Town of Ithaca, NY
Tompkins County
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The purpose of the Lakefront Commercial Zone is to provide areas in the Town for coherent development of commercial facilities that are uniquely related to the shore front of Cayuga Lake and are not inherently incompatible with adjacent residential zones.
Only the following buildings or uses are permitted of right in a Lakefront Commercial Zone:
A. 
Boat harbor and marina.
B. 
Small wind energy facilities, subject to the limitations on small wind energy facilities set forth in § 270-219.4.
[Added 8-11-2008 by L.L. No. 13-2008]
The following uses are permitted in a Lakefront Commercial Zone upon receipt of a special permit for same from the Planning Board in accordance with the procedures set forth in this chapter:
A. 
Restaurant or other place for the serving of food. If alcoholic beverages are served, the place of business shall be located at least 200 feet from a school or church or 150 feet from a residence district.
B. 
Hotel or motel, provided that the principal building is set back at least 100 feet from the shoreline.
C. 
Clubhouse or lodge, provided that no buildings so used shall be within 100 feet of any street, or within 150 feet of the lot line of an adjoining owner.
D. 
Mixed use commercial and residential, provided the commercial use is a use that would be permitted in a Lakefront Commercial Zone if it were not in a mixed use facility and provided that any residential component of any building is set back at least 100 feet from the shoreline.
E. 
Any municipal or public utility purpose necessary to the maintenance of utility services involving construction on not more than 5,000 square feet of land.
F. 
Institution of higher-learning facilities principally dedicated to water-related research, education and recreational activities, excluding dormitory accommodations.
[Added 9-10-2007 by L.L. No. 8-2007]
In addition to accessory uses authorized in all Commercial Zones, the following accessory use is permitted in a Lakefront Commercial Zone but only upon receipt of a special permit for same from the Planning Board in accordance with the procedures set forth in this chapter:
A. 
Retail sales of candy, ice cream, baked goods, flowers, and other small items.
[Added 9-10-2007 by L.L. No. 8-2007]
In addition to the yard regulations applicable to all Commercial Zones, the following requirements shall apply to Lakefront Commercial Zones:
A. 
Minimum setback from shoreline. Any principal building, parking area, cabana, gazebo, boathouse or other accessory structure, excluding such uncovered facilities as docks, piers, wharves, sea walls, boat ramps, boatlifts, boat hoists and moorings, shall be located at least 30 feet inland from the ordinary high water line of the shoreline.
B. 
Where site plan approval is required elsewhere in this chapter for a development or activity, the site plan review shall include review of the adequacy, location, arrangement, size, design, and general site compatibility of proposed structures, including piers, docks, wharves, sea walls, boat lifts, boat hoists, boat ramps, and moorings. The Planning Board, during site plan review, may establish a minimum setback of greater than 30 feet from the ordinary high water line based on due consideration by the Board of the preservation and protection of sensitive environmental features, and the maintenance of the wooded character of the shoreline area (if applicable), as well as scenic views and vistas. Where a site plan exists, an approved modified site plan shall be required if any of the thresholds specified in § 270-191 of this chapter are met, including but not limited to proposed changes to or additions of piers, docks, wharves and similar structures where such changes or additions meet a § 270-191 threshold.