Town of Ulysses, NY
Tompkins County
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§ 212-119 Purpose.

The purpose of this article is to provide specific standards to be applied to the design of buildings, structures, commercial or industrial sites and other types of land uses in the Town of Ulysses, in order to promote the orderly physical development of the community, ensure the health and safety of the public, conserve the natural and cultural resources and the rural character of the community and to minimize the negative environmental impact of such development.

§ 212-120 Environmental performance standards.

A. 
Yards. All required yards in any zoning district may be either landscaped or left in a natural state. In any case, however, they shall be maintained as not to cause health or safety conditions as specified in Section 302 of the New York State Property Maintenance Code. Parking areas in all zoning districts shall also be maintained as not to cause health and/or safety conditions.
B. 
Noise.
(1) 
All events issued permits and recognized public celebrations are excluded from the noise restrictions of this chapter.
(2) 
Noise from any source shall be muffled so as not to become objectionable due to sustained intermittence, beat, frequency, tone, pitch or intensity that repeatedly exceeds two hours during daylight and 30 minutes at night. Noise associated with normal property maintenance and temporary construction is exempt from this provision.
(3) 
No land use or other activity that generates a sound level that exceeds the limits set forth below shall be undertaken. The level of sound shall be measured at the boundary of the property generating the sound, and shall not exceed 90 dBa between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., and 55 dBa between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
(4) 
For the purpose of this chapter, noise generated during the course of agricultural operations defined as sound agricultural practices pursuant to Article 25-AA, § 308, of the Agriculture and Markets Law is exempt.
C. 
Odors. Odors from any use, except for agricultural practices as provided for in Article V, § 212-24, shall not be discernible at the property line to the extent that they are reasonably obnoxious to a surrounding inhabitant within 500 feet of the property line.

§ 212-121 Standards for parking in all zoning districts.

A. 
Minimum requirements for off-street parking.
(1) 
The following requirements for parking reserve shall apply. At the time of site plan review the applicant shall indicate the number of parking spaces to be improved. The minimum requirements shall be maintained open and clear to the sky. All required parking shall have all-weather surface.
Bank or other financial institution
1 space/200 square feet of gross floor area, excluding storage or mechanical equipment areas
Beauty shop, barber shop and similar services
2 spaces/100 square feet of gross floor area, excluding storage or mechanical equipment areas
Bed-and-breakfast
The greater of 1 space for each sleeping room or 1 space for every 2 beds
Bowling alley
3 spaces for each lane
Business or professional office
The greater of 1 space/200 square feet of gross floor area, excluding storage or mechanical equipment areas, or 1 space for each employee
Child group and family group care
1 space for each employee
Church, mosque, synagogue, temple or other place of worship
1 space for every 4 seats
Community center, fraternal organization, clubhouse, hunting club
1 space/200 square feet of gross floor area, excluding storage or mechanical equipment areas, plus 1 space for each employee
Conference center
1 space for every 3 seats, plus 1 space for each employee
Cottage industry
1 space for each employee plus 1 space/1,000 square feet of gross floor area, excluding storage or mechanical equipment areas
Educational institution
3 spaces for each classroom
Funeral home
1 space for every 5 seats
Hospital; nursing home; residential care/assisted living/rehabilitation facility
1 space for every 2 beds, plus 1 space for every 3 employees
Hotel
1 space for each guest room, plus 1 space for every 3 employees
Kennel
1 space for each employee, plus 1 space for every 5 animal pens
Light industry
1 space for every shift employee
Lodge
The greater of 1 space for each sleeping room or 1 space for every 2 beds
Research and development enterprise
1 space/200 square feet of gross floor area
Residence, single-family
2 spaces/dwelling
Residence, two-family
2 spaces for the first dwelling, 1 space for the second dwelling
Residence, multiple-family
1.5 spaces/dwelling
Residence, manufactured home
2 spaces/dwelling
Restaurant or bar
1 space for every 4 seats
Restaurant, drive-through
1 space for every 4 seats
Retail printing, plumbing, welding and other similar shops
1 space/500 square feet of gross floor area
Retail store
1 space/200 square feet of gross floor area.
Retail lumber and building materials
1 space/5,000 square feet of gross floor area, plus 1 space for each employee
Self-service storage
1 space for every 10 units or fraction thereof
Theatre, auditorium or other place of public assembly
1 space for every 5 seats
Warehouse or wholesale distribution facility
1 space for every 2 employees
(2) 
For any uses allowed in the B1—Business District, H1—Hamlet District and IL—Light Industrial District there shall be one off-street loading space for each 20,000 square feet of floor area or portion thereof.
B. 
Parking design standards.
(1) 
Except in the case of single-family and two-family dwellings, there shall be no parking allowed in any front yard, side yard or rear yard setback areas, except in established driveways.
(2) 
The minimum allowable dimensions of a parking space shall be nine feet wide by 20 feet long. Parking spaces so designated for persons with disabilities shall include on one side a minimum of an additional four feet of width in order to accommodate wheelchair lifts.
(3) 
Travel aisles for vehicles within a parking lot shall be a minimum of 22 feet in width for aisles intended for two-way traffic. Where angled parking with one-way traffic circulation is proposed, the minimum aisle width shall be 13 feet if the angle of the parking spaces is 45° from the perpendicular, and 18 feet if the angle of the parking spaces is 60° from the perpendicular.
(4) 
In an RM—Multiple-Residence District, MHP—Manufactured Home Park District, B1—Business District, H1—Hamlet District, and IL—Light Industry District where a proposed parking lot is larger than nine spaces in size, there shall be planted one deciduous canopy tree for every five parking spaces proposed. Said trees shall be of a species with a height at maturity of at least 30 feet, of a species known to be compatible with regional climate conditions, and shall be at least 2.5 inches in diameter and four feet from the ground at time of planting.
(5) 
All off-street parking shall be paved, surfaced or covered with gravel so as to be well-drained, and shall be provided with necessary access drives.
(6) 
All parking areas are to be maintained in a well-kept condition.

§ 212-122 Standards for signs.

A. 
General.
(1) 
Unless otherwise specified in this chapter, no portion of any sign shall extend into the road or street right-of-way.
(2) 
Any sign authorized by this chapter shall be maintained in a safe condition and kept in good repair.
(3) 
Any sign authorized by this chapter may contain noncommercial, free-speech copy in lieu of any other copy.
(4) 
A freestanding sign less than one foot thick shall be considered one sign. The area limitations of such sign shall be measured on one side of the sign. Advertising as permitted may be on both sides.
(5) 
If a sign consists of independently detachable letters or symbols, the area of the sign shall be determined by measuring the area within a rectangle enclosing all such letters or symbols as they are intended to be installed.
(6) 
In all districts, neither freestanding signs nor signs applied to buildings shall be placed in a manner that puts the top edge of the sign or sign structure more than 15 feet above the average ground elevation along the length of the sign, including any sign mast. The following sections limit this height further in some districts.
(7) 
In measuring the area limitation of advertising letters or symbols placed on building surfaces, or other permitted surfaces, the area shall be defined as the one least rectangle that will enclose all parts of the advertising letters or symbols.
(8) 
Where advertising letters or symbols are placed on an awning or similar structure attached to a building, that structure is considered to be a sign. Its use and area are limited as other signs attached to a building facade.
B. 
Sign illumination and internally illuminated signs.
(1) 
In this section the term "illuminated sign" applies to both signs that are illuminated by external light sources and those with internal illumination.
(2) 
Any sign that is illuminated from any light source other than an internal light source shall be illuminated by a fully shielded light source or sources, designed and placed in a manner that:
(a) 
Restricts the area of illumination to the sign face;
(b) 
Directs light only in a downward manner; and
(c) 
Precludes the casting of any glare or light from said source beyond the sign face in any upward direction, horizontally to the side of, or to the rear of the sign structure.
(3) 
No light shall be cast upward beyond a horizontal plane level with the light source, or onto any adjoining property.
(4) 
An illuminated sign or lighting device shall not be placed or located as to permit the beams and illumination to be directed or beamed upon a public street, highway, sidewalk or adjacent premises so as to cause glare or reflection that may constitute a traffic hazard or nuisance.
(5) 
Any illuminated sign or sign-lighting device shall employ only lights emitting a light of constant intensity, and no sign shall be illuminated by or contain flashing, intermittent, rotating or moving light or lights.
(6) 
Illuminated signs must be turned off at 11:00 p.m., except at places of entertainment where they may remain on until 12:00 a.m.
C. 
Signs in any district. In addition to the types of signs specifically listed in this section (§ 212-122), the following signs are permitted in any zoning district:
(1) 
Any sign required by law;
(2) 
Official signs required by a governmental agency or utility, provided such sign does not exceed 24 square feet in area;
(3) 
Temporary signs with a surface area not to exceed nine square feet, posted by, or with the permission of, the owner of the property on which the sign is located;
(4) 
One sign advertising for the sale, hire or lease of only the land or buildings on the lot or parcel on which the sign is located, provided such sign does not exceed nine square feet in area;
(5) 
One temporary sign denoting the responsible architect, engineer and general contractor placed on the premises where construction, repair or renovations are in progress, provided such sign does not exceed nine square feet in area;
(6) 
One temporary sign for advertising the sale or rental of services or goods on the premises, not to exceed nine square feet in area and for a period of time not to exceed two weeks in a two-month period.
D. 
Business directional signs. In any zoning district where business directional signs are allowed:
(1) 
There shall be no more than two such signs within the Town for any one parcel occupied by a business or businesses; additional businesses on the same parcel may not place additional signs.
(2) 
No business directional sign shall exceed six square feet per side in area, nor exceed six feet in height at the top of the sign.
(3) 
No business directional sign shall be placed less than 500 feet from the intersection at which prospective customers are being directed to turn off the road or highway along which said sign is located.
(4) 
All business directional signs shall be designed and constructed to conform to New York State Department of Transportation specifications, including specifications related to breakaway sign posts.
E. 
Signs in R1, R2, LS, CD, RM, MD, and MHP Districts. In an R1—Rural Residence District, R2—Moderate-Density Residence District, LS—Lakeshore District, CD—Conservation District, RM—Multiple-Residence District, MD—Marina District, or MHP—Manufactured Home Park, no sign or advertising device is allowed except the following:
(1) 
One sign on the property where a home occupation, office of a resident doctor, dentist, musician, engineer, teacher, lawyer, architect, landscape architect, artist, real estate broker or person engaged in similar occupation, or family child care business or bed-and-breakfast establishment is located, provided that such sign does not exceed nine square feet in area;
(2) 
One freestanding sign and one sign on a building facade, each not to exceed nine square feet in area, indicating the presence of a:
(a) 
Apartment complex or multiple-residence development;
(b) 
Child-care center or group child-care center;
(c) 
Church, mosque, synagogue, temple or other place of worship, convent, rectory, parish house;
(d) 
Community center;
(e) 
Fire station or other public building necessary for the protection or servicing of a neighborhood;
(f) 
Fraternal organization and the clubhouse, hall, post, temple and other facility associated with the activities of the organization;
(g) 
Golf course;
(h) 
Group adult care;
(i) 
Hospital;
(j) 
Library, museum;
(k) 
Life care facility;
(l) 
Manufactured home park;
(m) 
Nursing home;
(n) 
Public and private school, nursery school, or institution of higher education;
(o) 
Public and private parks or preserves;
(p) 
Residential care/assisted living/rehabilitation facility;
(q) 
Bicycle/ski rental business;
(r) 
Yacht club/marina.
(3) 
No more than two signs advertising the sale of locally produced farm products at a roadside farm stand, each not to exceed 12 square feet in area.
F. 
Signs in A1, B1 and IL Districts. In the A1—Agricultural, B1—Business, and IL—Light Industry Districts no sign or advertising device is allowed except the following:
(1) 
Signs used to advertise or call attention to a place, business, person, event, product or service offered on the premises, either freestanding or attached to the facade of a building.
(2) 
For retail businesses not in a shopping center, no more than two signs, not to exceed 24 square feet each if freestanding. If more than one sign is attached to the building facade, the cumulative square footage of all signs shall not exceed 48 square feet.
(3) 
For retail businesses in a shopping center, no more than one sign, not to exceed 40 square feet if attached to a building facade.
(4) 
For a sign that identifies a shopping center or plaza, and its tenants, no more than one two-sided sign, not to exceed 120 square feet on a side, not more than 15 feet high located at the entrance to the shopping center.
(5) 
For gasoline stations, no more than three freestanding or affixed to the building signs, one of which shall not exceed 24 square feet in area, including all areas necessary to display gasoline and other fuel prices, and two of which shall not exceed 10 square feet in area each. Signs required by state and federal law are exempt.
(6) 
For printing, welding, plumbing, and similar enterprises, automobile, appliance and machinery sales and service, hotels, commercial indoor recreation, no more than one freestanding sign not to exceed 24 square feet in area. In addition, no more than one sign on a building facade not to exceed 64 square feet shall be permitted.
(7) 
For the following uses, no more than one freestanding sign not to exceed 24 square feet and no more than one sign on a building facade not to exceed 24 square feet shall be permitted:
(a) 
Agricultural commerce.
(b) 
Campground.
(c) 
Conference center.
(d) 
Light industrial enterprise.
(e) 
Research and development enterprise.
(f) 
Sawmill.
(g) 
Self-service storage facility.
(h) 
Warehouse.
(i) 
Wholesale distribution center.
(8) 
No more than two signs advertising the sale of locally produced farm products at a roadside farm stand, each not to exceed 12 square feet in area.
(9) 
No more than two signs identifying a camp club or outdoor recreation facility, including a lodge or hunting club where allowed, each not to exceed nine square feet in area.
(10) 
One sign on the property where a home occupation, professional office, family child care business, or bed-and-breakfast establishment is located, provided that such sign does not exceed nine square feet in area.
G. 
Signs in the H1 District. In the H1—Hamlet District no sign or advertising device is allowed except the following:
(1) 
One sign on the property where a home occupation, office of a resident doctor, dentist, musician, engineer, teacher, lawyer, architect, landscape architect, artist, real estate broker or person engaged in similar occupation, or family child-care business, or bed-and-breakfast is located, provided that such sign does not exceed nine square feet in area.
(2) 
One freestanding sign not to exceed 12 square feet in area, indicating the presence of a:
(a) 
Apartment complex or multiple-residence development;
(b) 
Bank or other financial institution, or business office;
(c) 
Child-care center, group child-care center, adult care or group adult care;
(d) 
Cemetery, church, mosque, synagogue, temple or other place of worship, convent, rectory, parish house;
(e) 
Community center;
(f) 
Fire station and other public building necessary for the protection or servicing of a neighborhood;
(g) 
Fraternal organization and the clubhouse, hall, post, temple or other facility associated with the activities of the organization;
(h) 
Funeral home;
(i) 
Gasoline and retail vehicle fuel sales;
(j) 
Library, museum;
(k) 
Life care facility;
(l) 
Nursing home;
(m) 
Place of amusement;
(n) 
Public or private school, nursery school, or institution of higher education;
(o) 
Public or private park and preserve;
(p) 
Residential care/assisted living facility/rehabilitation facility;
(q) 
Restaurant, tavern, bar or other food establishment; or
(r) 
Retail service establishment and retail store.
(3) 
One sign mounted on a facade of a building, not to exceed 24 square feet, or not to exceed 32 square feet if the sign is in the lintel:
(a) 
Bank or other financial institution;
(b) 
Business office;
(c) 
Gasoline and retail vehicle fuel sales;
(d) 
Library;
(e) 
Museum;
(f) 
Nursing home;
(g) 
Place of amusement;
(h) 
Public or private park or preserve;
(i) 
Restaurant, bar or other food establishment; or
(j) 
Retail service establishment and retail store.
H. 
Nonconforming signs. Any sign in existence at the time of adoption of this chapter shall be brought into conformance with this chapter when the sign is physically modified, reconstructed or replaced.

§ 212-123 Standards for outdoor lighting.

A. 
Appropriately regulated and properly installed outdoor lighting will contribute to the safety and welfare of the residents of the Town.
B. 
This section is intended to assist property owners in their efforts to provide a safe and secure environment, control energy costs and keep unnecessary direct light from shining onto abutting properties or streets. It is also intended to reduce the problems of glare, minimize light trespass, and help reduce the energy and financial costs of outdoor lighting by establishing regulations which limit the area that certain kinds of outdoor lighting fixtures can illuminate and by limiting the total allowable illumination of lots located in the Town of Ulysses.
C. 
In order to assure that walkways, parking lots and other outdoor areas accessible to the general public are safely illuminated at night, the following minimum standards for outdoor lighting levels shall be adhered to. These outdoor lighting levels are the minimum levels that are generally considered adequate for the designated areas. Individual site lighting requirements can vary considerably, however, and property owners are ultimately responsible for ensuring that adequate illumination of outdoor areas is provided.
Minimum Required Outdoor Lighting Levels for Development
Subject to Site Plan Approval or special permit in RM, MHP, B1, H1, and IL Districts
Area
Footcandles
(fc)
Lux
(lx)
Walkways
0.5
5
Parking areas: regional shopping centers, fast-food facilities, convenience stores, retail gasoline sales
0.9
10
Parking areas: retail stores or shopping centers open before 8:00 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m., office parks, hospital parking lots, cultural, recreational or civic complexes, and parking areas for apartment complexes
0.6
11
Retail stores or shopping centers open after 8:00 a.m. and closing at or before 5:30 p.m., employee parking areas for industrial development; schools and other educational facilities; churches and other places of worship; and other public areas where there is generally very little nighttime activity
0.2
5
D. 
Any lights used to illuminate the exterior of a single-family, two-family, multiple-family, dormitory or other group residence, or manufactured home park, or a commercial, industrial, or other nonresidential space or parcel, including buildings, signs and other structures, parking and pedestrian areas and landscaping, shall be designed and installed such that:
(1) 
Any luminaire with a lamp or lamps rated at a total of more than 1,800 lumens, and any flood or spot luminaire with a lamp or lamps rated at a total of more than 900 lumens, shall not emit any direct light above a horizontal plane through the lowest direct light-emitting part of the luminaire;
(2) 
Any luminaire with a lamp or lamps rated at a total of more than 1,800 lumens, and any flood or spot luminaire with a lamp or lamps rated at a total of more than 900 lumens, shall be mounted at a height equal to or less than the value 3 + (D/3), where D is the distance in feet to the nearest property boundary;
(3) 
The maximum height of the luminaire may not exceed 25 feet.
E. 
Exceptions to the above shall be:
(1) 
Any luminaire with a lamp or lamps rated at a total of 1,800 lumens or less, and any flood or spot luminaire with a lamp or lamps rated at 900 lumens or less, may be used without restriction as to light distribution or mounting height, except that if any spot or flood luminaire rated 900 lumens or less is aimed, directed or focused such as to cause direct light from the luminaire to be directed toward residential buildings on adjacent or nearby land, or to create glare perceptible to persons operating motor vehicles on public ways, the luminaire shall be redirected or its light output controlled as necessary to eliminate such conditions;
(2) 
Luminaires used for public roadway illumination may be installed at a maximum height of 25 feet and may be positioned at that height up to the edge of any bordering property.
F. 
In the case of outdoor lighting designed primarily to provide security for buildings and outdoor areas, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) recommends that there be a minimum of 0.5 fc (5 lx) of illumination in large open areas and along perimeter fences, and 0.5 fc (5 lx) on the facades of buildings.

§ 212-124 Standards for vegetated buffer areas.

A. 
Visual screening buffer.
(1) 
Wherever a vegetated screening buffer area is required by this chapter, said buffer area shall be planted and maintained with vegetation that results in a visual barrier that is at least six feet in height from ground level within three years to five years. All vegetated buffers shall be maintained.
(2) 
Vegetation within any required buffer area may consist of maintained lawn, shrubs or trees. Plants selected for use in any required buffer areas should be species that are hardy to the Finger Lakes region and that are noninvasive. Shrubs when planted may be two feet to four feet in height and must achieve six feet in height within three years to five years. Trees shall be six feet in height when planted.
(3) 
At the discretion of the Planning Board, a fence may be substituted for vegetation to achieve the required six-foot high visual screen; provided, however, that:
(a) 
The width of the buffer area is not reduced below the minimum required by this chapter;
(b) 
The remaining portions of the buffer area shall be planted and maintained with vegetation.
(4) 
In the case of new construction within a B1—Business District or IL—Light Industry District, such a visual barrier shall be planted or built prior to the issuance of any certificate of zoning compliance by the Zoning Officer.
B. 
Stream protection setback.
(1) 
Healthy stream sides that are vegetated with native woody trees and shrub plants provide flood reduction, erosion control, groundwater filtration, surface water quality improvement, and wildlife habitat. Therefore, commercial parcels and properties and all properties in environmental overlay districts that are being considered for new development or building upgrades and that encompass or adjoin a stream or creek are required to maintain and protect the existing vegetated streamside habitat (i.e., setbacks) during and after construction, or restore the vegetation through plantings in those habitats where such vegetation has been removed.
(2) 
U.S. Geological Survey topographical maps will be used to classify impermanent and permanent streams. Impermanent, also known as "seasonal," streams require a minimum of 25 feet of setback on each side of the stream, extending from the stream bank toward the uplands. Permanent streams are required to have a minimum 50 feet of buffer on each side of the stream, extending from the stream bank toward the upland.
(3) 
Vegetation in stream protection setbacks will consist of native tree and shrub species, tolerant of the conditions of flooding and soil saturation which are typical of such habitats, and generally designated as Obligative Wetland, Facultative, Facultative Wetland, or Facultative Upland Species in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 1996 National List of Vascular Plant Species that Occur in Wetlands (www.nwi.fws.gov/bha/list96.html). This design includes approximately 20 feet of undisturbed mature forest directly adjacent to the bank, a middle zone 15 feet wide of actively growing forest with periodic thinning, and a third zone approximately 15 feet wide planted in warm-season grasses. Larger setbacks with wider zones are encouraged to provide greater stream protection.

§ 212-125 Standards for adult entertainment businesses.

A. 
Numerous studies have shown that the presence of adult entertainment businesses can have serious, objectionable secondary effects on the general health, safety and economic well-being of the community. Such documented secondary effects may include an increase in the rate of crime, the loss of customers of neighboring commercial establishments, a decline in the value of surrounding properties, the deterioration of surrounding properties and the onset of blight in surrounding commercial and residential areas.
B. 
The purpose of this section is to:
(1) 
Eliminate or to the extent possible mitigate the negative secondary effects of adult entertainment uses in the Town of Ulysses;
(2) 
Provide for these uses within the Town, but in areas where they will have a lesser negative effect on the community; and
(3) 
Utilize the least intrusive method of controlling the negative secondary effects of adult entertainment businesses.
C. 
Any building in which an adult entertainment business is conducted shall be located at least 200 feet from the boundary of an A1—Agricultural District, R1—Rural Residence District, R2—Moderate-Density Residence District, RM—Multiple-Residence District, MHP—Manufactured Home District, H1—Hamlet District, H2—Hamlet Residential District, or B1—Business District.
D. 
Any building in which an adult entertainment business is conducted shall be located at least 500 feet from any child-care center, group child-care center, church, mosque, synagogue, temple or other place of worship, community center or any preschool, nursery school, public park, elementary, middle or high school.
E. 
Advertisements, displays, or other promotional materials for adult entertainment businesses shall not be shown or exhibited so as to be visible to the public from any street, sidewalk, or other public place. Permitted signs shall only display the name of the establishment and hours of operation.
F. 
All building openings, entries, exits or windows for adult entertainment facilities shall be located, covered, or screened in such a manner as to prevent a view into the interior from any street, sidewalk or other public place.
G. 
In the case of an adult drive-in motion picture theatre, viewing screens shall be situated and screened so as to prevent observation from any street or adjoining property.

§ 212-126 Standards for animals in residential areas. [1]

The keeping of domestic livestock is permitted in the R1—Rural Residence District, R2—Moderate-Density Residence District, and CD—Conservation District residential districts only if:
A. 
Animal waste shall be managed according to current best management practices to minimize odors, dust, leaching and water runoff.
B. 
No buildings where animals are kept shall be located within 100 feet from a stream edge or any wetland as defined by state or federal law.
C. 
All domestic livestock shall be kept on the property, and fencing shall be appropriate and adequate for the species maintained.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 212-127 Standards for campgrounds.

A. 
Campgrounds, seasonal.
(1) 
The maximum density of campsites within a campground shall be no more than 10 per acre, based on the total area of the parcel.
(2) 
No campsite shall be closer than 275 feet from the right-of-way of a public road or highway.
(3) 
To ensure adequate vehicular stacking room during peak campground entry and exit periods, the length of the entry drive or roadway to the campground shall be designed in a manner that ensures a distance of at least 200 feet between the public road or highway right-of-way line and point of registration. In addition, parking for a minimum of five recreational vehicles or vehicle/trailer combinations shall be constructed to serve the registration building structure. Each parking space shall be designed to accommodate a recreational vehicle or vehicle/trailer combination of 40 feet in length.
(4) 
All roads within the campground shall be at least 12 feet wide for one-way traffic and 20 feet wide for two-way traffic, constructed with an all-weather surface material, and properly marked with appropriate directional and traffic safety signage.
(5) 
Each campsite shall be numbered and shall have a minimum width of 30 feet and a minimum depth of 50 feet.
(6) 
No campsites, buildings, tents, structures, or parking areas shall be located within 100 feet of a stream edge or any wetland as defined by state or federal law. With the exception of stream crossings, no roadways shall be located within 50 feet from a stream edge or any wetland as defined by state or federal law.
(7) 
Each campsite shall have a designated area for a campfire and shall be located, cleared and maintained in accordance with recommendations of the Trumansburg Fire Department Chief.
(8) 
No more than two motor vehicles shall be parked at or be registered at a campsite at any time.
(9) 
Parking for campground patrons and guests shall be provided in a location or locations conveniently accessible to the campsites, at a rate of one parking space for each 10 campsites.
(10) 
Where the campground property fronts a public road or highway, within the required yard area at least 50% of the length of the frontage on said public road or highway shall be planted and maintained with vegetated buffer per the requirements of Article XX, § 212-124.
(11) 
Any camping unit for sale must be placed on a campsite. There shall be no other commercial sales except for the sale of firewood, charcoal or other fuel to be used for camping purposes, and an inventory of miscellaneous and sundry items for the accommodation and use of campers and their guests.
(12) 
Storage of camping vehicles, campers, motor homes and boats on trailers is allowed; however, units in storage can occupy no more than 60% of all campsites. The storage of more than one camper, motor home, recreational vehicle, or boat on trailer at any campsite is prohibited.
(13) 
Provisions for water supplies, sewage disposal and garbage disposal shall meet all the requirements of the Tompkins County Health Department.
(14) 
Wildlife and rodent-proof refuse containers shall be provided so that there shall be a minimum of one container for every four campsites.
(15) 
Garbage shall be picked up at least twice per week during the months of June, July and August, and at least once per week during all other times when the campground is operating.
(16) 
The campground shall be kept free and clear of all litter and maintained in a neat and orderly manner. The owner shall be responsible for the maintenance of all campground facilities, including areas designated as open space, streets, landscaping, sewage disposal and water supply systems, and solid waste collection.
B. 
Campgrounds, overnight.
(1) 
The maximum density of campsites within a campground shall be no more than 10 per acre, based on the total area of the parcel.
(2) 
No campsite shall be closer than 275 feet from the right-of-way of a public road or highway.
(3) 
All roads within the campground shall be at least 12 feet wide for one-way traffic and 20 feet wide for two-way traffic, constructed with an all-weather surface material, and properly marked with appropriate directional and traffic safety signage.
(4) 
Each campsite shall be numbered and shall have a minimum width of 30 feet and a minimum depth of 50 feet.
(5) 
No campsites, buildings, tents, structures, or parking areas shall be located within 100 feet of a stream edge or any wetland as defined by state or federal law. With the exception of stream crossings, no roadways shall be located within 50 feet from a stream edge or any wetland as defined by state or federal law.
(6) 
Each campsite shall have a designated area for a campfire and shall be located, cleared and maintained in accordance with recommendations of the Trumansburg Fire Department Chief.
(7) 
No more than two motor vehicles shall be parked at or be registered at a campsite at any time.
(8) 
Parking for campground patrons and guests shall be provided in a location or locations conveniently accessible to the campsites, at a rate of one parking space for each 10 campsites.
(9) 
Where the campground property fronts a public road or highway, within the required yard area at least 50% of the length of the frontage on said public road or highway shall be planted and maintained with vegetated buffer per the requirements of Article XX, § 212-124.
(10) 
Any camping unit for sale must be placed on a campsite. There shall be no other commercial sales except for the sale of firewood, charcoal or other fuel to be used for camping purposes, and an inventory of miscellaneous and sundry items for the accommodation and use of campers and their guests.
(11) 
Provisions for water supplies, sewage disposal and garbage disposal shall meet all the requirements of the Tompkins County Health Department.
(12) 
Wildlife and rodent-proof refuse containers shall be provided so that there shall be a minimum of one container for every four campsites.
(13) 
Garbage shall be picked up at least twice per week during the months of June, July and August, and at least once per week during all other times when the campground is operating.
(14) 
The campground shall be kept free and clear of all litter and maintained in a neat and orderly manner. The owner shall be responsible for the maintenance of all campground facilities, including areas designated as open space, streets, landscaping, sewage disposal and water supply systems, and solid waste collection.
C. 
Campgrounds, group.
[Added 8-12-2014 by L.L. No. 3-2014]
(1) 
All accommodations shall be of a temporary, seasonal nature only, except as set forth in this subsection.
(2) 
The cabins, tent sites or other structures providing accommodations shall provide sleeping space for no more than seven persons per acre.
(3) 
No structure containing accommodations shall be closer than 275 feet from the right-of-way of a public road or highway.
(4) 
No camping vehicles, campers and motor homes shall be permitted on the premises.
(5) 
Provisions for water supplies, sewage disposal and garbage disposal shall meet all the requirements of the Tompkins County Health Department.
(6) 
Wildlife and rodent-proof refuse containers shall be provided.
(7) 
Garbage shall be picked up at least once per week during all times when the campground is operating.
(8) 
The campground shall be kept free and clear of all litter and maintained in a neat and orderly manner. The owner shall be responsible for the maintenance of all campground facilities, including areas designated as open space, streets, landscaping, sewage disposal and water supply systems, and sold waste collection.
(9) 
There shall be no more than two single-family residences for each group campground facility. The use of single-family residences shall be accessory to the group campground use, such as housing for a caretaker.
(10) 
All roads within the campground shall be at least 12 feet wide for one-way traffic and 20 feet wide for two-way traffic and properly marked with appropriate directional and traffic safety signage.
(11) 
No campsites, buildings, tents, structures, or parking areas shall be located within 100 feet of a stream edge or any wetland as defined by state or federal law, or the lakefront of any lake. With the exception of stream crossings, no roadways shall be located within 50 feet from a stream edge or any wetland as defined by state or federal law, or the lakefront of any lake.
(12) 
The group campground shall have designated areas for campfires and shall be located, cleared and maintained in accordance with recommendations of the Trumansburg Fire Department Chief.
(13) 
Where the group campground property fronts a public road or highway, within the required yard area at least 50% of the length of the frontage on said public road or highway shall be planted and maintained with vegetated buffer per the requirements of Article XX, § 212-124.

§ 212-128 Standards for elder cottage housing.

The following standards shall apply to elder cottage housing:
A. 
At least one of the occupants of the elder cottage shall be a person at least 55 years of age related by blood, marriage or adoption to an occupant of the principal dwelling on the lot where the elder cottage is situated.
B. 
The names of the occupants of the elder cottage shall be enumerated on the special permit application filed with the Town of Ulysses, and no other person or persons may occupy said elder cottage.
C. 
Any elder cottage shall be designed and constructed in a manner that would allow easy removal from the premises. It shall be placed on a foundation designed and constructed in a manner that would allow easy removal of said foundation and restoration of the site to its original use and appearance upon removal of the elder cottage. At least one parking space shall be provided for the elder cottage.
D. 
Adequate water and sewerage disposal arrangements shall be provided for the elder cottages. These arrangements may include connections to such facilities of the existing principal residence or may be separate.
E. 
Any elder cottage placed on a lot shall be considered an accessory structure and shall be clearly subordinate to the principal residence on the lot.
F. 
Placement of any elder cottage shall be in accordance with the lot area and yard requirements of the zoning district within which it is located.
G. 
No elder cottage shall exceed one story in height.
H. 
The elder cottage shall be removed from the property within 120 days of being vacated by the occupant or occupants, and the location shall be restored to its prior state.

§ 212-129 Standards for extractive industry.

A. 
Extraction operations shall meet all development and performance standards of this chapter and of all applicable local, state and federal regulations. These standards shall apply to any activities in the Town of Ulysses defined as extractive industry in Article IV where more than 500 tons or 350 cubic yards, whichever is less, of a mineral(s) are removed from the earth during 12 successive calendar months.
B. 
The applicant shall submit information that includes, at a minimum:
(1) 
A survey of the entire property on which the mining activity is proposed showing topography, the locations of all streams, wetland and other bodies of water and existing vegetation;
(2) 
A site plan showing the lands to be mined, all proposed buildings or structures, equipment maintenance, parking or storage areas, access roadways and all required buffer areas and visual barriers;
(3) 
A proposed mining plan, including information on type of deposit (e.g., glacial, etc.), name of mineral (sand, gravel, clay, etc.) proposed to be mined, type of mining operations (surface, unconsolidated, etc.), proposed mining method, proposed mining sequences and directions, proposed grades and slopes, location and elevation of mine floor, and disposition of stockpiles and waste materials;
(4) 
The proposed pollution-control measures to address potential air pollution (dust), noise pollution or water pollution (water-borne sediments);
(5) 
A reclamation plan that, at a minimum, shall clearly show how the site will be restored to either:
(a) 
A condition similar to or compatible with that which existed prior to any mining; or
(b) 
Some other productive use of the land, such as forests, pasture, crops, wildlife area, etc.; or
(c) 
Suitable land for subsequent development or construction; and shall include an estimated cost of site reclamation upon the cessation of mining operations;
(6) 
Information on the width, bearing capacity and type of road surface of all Town of Ulysses roads proposed to be used by truck traffic to or from the site and the nearest county or state highway, and the weight of the vehicles using the facility;
(7) 
Any other information deemed reasonable and necessary by the Planning Board in its consideration of site plan approval.
C. 
The applicant's mining and reclamation plans shall describe the mining method as designated by the applicant on the basis of current or anticipated mining practices, and the reclamation method, having as its objective the preparation of the affected land for a future productive use. The proposed method of mine operating and the method of reclaiming the affected land to achieve the applicant's land-use objective shall be compatible with sound environmental management practices.
D. 
An analysis by the applicant shall indicate if any improvements to Town and county roads may be necessary.
E. 
Zoning district setback requirements notwithstanding, any excavation or quarry wall, and any equipment used for rock, gravel, soil or mineral-crushing or other processing, shall be located a minimum of 250 feet from any property boundary line or public road or highway right-of-way.
F. 
Except for ingress and egress roadways, no roadways within the site shall be closer than 200 feet from a property line.
G. 
No accessory buildings or structures, or equipment maintenance, parking or storage areas, shall be closer than 100 feet from any public road or highway right-of-way, or other property boundary.
H. 
A vegetated earthen or rock berm with a crest at least eight feet above any adjacent public road or highway, and with a side slope not exceeding a rise of one foot for each 2.5 feet of horizontal distance, shall be constructed and maintained prior to commencement of mining production or sale activities.
I. 
No mining activities, buildings, structures, parking areas, equipment or production storage areas shall be located within 100 feet from a stream or any wetland as defined by state or federal law.
J. 
A visual screen at least 40 feet in width and composed of evergreen trees shall be planted along any site boundary line that abuts one or more residential lots. All evergreen trees shall be at least eight feet in height at time of planting and be spaced so as to form an opaque vegetative screen. The owner shall be responsible for maintaining this vegetation buffer.
K. 
Truck access to any excavation shall be so arranged as to minimize danger to traffic and nuisance to surrounding properties. At a minimum, there shall be 500 feet of sight distance at the entrance to the facility.
L. 
Access roads into and out of the site shall meet the Town of Ulysses specifications for road base.
M. 
All ingress and egress points into the site shall be secured from unauthorized access or trespass.
N. 
Prior to the commencement of operations the applicant shall: 1) deposit with the Town Clerk a certified check in an amount set by the Planning Board to cover the full cost of reclaiming the site; or 2) file with the Town Clerk a performance bond to cover the full cost of the required reclamation. Any such bond shall comply with the requirements of § 274-a of the Town Law and, further, shall be satisfactory to the Town Board and Town Attorney as to form, sufficiency, manner of execution and surety.

§ 212-130 Standards for flag lots.

A. 
Flag lots as defined in Article IV, § 212-22, shall meet the minimum lot area excluding the pole, lot width, and lot depth requirements of the zoning district within which it is located. The pole of the flag lot shall have a minimum width of 50 feet at every point.
B. 
In areas where agriculture is the predominant land use, in particular the A1, R1, and R2 Districts, flag lots should be located on the least productive agricultural lands, and be configured so as to minimize interference with the agricultural use of the lands.
C. 
Whenever practicable, adjoining flag lots should be platted in a manner that encourages shared driveway access points along public roads and highways.
D. 
Flag lots shall be subject to site plan review.

§ 212-131 Standards for public garages, gasoline sales stations and body shops.

A. 
No part of any public garage shall be used for residence or sleeping.
B. 
No part of any building used as a public garage or gasoline sales station and no filling pump, lift or other service appliance shall be erected within 200 feet of any R1—Rural Residential, R2—Moderate-Density Residential, RM—Multiple-Residence, MHP—Manufactured Home District, or A1—Agricultural District.
C. 
No gasoline or oil pump, no oiling or greasing mechanism and no other service appliance installed in connection with any gasoline sales station or public garage shall be within 50 feet of any street right-of-way.
D. 
No garage for painting or repairing automobile bodies involving hammering or other work causing loud or unusual noise, fumes or odors shall be located within 300 feet of any R1—Rural Residential, R2—Moderate-Density Residential, RM—Multiple-Residence, or MHP—Manufactured Home District.
E. 
The general elevation of the vehicle-servicing area shall not be raised higher than two feet from the surrounding properties.

§ 212-132 Standards for manufactured home parks.

A. 
No parking facilities or driveways, except driveways for the purpose of ingress to or egress from the premises, shall be allowed within any of the front, side or rear yard setback areas.
B. 
All interior roads within the manufactured home park shall be paved with blacktop, concrete or other solid material, shall be a minimum of 20 feet wide with a six-foot wide shoulder constructed of an all-weather surface material on each side, and shall be properly drained.
C. 
All lots within the manufactured housing park shall be improved for use by independent manufactured homes, including the provision of adequate and safe water supply, sewage disposal, solid waste disposal and other utility systems.
D. 
Underground installation of the utility distribution and service lines is required except where it is infeasible due to site-specific conditions, as determined by a qualified engineer.
E. 
All manufactured home park maintenance, storage areas or facilities, and sewage treatment facilities shall be screened from all dwelling lots, internal streets, and public roads or highways by man-made screens or natural plant materials.
F. 
A minimum of 10% of the gross park area or 1,000 square feet per dwelling unit, whichever is larger, shall be provided for outdoor recreation. This recreation space shall be suitable for outdoor recreational activity and shall be easily accessible to all units.
G. 
No manufactured home shall be located closer than 30 feet from another manufactured home, or closer than 40 feet from the center line of any interior park road.
H. 
No manufactured home shall be located less than 50 feet from any front, side or rear yard line of the lot or parcel.
I. 
No manufactured home shall be located less than 50 feet from any maintenance, storage areas or facilities, and sewage treatment facilities if present.
J. 
There shall be a vegetated buffer, not less than 20 feet in width, within any yard area not fronting on a public road or highway, planted and maintained in accordance with Article XX, § 212-124.
K. 
Where the property fronts on a public road or highway, within the required yard area at least 50% of the length of the frontage on said public road or highway shall be planted and maintained with a vegetative screen.
L. 
No manufactured homes or other structures or parking areas shall be located within 50 feet of a stream edge or any wetland as defined by state or federal law. With the exception of stream crossings, no roadways shall be located within 50 feet horizontal distance from a stream edge or any wetland as defined by state or federal law.
M. 
The manufactured housing park owner shall be responsible for the maintenance of all park facilities, including areas designated as open space, recreation areas, landscaping, streets, privately owned sewage disposal and water supply systems, and solid-waste collection and storage facilities.
N. 
All manufactured home tow bars and hitches which are designed to be removable at the time of installation shall be removed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions when the dwelling is sited.
O. 
Where an individual manufactured home lot abuts a front yard of the manufactured home park or a side or rear yard that borders a public road or highway, said manufactured home shall be sited in a manner so that the longer side of the manufactured home is parallel to or nearly parallel to the public road or highway right-of-way line.
P. 
Each dwelling within the manufactured home park shall have the space underneath the dwelling enclosed by skirting constructed of fire-resistant material.

§ 212-133 Standards for land development in RM — Multiple-Residence District.

A. 
Any parcel on which multiple residence development is proposed shall have direct access to a public road or highway.
B. 
All vehicular drives shall be designed and constructed with an all-weather surface material, a minimum of 20 feet wide and properly drained. If the length of the drive is more than 100 feet or serves more than four residences, then the Planning Board may, in its discretion, set further requirements.
C. 
Any proposed streets or roads within the proposed project that will be deeded to the Town shall be designed and built to Town of Ulysses highway specifications.
D. 
The developer shall provide adequate sewer and water facilities. The preferred method of sewage disposal shall be by public or community facilities. However, if the applicant can obtain the appropriate on-site disposal system permit(s), then this method of treatment will be permitted.
E. 
To ensure adequate provision for light, air, access and privacy in the arrangement of the buildings to each other, no building shall be closer than 30 feet to another building. Each dwelling unit shall have a minimum of one exterior exposure.
F. 
A minimum of 10% of the gross area of the development or 1,000 square feet per dwelling unit, whichever is greater, shall be provided for outdoor recreation space in addition to setback requirements. The recreation space shall be suitable for outdoor recreational activity and shall be easily accessible to all units.
G. 
No parking facilities or driveways, except driveways for the purpose of ingress to or egress from the premises, shall be allowed within any of the front, side or rear yard setback areas.
H. 
No parking facilities or driveways shall be located within 12 feet horizontal distance of any dwelling unit.
I. 
No buildings or other structures, or parking areas, shall be located within 100 feet horizontal distance from the stream edge of any watercourse carrying water six months or more throughout the year, or any wetland as defined by state or federal law. With the exception of stream crossings, no roadways shall be located within 50 feet horizontal distance from the stream edge of any watercourse carrying water six months or more throughout the year, or any wetland as defined by state or federal law.

§ 212-134 Standards for residential swimming pools.

Swimming pools located on residential premises for private use only, and which include permanently constructed pools used for bathing or swimming that are 24 inches or more in depth, or that have a water surface area exceeding 250 square feet (about 18 feet in diameter), shall not be constructed or maintained closer than five feet from side or rear property lines, or be located within the required front yard of any lot or parcel. All swimming pools and associated fences, gates and other ancillary structures shall conform to the provisions of the New York State Building Construction Code or its successors.

§ 212-135 Standards for roadside stands.

A. 
Nonagricultural roadside stands shall not occupy more than 240 square feet of area.
B. 
No roadside stand shall be located within the right-of-way of any public road or highway.
C. 
No roadside stand shall be placed in a manner that limits the sight distance available to the motoring public or that in any other way obstructs their vision while driving or obstructs sight distance from neighboring driveways.
D. 
An all-weather surface must be provided to allow patrons adequate space to park their vehicles in such a manner that they are outside the outer edge of the road or highway shoulder.
E. 
All waste generated in the operation of the roadside stand shall be removed daily.

§ 212-136 Standards for sawmills.

A. 
Except in the IL—Light Industry District, the hours of operation of any large-scale or small-scale sawmill shall be limited to between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
B. 
Except in the IL—Light Industry District, no sawing of logs shall take place on Sunday.
C. 
All access roadways and vehicle and equipment parking areas shall be paved, surfaced or covered with gravel so as to be well-drained and provide an all-weather surface.
D. 
No storage of logs, lumber, sawdust, bark, scrap wood or equipment of any kind shall be permitted within any yard setback area.
E. 
No buildings, structures, log- or lumber-sorting or -storage yards, parking areas or equipment storage areas shall be located within 100 feet from a stream edge or any wetland as defined by state or federal law.
F. 
A visual screen at least 40 feet in width and composed of evergreen trees shall be planted along any site boundary line that abuts one or more residential lots. All evergreen trees shall be at least six feet in height at time of planting and be spaced so as to form an opaque vegetative screen. The owner shall be responsible for maintaining this vegetation buffer.

§ 212-137 Standards for self-service storage facility.

A. 
In addition to all other requirements of the B1—Business District, all self-service storage facilities shall:
(1) 
Be designed to ensure a minimum of 20 feet between all structures on the site and between any structure and the perimeter fence;
(2) 
Be limited to single-story storage structures not exceeding 15 feet in height;
(3) 
Be lighted in a manner that ensures a safe and secure environment (reference Article XX, § 212-123); and
(4) 
Be well-maintained and kept free of litter and abandoned or discarded property and vehicles.
B. 
Where a security fence is constructed around the perimeter of any self-service storage facility, said fence shall not be located within any front, rear and side yard setback area. All security fences shall be maintained in good condition. No concertina, razor, barbed wire or other such deterrents to unauthorized entry to the site shall be installed on any fences.

§ 212-138 Standards for commercial stables.

A. 
There shall be at least one acre of land for every five horses or ponies kept on the premises when stabled.
B. 
No building, except residences, shall be within 50 feet of a side or rear property line, and no building or parking areas shall be located within the front yard of the property.
C. 
All buildings and enclosures shall be cleaned frequently of waste materials and all manure shall be disposed of in a manner that eliminates pollution problems, such as odors, dust, leaching and runoff into watercourses.

§ 212-139 Standards for agricultural commerce.

A. 
No buildings, except residences associated with the farm operation, shall be within 50 feet of a side or rear property line, and no building shall be located within the front yard of the property.
B. 
All outdoor lighting fixtures installed and utilized shall be subject to the provisions of Article XX, § 212-123.
C. 
Parking facilities shall comply with the provisions of Article XX, § 212-121.
D. 
No parking facilities or driveways, except driveways for the purpose of ingress to or egress from the premises, shall be allowed within any side or rear yard setback areas.
E. 
No parking facilities or driveways, except driveways for the purpose of ingress to or egress from the premises, shall be allowed within 25 feet of any road or highway right-of-way.
F. 
No part of any building used as an agricultural commerce enterprise where repairs to equipment and machinery are performed for hire, or where the fabrication of parts, equipment, or other products for sale occurs, or involves in any other way hammering or other work causing loud or unusual noise, fumes or odors, shall be located within 200 feet of any R1—Rural Residential, R2—Moderate-Density Residential, RM—Multiple-Residence, or MHP—Manufactured Home District.
G. 
No gasoline or oil pump, no oiling or greasing mechanism and no other service appliance installed in connection with any agricultural equipment repair shall be within 75 feet of any road or highway right-of-way.
H. 
No building or other structures, or parking areas, shall be located within 100 feet horizontal distance from the stream edge of any watercourse carrying water six months or more throughout the year, or any wetland as defined by state or federal law. With the exception of stream crossings, no roadways shall be located within 50 feet horizontal distance from the stream edge of any watercourse carrying water six months or more throughout the year, or any wetland as defined by state or federal law.