Village of Alexandria Bay, NY
Jefferson County
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The Single-Family Residential Districts — SFR are established to provide for the development of residential neighborhoods occupied primarily by single-family residences. It is contemplated that all residences in these districts shall be served by public water supply and public sewage disposal facilities.
In Single-Family Residential Districts — SFR, no building or other structure or land shall be used and no building or other structure shall be built, altered or erected for any purpose other than that of:
A. 
A one-family dwelling, including the following accessory uses and buildings:
(1) 
Accessory use of buildings as defined herein.
(2) 
Keeping of not more than two transient roomers or boarders.
(3) 
Motor vehicles. All motor vehicles which remain unregistered for a period of seven successive months or longer shall be stored within an enclosed structure.
(4) 
Outdoor storage of not more than one each of the following: cargo trailer, camper, travel trailer owned for personal use by a resident on the premises and not more than two registered boats and boat trailers owned for personal use by a resident on the premises.
(5) 
Parking garage or open parking for operative passenger vehicles of persons visiting or residing on the premises.
(6) 
Playhouse, toolhouse, garden house, cabana or bathhouse.
(7) 
Private swimming pool not operated for gain.
(8) 
All fences, walls, hedges or facsimiles less than six feet in height and 2 1/2 feet in width. Fences, walls, hedges or facsimiles which are six feet in height or less which may result in traffic safety, site hazard or other similar public safety or health hazards may also be required by the village to file for special permit consideration.
[Added 5-10-1993 by L.L. No. 2-1993; amended 9-15-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
B. 
Home occupations as defined herein.
The following uses are prohibited:
A. 
Keeping of hogs, cows, horses, goats, fowl or other farm animals.
B. 
Kennels.
A. 
Area per dwelling unit and lot dimensions. The minimum land area of lot size per dwelling shall be 15,000 square feet and the minimum width of the lot at the front property line shall be one 100 feet. However, this shall not apply to prevent the construction of a one-family dwelling on a lot existing prior to the date of enactment and not adjoined at the side by other unoccupied land in the same ownership having an area of not less than 7,500 square feet and a width at the front property line of not less than 50 feet.
B. 
Front yards.
(1) 
No building or part of a building other than steps, open porches, eaves and cornices and similar fixtures shall extend nearer the front street right-of-way line than the average distance of setback of the nearest main building within 100 feet on each side of said building and fronting on the same side of the street. When only one building exists on the same side of the street with the building to be erected and within 100 feet thereof, the building setback from the front street right-of-way lines shall not be less than the average between the setback of the existing building and 30 feet. When no building exists on the same side of the street with the building to be erected and within 100 feet thereof, the setback at the front shall be 30 feet from the center right-of-way line of the street.
(2) 
However, the above shall not apply to require placing a building more than 10 feet of the front main wall of an existing adjacent building within 100 feet thereof.
C. 
Rear yards. There shall be a rear yard with a depth of not less than 25 feet. When a building or property extends through a block from street to street, the front yard requirements shall be observed on both streets.
D. 
Side yards.
(1) 
There shall be two side yards with a total width of not less than 30 feet, except that for each foot of a lot existing at the time of this enactment that is less than 100 feet wide at the front building line, the total width of the two side yards may be reduced by six inches to a total width of not less than 20 feet. For a nonresidential building other than a garage or other accessory building, there shall be two side yards with a total width of not less than 60 feet, and for each foot the height of such building exceeds 35 feet the total width of the two side yards shall be increased by four feet.
(2) 
In either case, the width of the narrower of the two side yards shall not be less than 1/3 of the total width of the two side yards.
E. 
Corner lots. In the case of a corner lot, both yards abutting streets shall be determined as provided in Subsection B above. The minimum width of the lot at the property line parallel to the street considered to be the front street shall be 110 feet.
F. 
Height restrictions. The maximum building height shall be 30 feet.
[Added 7-26-1994 by L.L. No. 5-1994]
A. 
No detached private garage or other accessory building shall be placed closer to a side or rear property line than 10 feet, and for each foot the height of such building exceeds 15 feet, the offset from the rear and side property line shall be increased by one foot. No detached garage or other accessory building shall be placed closer to a rear building line than 10 feet or closer to a side street property line than 55 feet or 1/2 the width of the lot, whichever is the lesser.
B. 
No garage or other accessory building shall be used as a dwelling.
Temporary permits may be issued by the Zoning Enforcement Officer for a period not exceeding six months for nonconforming uses incidental to housing and construction projects, including such structures and uses as storage of building materials and machinery, the processing of building materials and a real estate office located on the tract being offered for sale, provided that such permits are conditioned upon agreement by the owner or operator to remove the structure or structures or use upon expiration of the permit. Such permits may be renewed upon application to the Zoning Enforcement Officer for successive additional periods of six months.
A. 
After public notice and hearing under conditions set forth below and elsewhere in this chapter, the Planning Board may authorize the issuance of a special permit for any of the following buildings and uses:
(1) 
Bus passenger shelter.
(2) 
Church or other place of worship, together with its usual accessory facilities, including parish houses.
(3) 
Educational institutions.
(4) 
Electric substation, gas district governor station, telephone exchange or other public utility building, structure or use, except a business office, storage yard, repair shop or facilities for the manufacture or storage of illuminating gas.
(5) 
Schools, primary and secondary.
(6) 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection A(6), regarding fences, walls, hedges and facsimiles, was repealed 5-10-1993 by L.L. No. 2-1993. See now § 143-28A(8).
B. 
To assist the Planning Board in its determination, application for a permit under this section shall be accompanied by plans and other descriptive matter sufficient to clearly portray the intentions of the applicant, and such plans and other descriptive matter shall become a part of the record.
C. 
The Planning Board may approve a structure or use under a special permit only upon determining that the proposed structure or use is:
(1) 
Appropriate for the particular lot and location.
(2) 
Not reasonably detrimental to neighboring properties, area and districts.
A. 
The following are permitted:
(1) 
One home occupation sign per dwelling unit not exceeding two square feet in area.
(2) 
Temporary special event signs of a special event sponsored by a church or other nonprofit institution. "Temporary" shall, for the purposes of this chapter, be defined as not longer than one month in duration.
B. 
Use of mechanically moving, flashing or self-illuminating signs shall not be permitted, although floodlights and other external lighting fixtures to be used in the illumination of signs shall be permitted if so located and/or shielded so as not to interfere with the enjoyment of residential use or detract from the safety of motorists.
C. 
Nonconforming signs. Any nonconforming sign existing in a Single-Family Residential District — SFR at the time of the adoption of this chapter shall only be replaced by a sign conforming to the regulation above.
[Added 9-15-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
All fences requiring periodic maintenance shall be set back a minimum of two feet from a property line to provide adequate area for maintenance.