City of Isanti, MN
Isanti County
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§ 227-1 Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
ALLEYWAY
A private or public passage or way located in the City and which:
A. 
Is less than the usual width of a street;
B. 
May be open to but is not designed primarily for general vehicular traffic;
C. 
Intersects or opens to a street; and
D. 
Is primarily used for the ingress and egress or other convenience of two or more owners of abutting real property.
AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE
Any of the following vehicles when equipped and identified according to the law:
A. 
Fire Department vehicle.
B. 
Publicly owned police vehicle or a privately owned vehicle used by a police officer for police work under agreement.
C. 
Public or private licensed land emergency ambulance service vehicle.
D. 
Any volunteer rescue squad operating pursuant to Laws 1959, Chapter 53.
E. 
A vehicle designated as an authorized emergency vehicle upon a finding by the Commissioner of Public Safety or the Chief of Police that designation of that vehicle is necessary to the preservation of life or property or to the execution of emergency governmental functions.
BUS
Every motor vehicle designed for carrying more than 15 passengers, including the driver.
COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT
Equipment not normally associated with residential uses or purposes, including but not limited to cement mixers, snowplows, wood chippers, stump grinders, earth-moving equipment or heavy-duty compressors.
A. 
A motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles used to transport passengers or property, if the vehicle:
(1) 
Has a gross vehicle weight (GVWR) of more than 15,000 pounds.
(2) 
Has a towed unit with a GVWR of more than 10,000 pounds and the combination of vehicles has a combined GVWR of more than 15,000 pounds.
(3) 
Is a bus or school bus.
(4) 
Is of any size and is used in the transportation of hazardous materials that are required to be placarded under Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Parts 100-185.
B. 
Does not include a farm truck, an authorized emergency vehicle, or a recreational vehicle.
COMPANY VEHICLE
Those vehicles that have been issued a license decal less than "H" or otherwise weigh less than 15,000 pounds' GVWR and are used for a business.
CROSSWALK
That portion of a roadway ordinarily included with the prolongation or connection of the lateral lines of sidewalks at intersections and any portion of a roadway distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.
CURB
The edge of a street, adjacent to a roadway.
DRIVEWAY
An improved area leading from the street to the garage.
GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING (GVWR)
The maximum weight to which a vehicle can be loaded, according to the manufacturer; includes empty weight of the vehicle plus all fuel, water, supplies, cargo, and passengers.
IMPERVIOUS SURFACE
Areas where water, air, or roots cannot readily penetrate the soil. Examples include concrete; asphalt; bituminous; and driveway paver systems with a minimum thickness of 60 mm, 2 3/8 inches and with gaps not to exceed 1/4 of an inch.
IMPROVED SURFACE
Areas consisting of pavers or patio block less than 60 mm, 2 3/8 inches, thick and with gaps exceeding 1/4 of an inch, or large (minimum 1.5 inches) crushed rock, gravel, or Class 5 to a depth of not less than six inches.
INTERSECTION
The area embraced within the prolongation or connection of the lateral curblines or, if none, then the lateral boundary lines of roadways or tow roadways which join one another at or approximately at right angles or the area within which vehicles traveling up a different roadway joining at an other angle may come in conflict.
LENGTH
All trailers shall be measured exclusive of the tongue and hitch portion of the trailer to the extent that the tongue and hitch provided is less than three feet in height above ground level when the trailer is parked, or the measurement of a unit or vehicle from end to end.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Every vehicle which is self-propelled, not one that is moved by human power or an electric personal assistive mobility device.
OWNER
A person who holds the legal title of a vehicle or unit.
PARKING AREA
Extension of the existing driveway or area abutting the existing garage or accessory structure.
PERSON
Every natural person, firm, copartnership, association, or corporation.
PERSONAL VEHICLE
Any motor vehicle (as defined under the provisions of Minnesota law), other than a recreational vehicle or authorized emergency vehicle, which is currently licensed, weighs under 15,000 pounds' GVWR and is in road-legal condition.
PODS
Portable outdoor storage containers commonly used for moving and storage of personal property.
POLICE OFFICER
Every officer authorized to direct or regulate traffic or to make arrests for violations of traffic rules.
PRIMARY STRUCTURE
The house and attached garage.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE (RV)
A vehicular-type portable structure without permanent foundation, which can be towed, hauled, or driven and is primarily designed as a temporary living accommodation for camping or for travel or recreational use, including but not limited to travel trailers (including those which telescope or fold down), chassis-mounted campers, tent trailers, slide-in campers, converted buses or converted vans, motor homes and boats, whether or not self-propelled. The term "recreational vehicle" also includes snowmobiles, personal watercraft, and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) of any description.
RESIDENTIAL ZONE or RESIDENTIALLY ZONED DISTRICT
Real estate, whether public or private, located within the R-1, R-2, R-3A, R-3B or R-4 Zoning District or those residential uses located within the PUD, CBT, B-1, B-2, or B-3 Zoning District as designated under the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Isanti.
RIGHT-OF-WAY
The full legal width of any public street or alley and or unpaved boulevard area which abuts the traveled portion of any public street, alley or sidewalk.
ROAD-LEGAL
Currently licensed and in an operable condition such that the vehicle can be legally operated on any public street or highway.
ROADWAY
That portion of a street or highway improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the sidewalk or shoulder.
SEMI-TRACTOR
The forward part of a semi that includes the engine, operator's cabin, and hitch that tows a trailer hitched thereto.
SEMI-TRAILER
A vehicle of the trailer type designed to be pulled by a semi-tractor.
STREET or HIGHWAY
The entire width between the boundary lines of any way or place when any part thereof is open to the use of the public as a matter of right for the purposes of vehicular traffic.
TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL
Any device, whether manually, electrically or mechanically operated, by which traffic is alternately directed to stop and permitted to proceed.
TRAILER
A vehicle designed for carrying property and being drawn by a motor vehicle. It includes but is not limited to snowmobile trailers, boat trailers, utility trailers, flatbed trailers, enclosed trailers, and all-terrain vehicle trailers, not to include a semi-trailer.
UNIMPROVED SURFACE
Any nonimpervious surface or nonimproved surface, such as bare ground or lawn area (grass).
UNIT
Any item mentioned and subject to this chapter.
VEHICLE
Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
YARD(S)
"Front yard", "side yard" and "rear yard" shall be defined as provided within City of Isanti Ordinance No. 445, Zoning.