two sections of the same road or highway.
LOT COVERAGE
That portion of a lot covered by all buildings or structures on a lot or parcel, including concrete, asphalt or similar impervious surfaces used for parking, sidewalks, drives and roads. Driveways, walkways, and parking areas for a single-family or two-family dwelling on the lot are excluded from the calculation of lot coverage.
LOT DEPTH
The least distance measured perpendicular from the front lot line to the rear lot line of a parcel.
LOT, FLAG
A parcel of land whose configuration is so designed to make legally conforming lot that is otherwise landlocked by road-fronting parcels. Access to a road from the interior lot is provided for by a strip of land (called the "pole") that is contiguous with the interior lot (called the "flag"). The buildable, interior portion of the lot (the "flag") must meet the minimum lot area requirements in the district, exclusive of the acreage of the pole. A "front lot line" is defined as a line within the flag portion of the parcel that is parallel to or approximately parallel to the accessed road and meets the minimum lot width at the front lot line for the district. This front lot line established in the flag will be used as a baseline for measuring the front yard setback and identifying side and rear lot locations. A lot that meets all of the lot area and yard requirements for the zoning district, except for the required road frontage, may not be declared a flag lot unless the land adjacent to the pole and in front of the flag is part or all of a separate legal and conforming lot for that zoning district.
LOT LINE
A boundary line of a lot.
LOT LINE, FRONT
The lot line or lines of a parcel of land coterminous with a public highway right-of-way or private road, or approximately parallel to and nearest to a public highway right-of-way or private road as determined by the Zoning Officer, or, in the case of lots that bound on a lake shore, the line coterminous with or approximately parallel to the published mean high-water line.
LOT LINE, REAR
The lot line or lines of a parcel of land on the opposite side of said parcel from a public highway right-of-way or private road, or on the opposite side of said parcel approximately parallel to and nearest to a public highway right-of-way or private road as determined by the Zoning Officer.
LOT LINE, SIDE
Any lot line that is not a front or rear lot line.
LOT WIDTH
The shortest distance between the side lot lines, measured from the point where each side lot line intersects with the minimum front lot setback line.
LUMINAIRE
A complete lighting system, including a lamp or lamps and the attendant light fixture.
MANUFACTURED HOME
A dwelling which is factory-built in accordance with the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. § 5401) and which is transportable in one or more sections, is affixed to a chassis with axles and wheels, and is designed to be placed on a permanent or temporary foundation.
MANUFACTURED HOME, DOUBLEWIDE
A manufactured home comprised of at least two sections transported separately and attached on site, and having a minimum width of 22 feet.
MANUFACTURED HOME PARK
A parcel of land under single ownership that has been improved for the purpose of renting or leasing sites for the placement of manufactured housing.
MANUFACTURED HOME, SINGLEWIDE
A manufactured home comprised of no more than one section, on a single chassis, and having a width of at least 12 feet.
MARINA
A facility for berthing, servicing, fueling, launching and storage of private watercraft that may also include the sale, lease, rental or charter of watercraft, and the sale of fuel, marine products and accessories, and incidental supplies for water craft owners, crews and guests.
MEAN HIGH-WATER ELEVATION (MHWE)
Mean high-water elevation (MHWE) is measured using the National Geodetic Vertical Datum 1929 (NGVD 1929) and the lake elevation at the Cayuga inlet based on the United States Geological Survey.
[Added 8-12-2014 by L.L. No. 3-2014]
MOBILE HOME
A dwelling which is factory-built, transportable in one or more sections, affixed to a chassis with axles and wheels, and designed to be placed on a permanent or temporary foundation, but which is not built in accordance with the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. § 5401).
MOTEL
A multiple dwelling used primarily for motorists, not over two stories in height, in which the exit from each dwelling unit or sleeping room is directly to the exterior. The term includes, but is not limited to, the terms "motor court," "motor hotel," and "tourist court."
MOTOR HOME
A dwelling designed for temporary residence mounted on a self-propelled chassis designed for travel over roads and highways. Units may be self-contained or designed for temporary connection to electric, water or sewerage utilities. (See also "camper.")
NATURAL GAS
Any gaseous substance, either combustible or noncombustible, which is produced in a natural state from the earth and which maintains a gaseous or rarified state at standard temperature and pressure conditions, and/or gaseous components or vapors occurring in or derived from petroleum or other hydrocarbons.
NATURAL GAS AND/OR PETROLEUM EXPLORATION
Geologic or geophysical activities related to the search for natural gas, petroleum, or other subsurface hydrocarbons, including prospecting, geophysical and geologic seismic surveying and sampling techniques, which include, but are not limited to, core or rotary drilling or making an excavation in the search and evaluation of natural gas, petroleum, or other subsurface hydrocarbon deposits.
NATURAL GAS AND/OR PETROLEUM EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION WASTES
Any garbage, refuse, cuttings, sludge, flow-back fluids, produced waters, or other discarded materials, including solid, liquid, semisolid, or contained gaseous material that results from or is associated with the exploration, drilling or extraction of natural gas and/or petroleum.
NATURAL GAS AND/OR PETROLEUM EXTRACTION
The digging or drilling of a well for the purposes of exploring for, developing or producing natural gas, petroleum, or other hydrocarbons.
NATURAL GAS AND/OR PETROLEUM SUPPORT ACTIVITIES
The construction, use, or maintenance of a storage or staging yard, a water or fluid injection station, a water or fluid gathering station, a natural gas or petroleum storage facility, or a natural gas or petroleum gathering line, venting station, or compressor associated with the exploration or extraction of natural gas or petroleum.
NONCONFORMING USE
A building, structure or use of land lawfully existing at the time of the enactment of this chapter which, as a result of the adoption of this chapter or an amendment hereto, does not conform to the zoning regulations of the district in which it is situated.[7]
NURSING HOME
An extended- or intermediate-care facility licensed or approved to provide full-time convalescent or chronic care to individuals who, by reason of advanced age, chronic illness or infirmity, are unable to care for themselves.
PARK, COMMUNITY
A parcel of land in public or private ownership available to the public for daytime and evening recreational, educational, cultural or scenic purposes, intended for use by residents living within a few miles of the facility.
PARK, REGIONAL
A parcel of land in public or private ownership available to the public for daytime, evening and overnight recreational, educational, cultural or scenic purposes, such as a county, regional or state park.
PAVEMENT
See "all-weather surface."
PERSON WITH DISABILITIES
A person having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the person's major life activities so that such a person is incapable of living independently; possessing a record of having such an impairment; and being regarded as having such an impairment. This term, however, does not include current illegal use of or addiction to a controlled substance, nor does it include any person whose presence would constitute a direct threat to the health and safety of other individuals.
A. 
A map representing a tract of land, showing the boundaries and location of individual properties and roads;
B. 
A map of a subdivision or site plan.
PLOT PLAN
See "site plan."
PRESERVE
A tract of land dedicated to the protection of one or more scenic or environmental attributes, including, but not limited to, flora, fauna, geological features, lakes, streams, wetlands or other hydrological features.
PRINCIPAL BUILDING
The building on a lot which provides housing for the owner or tenants, or, in a business or industrial zoning district, the largest building on the lot.
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE
The place of business or practice of an accountant, architect, landscape architect or other design professional, doctor or other duly licensed medical practitioner or therapist, dentist or orthodontist, engineer, insurance agent, lawyer, real estate agent or broker, securities broker or similar profession, or the place of business or practice of a group of such professionals operating as a partnership, corporation or other legal business arrangement.
PROJECT SITE
Any area that has been or will be physically changed as a result of a proposed development or construction project, or has been or will be utilized on a temporary basis during the course of construction.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
See "motor home" and "camper."
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
A business or facility dedicated to research, investigation, enterprise, experimentation, testing and product development, including, but not limited to, computer software, data compilation and manipulation, but not including facilities for manufacturing, distribution or sales of products, except as an incidental activity.
RESIDENCE, MULTIPLE-FAMILY
A building or structure situated on a single lot and containing three or more dwelling units.
RESIDENCE, SINGLE-FAMILY
A building or structure situated on a single lot and containing one dwelling unit, including doublewide manufactured homes.
RESIDENCE, TWO-FAMILY
A building or structure situated on a single lot and containing two dwelling units.
RESIDENTIAL CARE/ASSISTED LIVING/REHABILITATION FACILITY
A building or portion thereof housing persons on a twenty-four-hour basis who because of age, mental disability, addiction or other reasons live in a supervised residential environment that provides personal-care services, but who nonetheless are capable of responding to an emergency situation without any physical assistance from staff, including, but not limited to, residential board and care facilities, assisted living facilities, halfway houses, group homes, congregate care facilities, social rehabilitation facilities, alcohol- and drug-abuse centers and convalescent facilities.
RESTAURANT
An establishment whose principal business is the sale of food and/or beverages to customers in a ready-to-consume state, where the sale of alcoholic beverages is incidental to the sale and consumption of food, and where customers are served their food and beverages by a restaurant employee for consumption:
A. 
At the same table or counter at which the food or beverages are served; or
B. 
Elsewhere within the building; or
C. 
Within a motor vehicle parked on the premises; or
D. 
Off the premises as carry-out orders.
RIGHT-OF-WAY, HIGHWAY OR ROAD
A strip of land owned or controlled by the Town government for the purpose of providing access to abutting lots or for providing a bed for a future improved roadway. All Town rights-of-way are shown on the Town of Ulysses Official Map. Unless otherwise indicated, all Town rights-of-way are 60 feet wide.
ROAD
A street, avenue, lane, highway or other public way; a public right-of-way improved or intended to be improved for traffic. A private drive is not considered to be a road.
ROAD, DEAD-END
A road or a portion of a road with only one vehicular traffic outlet.
ROAD, MAJOR
A road with the capacity to serve heavy flows of traffic and intended primarily as a route for traffic between areas generating heavy volumes of traffic.
ROAD, MINOR
A road intended to serve primarily as an access to abutting properties.
ROAD PAVEMENT
The wearing or exposed surface of a roadway used by vehicular traffic.
ROADSIDE STAND
A temporary or permanent accessory structure, wagon or trailer, not exceeding 240 square feet in size, for the purpose of retail sale of produce, baked goods and handicraft items to the public.
ROAD WIDTH
The width of a right-of-way, measured at right angles to the center line of the road.
SAUNA
A steam bath or heated bathing room used for the purposes of bathing and relaxation, with steam or hot air used as a cleansing and relaxing agent.
SAWMILL, COMMERCIAL
A facility, generally operating on one or more full-time work shifts, five or more days per week, constructed for the processing of timber logs into forestry products, such as milled lumber, cants, treated posts, firewood and wood by-products, such as slab wood, wood chips, bark chips and sawdust, and including planing and sizing facilities, kilns, storage yards and accessory maintenance facilities incidental to sawmill operations.
SAWMILL, SMALL-SCALE
A facility for the processing of timber logs into forestry products, such as milled lumber, cants, treated posts, firewood and wood by-products, such as slab wood, wood chips, bark chips and sawdust, and which may include planing and sizing facilities, kilns, storage yards and accessory maintenance facilities incidental to sawmill operations, but which is generally operated for the custom cutting of timber for local craftsmen.
SELF-SERVICE STORAGE FACILITY
A building comprised of small self-contained units that are leased to individuals or businesses for the storage of household or business goods and supplies.
SETBACK
The distance between any building on a lot or parcel of land and a property line. The highway right-of-way shall be deemed a property line for the purpose of measuring setback.
SHOPPING CENTER
A number of businesses located on single parcel, or adjacent parcels under single ownership, or in every case, adjacent parcels having shared access to a public thoroughfare.
SIDE YARD
See "yard, side."
SIGN
Any device, object or building facade or portion thereof that is used to advertise or call attention to a place, business, person, event, product or service offered. For purposes of this chapter, posters, banners, or other advertisements displayed from the interior of premises are not considered signs. For the purposes of this chapter, no sign shall be placed on the roof of any structure or building.
SIGN, BUSINESS DIRECTIONAL
Any sign, not exceeding nine square feet per side in area, posted by a business along a public road or highway for the purpose of guiding prospective customers to their location.
SIGN FACE
The surface or side of an outdoor advertising sign on which advertising for goods, services or places is displayed, and including both the surface on which advertising is placed and any surrounding frame and decorative trim.
SIGN, FREESTANDING
Any sign not affixed to a building.
SIGN, TEMPORARY
Any sign not designated or intended to be permanently anchored to the ground and designed and intended to be capable of being transported over public roads and streets, whether or not it is transported.
SITE PLAN
A plan for the development or use of one or more lots or parcels of land that is prepared and presented to the Town for site plan review and consideration of approval pursuant to applicable sections of this chapter.
SKIRTING
Siding that covers the area from the ground to the base of a manufactured home or porch, as defined by New York State Residential Building Code, Appendix E, Section E503.[8]
A. 
Area in Conservation and Lakeshore Districts where soils are highly erodible because of soil characteristics and/or slope steepness. The slope overlay area consists of soils with the following map unit symbol (with map unit name in parentheses): BtF (Bath, Valois, and Lansing soils, 35 to 60% slopes); HpE (Howard and Palmyra soils, 25 to 35% slopes); HsD3 (Hudson silty clay loam, 12 to 20% slopes, eroded); HuD (Hudson-Cayuga silt loams, 12 to 20% slopes); HzE (Hudson and Dunkirk soils, 20 to 45% slopes); and Ro (Rock outcrop).
B. 
The soil survey for Tompkins County (1965) was classified and delineated using second order mapping techniques at a scale that might not be adequate for site level evaluation. An applicant may hire a professional soil scientist/classifier, certified by the American Society of Agronomy, to complete a first order survey of the building site in order to determine the soil suitability for the proposed type of land disturbance.
STABLE, COMMERCIAL
A facility where one or more horses are kept for riding, driving, training, breeding or sale, or are boarded for a fee, including indoor and outdoor riding arenas and paddocks, and where more than 50% of feed, bedding and other supplies are produced at off-premises locations, and manure and other wastes are disposed of off-premises.
STORAGE FACILITY, SELF-SERVICE
See "self-service storage facility."
STREAM
A watercourse that carries water for six months or more throughout a year. The edge of the stream is the bank of the stream or the edge of the embankment if the stream is more than 10 feet below grade.
TAVERN
See "bar."
TEMPORARY BUILDING
A structure used for office, sales, storage or fabrication activities related to the development of a site for residential purposes, that is placed on a lot or tract of land for a period of not more than one year except upon receipt of a special permit.
TOURIST COURT
See "motel."[9]
TREE
A living woody plant with an erect perennial trunk greater than four inches in diameter at breast height with a definitely formed crown of foliage and a total height of at least 13 feet from the ground.
UNIQUE NATURAL AREA (UNA)
Designated by the Tompkins County Environmental Management Council, an area of outstanding environmental qualities that deserves special attention for preservation in its natural state.
WAREHOUSE
A building used primarily for storage of goods and materials, also referred to as "wholesale distribution center or truck terminal."
WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTION CENTER
See "warehouse."
WRECKING YARD
See "junkyard."
YARD
The unoccupied space, open to the sky, within a lot containing one or more buildings.
YARD, FRONT
The land between the public highway right-of-way and the front line of the principal building on a lot and extending to the side lot lines of the lot. In the case of lots that bound on a lake shore, the land between the published mean high-water line and the principal building and extending to the side lot lines of the lot.
YARD, REAR
The land between the rear lot line of a lot and the rear line of the principal building on a lot and extending to the side lot lines of the lot.
YARD, SIDE
The land between the principal building and the side lot lines of a lot, and extending through from the front yard to the rear yard.
ZONING DISTRICT
A portion of the territory of the Town of Ulysses shown on the Zoning Map and designated for a specific land use or uses, and within which certain yards and open spaces are required and certain height limits are established for buildings, as provided for in this chapter.
ZONING OFFICER
The person or their designee appointed by the Town Board and charged with the authority and responsibility for enforcing the provisions of this chapter and the decisions of the Board of Zoning Appeals.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[2]
Editor's Note: The former definition of "caterer," which immediately followed this definition, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[3]
Editor's Note: The former definition of "condominium," which immediately followed this definition, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[4]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[5]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[6]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). The former definition of "feedlot," which immediately followed this definition, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[7]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[8]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[9]
Editor's Note: The former definition of "townhouse," which immediately followed this definition, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).