Article 10. C-1 General Commercial District

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Section 10.1. INTENT.

The intent of the (C-1) General Commercial District is to provide for a commercial area consisting of a variety of retail stores and related civic, office and non-profit activities to serve the general shopping needs of the trade area and to permit uses which will strengthen the central business district as the center of trade, commerce, services, governmental and cultural activities. This district is intended to include primarily those commercial and civic or public uses operating within the city’s central business district.



Within the (C-1) General Commercial District, unless otherwise provided, only the following uses, buildings or structures shall be permitted by right.

Commercial Uses

Civic Uses

Administrative/Business Offices Automotive Repair Services Automotive Washing

Bed & Breakfast Inn Building Maintenance Services

Business Support Services Bar

Commercial Off-Street Parking

Consumer Repair Services Convenience Store

Financial Services

Funeral Services General Retail Sales Hospital Services Hotel or Motel

Indoor Entertainment/Recreation Laundry Services

Liquor Sales

Medical Clinics/Offices Personal Improvement Services Personal Services

Pet Services Professional Offices Restaurant

Service Station

Club or Lodge Cultural Services

Government/Public Services Local Utility Services

Park and Recreation Services Public Assembly

Religious Assembly Safety Services Treatment Services

Residential Uses


(only upper floors and/or above commercial uses)



Certain uses may be permitted in the (C-1) General Commercial district subject to specific conditions and requirements as outlined and approved by the Board of Adjustment intending to make them compatible with and acceptable to adjacent uses.

Commercial Uses

Civic Uses

Automotive Rentals

Daycare Center

Automotive Sales

Detention Facilities

Business or Trade School

Pre-Kindergarten, Preschool or Nursery School

Communication Services

Educational Facilities

Condominium or Business Storage

Major Utility Facilities

Construction Sales & Service

Convenience Storage

Kennel, public

Vehicle Storage

Industrial Uses

Veterinary Services

Custom Manufacturing

Limited Warehousing and Distribution


Section 10.4. ACCESSORY USES.

Permitted accessory uses shall not be the principal structure on any lot, and accessory uses are to remain incidental and secondary in size, use, and nature to the principal permitted use. Accessory uses shall also comply the provisions of Section 16.2. The following accessory uses and structures shall be permitted.

Essential services

Private garages or carports.

Parking lots

Any other commercial use type that is not listed as a permitted use in the same district, and complies with all the following criteria.

  1. Operated primarily for convenience of employees, clients, or customers of the principal use.
  2. Occupies less than 10 percent of the total floor area of the principal use.
  3. Located and operated as an integral part of the principal use, not a separate business use.

Temporary buildings for uses incidental to construction, in which buildings shall be removed upon the completion or abandonment of construction, and in compliance with Section 16.4.

Accessory buildings and structures normally incidental and subordinate to the principal permitted uses or conditional uses.



The following minimum requirements shall be provided for light and open space around permitted and conditional uses, buildings and structures in the (C-1) General Commercial district, and subject to the Supplemental District Regulations.

  • Lot Area – No minimum required for all uses
  • Lot Width – 50 feet – minimum lot width
  • Front Yard – No minimum required setback
  • Rear Yard – No minimum required setback, except 25 feet minimum setback if a rear yard is abutting a residential district.
  • Side Yard – No minimum, except 5 feet minimum setback if a side yard is abutting a residential district
  • Street Side Yard (Corner Lot) – No minimum required setback
  • Height – 45 feet maximum height provided no structure shall be permitted to extend into approach zones, clear zones or other restricted air space required for the protection of any public airport.

No minimum requirements for local utility facilities and essential services, except that buildings or other above-ground structures or devices constructed in support of utilities or essential services must comply with minimum yard setback requirements.



All open-air sales, display, and storage for automotive sales and equipment sales shall comply with the following minimum requirements:

  • The side and rear lot lines, when abutting residential properties, will be screened with a wall or fence with its surface at least fifty percent (50%) solid and at least seven feet (7’) in height. The fence shall not be required to extend beyond the front yard setback line;
  • All lighting or lighted facilities shall be arranged so that they do not focus or glare directly on adjacent residential properties, or public streets, thereby creating a traffic hazard;
  • No lighted flashing signs, or revolving beacon lights shall be permitted;
  • The open-air area shall be maintained to be reasonably free of weeds, debris, trash and other objectionable materials.



Off-street parking and loading requirements shall be required for activities in the (C-1) General Commercial district in accordance with the provisions of Article 17 of this ordinance.



Sign regulations shall be required for activities in the (C-1) General Commercial district in accordance with the provisions of Article 18 of the ordinance.



Zoning permits shall be required in accordance with the provisions of Section 21.3 of this ordinance.


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