Article V. District Use Regulations

Sec. 31-80. District I-L - Light Industrial District

A. INTENT AND PURPOSE OF DISTRICT The "I-L' Light Industrial District is intended for the purpose of allowing certain industrial uses which do not create obnoxious sounds, glare, dust or odor. Height and land coverage are controlled to insure compatibility with adjoining uses.

B. DISTRICT REGULATIONS  In District "I-L" no building or land shall be used and no building or structure altered, enlarged or erected, which is arranged, intended or designed for other than one of the uses listed in Subsection C below.

    Light Industry use listed alphabetically at the bottom of the page.


1. A building structure or use, allowed in this district, may occupy not more than seventy-five (75) percent of the lot area.

2. In case where the required off-street parking and/or loading and unloading will be provided within the building or structure, then the structure may cover not more than seventy (70%) percent of the lot area.




1. Front Yard: No front yard shall be required for uses permitted in this district.

2. Side Yard: Provided there is compliance with the city fire code, no side yard shall be required for uses in this district except where such use abutts a dwelling or dwelling district zone, in which case there shall be required twenty-five (25) feet of side yard with an evergreen buffer approved by the Commission on the side of the lot which butts the residential district.

3. Rear Yard: The depth of a rear yard shall be at least ten (10) feet, except that on a corner lot no rear yard is required within fifty (50) feet of a side street unless the rear line adjoins a residential or commercial district. An evergreen buffer approved by the Commission shall be approved along those rear lot lines which adjoins a residential district.



1. Commercial and industrial uses allowed in this district shall provide one (1) off- street parking space for every two regular employees per shift with the following exceptions:
Service stations - One (1) parking space for every two regular employees plus two (2) spaces for each service bay.

2. Plans and Approval Required . Plans showing layout and design of all required off-street parking areas shall be submitted and approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission prior to issuing a building permit. Before approving the parking layout, the Commission shall be satisfied that the spaces provided are usable and meet standard design criteria.

3. Exceptions . Off-street parking requirements in this district may be waived by the Governing Body when it can be established that off-street parking, to satisfy the above requirements, is provided or is available, either private or public, on adjoining property or within one hundred-fifty (150) feet of the proposed use. In determining whether or not sufficient off-street parking is available to satisfy the requirements of this section, vacant land or spaces allotted to other uses shall not be considered.



1. No loading or unloading operation shall be permitted in the right-of-way of any street or alley.

2. Curb cuts for access to parking , loading and unloading areas shall be first approved by the Director of Municipal Services. In making application for such curb cuts, the applicant shall present this proposal in writing and provide the Director of Municipal Services with sufficient plans showing location, width and type surface proposed across the public right-of-way. This shall be done in accordance with existing ordinance on streets.



1. Required. On the same premises with every building, structure or part thereof, erected and occupied for manufacturing, storage or goods displayed, and which shall include any warehouse, goods displayed, department store, wholesale store, market, hotel, hospital, mortuary, laundry, dry cleaning or other uses similarly involving the receipt or distribution by vehicles, of materials or merchandise, thereshall be provided and maintained on the lot adequate space for standing, loading and unloading services in order to avoid undue interference with public use of the streets or alleys.

2. Amount of space prescribed. Such space, unless otherwise adequately provided for, shall include a ten (10) foot by fifty (50) foot loading space with fourteen (14) foot height clearance for every twenty thousand (20,000) square feet or fraction thereof in excess of three thousand (3,000) square feet of building floor-use for above mentioned purposes, or for every twenty thousand (20,000) square feet or fraction thereof in excess of three thousand (3,000) square feet of land-use for above mentioned purposes. These requirements may, upon appeal, be increased, modified or waived, by the Board of Adjustments where, in its judgment, the conditions or circumstances provide substantial reasons to justify such action. 

    Light Industry use listed alphabetically:

1. Animal hospitals or clinics.

2. Auto repair and body shops.

3. Bakeries.

4. Book binders.

5. Bottling works.

6. Building material sales (except for ready-mix concrete and similar uses which emit dust, odor or smoke).

7. Canning or preserving factories.

8. Carpenter, cabinet, plumbing or sheet metal shops.

9. Carpet cleaning establishments.

10. Contractor's office and equipment storage yard, providing the storage yard is completely enclosed with a six (6) foot solid fence or wall.

11. Creameries.

12. Dry cleaning and/or laundry plants.

13. Electro-plating works.

14. Fish packing or storage plants.

15. Frozen food lockers.

16. Freight terminals.

17. Garment factories.

18. Galvanizing works, by special use permit of the Planning and Zoning Commission only.

19. Greenhouses and nurseries, retail and wholesale.

20. Ice plants.

21. Kennels and kennel boarding.

22. Laundries.

23. Light manufacturing operations - providing that such use is not noxious or offensive by reason of vibration or noise beyond the confines of the building or emission of dust, fumes, gas, odor or smoke.

24. Machine shops, provided that no mechanical power in excess of ten (10) horsepower is used in the operation of any one machine.

25. Machinery sales, service repairs, painting and storage.

26. Monument sales.

27. Motor vehicle sales.

28. Moving, transfer and storage plants.

29. Photo engraving plants.

30. Printing plants.

31. Produce markets (wholesale).


32. Public utility and public service uses as follows:

a. Substations.
b. Railroads.
c. Telephone exchange, micro-wave towers, radio towers, television towers, telephone transmission buildings. electric power plants.
d. Public utility storage yards when the entire storage area is enclosed by at least a six (6) foot wall or fence.


33. Service stations, provided Sections 7-5 and 7-6 of the city ordinances are complied with.

34. Sign printing and manufacturing.

35. Stone cutting plants.

36. Truck and rail terminals.

37. Upholstery shops.

38. Veterinary hospitals.

39. Warehouses.

40. Wholesale merchandise sales and storage.

41. Any use permitted in Sec. 31-78 (C) of the Zoning Ordinances.

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