Town of Ulysses, NY
Tompkins County
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§ 212-35 Purpose.

The purpose of the R1—Rural Residence District is to provide for opportunities for low-density residential development. Development densities when combined with cluster residential subdivision development options have the potential for providing for attractive rural homes while preserving important open space resources consistent with the Ulysses Comprehensive Plan, and the goals of organized and logical growth, increased employment opportunities and an increased tax base.

§ 212-36 Permitted uses.

In the Rural Residence District, no building or structure shall be erected, altered or extended, and no land or building thereof shall be used for any purpose or purposes other than the following:
A. 
Agriculture.
B. 
Flag lots, subject to the standards set forth in Article XX, § 212-130.
C. 
Single-family residences and their accessory structures.
D. 
Two-family residences and their accessory structures.

§ 212-37 Permitted accessory uses.

Such necessary uses as are customarily incidental to the above uses:
A. 
Bed-and-breakfast establishments.
B. 
Business directional signs, subject to limitations set forth in Article XX, § 212-122D.
C. 
Communication transmission towers and telecommunications facilities, subject to the provisions of Article XXII.
D. 
Elder cottages, subject to the provisions of Article XX, § 212-128.
E. 
Family adult care.
F. 
Family child care.
G. 
Home occupations.
H. 
Professional offices where such office is part of the residence property and no more than three persons not residing on the premises are employed.
I. 
Signs as regulated under Article XX, § 212-122; also note Article XX, § 212-122E.
J. 
Roadside stands, subject to the provisions of Article XX, § 212-135.
K. 
Temporary buildings, as defined in Article IV.

§ 212-38 Uses permitted by site plan approval.

The following uses are allowed upon approval of a site plan by the Planning Board and subject to the design standards set forth in relevant sections of Article XX:
A. 
Adult care centers.
B. 
Cemeteries and the buildings and structures incidental to cemetery operations.
C. 
Child-care centers.
D. 
Churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship, convents, rectories, parish houses.
E. 
Community centers.
F. 
Fraternal organizations and the clubhouse, hall, post, temple and other facilities associated with the activities of the organization, except that the on-premises sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
G. 
Libraries, museums.
H. 
Residential care/assisted living/rehabilitation facilities.
I. 
Commercial stables, subject to the provisions of Article XX, § 212-138.

§ 212-39 Uses allowed by special permit.

The following uses are allowed upon approval of a special permit pursuant to Article III, § 212-18, subject to the design standards set forth in relevant sections of Article XX:
A. 
Group campgrounds, upon approval of the Town Board and subject to the provisions of Article XX, § 212-127.
B. 
Campgrounds, overnight subject to the provisions of Article XX, § 212-127.
C. 
Campgrounds, seasonal subject to the provisions of Article XX, § 212-127.
D. 
Fire stations and other public buildings necessary for the protection or the servicing of a neighborhood, upon approval of the Town Board.
E. 
Golf courses, except miniature golf courses operated on a commercial basis, upon approval of the Town Board.
F. 
Public and private schools, nursery schools, institutions of higher education, including dormitory accommodations, upon approval of the Town Board.
G. 
Public and private community parks, regional parks and preserves, upon approval of the Town Board.

§ 212-40 Lot area and yard requirements.

A. 
There shall be no more than two principal buildings on any lot in the R1—Rural Residence District; provided, however, that there shall be no less than 30 feet between said principal buildings.
B. 
Minimum lot area shall be two acres.
C. 
Minimum lot width at the front lot line shall be 250 feet. In the case of lots with frontage on a lake, minimum lot width shall be measured at the front yard setback opposite the side fronting on the lake.
D. 
Minimum lot depth shall be 250 feet.
E. 
Minimum front yard setback shall be 50 feet.
F. 
Minimum side yard setbacks shall be 15 feet, except for a corner lot fronting on two public streets, where the minimum yard setback for the side yard adjacent to the street or road shall be 25 feet.
G. 
Minimum rear setback shall be 35 feet, except in the case of a lot bounding on a lake, where the minimum setback from the lake shall be 50 feet.
H. 
Maximum building height for any nonagricultural building or structure shall be 32 feet above average grade measured at the building perimeter.
I. 
Maximum lot coverage shall be 5% of the lot area.
J. 
The above notwithstanding, in the case of a lot with frontage on a lake, accessory uses such as boathouses, pump houses, docks, piers, boat ramps, patios, decks and other facilities typically associated with water-oriented recreational pursuits are permitted within the front yard setback area fronting on the lake; provided, however, that they are located outside the required side yard setback areas.

§ 212-41 Buffer areas.

No buildings or other structures, or parking areas, shall be located within 50 feet from a stream edge or any wetland as defined by state or federal law.