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904.04. - Unc, Urban Neighborhood Commercial District.

904.04.A   Purpose

The UNC, Urban Neighborhood Commercial District is intended to:

1.  Serve a broader market than the immediate neighborhood;

2.  Allow a range of development while controlling impacts on the neighborhood adjacent to them;

3.  Ensure that new development fit within existing development patterns; and

4.  Reinforce qualities of the built environment, such as the continuity of storefronts and pedestrian-oriented streetscapes.

904.04.B   Use Regulations

904.04.B.1   Primary Uses

Primary uses shall be allowed in the UNC District in accordance with the Use Table of

Sec. 911.02


904.04.B.2   Accessory Uses

Accessory uses shall be permitted in the UNC District in accordance with the Accessory Use regulations of Chapter 912. In addition, accessory uses in the UNC District shall not exceed twenty-five (25) percent of the gross floor area of the primary use.

904.04.C   Site Development Standards

Sites in the UNC District shall be developed in accordance with the following site development standards, provided that:

1.  The Residential Compatibility Standards of Chapter 916 shall impose additional height and setback standards on new High-Density and Very High-Density Residential and nonresidential development located near Residential and H Districts;

2.  The Environmental Performance Standards of Chapter 915 shall impose additional restrictions on development; and

3.  New development shall be allowed to use Contextual Setbacks and Contextual Building Heights in accordance with the provisions of

Sec. 925.06


Sec. 925.07


Article VI and Chapter 925 contain a complete description of site development standards and a listing of exemptions to various standards.

Site Development Standard

UNC District

Minimum Lot Size


Maximum Floor Area Ratio

when not located within 1,500 ft. of a Major transit facility

when located within 1,500 ft. of a Major Transit Facility



Maximum Lot Coverage

Minimum Front Setback

none required

Minimum Rear Setback

when not adjacent to a way

when adjacent to a way

20 ft.

none required

Minimum Exterior Sideyard Setback

none required

Minimum Interior Sideyard Setback

none required

Maximum Height

when not located within 1,500 ft. of a Major transit facility

when located within 1,500 ft. of a Major Transit Facility

45 ft. (not to exceed 3 stories)

60 ft. (not to exceed 4 stories)

4.  Special Exception for Height in UNC District

Additional height above three (3) stories in the UNC district shall be allowed in accordance with Special Exception procedures of

Sec. 922.07

with the following standards:

(i)  The maximum height of the structure shall be eighty-five (85) feet, not to exceed six (6) stories;

(ii)  The site shall not be within two hundred (200) feet of any property which is zoned Residential;

(iii)  The site shall be sufficiently separated from property zoned Residential for the Board to determine that the additional height will not create a detrimental impact on such properties through consideration of the additional traffic impacts caused by the additional height and density, the impacts on views from such residential properties, and the impacts of the bulk of the buildings on such residential properties.

904.04.D   Site Plan Review

904.04.D.1   General

The following shall require Site Plan Review and approval in accordance with the Site Plan Review procedures of

Section 922.04


(a)  Any new construction, building addition or enlargement or exterior renovation of an existing structure on a lot that has an area of two thousand four hundred (2,400) square feet or more;

(b)  Any off street parking area that includes more than ten (10) parking spaces or more than two thousand five hundred (2,500) square feet of surface area; or

904.04.D.2   Standards

Any project requiring Site Plan Review in the UNC district shall be subject to the Site Plan Review Criteria of

Section 922.04.E


(Ord. 45-2003, § 5, eff. 12-31-03)

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