County of York, VA
 
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The purpose of the business districts is to provide for the orderly development and rational classification of business and commercial land uses based on market orientation and service area characteristics. The districts are designed to provide opportunities for a wide variety of commercial and office activities serving the needs of neighborhoods, communities and regional markets as well as specific market groups. It is also the purpose of the business district regulations to protect the economic base of the County, promote the efficient use of commercial land areas and ensure the compatibility of business areas with other land uses and with the environment.
(a) 
Statement of intent. The NB district is intended to provide opportunities for limited types of commercial activities within or near residential districts and oriented primarily toward serving the day-to-day needs of nearby residential communities. The scope of commercial activities permitted is purposely limited in order to discourage substantial traffic from outside the immediate neighborhood. The NB district is intended for application in areas designated for neighborhood commercial development by the comprehensive plan. Because of the proximity to residences, particular attention is given to design and operational compatibility with homes.
(b) 
Dimensional standards. Each lot created or used shall be subject to the following dimensional standards:
NB-Neighborhood Business District
Minimum Lot Requirements(1)
Minimum Yard Requirements
Use Classification
Area
Width
Front
Side
Rear
Maximum Building Height
All Permitted & Special Uses
20,000 square feet
1,850m2
100 feet
30m
40 feet
12m
10 feet
3m
20 feet
6m
35 feet
10.5m
(1)
These minimum lot requirements apply where both public water and public sewer are available. For lots not served by public water and public sewer, refer to § 24.1-204.
Minimum district size: none
NOTE:
Performance standards and special use permit requirements or conditions may increase yard and lot requirements. See Article IV.
(c) 
Special requirements.
(1) 
Outdoor storage of goods or materials shall not be permitted.
(2) 
Outdoor display of merchandise shall be limited to that merchandise which:
a. 
Is in working order and ready for sale;
b. 
Can be accommodated in the area immediately adjoining the front of the principal building and extending not more than 10 feet from it;
No such display shall encroach upon any required parking or loading area or vehicular circulation area. Outdoor displays of merchandise shall not cause injury or harm to or reduce the viability of any required landscaping.
[Ord. No. 03-25, 6-17-2003]
(a) 
Statement of intent. The LB district is intended to provide opportunities for commercial activities having a relatively low external impact, which can be acceptable in proximity to residential areas. The activities envisioned for this district should be of a type that generally occur only during daylight hours, have relatively low external impacts in terms of noise, light, and activity levels, and can be designed to ensure their compatibility with surrounding land uses. The LB district is intended for application in areas designated for office/professional/research development by the comprehensive plan. Further, the LB district is considered an appropriate transitional district between residential and more intense commercial and industrial districts and, in that regard, the district may be appropriate in areas designated for general commercial and tourist commercial uses which are in a particularly sensitive location adjacent to or between residential uses. Accordingly, as set out in § 24.1-411, opportunities are provided for consideration by special use permit of certain types of senior housing which may be appropriate on certain properties as transitional uses.
(b) 
Dimensional standards. Each lot created or used shall be subject to the following dimensional standards:
LB - Limited Business District
Use Classification
Minimum Lot Requirements
Minimum Yard Requirements
Maximum Building Height
Area
Width
Front
Side
Rear
All Permitted & Special Uses
20,000 square feet
1,850m2
100 feet
30m
40 feet
12m
10 feet
3m
10 feet
3m
35 feet
10.5m
Minimum district size: none
NOTE:
These minimum lot requirements apply where both public water and public sewer are available. For lots not served by public water or public sewer, refer to § 24.1-204.
Performance standards and special use permits requirements or conditions may increase yard and lot Requirements. See Article IV.
(c) 
Special requirements.
(1) 
Outdoor storage of goods or materials shall not be permitted in any front or side yard areas. In rear yards, outdoor storage shall be allowed only in a fully buffered area which meets applicable setback requirements.
(2) 
Outdoor display of merchandise shall be permitted only within 10 feet of the building and merchandise displayed must be in working order and immediately available for sale.
(3) 
Loading operations shall be conducted within a building or, if outdoors, shall be conducted at the side or rear of buildings and screened from general public view from public rights-of-way or adjoining properties of equal or lower use intensity by landscaping, fencing, or similar arrangements.
(4) 
In recognition of the potentially sensitive locations where the LB district may be located, the zoning administrator may require the submission of supplementary material in order to be satisfied that negative external impacts will not spill over onto adjacent properties. These may include, without limitation, noise and lighting analyses, architectural renderings, and standard operations plans for the business to be conducted.
[Ord. No. 05-13(R), 5-17-2005; Ord. No. 10-24, 12-21-2010]
(a) 
Statement of intent. The GB district is intended to provide opportunities for a broad range of commercial activities. Many of these uses are characterized by the need for large amounts of outdoor display and storage of goods or materials, significant parking and loading space requirements, a dependency on truck traffic, and, in general, an activity level and aesthetic character which set them apart from the types of uses permitted in the lower intensity commercial districts. The GB district is intended for application in areas designated for general commercial and tourist commercial development by the comprehensive plan but with specific attention to the suitability of such areas and their surroundings for accommodating the demands and impacts of high intensity commercial development.
(b) 
Dimensional standards. Each lot created or used shall be subject to the following dimensional standards:
GB-General Business District
Use Classification
Minimum Lot Requirements
Minimum Yard Requirements
Maximum Building Height
Area
Width
Front
Side
Rear
All Permitted & Special Uses
20,000 square feet
100 feet
45 feet
10 feet
10 feet
50 feet
Minimum district size: none
NOTE:
These minimum lot requirements apply where both public water and public sewer are available. For lots not served by public water and public sewer, refer to § 24.1-204.
Performance standards and special use permit requirements or conditions may increase yard and lot Requirements. See Article IV.
(c) 
Special requirements.
(1) 
Outdoor storage of goods or materials shall not be permitted in front yards. In side and rear yards, outdoor storage shall be in a fully buffered area which meets all applicable setback requirements.
(2) 
Outdoor display of merchandise shall be limited to that merchandise which:
a. 
Is in working order and ready for sale; and
b. 
Is located in side or rear yards; or
c. 
If in front, can be accommodated in the area immediately adjoining the front of the principal building and extending not more than 10 feet from it except:
1. 
In the case of a permitted gasoline sales establishment, outdoor display can be accommodated on the pump islands;
2. 
In the case of permitted vehicle sales establishments, landscape nurseries and materially similar uses, outdoor display which does not encroach upon any required element on the site shall be permitted.
No such display shall encroach upon any required parking or loading area or vehicular circulation area. Outdoor displays of merchandise shall not cause injury or harm to or reduce the viability of any required landscaping.
(3) 
Other provisions of this ordinance notwithstanding, the use of trailers, as defined in § 24.1-104, for outdoor storage purposes in conjunction with a principal permitted use shall be permitted by special exception approved by the board of supervisors subsequent to conducting a duly advertised public hearing. Such activity shall be subject to the following standards and such others as the board may deem appropriate:
a. 
The use of trailers/cargo units shall be clearly accessory and incidental to the principal use of the property;
b. 
Such trailer or cargo unit shall not be visible from any adjacent right-of-way and shall be screened from view from such rights-of-way and adjacent properties by a walled enclosure at least two feet higher than the height of the tallest trailer/cargo unit with such wall being constructed of as an extension of the principal building;
c. 
The exterior finish of the enclosure wall shall match and/or complement the faces of the principal building with which it is aligned.
d. 
The wall shall incorporate articulations, pilasters, belt and/or header courses or other decorative treatments to break up any continuous linear expanse greater than 25 feet in length.
e. 
Landscaping shall be placed around the perimeter of the enclosure in accordance with the building perimeter landscaping requirements specified by this chapter.
f. 
The above provisions notwithstanding, the zoning administrator may authorize the placement of such trailers/cargo units on a site without need for installation of the walled enclosure in situations where the trailers/cargo units are totally obscured from view from any public roadway or customer parking area by virtue of their placement behind a building or buildings on the site and when such units can be effectively screened from view from adjacent properties by buildings, fencing, landscaping, topography or distance.
(a) 
Statement of intent. The WCI district is intended to provide opportunities for various types of activities oriented toward and requiring access to the water. The locational characteristics of such uses often dictate that they be within or in close proximity to residential areas or areas with limited vehicular accessibility. To that extent, the regulations established are designed to ensure an appropriate and compatible range of commercial and industrial activities. The WCI district is intended for application in areas designated for water-oriented commercial/industrial development by the comprehensive plan.
(b) 
Dimensional standards. Each lot created or used shall be subject to the following dimensional standards:
WCI-Water-Oriented Commercial/Industrial District
Use Classification
Minimum Lot Requirements(1)
Minimum Yard Requirements
Maximum Building Height
Area
Width
Front
Side
Rear
All Permitted & Special Uses
1 acre
4,000m2
150 feet
45m
45 feet
12.5m
20(2)
6m
50(2)
15m
50 feet
15m
(1)
These minimum lot requirements apply where both public water and public sewer are available. For lots not served by public water and public sewer, refer to § 24.1-204.
(2)
Yards are not required for uses requiring locations immediately adjacent to or above the water.
Minimum District Size - None
NOTE:
Performance standards and special use permit requirements or conditions may increase yard and lot requirements. See Article IV.
(c) 
Special requirements.
(1) 
Outdoor display of goods or material shall be permitted in any yard area provided it does not encroach upon any required landscaping, vehicular circulation, parking or loading space, or interfere with sight triangles or distance.
(2) 
Outdoor storage of goods or material shall be permitted in rear yards only and only if it does not encroach on any other required element on the site.