Purpose. The purpose of the Light Industrial (LI) District is to permit, where appropriate, the development of sites and the construction of facilities for: research and development oriented industries; high technology and/or light manufacturing operations; and warehousing. It is also the purpose of the Light Industrial (LI) District to provide appropriate area(s) for the regulation of adult entertainment uses in a manner that is principally responsive to the secondary effects of such uses which include, among other items, the protection of the quality of the surrounding neighborhoods and commercial districts, prevention of urban blight, enhancement of the quality of life of residents and preservation of the integrity of areas within the Town where families may congregate, such as parks, playgrounds, schools and religious institutions. Areas for this zoning shall be identified by the Town Board or upon application. Areas shall be zoned as Light Industrial (LI) Districts in accordance with the procedures of Town Law. In reaching its decision, the Town Board shall consider the general criteria set forth in this chapter, the current Comprehensive Plan for the Town, and this statement of purpose.
Permitted principal uses.
Laboratories engaged in research, testing and experimental work, including any process normal to laboratory practice and technique.
The manufacture of electronic or optical instruments or devices, provided that all necessary safeguards are employed to prevent hazard and annoyance to the community.
The manufacture, compounding, assembling and/or treatment of articles or merchandise from previously prepared materials, provided that no chemical process is involved in the manufacturing process.
Printing, publishing and bookbinding.
The manufacture of paper products including packaging materials, office and household paper supplies, and stationery.
The manufacture, assembly or packaging of products from previously prepared materials such as cloth, plastic, leather and metals produced elsewhere.
The manufacture, compounding, processing and storage of candy and confections, frozen foods, cosmetics, pharmaceutical products, toiletries and food products.
The manufacture of precision tools.
Machine shop operations.
Permitted accessory uses and structures.
Customary accessory uses including but not limited to loading and unloading docks and areas designed as an integral part of the Light Industrial (LI) development and scaled for the exclusive use of the development.
Parking areas for employees and visitor parking.
Fencing in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
Portable on-demand storage structure. Up to two individual storage units may be used on the property for a period of up to one year as a means for temporary storage. Storage units are required to be located in the side or rear yard and are subject to the setback requirements for the zoning district that they are located in. After the storage units have been removed for a period of at least one year, the owner/tenant may make a new application. A permit is required for each storage unit.
[Added 1-15-2013 by L.L. No. 1-2013]
Special permitted uses. The following uses may be permitted by the Zoning Board of Appeals according to the provisions of Article IX of this chapter:
Essential services, including structures, maintenance facilities or storage yards for area utility services.
Commercial storage buildings, including mini-warehouse facilities.
Administrative, professional or executive office buildings, provided that such uses do not exceed 40% of the total area of land zoned for light industrial use in the Town.
Adult use entertainment establishments, including bookstores, cabarets and theaters.
Dimensional requirements for the Light Industrial (LI) District.
Principal buildings in a Light Industrial (LI) District shall contain an area of not less than 1,000 square feet.
Prohibited activities in the Light Industrial (LI) District. No land, building or premises in the Light Industrial (LI) District may be used in any way which will cause or result in:
Dissemination of dust, smoke, observable gas or fumes, odor, noise, vibration or excessive light beyond the immediate site of the building or buildings in which such use is conducted.
Menace to neighboring properties by reason of fire, explosion, electromagnetic interference or other physical hazard, including radiation.
Harmful discharge of waste materials, including refuse and airborne or waterborne wastes.
Traffic hazards or congestion.
Additional requirements for the Light Industrial (LI) District.
All processing of materials, including fabrication, shall occur indoors. There shall be no outside parking of machinery, equipment or commercial vehicles, except during business hours.
There shall be no outside storage of material, raw, processed or partially processed, in bulk or packages, except during actual construction of any structure on the site. There shall be no outside stock piles or storage racks.
All equipment for the handling of materials and processes shall be enclosed in a suitable building. Equipment as used in this section includes, but is not limited to, conveyors, elevators, storage silos, hoppers, storage tanks and unloading docks.
All waste, scrap, refuse, empty containers, drums, bottles and cartons shall be stored in suitable closed containers.
Notwithstanding any other provisions, side and rear setbacks adjacent to residential districts shall be a minimum of 75 feet, of which 20 feet thereof shall be used to create a screened buffer zone. Such screening shall not be less than four feet in height and may be accomplished by deciduous and/or evergreen plantings, berm or by a fence of acceptable design. All such buffers and screening shall be properly maintained by the owner.
Site plan approval shall be secured from the Planning Board as required in Article XIII of this chapter.
Parking, loading, access, buffer and site requirements shall be as provided in Article XVI of this chapter.