Sec. 35.1-43.2:1. Fifth Street Revitalization Corridor Overlay District (FSC).
(a) Intent. This district is intended to protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the public; to enhance the visual appearance of the corridor; to protect and promote the vision and goals of the Fifth Street Corridor Master Plan; to protect and promote appearance, character and community values by encouraging pedestrian and mixed use oriented uses along the corridor that serve the needs of the surrounding neighborhoods.
Furthermore, the district is intended to promote responsible commercial development; to encourage neighborhood stabilization, expansion and infill; to reduce the amount of vacant and deteriorated structures in the corridor; to encourage designs that produce a desirable relationship between individual sites, multiple modes of transportation and the adjacent areas; and to promote the corridor as a link between the Downtown and Midtown areas of the City.
(b) District boundaries. The Fifth Street Revitalization Corridor Overlay District boundaries are established from the intersection of Fifth Street to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Bridge, encompassing two (2) blocks north and south of Fifth Street, excluding the Court House Hill Historic District, the Garland Hill Historic District, the Old City Cemetery, and one-half (0.5) of a block bounded by Sixth Street, Seventh Street and Church Street. (Figure A)
(c) Establishment of district. The Fifth Street Revitalization Corridor Overlay District shall be in addition to and shall overly all other zoning districts where it is applied so that any parcel of land lying in the Fifth Street Revitalization Corridor Overlay shall also lie within one or more of the other zoning districts provided by this ordinance. The effect shall be the creation of a new zoning district consisting of the regulations and requirements of both the underlying district(s) and the Fifth Street Corridor Overlay District.
(d) District standards. Where the standards of the Fifth Street Revitalization Corridor Overlay District and the underlying district(s) differ, the Fifth Street Revitalization Corridor standards shall apply except in the instance of individually designated historic properties.
(e) Permitted uses. The uses permitted by right, as accessory and by conditional use permit shall be the same as the uses permitted by right, as accessory and by conditional use permit in the applicable underlying zoning district except for the following:
1. Residential uses fronting Fifth Street shall require a conditional use permit (CUP) unless they are part of a mixed use development.
(f) Off-street parking requirements. The minimum off-street parking requirements for the Fifth Street Revitalization Corridor are as follows:
1. Minimum off-street parking requirements for areas zoned B-6, Riverfront Business District, shall not apply because of the impracticability of providing such parking on the basis of individual uses in highly congested areas. However, developers are strongly encouraged to provide parking up to the minimum requirements.
2. Minimum off-street parking requirements for residential uses shall not apply because of the impracticability of providing such parking on small lots. However, developers are strongly encouraged to provide off-street parking in areas where on-street parking is not available.
3. All other uses permitted by right, as accessory or by conditional use permit shall provide off-street parking as provided in Section 35.1-25.
(g) Location of off-street parking facilities. Where provided, off-street parking facilities shall be located to the sides and rear of buildings. Means of ingress and egress to off-street parking facilities shall be from side streets only and shall not be from Fifth Street unless topography or other conditions peculiar to the site would prohibit a means of ingress and egress from the side street.
(h) Internal vehicular circulation. Sites fronting Fifth Street shall be designed to achieve direct and convenient vehicular access between adjacent properties. The owner(s) of a lot(s) providing for internal vehicular circulation shall make adequate provision by dedication, easements, covenants, restrictions, or other legal instruments for ensuring that internal vehicular circulation is provided for and maintained consistent with the regulations and intent of this section.
(i) Exterior Lighting. Exterior lighting shall be controlled so that no direct illumination will occur beyond the property line. In instances where buildings have a zero (0) foot setback, exterior lighting shall be controlled so that no direct illumination occurs beyond the public sidewalk.
(j) Utilities. All utilities shall be located underground.
(k) Architectural treatment. Buildings fronting or visible from Fifth Street are encouraged to comply with the Commercial Historic District Guidelines.
1. No portion of a building constructed of unadorned cinderblock, corrugated and/or sheet metal shall be visible from any adjoining residential district, historic district or public right of way.
2. Buildings fronting on Fifth Street shall be designed to utilize building materials that are compatible with the Fifth Street Revitalization Corridor Overlay District such as stone, brick, stucco, or wood.
3. Vegetative buffering as described in Section 35.1-25.11, Buffering of this ordinance placed along that portion of the building not otherwise meeting the requirements of architectural treatment will be deemed sufficient treatment for the purposes of this section.
4. Front porches are encouraged for all newly constructed or renovated residential units.
(l) Commercial districts adjacent to residential districts. In all instances where a commercial district is adjacent to a residential district, there shall be established in the commercial district a screened yard between the two (2) districts. Screening may be provided according to the regulations of Section 35.1-25.11, Buffering of this ordinance or by providing a screening fence, wall or any combination of landscaping, fence or wall adequate to screen the commercial use as approved by the City Planner.
(m) General Standards, Fifth Street Revitalization Corridor.
1. Business Districts.
(a) Area requirements – none.
(b) Front setback – Zero (0) feet maximum.
(c) Side setback – zero (0) feet.
(d) Rear setback – Ten (10) feet.
(e) Lot coverage – No maximum
(f) Building Height – Twenty-Four (24) minimum – Forty-Eight (48) Maximum
2. Residential Districts.
(a) Area requirements – none.
(b) Front setback – Fifteen (15) feet maximum
(c) Side setback –Three (3) feet
(d) Rear setback – Five (5) feet
(e) Lot coverage – No maximum
(f) Building Height – Not applicable
and the Director of the Department of Community Development shall forthwith cause the “Official Zoning Map of Lynchburg, Virginia,” referred to in Section 35.1-4 of this chapter to be amended to show the boundaries of the Fifth Street Revitalization Corridor District as setforth in this section. (Ord. of 12-11-07, No. O-07-162)
Last updated date: 12/18/2007 8:01:19 AM