§ 165-17. General Business (B-2).
[Amended 3-27-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-05; 4-24-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-08]
A. Statement of intent. This district covers the area of the County intended for general business to which the public requires direct and frequent access. Generally, this type of district will be a large area along arterial roads and in areas where such activities now exist.
B. Uses. In this district, structures to be erected or land to be used shall be for one or more of the following uses: (1) Uses permitted by right:
(a) Retail food stores.
(b) Gift, antique, record, souvenir, tobacco, florist, art, framing, ceramic, craft and other specialty retail stores. [Amended 1-22-2002 by Ord. No. 02-2]
(c) Bakeries.
(d) Department stores.
(e) Laundries and dry cleaners.
(f) Wearing apparel stores.
(g) Drug and variety stores.
(h) Barbershops and beauty shops.
(i) Theaters, not including drive-ins, assembly halls.
(j) Hotels, motels, tourist homes.
(k) Office buildings, business offices, banks, savings and loans.
(l) Churches and libraries.
(m) Hospitals, nursing homes and adult-care centers. [Amended 11-27-2001 by Ord. No. 01-8]
(n) Funeral homes.
(o) Printing offices.
(p) Automobile, farm machinery, lawn and garden sales and service.
(q) Restaurants, including drive-ins.
(r) Automotive service stations (with major repair inside building).
(s) Clubs and lodges.
(t) Lumber and building supply (with storage under cover).
(u) Plumbing and electrical supply (with storage under cover).
(v) Machinery sales and service.
(w) Public buildings.
(x) Household furnishings and home appliance sales and service.
(y) Car washes.
(z) Auction houses and barns.
(aa) Public utility generating, booster or relay stations, transformer substations, railroads, water and sewerage installations, telephone facilities (other than towers), transmission lines and towers, pipes, meters, lines and poles and other facilities for the provision and maintenance of public utilities service. [Amended 5-23-2000 by Ord. No. 00-6]
(bb) Clinics.
(cc) Bed-and-breakfast establishments. [Added 1-24-19985]
(dd) Museums. [Added 1-24-1985]
(ee) Flea market.
(ff) Boat sales and service. [Amended 2-9-1993]
(gg) Retail greenhouse and nursery operations. (Site plan approval is required as per Article XIV.) [Added 3-22-1994]
(hh) Tool and die shops and other machine shops, provided that: [Added 7-12-1994]
[1] Shops containing punch presses and drop hammers that exceed 40 tons are excluded.
[2] Total manufacturing area (excluding materials storage area) does not exceed 2,500 square feet.
[3] Manufacturing and materials storage areas are completely enclosed.
[4] All machine equipment is located in a sound insulated portion of the building (STC 45 or greater) for all shops constructed or beginning operation after July 12, 1994.
(ii) Child-care centers, provided that the child-care center is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia. [Added 1-22-2002 by Ord. No. 02-2]
(jj) Fire and rescue squad stations
(2) Permitted accessory uses:
(a) Off-street parking and loading spaces as provided in Article XII.
(b) Accessory uses as provided in § 165-26.
(c) Signs as provided in Article XIII.
(d) Warehouse activities accessory and clearly secondary to the primary use, provided that parking and loading areas have an all-weather surface. [Added 11-27-2001 by Ord. No. 01-8]
(3) Uses permitted by special permit:
(a) Wholesale and warehouse activities, provided that parking and loading areas have an all-weather surface.
(b) Recreational uses or facilities, commercially operated or for private membership, such as: billiard parlors, pool rooms, bowling alleys, other indoor recreational or amusement uses, golf courses and clubs, miniature golf courses, golf driving ranges, skating rinks, swimming pools and clubs, tennis courts and clubs, game courts, archery ranges, campgrounds, riding stables, horse show rings and other facilities for recreational horseback riding and velodromes, as long as the number of any animals for recreational use that are housed overnight for more than seven consecutive nights shall not exceed one animal unit per 1 1/2 acres. [Amended 10-11-1994; 8-13-1996]
(c) Shopping centers as provided in § 165-32.
(d) Drive-in theaters.
(e) Temporary trailer parks for construction workers on a construction site as provided in Article IX.
(f) Public garages and automobile parts sales. [Added 1-24-1985]
(g) Motor vehicle impoundment lot. [Added 11-11-1987]
(h) Telecommunications towers as provided in Article XIX. [Added 5-23-2000 by Ord. No. 00-6]
(i) Self-service storage facilities, provided that: [Added 11-27-2001 by Ord. No. 01-8; Amended 3-27-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-05]
[1] Site plan approval is required as per Article XIV.
[2] No storage of hazardous, toxic, or explosive materials shall occur in the self-service storage facility. Signs stating "No storage of hazardous, toxic, or explosive materials allowed" shall be posted within the facility in highly visible locations. The lease agreement must also include this limitation. A copy of the standard lease agreement must be provided to the County prior to approval of the self-service storage facility.
[3] The self-service storage facility shall be screened in a manner to buffer the visual impact of the facility from public roadways and adjoining properties using one of the following options:
(i) Fencing: Fencing shall be installed along the front, sides, and rear of the property. All fencing shall be made of solid pressure-treated wood (stained) or other approved materials, to be permanently opaque with the finished side facing out. All fencing shall meet at least the minimum front yard setback for structures in the respective zoning district. Fencing shall be at least six feet in height and kept in good repair at all times.
(ii) Evergreen Screen: An opaque screen buffer, consisting of staggered double rows of evergreen trees, planted eight feet on center (unless noted otherwise in the chart below) and a minimum of six feet tall at the time of planting. Trees shall be planted along the front, sides, and rear of the property. The screen buffer shall meet at least the minimum front yard setback for structures in the respective zoning district. The table below are examples of possible evergreen trees for use as a buffer:
Common Name Botanical Name Minimum Size Minimum Spacing
White Pine Pinus strobus 6’ 10’ oc
Norway Spruce Picea abies 6’ 10’ oc
Leyland Cypress Cupressocyparis leylandii 6’ 10 gal 6’ oc
Green Giant Arborvitae Thuja plicata ‘Green Giant” 6’ 10 gal 6’ oc
In the event trees die, replacements shall be planted within 60 days if weather permits but in no event later than 120 days.
The entrance to the facility shall be at least 20' wide, or greater as required by the County Fire Marshal. A 20' unobstructed travelway is required between all required screening and structures. If fencing is used, a decorative landscape buffer is still required along the entire road frontage. Landscaping plans shall be approved by the Planning Commission and shall take into consideration traffic hazards. All screening shall be installed before a Certificate of Occupancy is issued for any mini-storage buildings on the property.
[4] All storage shall be within an enclosed structure, except that personal vehicles and boats may be stored within an enclosure designated on the site plan for vehicle storage. If the enclosure is located along the side or back of the self-service storage facility, an opaque screen buffer shall be planted between the enclosure and the property line.
(j) Woodwork and craft shops. [Added 1-22-2002 by Ord. No. 02-2]
(k) Body shops. [Added 1-28-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-1]
C. Area regulations. The minimum lot size shall be 20,000 square feet.
D. Frontage regulations. The minimum frontage for each lot shall be 100 feet.
E. Yard regulations.
(1) Front yard. Structures shall be located 40 feet or more from any street right-of-way. This shall be known as the "setback" line.
(2) Side yard. Each side yard on a lot shall be a minimum of 10 feet except when adjacent to a residential district it shall be 20 feet.
(3) Rear yard. The minimum rear yard on a lot shall be 20 feet.
F. Building coverage. The maximum building coverage on a lot shall be 25%.
G. Height regulations.
(1) Structures may be erected up to 35 feet in height from grade.
(2) All accessory buildings shall be less than the main building in height. Church spires, belfries, cupolas, monuments, water towers, farm silos, barns and other farm related structures, chimneys, flues, flagpoles, parapet walls, television antennae, radio aerials, microwave towers and other public communication facilities are not governed by the height regulation of 35 feet set forth in the previous subsection. [EN]16 [Amended 5-23-2000 by Ord. No. 00-6 [EN]17 ]
H. Special provisions for corner lots. The front of a corner lot shall be the shortest of the sides facing the streets. A setback equal to the front setback is required along all roads. A setback equal to the side setback is required on the other sides. [Added 6-24-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-4]

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