Town of Johnston, RI
Providence County
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Any building or use erected or initiated or any building or use enlarged or extended shall, at the time of such construction or initiation, enlargement or extension, as the case may be, provide off-street parking space in accordance with the following requirements.
[Amended 2-17-2011 by Ord. No. 2010-28]
Requirements for off-street parking are as follows:
Uses
Required Off-Street Parking123
Dwellings, three units or less, greater than 1,000 feet from transit service
Two car spaces for each dwelling unit
Dwellings, four units or more, greater than 1,000 feet from transit service
1.75 car spaces for each dwelling unit
Dwellings, four units or more, less than 1,000 feet from transit service
1.5 car spaces for each dwelling unit
Hotels, motels and lodging houses
One car space per unit plus 5% for management and employees
Continuing care retirement community
One car space for every three beds plus 10% of those spaces
Office uses
One car space for every 300 square feet of gross leasable area (not to exceed four car spaces per 1,000 square feet)
Retail and service business
Three car spaces per 1,000 square feet of gross leasable area (not to exceed four car spaces per 1,000 square feet)
Restaurants, theaters, and other places of public assembly
One car space for every four seats or for every four persons of occupancy
Industrial and wholesale use
One car space for every two employees
All other uses
Four car spaces per 1,000 square feet
NOTES:
1
In the event that the amount of required car spaces results in a fraction, the required number of spaces shall be rounded up to the next whole number.
2
Parking spaces shall include the required number under the RI State Building Code for Accessibility.
3
Any office or retail business employing 100 or more employees on any single shift shall provide one electric charging station for every 100 employees on said shift.
Plans and specifications for the required parking facility and its access drives shall be submitted at the time of application for the zoning certificate for the principal use. In allotting space for off-street parking facilities, each car space shall have a minimum width of 8 1/2 feet, and a minimum length of 18 feet and shall be served by suitable aisles to permit access to all car spaces. In no case shall the gross area of the facility be less than 270 square feet per car space.
Off-street parking facilities shall conform to the following regulations:
A. 
The area shall have a dust-free, hard surface and shall be provided with bumper guards where needed.
B. 
Where such area adjoins or lies within a residence district, an opaque fence not less than four feet nor more than seven feet in height or a double row compact evergreen screen not less than four feet in height shall be erected and maintained between such area and the adjoining residence district. The Building Inspector may require the posting of a cash bond or other surety in sufficient amount to ensure the installation or proper screening in conjunction with the development of an off-street parking facility.
C. 
Lighting fixtures used to illuminate the parking area shall reflect the light away from adjoining property and away from adjacent streets.
All parking facilities provided under this article must be constructed on or adjacent to the site of the main use. No front yard area shall be used for the required parking spaces of this article.
[Amended 10-11-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-1; 5-18-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-4]
In any residence district, the parking or storage of commercial vehicles under 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and/or unaltered pickup trucks are allowed. Commercial vehicles over 10,000 pounds in gross vehicle weight shall not be permitted, except where such parking or storage is directly related to and is accessory to a permitted use or lawful nonconforming use on the premises.
The parking or storage of major recreation equipment owned by the legal occupant, which includes travel trailers, pick-up campers or coaches, motorized dwellings, tent trailers, boats, and boat trailers, but does not include mobile homes, in residence districts, must comply with the following regulations:
A. 
No major recreation equipment, while parked or stored, shall be used for living, sleeping or housekeeping purposes.
B. 
No major recreation equipment shall be stored in any front yard area.
C. 
No major recreation equipment shall be stored out of doors in residence districts unless it is in condition for safe and effective performance of the function for which it was intended or can be made so within a six-month period.