Town of Orchard Park, NY
Erie County
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A. 
Unless the context otherwise requires, the following definitions shall be used in the interpretation and construction of the chapter. Words used in the present tense include the future; the singular number shall include the plural, and the plural the singular; the word "structure" shall include the word "building"; the word "used" shall include "arranged, designed, constructed, altered, converted, rented, leased or intended to be used"; and the word "shall" is mandatory and not optional.
B. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ACCESSORY BUILDING
A subordinate building located on the same lot as the main building, occupied by or devoted to an accessory use. Where an "accessory building" is attached to the main building in a substantial manner, as by a wall or roof, such "accessory building" shall be considered part of the main building for purposes of yard determination.
ACCESSORY USE
A use customarily incidental and subordinate to the main use or building and located on the same lot therewith. In no case shall such "accessory use" dominate, in area, extent or purpose, the principal lawful use or building, except that vehicle parking areas may be larger than building area.
ALLEY
A public thoroughfare which affords only a secondary means of access to abutting property and is not intended for general traffic circulation.
ALTERATIONS
As applied to a building or structure, means a change or rearrangement in the structural parts or in the exit facilities, or an enlargement, whether by extending on a side or by increasing in height, or the moving from one location to another.
AREA, BUILDING
The total of areas taken on a horizontal plane at the main grade level of the principal building and all accessory buildings, exclusive of uncovered porches, terraces and steps.
AREA, NET SITE
The total area within the property lines, excluding external streets.
ARTWORK
A two- or three-dimensional representation of a creative idea that is expressed in a form and manner as to provide aesthetic enjoyment for the viewer rather than to specifically convey the name of the business or a commercial message about the products or services offered on the property upon which the artwork is displayed.
[Added 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE STATION
Any area of land, including structures thereon, used for the retail sale of gasoline or oil or other fuel for the propulsion of vehicles. Within a structure or structures may be facilities for lubricating, nonmechanical washing and polishing motor vehicles and facilities for the sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories and minor repairs. The operation of an "automotive service station" as herein defined expressly excludes the following: collision or body work on motor vehicles of any kind, outside storage of motor vehicles or other property of any kind, major automobile or truck repairs such as repair of transmissions or differentials, engine overhauls and any engine work involving the removal of the cylinder head.
AUTO WASH
A building or structure designed and used exclusively for the washing, cleaning, drying or polishing of automobiles.
AWNING
A rigid frame covered with a material, such as canvas, forming a projecting cover from a building. Such "awning" may be collapsible. No part of the "awning" shall extend more than three feet from a building. No part of the "awning" shall extend less than eight feet above the grade.
[Added 2-15-1989; amended 1-2-1991]
BANNER
A piece of cloth or other nonrigid fabric intended to be temporarily displayed, or temporarily extended, over any sidewalk, Town street or highway, and which is fastened to a building or other structure.
[Added 4-7-2004 by L.L. No. 4-2004]
BASEMENT
A story partly underground but having less than half of its clear height below finished grade.
BILLBOARD
A sign which directs attention to a business, commodity, service, entertainment or attraction sold, offered, or existing elsewhere than upon the same premises where such sign is displayed or only incidentally sold, offered, or existing upon such premises.
[Added 2-20-2002]
BOARDINGHOUSE
Any dwelling in which more than three persons either individually or as families are housed or lodged for hire, with or without meals. A lodging house, rooming house or furnished room house shall be deemed a "boardinghouse."
BUFFER STRIP
The area between the subject property and the adjacent property or road, consisting of various forms of vegetation in order to provide visual screening. The buffer strip can consist of landscaping, natural vegetation, or a combination of the two. The area is mainly used for aesthetic mitigation for existing or future adjoining land uses.
[Added 12-20-2006 by L.L. No. 3-2006]
BUILDING, FRONT LINE OF
The line of that face of the building nearest the front line of the lot. This face includes sun parlors and covered porches, whether enclosed or unenclosed, but does not include steps.
BUILDING, HEIGHT OF
The vertical distance measured from the average elevation of the proposed finished grade at the front of the building to the highest point of the roof for flat roofs, to the deck line of mansard roofs and to the mean height between eaves and ridge for gable, hip and gambrel roofs.
BUILDING LINE
A line parallel to the street line, between which line and the street line no building may be built or located.
BUILDING, PRINCIPAL
A structure in which is conducted the principal use of the site on which it is situated.
BULLETIN BOARD
A structure containing a surface of corkboard or similar material serving as a place where notices may be posted.
[Added 4-7-2004 by L.L. No. 4-2004]
BUSINESS
Includes the purchase or sale or other transactions involving the handling or disposition of any articles, substance or commodity or services including animals; it also includes offices, rentable spaces and recreational and amusement enterprises conducted for profit.
BUSINESS OR SHOPPING CENTER
Two or more stores or businesses hereafter erected and attached to or contiguous to each other and located in a structure or on premises operated as a single unit with or without off-street parking.
CANOPY
A rigid frame covered with a permanent covering attached to and protruding from a building. No part of the "canopy" or its supporting framework shall extend above the face of the building. No part of the "canopy" shall extend more than three feet from a building. No part of the "canopy" shall extend less than eight feet above grade.
[Added 2-15-1989; amended 1-2-1991]
CELLAR
A story partly underground and having more than 1/2 of its clear height below the average level of the adjoining ground. A "cellar" shall not be considered in determining the permissible number of stories.
CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT
A subdivision in which minimum lot areas and minimum lot dimensions may be reduced by a specific amount, provided that there is no increase in overall density.
COMMERCIAL MESSAGE
Any sign wording, logo, or other representation or image that directly or indirectly names, advertises, or calls attention to a product, service, sale or sales event or other commercial activity.
[Added 2-1-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006]
COMMERCIAL PARKING LOT
Any place maintained for the outdoor parking of cars, excepting street, alley or other public place, where such parking is permitted upon payment of compensation.
COMMON AREA
Property that is owned by the homeowners' association, together with improvements therein, that is for the shared use and enjoyment by the owner/occupants of the single-family detached housing.
[Added 12-20-2006 by L.L. No. 3-2006]
CONSTRUCTION SIGN
A temporary on-premises sign that functions to identify the ongoing construction activity during the time that a building permit is active and prior to completion of the work for which the permit was issued, containing sign copy that is limited to the ongoing construction activity and identifying the contractor and/or any subcontractor engaged to perform construction activity on the site, and/or the architect, engineer or any other participants in the construction activity on the site, and announcing the purpose of the building or structure for which the building permit has been issued.
[Added 2-20-2002; amended 2-1-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006; 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
CONTIGUOUS PARCELS
Two or more parcels that are located directly adjacent to each other.
[Added 12-20-2006 by L.L. No. 3-2006]
COVERAGE
The percentage of the plot or lot area covered by buildings.
COVERED WALKWAY
A rigid frame covered with a permanent or semipermanent covering extending more than three feet from a building.
[Added 2-15-1989]
CURB LEVEL
The officially established grade of the curb at the midpoint of the lot.[1]
DIGITAL SIGN
An light-emitting-diode sign, also known as an LED sign, or any other electronic sign, including but not limited to an electronic sign used as a variable message sign.
[Added 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
DIRECTIONAL SIGN
A sign which functions to provide direction or instruction for traffic control but which does not in any way provide commercial advertising.
[Added 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
DRIVE-IN SERVICE FACILITY
An establishment which includes provision for a customer to conduct business or secure goods while remaining within a motor vehicle. Also commonly referred to as a "drive-through" or "drive-thru," such uses include, but are not limited to, windows or similar features that allow customers to order and/or pick up goods, such as food, beverages, and prescription drugs, conduct banking services or operate automatic teller machines while remaining within a motor vehicle.
[Added 10-24-2018 by L.L. No. 12-2018]
DUMP
A lot or land or part thereof used primarily for the disposal, by abandonment, dumping, burial, burning or any other means and for whatever purpose, of garbage, sewage, trash, refuse, junk, discarded machinery, vehicles or parts thereof or waste material of any kind.
DWELLING
A building used as the living quarters for one or more people, but not including a boardinghouse, hotel, lodging house, motel or rooming house.
DWELLING, MULTIPLE
A building or portion thereof containing three or more dwelling units; a dwelling used or designed for use as a multiple dwelling as defined in the New York State Multiple Residence Law.
DWELLING UNIT
A dwelling or portion thereof designed for housekeeping by one family or single person having access to all bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms from common living areas, hallways and entryways.
[Amended 3-15-1989]
ELECTION SIGN
A temporary sign erected or displayed for the purpose of expressing support for or opposition to a candidate or stating a position regarding an issue upon which voters of the Town shall vote.
[Added 2-1-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006]
EXCAVATION
Removal of earth or any material other than removal necessary in connection with the construction of buildings, structures, retaining walls, fences, private drives, parking lots, public improvements and public or private utilities.
[Added 1-2-1991]
EXTERIOR PUBLIC STREET
Those public streets which were in existence prior to the creation of the Conservation Management Overlay District and the construction of the interior public streets in the Conservation Management Overlay District. Exterior public streets provide access to the interior public streets from highways which existed prior to the creation and construction of the Conservation Management Overlay District.
[Added 12-20-2006 by L.L. No. 3-2006]
FACE OF A BUILDING
The vertical outer surface of the building abutting or fronting on any private or public street, highway, alley or other area used by the general public as a travelway, including shopping center sidewalks.
FAMILY
One or more persons occupying a dwelling unit and living as a single, nonprofit housekeeping unit, provided that unless all such persons are related by blood or marriage, no such "family" shall contain over five persons.
FARM
Any parcel of land containing at least five acres which is used for gain in the raising of agricultural products, livestock, poultry or dairy products. It includes necessary farm structures within the prescribed limits, the storage of equipment used and the use of temporary stands for the sale of the produce of the "farm" on which located. It excludes the raising of fur-bearing animals, riding academies, public stables and dog kennels. Private stables and the breeding and training of not more than six dogs owned by the owner or tenant of the premises is allowed.
FARM PONDS
A man-made body of water created for the purpose of watering livestock and for irrigation.
FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS
Liquids having a flash point below 200° F., closed cup tester. Class I "flammable liquids" (e.g., gasoline) have a flash point below 25° F. Class II "flammable liquids" (e.g., alcohol) have a flash point of 25° to 69+° F.
FLASHING SIGN
A sign which permits light to be turned on or off intermittently more frequently than once per minute or any illuminated sign on which such illumination is not kept stationary or constant in intensity and color at all times when such sign is in use, including an LED (light-emitting diode) or digital sign, and changes more frequently than once per minute.
[Added 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
FLOATING ZONE
A floating zone defines a use that the community wants to encourage. The floating zone may be affixed to a qualifying parcel of land, after application by the parcel’s owner, with the approval of the Town Board. Upon approval, the parcel is rezoned to reflect the new use and becomes a small zoning district; its development is governed by the use and provisions of the floating zone ordinance.
[Added 12-20-2006 by L.L. No. 3-2006]
FRANCHISED AUTOMOBILE DEALER
A person holding a current franchise for the sale and servicing of new automobiles.
FRANCHISED BOAT DEALER
A boat dealer holding a current franchise for the sale of boats, boat trailers and other related accessories.
FRANCHISED MOBILE RECREATION EQUIPMENT DEALER
A dealer holding a current franchise for the sale of recreation vehicles or equipment, exclusive of boats.
FRANCHISED RENTAL VEHICLE DEALER
A person holding a current franchise for the rental of cars or trucks which are not more than three years old.
[Added 5-6-1987]
FRANCHISED TRAILER DEALER
A person holding a current franchise for the sale and servicing of utility trailers, boat trailers, travel trailers, truck campers or camping trailers.
FRANCHISED TRUCK AND MACHINERY DEALER
A person holding a current franchise for the sale and servicing of new trucks and machinery.
FREE EXPRESSION SIGN
A temporary sign that functions to communicate information or views on matters of public policy concerns or containing any other noncommercial message that is otherwise lawful.
[Added 2-1-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006; amended 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
FREESTANDING SIGN
A sign supported by a post or posts permanently placed in the ground and not exceeding nine feet in overall height.
[Amended 1-2-1991]
FRONT OF A BUILDING
The face of the building fronting on the public street designated as its official address. In the case of a building located in a shopping center or plaza, the "front of the building" may be the face containing the principal entrance.
GARAGE, PRIVATE
An enclosed space for the storage of one or more motor vehicles, provided that no business, occupation or service is conducted for profit therein.
GARAGE, PUBLIC
Any building available to the public, operated for gain, which is used for the storage, repair, painting, servicing or equipping of motor vehicles and the sale of parts and accessories.
GRADE, FINISHED
The completed surfaces of lawns, walks and roads brought to grades as shown on official plans or designs relating thereto.
GRAVEL PIT
An area from which gravel, stone, topsoil and other materials are removed or stockpiled for sale.
[Added 1-2-1991]
GREEN SPACE
Open space maintained in a natural, undisturbed or revegetated condition.
[Added 12-20-2006 by L.L. No. 3-2006]
HABITABLE AREA
That space contained within the walls of the principal building, exclusive of the area of the cellar, garage, attic or porches.
HOLIDAY OR SEASONAL DECORATIONS
Decorations that pertain to legal or other recognized holidays or to a season of the year.
[Added 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
HOME OCCUPATION
An occupation or a profession customarily carried on in a dwelling unit, which:
(1) 
Actually is carried on wholly within the principal building or in a building or other structure accessory to the dwelling unit.
(2) 
Is carried on by only members of the family residing in the dwelling unit.
(3) 
Is clearly incidental and secondary to the use of the dwelling unit for residential purposes, with no exterior display, no exterior storage of materials and no exterior indication of the home occupation or variation from the residential character of the principal building.
(4) 
Produces no offensive noise, vibrations, smoke, dust, odors, heat, glare or traffic hazard or congestion.
HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATION
An association created for the ownership and maintenance of any common property, including but not limited to common space, private roads, and pedestrian paths, located within a development. The association must be approved by the New York State Department of Law (Attorney General's Office). Each lot owner in the development shall be required to be a member of a homeowners' association, which shall be formed prior to conveyance of the first lot. Such homeowners' association shall not be dissolved, nor shall it dispose of any common property by sale or otherwise.
[Added 12-20-2006 by L.L. No. 3-2006]
HOSPITAL
Unless specified, includes sanatoriums, rest homes, nursing homes, convalescent homes or any other institutions providing health services primarily for in-patients or the sick or injured, and including related facilities such as laboratories, out-patient department, training facilities, central service facilities and staff offices which are an integral part of the facility.
HOTEL
A building, other than a boardinghouse or tourist home, containing rooms which are rented or hired out for sleeping purposes by guests and where only a general kitchen and dining room are provided within the building.
HOUSE TRAILER
Any portable structure or vehicle used for living purposes, whether on wheels or other supports.
IDENTIFICATION SIGN
A sign which functions to direct attention to a business or profession conducted on the premises.
[Added 2-20-2002; amended 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
ILLUMINATED SIGN
Any sign designed to be artificially illuminated or designed to reflect light from one or more sources, natural or artificial.
[Added 2-15-1989]
INDUSTRIAL PARK
Contiguous properties zoned industrial and serviced by common roadways.
[Added 1-2-1991]
INDUSTRY
Includes storage, repair, manufacture and preparation or treatment of any article, substance or commodity, including animals, for profit. Excludes normal farming operations.
INTERIOR PUBLIC STREETS
Those streets which are built by the developer and which did not exist prior to the development of the Conservation Management Overly District.
[Added 12-20-2006 by L.L. No. 3-2006]
INTERMITTENT SIGN
A sign which permits light to be turned on or off intermittently more frequently than once every 12 hours or which is operated in a way whereby light is turned on or off intermittently more frequently than once every 12 hours, including any illuminated sign on which such illumination is not kept stationary or constant in intensity and color at all times when such sign is in use, including an LED (light-emitting diode) or digital sign, and which varies in intensity or color more frequently than once every 12 hours.
[Added 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
JUNKYARD
A place where junk, waste, discarded or salvaged materials are bought, sold, exchanged, sorted, baled, packed, disassembled, stored, handled or abandoned, including auto wrecking or dismantling yards, house wrecking yards, used lumberyards and places or yards for use of salvaged house wrecking and structural steel materials and equipment.
KENNEL, DOG
A building and/or area for the purpose of boarding for compensation more than three dogs that are more than six months old.
LAUNDERETTE
A business premises equipped with individual clothes-washing machines for the use of retail customers, exclusive of laundry facilities provided as an accessory use in an apartment house or an apartment hotel.
LOT
A parcel of land considered as a unit, devoted to a certain use or occupied by a building or a group of buildings that are united by a common interest or use and the customary accessories and open spaces belonging to the same. A lot within the meaning of this chapter may or may not be a lot as shown on a subdivision plat or assessment record.
LOT AREA
The area contained within lot lines.
LOT, CORNER
A lot at the junction of and abutting on two or more intersecting or intercepting streets.
LOT, DEPTH OF
The mean distance from the street line of the lot to the opposite rear line, measured in the general direction of the side lines of the lot.
LOT, INTERIOR
A lot other than a corner lot.
LOT LINES
The property lines bounding the lot. The front lot line shall be the right-of-way line of the street or road giving access to the lot. In the case of a corner lot, the owner may designate either street lot line as the front lot line. The rear lot line shall be the lot line most distant from the front lot line.
LOT, NONCONFORMING
Any district lot where the owner (owners) of said lot does not own any adjoining property, the subdivision which would create one or more conforming lots, which does not conform to the minimum width, depth and area dimensions specified for the district in which said lot is located.
LOT, RECORD
A lot which met the minimum lot dimension requirements of the Zoning Ordinance at the time of the creation of such lot by recording a deed in the Erie County Clerk's office.
LOT, THROUGH
An interior lot having frontage on two parallel or approximately parallel streets.
LOT, WIDTH OF
The least horizontal distance across the lot between the side lot lines, measured at the setback line.
MACHINERY OR EQUIPMENT SIGN
Signs incorporated into machinery or equipment by a manufacturer or distributor that function only to identify or advertise the product or service dispensed by the machine or equipment, including, by way of example only, signs customarily affixed to vending machines, newspaper racks, telephone booths, and gasoline pumps.
[Added 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
MARQUEE
Any shelter projecting from the front or face of a building and not supported by any ground supports.
MAXIMUM GROSS DENSITY
The total number of dwelling units per acre that can be built upon developable land for an entire subdivision in accordance with R-1 supplemental height, lot, yard, and bulk regulations.
[Added 12-20-2006 by L.L. No. 3-2006]
MEMORIAL SIGN OR TABLET
A sign that functions to bear the name of a building and/or the date of erection or construction of a building, which forms a part of the building and is not greater than three square feet, such as a cornerstone or building plaque.
[Added 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
MONUMENT SIGN
A freestanding sign with a solid supporting base, not exceeding 30 square feet in area or five feet in height. Where sign surface and base are the same dimension, the text of the sign shall not exceed 20 square feet.
[Added 8-6-1997]
MOTEL
A building or group of buildings, whether detached or in connected units, used primarily as sleeping or living quarters for transient automobile travelers and providing individual entrances and accessory off street parking, but with no cooking facilities except in a restaurant or caretaker's unit.
NONCOMMERCIAL MESSAGE
A message that is not a commercial message.
[Added 2-1-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006]
NONCONFORMING USE
A use of any premises which was lawfully existing at the time of enactment of this chapter but which does not conform to the regulations of the district or zone in which it is situated.
NONCONTIGUOUS PARCELS
Two or more parcels that are not located adjacent to one another.
[Added 12-20-2006 by L.L. No. 3-2006]
OFF-PREMISES IDENTIFICATION SIGN
A sign not greater than 20 square feet in size which assists the general public in locating a business or organization operating on premises within one-half mile of the premises where the sign is located, but which does not advertise the commodity, service, entertainment or attraction sold, offered, or existing on the premises where the business or organization is operating.
[Added 4-7-2004 by L.L. No. 4-2004; amended 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
ONE-FAMILY DWELLING
A dwelling having only one dwelling unit.
[Added 3-15-1989]
OPEN SPACE
A portion of a development site that is permanently set aside for public or private use and will not be developed. Open space may be used as community open space or preserved as green space.
[Amended 12-20-2006 by L.L. No. 3-2006]
PARCEL
Any subdivision of land within the Town of Orchard Park.
[Added 12-20-2006 by L.L. No. 3-2006]
PARKING SPACE
An off-street space available for the parking of one motor vehicle and having an area of not less than 180 square feet, exclusive of passageways and driveways appurtenant thereto and giving access thereto, and having direct access to a street or alley.
[Amended 4-27-2011 by L.L. No. 1-2011]
PEDESTAL SIGN
A sign not attached to any building or structure, supported by one pedestal permanently placed in the ground, with a clear, unobstructed area at least eight feet in height from the ground to the bottom of the sign, except for the pedestal which shall not exceed eight inches in horizontal dimension. The overall height of pedestal signs shall not exceed 16 feet.
[Amended 2-15-1989]
PERSON
Any individual partnership, association, organization, corporation, society, firm, company, institution or organization of any kind.
PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT
An area of land, controlled by a landowner, to be developed as a single entity for any number of specified uses, the plan for which does not correspond in lot size, bulk or type of dwelling or commercial use, density, lot coverage and required open space to the regulations established in any one or more districts created in the Town of Orchard Park Zoning Ordinance.
PLAT
A map, plan or layout of a city, village, Town or subdivision indicating the location and boundaries of individual properties.[2]
POND
Man-made body of water created for recreation or aesthetic purposes constructed with a slope no steeper than three horizontal to one vertical.
PRIVATE RECREATION AREA
An area which is owned and operated by members of a private club or association. The membership of the entity which owns the private recreation area shall be prohibited from conducting profit-making activities.
[Added 10-7-1992]
PROJECTING SIGN
A sign which projects more than 12 inches from the face of a building.
QUARRY, SANDPIT, GRAVEL PIT, TOPSOIL STRIPPINGS
A lot or land or part thereof used for the purpose of extracting stone, sand, gravel or topsoil for sale as an industrial operation, and exclusive of the process of grading a lot preparatory to the construction of a building for which application for a building permit has been made.
REAL ESTATE SIGN
A sign which functions to advertise the sale, rental or lease of the premises or part of the premises on which the sign is displayed temporarily.
[Added 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
RIDING ACADEMY
Any establishment or area where horses are kept for sale, hire or boarding for compensation.
SANATORIUM
A private hospital, whether or not such facility is operated for profit.
SERVICE ORGANIZATION IDENTIFICATION SIGN
A permanent on-premises sign which functions to direct attention to a location where a not-for-profit organization conducts its operations or holds meetings or assemblies in connection with providing services in the community.
[Added 4-7-2004 by L.L. No. 4-2004; amended 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
SETBACK
The least horizontal distance from any building to the nearest street or highway right-of-way line.
SHOPPING CENTER
A series of business establishments on one parcel of land, not necessarily joined, sharing the same highway access and parking facilities.
[Added 2-15-1989]
SIGN
Any advertisement, announcement, direction or communication produced in whole or in part by the construction, erection, affixing or placing of a structure on any land or on any other structure, or produced by painting on or posting or placing any printed, lettered, pictured, figured or colored material on any structure or surface. The following shall not be considered signs subject to the regulations of §§ 144-33 through 144-43: artwork; holiday or seasonal decorations; cemetery markers; machinery or equipment signs; memorial signs or tablets.
[Added 4-7-2004 by L.L. No. 4-2004; amended 2-1-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006; 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
SPECIAL EVENT
An event, gathering, assembly or meeting that is open to the public at large.[3]
[Added 2-1-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006]
SPECIAL USE
A use which, because of its unique characteristics, requires individual consideration in each case by the Planning Board and Town Board before it may be permitted in the districts enumerated in this chapter.
STABLE, PRIVATE
An accessory building in which not more than four horses are kept for private use of the owner or the tenant of the premises on which said stable is located. The horse shall not be for hire, remuneration or sale.
STABLE, PUBLIC
A building or area in which a horse or horses are boarded for compensation.
STATUTORY SIGN
A sign required by any statute or regulation of the State of New York or the United States.
[Added 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
STORY
That portion of a building between the surface of any floor and the surface of the floor next above it, or if there be no floor above it, then the space between any floor and the ceiling next above it.
STORY, HALF
A story under a sloping roof, having a ceiling height of 7 1/2 feet or more not exceeding 1/2 of the floor area of the uppermost full story in the building. Areas less than five feet in height are not to be considered as habitable space.
[Added 8-6-1997[4]]
STREET
A public or private thoroughfare which affords the principal means of access to abutting property and which has been dedicated to and accepted by or otherwise acquired by the Town of Orchard Park, County of Erie or State of New York.
STREET GRADE
The officially established grade of the street upon which a lot fronts; if there is no officially established grade, the existing grade of the street at the midpoint of the frontage of the lot thereon.
STREET LINE
The boundary lines of the street right-of-way; also the dividing line between the street and the lot.
STRUCTURAL ALTERATIONS
Any change in the supporting members of a building or other structure, such as bearing walls, columns, beams or girders.
STRUCTURE
Anything constructed or erected which requires permanent location on the ground or attachment to something having such location on the ground, including stationary and portable carports.
SWIMMING POOL
Enclosed body of water, either above or below ground, enclosed by concrete, steel, plastic, canvas or other material.
TEMPORARY SIGN
A sign intended for a use not permanent in nature.
[Amended 8-6-1997; 2-1-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006]
THEATER, MOVING-PICTURE
A building or part of a building devoted to the indoor showing of moving pictures on a paid-admission basis.
THEATER, OUTDOOR DRIVE-IN
An open lot or part thereof, with its appurtenant facilities, devoted primarily to the showing of motion pictures or theatrical productions on a paid-admission basis.
TOURIST HOME
A dwelling in which overnight accommodations are provided or offered for compensation. The accommodations shall be contained within the confines of the principal building.
TOWNHOUSE
A building or structure designed for or occupied by no more than one family or household and attached to other similar buildings or structures by not more than two party walls extending from the foundation to the roof and providing two direct means of access from the outside. Furthermore, each such dwelling unit shall be provided with cooking, sleeping and sanitary facilities for the use of each family or household of the townhouse. For the purpose of this chapter, a townhouse may include a building or structure in fee simple, condominium, cooperative or leasehold ownership or any combination thereof.
TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE SIGN
Any sign located within the right-of-way that functions as a traffic control device and that is described and identified in either the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and approved by the Federal Highway Administrator as the national standard and/or in the New York State Department of Transportation Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Traffic control device signs include those signs that are classified and defined by their function as regulatory signs (which give notice of traffic laws or regulations), warning signs (which give notice of a situation that might not readily be apparent), and guide signs (which show route designations, directions, distances, services, points of interest, and other geographical, recreational, or cultural information).
[Added 2-1-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006]
(1) 
Any portable structure or vehicle used for living, commercial or business purposes, whether on wheels or other supports, and exceeding seven feet, eight inches in overall width and 24 feet in overall length.
(2) 
A trailer not over 10 feet in overall length, seven feet, eight inches in overall width and six feet in overall height, capable of being drawn by a standard automobile or station wagon.
(3) 
A trailer designed solely for the hauling of boats not over 25 feet in overall length, capable of being drawn by a standard automobile or station wagon.
(4) 
A trailer not over seven feet, eight inches in overall width and not over 24 feet in overall length, capable of being drawn by a standard automobile or station wagon, designed solely for temporary camping purposes and not designed or suitable for living purposes. For the purposes of this definition, if a trailer is collapsible or of it does not have toilet facilities or cooking facilities or if it is not so designed that one can live in it even temporarily, it shall be deemed to be a camping trailer.
(5) 
Any body or structure designed for the specific purpose of converting any motor vehicle into a travel or camping vehicle and capable of being left freestanding.
TWO-FAMILY DWELLING
A dwelling having two dwelling units.
[Added 3-15-1989]
USE
The specific purpose for which land or a building is designed, arranged or intended or for which it is or may be occupied or maintained. The term "permitted use" or its equivalent shall not be deemed to include any nonconforming "use."
WAY
A street, alley or other thoroughfare or easement permanently established for the passage of persons or vehicles.
YARD
Unoccupied space open to the sky, including mechanical equipment, on the same lot with a building or structure.
YARD, FRONT
A yard extending the full width of the lot and situated between the street line and the front line of the principal building projected to the side lines of the lot. The depth of the "front yard" shall be measured between the front line of the building and the street line. Covered porches, whether enclosed or unenclosed, shall be considered as part of the main building and shall not project into a required "front yard."
YARD, REAR
A yard extending the full width of the lot and situated between the rear line of the rearmost main building and the rear line of the lot.
YARD, SIDE
A yard situated between the building and the side line of the lot and extending from the front yard to the rear yard. Any lot line not a rear line or a front line shall be deemed a side line.
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
The Board of Appeals of the Town of Orchard Park.
ZONING OFFICER
The Building Inspector of the Town of Orchard Park.
[1]
Editor's Note: The definition of "directional sign," added 2-20-2002, which immediately followed this definition, was repealed 4-7-2004 by L.L. No. 4-2004.
[2]
Editor's Note: The former definition of "political sign," which immediately followed this definition, was repealed 2-1-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006.
[3]
Editor's Note: The former definition of “specialty sign,” added 4-7-2004 by L.L. No. 4-2004, which immediately followed this definition, was repealed 2-18-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009.
[4]
Editor's Note: This resolution also repealed the former definition of "half story."