City of Ste. Genevieve, MO
Ste. Genevieve County
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[CC 1985 §12-46; Comp. Ords. §12.02(1); Ord. No. 2345 §II, 10-16-1979; Ord. No. 2363, 10-7-1981; Ord. No. 2438, 8-19-1986]
For the purpose of this Chapter, certain terms and words are hereby defined. Words used in the present tense shall include the future; the singular number shall include the plural and the plural the singular; the word "building" shall include the word "structure", and the word "shall" is mandatory and not directory.
ACCESSORY BUILDINGS
A subordinate building which is incidental to the principal building or use and which is located on the same lot with such principal building or use.
ACCESSORY USE
A use incidental to the principal use of a building located on the same lot with the principal building or use.
ALLEY
A public or private thoroughfare which affords only a secondary means of access to abutting property.
AUTOMOBILE GRAVEYARD
Any establishment, area or place of business maintained, used or operated for storing, keeping, buying or selling wrecked, scrapped, ruined or dismantled motor vehicles or parts thereof.
BASEMENT
A story having a part but not more than one-half (½) of its height below grade. A basement is counted as a story for the purpose of height regulation if subdivided.
BOARDING HOME
A building, other than a hotel, where for compensation and by arrangement for definite periods meals or lodging are provided for five (5) or more persons but not exceeding twenty (20) persons.
BUILDABLE WIDTH
The width of the lot left to be built upon after the side yards are provided.
BUILDING
Any structure having a roof supported by columns or walls built for the support or enclosure of persons, animals, chattels or property of any kind, but not including any vehicle, trailer (with or without wheels) nor any movable device, such as furniture, machinery or equipment.
BUILDING, HEIGHT OF
The vertical distance from the grade to the highest point of the coping of a flat roof or the deck line of a mansard roof or to the mean height level between eaves and the ridge for gable, hip and gambrel roofs.
CELLAR
A story having more than one-half (½) of its height below grade.
COMMERCIAL USE
Generally, any business of a commercial nature that has as its primary function the direct sale of goods or services to the general public.
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
An official document adopted by the City setting forth a plan for the physical development of the community including studies of land use, traffic volume and flow, schools, parks and other public buildings.
CROSS-VISIBILITY AREA
The triangular area formed at a street intersection beginning at the point where property lines meet at the corner or, in the case of rounded property corners, the point at which they would meet without such rounding, thence fifteen (15) feet along the front property line, thence diagonally to a point along the side property line fifteen (15) feet from the point of beginning and thence to the point of beginning. With regard to the intersection of an alley or accessway with public right-of-way or with another alley or accessway, the two (2) equal sides of the triangular area are ten (10) feet instead of fifteen (15) feet.
DISTRICT
A section or sections of the City of Ste. Genevieve for which the regulations governing the use of buildings and premises, the height of buildings, the size of yards and the intensity of the use are uniform.
DWELLING
Any building thereof which is designed and used exclusively for residential purposes.
DWELLING, MULTIPLE
A building designed for or occupied exclusively by more than two (2) families.
DWELLING, SINGLE-FAMILY
A building designed for or occupied exclusively by one (1) family.
DWELLING, TWO-FAMILY
A building designed for or occupied exclusively by two (2) families.
DWELLING UNIT
One (1) or more rooms in a dwelling for or intended to be occupied as separate living quarters by a single family as defined herein.
FAMILY
1. 
One (1) or more persons related by blood, marriage or adoption occupying a dwelling unit as an individual housekeeping organization. A family may include not more than two (2) persons not related by blood, marriage or adoption.
2. 
For the purpose of this zoning ordinance, the classification "single-family dwelling" shall include any home in which eight (8) or fewer related or unrelated mentally retarded or physically handicapped persons reside if two (2) additional persons acting as housekeepers or guardians who are not mentally retarded or physically handicapped also reside in said residence. All such group homes shall obtain all appropriate Federal, State and City licenses for the conduct of such business.
FARM
An area which is used for growing of the usual farm products, such as vegetables, fruit, trees and grain, and their storage on the area as well as for the raising thereon of the usual farm poultry and farm animals, such as horses, cattle, sheep and swine. The term "farming" includes the operating of such an area for one (1) or more of the above uses, including dairy farms, with the necessary accessory uses for treating or storing the produce; provided however, that the operation of such accessory uses shall be secondary to that of the normal farming activities, that such land shall consist of at least ten (10) acres in one (1) parcel under common ownership or operation and, provided further, that farming does not include the feeding of collected garbage or offal to swine; or other animals.
FILLING STATION
Any building or premises used for the sale at retail of motor vehicle fuels, oil or accessories or for servicing or lubricating motor vehicles or installing or repairing parts and accessories, but not including the repairing or replacement of motors, bodies or fenders of motor vehicles or painting motor vehicles and excluding public garages.
FLOOR AREA
The total number of square feet of floor space within the exterior walls of a building, not including space in cellars, basements, porches, patios, carports or garages. However, if the cellar or basement is used for business or commercial purposes, it shall be counted as floor area in computing off-street parking requirements.
FRONTAGE
All the property on one (1) side of a street between two (2) intersecting streets (crossing or terminating) measured along the line of the street or if the street is dead-ended, then all the property abutting on one (1) side between an intersecting street and the dead-end of the street, but not including property more than four hundred (400) feet distant on either side of a proposed building or structure.
GARAGE, COMMERCIAL
Any building or premises, except those used as a private or storage garage, used for equipping, repairing, hiring, selling or storing motor-driven vehicles. The term "repairing" shall not include an automotive body repair shop nor the rebuilding, dismantling or storage of wrecked or junked vehicles.
GARAGE, PRIVATE
A detached accessory building, or portion of the main building, housing the automobiles of the occupants of the premises.
GRADE
The average level of the finished surface of the ground adjacent to the exterior walls of the building, except when any wall approximately parallels and is not more than five (5) feet from a street line, then the elevation of the street at the center of the wall adjoining the street shall be grade.
GROUND COVERS
Plant materials which reach a maximum height of not more than twelve (12) inches and present a finished appearance and reasonably complete coverage at time of planting.
GROUNDS PERMIT
A permit which must be secured from the Zoning Administrator prior to the development or redevelopment of, or addition to, any vehicular use area.
GROUP HOME
Any home in which eight (8) or fewer unrelated mentally or physically handicapped persons reside, and may include two (2) additional persons acting as houseparents or guardians who need not be related to each other or to any of the mentally or physically handicapped persons residing in the home.
GUEST LODGING
A lodging establishment renting guest rooms or units only to transient guests and having fewer than ten (10) guest rooms.
[Ord. No. 3978 §1, 6-11-2015]
HOME OCCUPATION
Any occupation or profession carried on by a member of the immediate family residing on the premises in connection with which there is used no sign other than a nameplate or no display that will indicate from the exterior that the building is being utilized in whole or in part for any purpose other than that of a dwelling; there is no commodity sold upon the premises; no person is employed other than a member of the immediate family residing on the premises; and no mechanical equipment is used except such as is permissible for purely domestic household purposes.
INDUSTRY
The term "industry", as used in the Chapter, is restricted to establishments primarily involved in product manufacturing and processing, heavy equipment uses and warehousing. It does not include retail and wholesale trades, agricultural trades, agricultural uses, institutional uses and other businesses that are primarily commercial in nature.
INSTITUTION
A building occupied by a non-profit corporation or a non-profit establishment for public use.
JUNK
Old or scrap copper, brass, rope, rags, batteries, paper, trash, rubber debris, waste or junked, dismantled or wrecked automobiles or parts thereof, iron, steel and other old or scrapped ferrous or non-ferrous material.
JUNK YARD
An establishment, area or place of business maintained, operated or used for the storing, keeping, buying or selling of junk or for the operation of an automobile graveyard or for the maintenance of an automobile salvage yard wherein wrecked cars are kept for the sale of parts thereof or otherwise dealing in junk or for a garbage dump or sanitary fill.
LAWN GRASS
Includes all species normally grown as permanent lawns in the City of Ste. Genevieve.
LOADING SPACE
An off-street space or berth on the same lot with a building or contiguous to a group of buildings for the temporary parking of a commercial vehicle while loading or unloading merchandise or materials and which abuts upon a street or other appropriate means of access.
LOT
A parcel of land occupied or intended for occupancy by a use permitted in this Chapter, including one (1) main building together with its accessory building, open spaces and parking spaces required by this Chapter and having its principal frontage upon a street.
LOT, CORNER
A lot abutting upon two (2) or more streets at their intersection.
LOT, DEPTH OF
The mean horizontal distance between the front and the rear lot lines.
LOT, DOUBLE FRONTAGE
A lot having a frontage of two (2) non-intersection streets, as distinguished from a corner lot.
LOT OF RECORD
A lot which is a part of a subdivision, the map of which has been recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, or a lot or parcel of land, the deed of which has been recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, prior to the adoption of this Chapter.
MAIN DRAINAGE DITCH
A manmade channel having a two (2) year or greater storm carrying capacity as determined by the City Engineer or similar qualified official.
MANUFACTURER
An establishment whose primary function is the mechanical or chemical transformation or processing of materials or substances into new products, including the assembly of component parts and blending of materials.
MOBILE HOME
A factory-built structure or structures more than eight (8) body feet in width and thirty-two (32) feet or more in length, equipped with the necessary service connections and made so as to be readily movable as a unit or units on its or their own running gear and designed to be used as a dwelling unit or units without a permanent foundation. The phrase "without a permanent foundation" indicates that the support system is constructed with the intent that the mobile home placed thereon may be moved from time to time at the convenience of the owner.
MODULAR UNIT
A factory-fabricated transportable building unit designed to be used by itself or to be incorporated with similar units at a building site into a modular structure to be used for residential, commercial, educational or industrial purposes.
MOTEL, MOTOR COURT, MOTOR LODGE OR TOURIST COURT
Any building or group of buildings containing guest rooms or dwelling units, some or all of which have a separate entrance leading directly from the outside of the building with garage or parking space conveniently located on the lot and designed, used or intended wholly or in part for the accommodation of automobile transients.
NON-CONFORMING USE
Any building or land lawfully occupied by a use at the time of passage of this Chapter or amendment thereto which does not conform after the passage of this Chapter or amendment thereto with the use regulation of the district in which it is situated.
NURSING HOME
A home for the aged or infirm in which three (3) or more persons not of the immediate family are received, kept or provided with food and shelter or care, for compensation; but not including hospitals, clinics or similar institutions.
PARKING SPACE, OFF-STREET
An area, enclosed or unenclosed, sufficient in size to store one (1) automobile, together with a driveway connecting the parking space with a street, road or alley and permitting ingress and egress of an automobile.
PLAT
A map, plan or layout of a City, township, section or subdivision indicating the location and boundaries of individual properties.
PREMISES
A lot, together with all buildings and structures thereon.
PUBLIC BUILDING OR FACILITY
A building or facility owned or operated by a general unit of local, State or Federal Government; or a building or facility operated by any special district or unit of government established under the laws of the State of Missouri; or a building or facility operated or used by a non-profit organization and open to general use by the public.
SELF-SERVICE STORAGE FACILITY
A building or group of buildings in compound that contains individual, compartmentalized and controlled access stalls or lockers, the use of which is limited to the storage of customer's goods and wares.
[Ord. No. 4035 §1, 4-14-2016]
SIGN
An identification, description, illustration or device which is affixed to or represented directly or indirectly upon a building, structure or land and which directs attention to a product, place, activity, person, institution or business.
STORY
That portion of a building, other than a cellar, included 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 the floor and the ceiling next above it.
STORY, HALF
A space under a sloping roof which has the line of intersection of roof decking and wall face not more than three (3) feet above the top floor level and in which space not more than sixty percent (60%) of the floor area is finished off for use. A half story may be used for occupancy only in conjunction with and by the occupancy of the floor immediately below.
STREAM
Any natural channel carrying running water defined and mapped as a perennial or intermittent stream on the United States Geological Survey seven and one-half (7½) minute topographic map of the Ste. Genevieve quadrangle, 1979.
STREET
A public way which affords the principal means of access to abutting property.
STREET LINE
A dividing line between a lot, tract or parcel of land and a contiguous street.
STRUCTURAL ALTERATION
Any change, except those required by law or ordinance, that would prolong the life of the supporting members of a building or structure, such as bearing walls, columns, beams or girders, not including openings in bearing walls, as permitted by other ordinances.
STRUCTURE
Anything constructed or erected, the use of which requires permanent location on the ground or attached to something having a permanent location on the ground and including, but not limiting the generality of the foregoing, advertising signs, billboards, backstops for tennis courts and pergolas.
TRAILER OR MOBILE HOME PARK
Any area where two (2) or more trailers or mobile homes can be or are intended to be parked, designed or intended to be used as living facilities for one (1) or more families.
TRANSIENT GUEST
Any person who rents and occupies a guest room in a guest lodging establishment for a period of less than thirty-one (31) days during any twelve (12) month period.
[Ord. No. 3978 §1, 6-11-2015]
TREES
Self-supporting woody plants having at time of planting a minimum diameter at breast height of two (2) inches, which normally grow to a minimum height of fifteen (15) feet with a mature crown spread of fifteen (15) feet or greater and trunks which can be maintained with over five (5) feet of clear wood.
USE
The purpose for which land or a building is arranged, designed or intended or for which either land or a building is or may be occupied or maintained.
VEHICULAR USE AREAS
Areas used for the circulation, parking and/or display of any and all types of vehicles, boats or heavy construction equipment, whether self-propelled or not, and all land upon which vehicles traverse as a function of their primary use. This includes, but is not limited to, activities of a drive-in nature such as service stations, convenience stores, banks, restaurants and the like. Only driveways and parking spaces serving single- and two-family dwellings shall be an exception to this definition.
VEHICULAR USE PLAN
A combination site plan/planting plan submitted to the Zoning Administrator for all proposed new construction, other than for single- or two-family dwelling units, for which a parking area is proposed. The plan is submitted at the time of submittal of building plans of a proposed structure. Said plans shall be drawn to suitable scale, indicate all dimensions and property lines, provide the north point and clearly delineate existing and proposed parking spaces, access aisles, driveways, sidewalks, curbs and other vehicular use controls. Median openings on abutting streets, lighting, storm drainage, proposed planting areas, decorative or screen walls, existing trees and related buildings shall also be shown. Exterior elevations and wall sections shall be provided for any decorative screen wall indicated on such plan.
YARD
An open space on the same lot with a building unoccupied and unobstructed by any portion of the structure from the ground upward, except as otherwise provided in this Chapter.
YARD, FRONT
A yard across the full width of the lot extending from the front line of the main building to the front line of the lot.
YARD, REAR
A yard extending the full width of the lot between a main building and the rear lot line.
YARD, SIDE
A yard between the main building and the side line of the lot and extending from the front yard line to the rear yard line.