*Ordinance #6 Agricultural Residential Districts

(Ord. No.6)
The following provisions shall apply to all Agricultural-Residential Districts, A-R:
(Ord. No.6, Eff. May 1, 1981)
300.051         Purpose.
Sec. 4.01. The predominant land uses in Agricultural-Residential, A-R, are agricultural in character. It is a primary intent of this ordinance to conserve and promote this character. The provisions of this Article recognize, however, a gradual increase in non-farm residence and other developments that have taken place in the District, and the importance of protecting and conserving existing land uses and establishing safe and desirable standards governing future developments.
Since various property uses are generally accepted as compatible with agri­cultural and residential property uses, if properly integrated, the inclusion of certain additional uses is provided by Special Approval.
(Ord. No.6, Eff. May 1, 1981)
300.052         Property uses.
Sec. 4.02. No land or premises shall hereafter be used, and no building or structure erected, used or altered for other than any of the following purposes:
4.02A Primary uses (without special approval).
1.         One-family and two-family dwellings including a private garage with capacity not exceeding three (3) automobiles per family.
2.          Farms, including production of all field, fruit, truck, garden and hay crops, domestic livestock, pasture, woodlots and farm forestry.
3.          All farm buildings and structures customarily utilized in the farming operations.
4.          Plant nurseries, greenhouses.
5.          Roadside stands for the sale of products produced on the premises, provided that the location of the stand and the facilities for parking, entry and exit from the public road is approved in writing by the County Road Commission or State Highway Department as safe and adequate.
6.         Occupancy of a mobile home by farm laborers, provided such occupancy is in the accordance with Section 5.06 [300.076] as it may apply.
4.02B Uses by special approval, as provided by section 8.05 [300.135].
1.          Publicly or privately owned parks, recreation facilities, commercial amuse­ments, marinas, theme parks, and uses of land similar thereto, together with vehicle parking areas and accessory buildings or uses.
2.          Home occupations and professional offices as defined in Section 12.11 [300.231].
3.          Tourist homes, boarding houses, lodging houses.
4.          Churches, but not including tents or other temporary structures.
5.          Primary and secondary schools, colleges, nursery schools, day nurseries, child care.
6.          Hospitals, clinics, sanitariums, convalescent homes, and similar facilities for human care, but not including for feeble-minded or delinquent persons.
7.          Institutions of a philanthropic and charitable nature.
8.          Motels, hotels, resorts and related apartments.
9.          Golf courses, driving ranges, gun clubs, bowling alleys.
10.      Veterinary services and hospitals including kennels.
11.      Agencies for sale and service of farm machinery, fertilizers, and other farm supplies.
12.      Private clubs, fraternal organizations, dance halls.
13.      Used-car lots, but not including storage, processing or sale of used auto parts, or of items commonly referred to as junk.
14.      Drive-in food services; drive-in theaters.
15.      Portable sawmills, but not to exceed six (6) months on any premises.
16.      Landfills.
17.      Public utility buildings.
18.      Campgrounds and accessory recreation facilities.
19.      Fermentation/distillation operations for manufacture of denatured alcohol provided Section 7.07 A-D [300.117] shall be complied with.
20.      Road-side farm markets.
21.      Shop for the sale, service and/or repair of small engines, but not including repair of automobiles or trucks.
22.      Public garage.
23.      Shop for service and repair of household appliances.
24.      Locksmith shop.
25.      Shop for sharpening.
26.      Contractors’ yards.
27.      Antique, gift, art and handicraft shops.
28.      Broadcast towers.
4.02C Accessory uses. Accessory buildings, structures and uses customarily incidental to any primary use or approved use.
(Ord. No.6, Eff. May 1, 1981; Ord. No. 13, Eff. Jun. 11, 1985; Ord. No. 14, Eff. Mar. 18, 1987; Ord. No. 21, Eff. Feb. 15, 1991; Amend. of Sept. 13, 1994; Amend. of May 12, 1998)
300.053           Minimum land area: Dwellings.
Sec. 4.03. Everyone-family or two-family dwelling hereafter erected shall be located on a parcel of land not less than one (1) acre (the one (1) acre in area became effective March 29, 1991) unless the parcel is hooked to a public sewer. Then the land area can be twelve thousand (12,000) square feet, and both the one (1) acre and twelve thousand (12,000) square feet parcels must have not less than one hundred five (105) continuous feet frontage with direct access to and fronting same public highway. In the case of Site Condominium Subdivision developments established under the Condominium Act, Public Act 59 of 1978, all lots are to have a ninety (90) continuous foot frontage on a roadway designated as a common element to the condominium and such common element roadway does in fact connect with a public highway with a minimum of sixty-six (66) foot frontage on a public road.
(Ord. No.6, Eff. May 1, 1981; Ord. No. 10, Eff. Sept. 16, 1983; Ord. No. 20, Eff. Apr. 9, 1990; Ord. No. 22, Eff. Mar. 29, 1991; Amend. of May 13, 1997; Amend. of Sept. 9, 1997)
300.054           Minimum yard requirements.
Sec. 4.04. All domestic animals, poultry or livestock shall be properly housed and fenced so as not to be a public nuisance, and such housing and fencing shall be erected not less than one hundred fifty (150) feet from any dwelling, schoolhouse, church, cemetery or hospital located on adjoining property.
4.04A Front yards: all buildings. The front yard line of every building hereafter erected shall be located not less than twenty-five (25) feet from the front lot line, or right-of-way highway line for any state or federal highway, as the case may be.
4.04B Side yards.
1.         Dwellings. Every dwelling hereafter erected shall have side yards on each side not less than eight (8) feet in width, subject to Section 8.02G [300.132] governing corner lots.
2.          Principal Buildings Other Than Dwellings. Every principal building other than a dwelling hereafter erected shall have side yards on each side not less than eight (8) feet in width, provided that any building exceeding twenty-five (25) feet in height shall provide one (1) additional foot in side yard width on each side for each additional such foot in height.
4.04C Rear yards. All buildings shall have a rear yard of not less than twenty-five (25) feet, unless an exception is allowed under Section 8.02B [300.132].
(Ord. No.6, Eff. May 1, 1981)




300.055           Minimum floor area: dwellings.
Sec. 4.05
4.05A One-family dwellings.
1.          One-Story. Every one-story dwelling hereafter erected or altered shall have not less than seven hundred twenty (720) square feet of floor area at the first floor level, exclusive of any attached garage,~porch, or other attached structure, unless prior special approval has been obtained from the Zoning Board of Appeals.
2.          Two-Story. Every two-story dwelling hereafter erected or altered shall have not less than seven hundred twenty (720) square feet of floor area at the first floor level, exclusive of any attached garage, porch, or other attached structure.
4.05B Two-family dwellings. Every two-family dwelling hereafter erected or altered shall provide not less than a total of one thousand four hundred forty (1,440) square feet of floor area with a minimum of seven hundred twenty (720) square feet of floor area per family, exclusive of any attached garage, porch or other attached structure.
(Ord. No.6, Eff. May 1; 1981)
300.056           Height of buildings.
Sec. 4.06. Any building hereafter erected or altered shall not exceed a height of two and one-half (2Y2) stories or thirty-five (35) feet, whichever is less. The Township Zoning Board of Appeals may permit exceptions, but only upon determination the building can be properly protected by Township firefighting facilities.
(Ord. No.6, Eff. May 1, 1981)