§ 17-10-1100

Off-street loading

17-10-1101 Schedule of Minimum Requirements. Minimum off-street loading ratios are as follows:

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Use Gross Floor Area (Square Feet) Required Loading Spaces Space Size(feet)
Multi-Unit Residential 0-24,999 0 10 x 25
25,000-199,999 1
200,000+ 1 per 200,000 sq. ft. or portion thereof
Lodging, Group Living and all uses in Public and Public and Civic Use Group) 0-24,999 0 10 x 25; 10 x 50 for buildings over 50,000 sq. ft.
25,000-199,999 1
200,000+ 1 per 200,000 sq. ft. or portion thereof
Industrial (all uses in Industrial Use Group) 0-9,999 0 10 x 25; 10 x 50 for buildings over 20,000 sq. ft.
10,000-49,999 1
50,000-99,999 2
100,000+ 2 + 1 per 100,000 sq. ft. or portion thereof above 100,000 sq. ft.
Retail 0 to 9,999 0 NA
10,000 to 24,999 1 10 x 25
25,000 to 49,999 2 10 x 50
50,000 to 99,999 3 10 x 50
100,000 to 249,999 4 10 x 50
+250,000 1 per 200,000 above 250,000 10 x 50
Entertainment and Spectator Sports 0-49,999 0 10 x 50
50,000-99,999 1
100,000+ 1 per 100,000 sq. ft. or portion thereof
Commercial (uses in Commercial Use Group for which loading standard is not otherwise specified in this schedule) 0-24,999 0 10 x 25
25,0000-499,999 1 per 100,000 sq. ft. or portion thereof
500,000+ 1 per 500,000 sq. ft. or portion thereof
Funeral Service 0-9,999 0 10 x 25
10,000 1 per 100,000 sq. ft. or portion thereof

17-10-1102 Special Uses. For special uses other than prescribed for hereinafter, loading spaces adequate in number and size to serve such uses as determined by the Department of Planning and Development must be provided.

17-10-1103 Calculation Rules. The following rules apply when calculating off-street loading requirements.

17-10-1103-A Multiple Uses. Unless otherwise approved, lots containing more than one use must provide loading in an amount equal to the total of the requirements for all uses.

17-10-1103-B Fractions. When measurements of the number of required spaces result in a fractional number, any fractional result of 0.5 or more must be rounded up to the next consecutive whole number. Any fractional result of less than 0.5 may be rounded down to the previous consecutive whole number.

17-10-1103-C Area Measurements.

1. Unless otherwise expressly stated, all area-based (square feet) loading standards must be computed on the basis of gross floor area, which is to be measured as the sum of the gross horizontal area devoted to such use, including accessory storage areas located within sales or working spaces, such as counters, racks, or closets and any basement floor area devoted to retailing activities, to the production or processing of goods, or to business or professional offices . Except as noted in the preceding sentence, “floor area” for purposes of calculating off-street parking requirements does not include: floor area devoted primarily to storage purposes; floor area devoted to off-street parking or loading facilities, including aisles, ramps, and maneuvering space; or basement floor area.

2. For outdoor areas, calculations will be based on the portion of the lot actually being used for the specified purpose.

3. When open land is used for manufacturing, storage, or other operations in a manner similar to indoor operations, such open use of land must be added to floor space in determining the number of off-street loading spaces required.

17-10-1103-D Unlisted Uses. Upon receiving a permit or development application for a use not specifically addressed, the Zoning Administrator must apply the off-street loading standard specified for the use that the Zoning Administrator deems most similar to the proposed use or require that the applicant submit a loading study or other evidence that will help in determining the appropriate loading ratio.

17-10-1104 Location.

17-10-1104-A All required loading spaces must be located on the same zoning lot as the use served.

17-10-1104-B No loading spaces may be located within 25 feet of the nearest point of intersection of any two streets .

17-10-1104-C No loading spaces may be located in a required front setback or side setback .

17-10-1104-D Any loading spaces located in a required rear setback must be open to the sky.

17-10-1105 Use of Off-Street Loading Areas. No motor vehicle repair work or service of any kind is permitted in conjunction with off-street loading facilities provided in any R or B district.

17-10-1106 Design.

17-10-1106-A Size. Required off-street loading spaces must comply with the space size standards of Sec.

17-10-1101 and must have a minimum vertical clearance of 14 feet.

17-10-1106-B Access. Each required off- street loading space must be designed with appropriate means of vehicular access to a street or alley in a manner which will least interfere with traffic movements, subject to approval by the Commissioner of Transportation.

17-10-1106-C Surfacing. All open off-street loading spaces must be improved with a compacted macadam base, not less than 7 inches thick, surfaced with not less than 2 inches of asphaltic concrete or some comparable all-weather dustless material.

(Added Coun. J. 5-26-04, p. 25275; Amend Coun. J. 3-9-05, p. 44391; Amend Coun. J. 11-19-08, p. 47220, Art. VII, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 11-17-10, p. 106597, Art. IX, § 11; Amend Coun. J. 11-26-13, p. 67481, Art. I, § 30)

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