Sec. 35.1-36. Community business districts (B-3).
*Additional amendments possible to Ordinance #10-103, 9/14/10
(a) Intent. These districts are to provide for commercial and other services for large sections of the city. They will include a wide range of business uses and other uses compatible with a moderate-sized business area, at densities lower than those permitted in the central business area. New districts of this type will be strongly encouraged to develop as fully planned entities.
(b) Prohibited uses. Within any business B-3 district, as indicated on the official zoning map, no lot, building or structure shall be used and no building shall be erected which is intended or designed to be used in whole or in part for any industrial or manufacturing purpose.
(c) Uses permitted by right. The following uses will be permitted by right in community business districts under the regulations of Section 35.1-14 of the zoning ordinance:
(1) Uses permitted by right or by conditional use permit in the B-1 through B-2 districts, except a PUD, a CCD, a TND, or uses specifically listed as requiring a conditional use permit in the B-3 district.
(2) Establishments selling the following types of merchandise at retail:
Carpets and rugs
Clothing and accessories
Garden and farm supplies
Greenhouses, nurseries and garden supply establishments
Musical equipment and supplies
Radios, television sets and phonographs
Sporting goods, toys and games
Supermarkets or food stores exceeding eight thousand (8,000) square feet in total floor area
Virginia A.B.C. package stores
Hotels and motels
(3) Services listed below:
Auditoriums, limited to a maximum capacity of one thousand (1,000) persons
Automobile driving schools
Blueprinting, duplicating and printing shops limited to a maximum of five thousand (5,000) square feet of floorspace
Business services not involving large mechanical devices schools and colleges of all types (including vocational schools) that do not exceed a maximum enrollment of one hundred (100) students
Public and commercial parking lots and parking garages for automobiles only
Interior decorating establishments
Medical and dental laboratories
Opticians and optometrists
Stage and motion-picture theaters
Gymnasiums and health salons
(4) Banks, savings and loan, and similar establishments.
(5) Wholesale sales establishments with storage limited to a maximum area of one thousand (1,000) square feet.
(6) Radio and television studios and stations, without towers, provided that studios produce no exterior electromagnetic effect and are soundproofed from adjoining properties.
(7) Restaurants, including drive-in and outdoor restaurants.
(8) Large scale retail establishments meeting the provisions of Section 35.1-43.22 thru Section 35.1-43.28.
(9) Other uses determined by the city council to be similar to and compatible with the above uses.
(d) Permitted accessory uses. The following shall be permitted as accessories to permitted principal uses in community business districts:
(1) Accessory uses permitted in the B-1 and B-2 districts (except those uses customarily permitted only as accessories to residential uses) shall be permitted in B-3 districts only as accessories to residential uses permitted and regulated herein as conditional use permit.
(2) Dance floors, accessory to restaurants.
(3) Other uses determined by the city council to be customary as accessories to uses permitted in this district.
(e) Uses permitted by conditional use permit. The following uses shall be permitted in community business districts as conditional use under the regulations of Section 35.1-15 and Article X of the zoning ordinance:
(1) Residential uses of any density or type other than a single-family detached dwelling.
(2) Automobile service stations.
(3) Arts and crafts shops.
(4) Arenas and auditoriums limited to a maximum capacity of two thousand five hundred (2,500) persons.
(5) Commercial amusement (temporary).
(6) Commercial recreation.
(7) Veterinarian hospitals without outdoor kennels, including facilities for the sale and care of animals normally kept as pets but not farm animals.
(8) Automobile and trailer rentals.
(9) Cluster commercial development.
(10) Schools and colleges of all types exceeding a maximum enrollment of one hundred (100) students.
(11) Traditional neighborhood developments.
(12) Large scale retail establishments not meeting the provisions of Section 35.1-43.22 thru Section 35.1-43.28.
(f) Standards. The following dimensional standards shall apply within the B-3 business district:
(1) General standards
Minimum average lot area per establishment (square feet)
Minimum lot depth (feet)
(2) Yard regulations. The requirements for yards shall be the same as that for business B-2 districts, Section 35.1-35.
(3) Height regulations. The height requirements shall be the same as that for business B-2 districts, Section 35.1-35.
(4) Area regulations. The area requirements shall be the same as those for business B-2 districts, Section 35.1-35.
Note 1. These standards need not necessarily apply in planned unit developments.
(g) Signs. (As provided in Sections 35.1-26 through 35.1-26.16)
(h) Parking requirements. Off-street parking and loading space shall be provided as required in Section 35.1-25 of the zoning ordinance. (Ord. No. O-81-134, § 1, 6-9-81; Ord. No. O-82-078, § 1, 5-11-82; Ord. No. O-91-092, 5-14-91; Ord. No. O-92-258, 8-11-92; Ord. O-98-013, 2-10-98; Ord. No. O-04-074, 6-22-04; Ord. No. O-07-041, 3-27-07; Ord. No. O-09-101, 9-22-09; Ord. No. O-10-103, 9-14-10)
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