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§ 14-806. Off-Street Loading.

All development shall comply with the off-street loading standards in this section. Uses that are not permitted in a particular zoning district shall provide off-street loading in accordance with the zoning district in Table 14-806-1 that has the strictest requirements for that use at the gross floor area occupied by that use. In the case of mixed-use buildings or developments, off-street loading requirements shall be calculated by determining the required loading spaces for the cumulative gross floor area occupied by each group of uses listed in each row of Table 14-806-1 or Table 14-806-2, as applicable, and then taking the highest result of these calculations.

Every building on a property that is abutting two or more streets shall provide off-street loading spaces in accordance with Table 14-806-1.

Table 14-806-1: Off-Street Loading {For a printable PDF version, click HERE}

Use

Gross Floor Area (Sq. Ft.)

Required Loading Spaces

Residential Districts except RMX-3

Office, Hospital, Public, Civic, and Institutional, Visitor Accommodation, or Residential

100,000 - 150,000

1

150,001 - 400,000

2

400,001 - 660,000

3

660,001 - 970,000

4

970,001 - 1,300,000

5

Over 1,300,000

1 additional space per each additional 350,000 sq. ft.

Commercial Districts except CMX-4 and CMX-5

Office, Hospital, Public, Civic, and Institutional, Visitor Accommodation, or Residential

100,000 - 150,000

1

150,001 - 400,000

2

400,001 - 660,000

3

660,001 - 970,000

4

970,001 - 1,300,000

5

Over 1,300,000

1 additional space per each additional 350,000 sq. ft.

All other permitted uses

20,000 - 40,000

1

40,001 - 100,000

2

100,001 - 160,000

3

160,001 - 240,000

4

240,001 - 320,000

5

Over 320,000

1 additional space per each additional 90,000 sq. ft.

Industrial Districts except IRMX

All permitted uses

10,000 - 20,000

1

20,001 - 40,000

2

40,001 - 60,000

3

60,001 - 80,000

4

80,001 - 100,000

5

Over 100,000

1 additional space per each additional 50,000 sq. ft.

IRMX

Office, Hospital, Public, Civic, and Institutional, Visitor Accommodation, or Residential

100,000 - 150,000

1

150,001 - 400,000

2

400,001 - 660,000

3

660,001 - 970,000

4

970,001 - 1,300,000

5

Over 1,300,000

1 additional space per each additional 350,000 sq. ft.

All other permitted uses

20,000 - 40,000

1

40,001 - 60,000

2

60,001 - 80,000

3

80,001 - 100,000

4

100,001 - 120,000

5

Over 120,000

1 additional space per each additional 50,000 sq. ft.

(a) Required Spaces.

Off-street loading in RMX-3, CMX-4, and CMX-5 districts shall be provided in accordance with Table 14-806-2, except for:

(.1) Properties in an area bounded by Chancellor Street, 16th Street, St James Street, and 17th Street, where no loading shall be required, provided that the provisions of this § 14-806(2)(a)(.1) shall expire on December 31, 2017.

Table 14-806-2: Off-Street Loading in RMX-3, CMX-4, and CMX-5 {For a printable PDF version, click HERE}

Use

Gross Floor Area (Sq. Ft.)

Required Loading Spaces

Office and Visitor Accommodation

100,000-150,000

1

150,001- 400,000

2

400,001 - 660,000

3

660,001 - 970,000

4

970,001 - 1,300,000

5

Over 1,300,000

1 additional space per each additional 400,000 sq. ft.

Residential

100,000-200,000

1

200,001-500,000

2

Over 500,000

3

All other permitted uses

40,000-100,000

1

100,001-160,000

2

160,001-240,000

3

240,001-320,000

4

Over 320,000

1 additional space per each additional 90,000 sq. ft.

(b) Minimum Dimensions.

Loading spaces shall be designed to meet the dimensions in Table 14-806-3.

Table 14-806-3: Required Loading Space Dimensions {For a printable PDF version, click HERE}

Required Loading Space

Dimensions

1

10 ft. wide, 40 ft. long, 14 ft. high

2 [1]

11 ft. wide, 60 ft. long, 14 ft. high

3

10 ft. wide, 30 ft. long, 14 ft. high

4

10 ft. wide, 40 ft. long, 14 ft. high

5 [1]

11 ft. wide, 60 ft. long, 14 ft. high

Each additional

10 ft. wide, 30 ft. long, 14 ft. high

Table Notes:

[1] Except where access to the loading space is by a street which is less than 35 ft. wide in which case, such space may be at least 10 ft. wide, 40 ft. long, 14 ft. high.

(c) Enclosed Structure Required.

Every off-street loading space shall be located either (1) within the building it serves, or (2) in an enclosed structure with direct access to each building the loading spaces serve.

(d) Ingress and Egress.

(.1) Each individual loading space or group of loading spaces shall be limited to one two-way curb cut with a maximum width of 24 ft. on the street frontage or two one-way curb cuts with a maximum width of 16 ft. on each street frontage; provided that, for curb cuts on the south side of Fairmount Avenue, between Broad Street and Thirteenth Street, on lots designated "CMX-4," the 24 ft. maximum width shall not apply to a two-way curb cut and a maximum of two two-way curb cuts shall be allowed if the curb cuts are intended to be used for a mixed use development with at least 50,000 gross sq. ft. of space for retail use.

(.2) As an exception to § 14-806(2)(d)(.1), when the loading spaces or their access drives have direct access to a street of less than 40 ft. wide, there shall not be a limit imposed on the size of the curb cut(s) to that street. Driveways that cross the public sidewalk must be at the same level as the sidewalk. The driveway material must change at the building line to demarcate the transition to the sidewalk. Sidewalks should be visually continuous across driveways to indicate pedestrians have the right-of-way.

(e) Common Loading.

Two or more buildings may share a common loading area provided that the loading area is located within a commonly accessible structure and that the total number of loading spaces provided is calculated on the basis of the sum of the loading spaces required for each building that the common spaces are intended to serve.

(f) Trash Storage.

All trash storage areas shall be located within the building, within a completely enclosed trash storage area located on the same lot as the building it serves, or within a common loading area as provided in § 14-806(2)(e) (Common Loading).

Except as provided in § 14-806(2) (RMX-3, CMX-4, and CMX-5 Districts), the following standards apply to all required off-street loading spaces.

(a) Where off-street loading spaces do not adjoin the street, convenient access at least 12 ft. wide to each space shall be provided.

(b) Access driveways across sidewalks shall be subject to the approval of the Streets Department.

(c) Each required off-street loading space shall be at least 11 ft. wide, 60 ft. long, and have at least 14 ft. of unobstructed height unless otherwise stated in another provision of this Zoning Code for a specific location.

(d) No required off-street loading space may be located in a required front setback or rear or side yard area.

(a) Subject to the determination of the Commission and the Streets Department that the proposed adjustments would provide an adequate number of off-street loading spaces for the proposed use and are necessary given certain constraints that would preclude the provision of loading as required in this § 14-806 (Off-Street Loading), one or more of the following adjustments may be permitted to the off-street loading requirements of this § 14-806 (Off-Street Loading).

(.1) A reduction in the number of required off-street loading spaces by no more than two loading spaces, except at least one required off-street loading space shall be provided.

(.2) A reduction in the required loading space width for one or more required off-street loading spaces such that each required off-street loading space shall be at least 10 ft. wide.

(.3) A reduction in the required loading space length for one or more required off-street loading spaces such that each required off-street loading space shall be at least 30 ft. long.

(.4) An increase in the maximum width of any curb cut otherwise permitted for off-street loading by no more than 12 ft.

(b) The applicant shall provide the Commission and Streets Department with any requested documentation of those constraints that would preclude the provision of loading as required in this § 14-806 (Off-Street Loading) before the approval of any adjustment under § 14-806(4)(a).

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