Chapter 18.60
LC LIGHT COMMERCIAL DISTRICT

Sections:

18.60.010    Intent.

18.60.020    Use regulations.

18.60.030    Standards.

18.60.010 Intent.

This district is intended to provide for light commercial uses for the consumer population and to provide a buffer for residential areas. This district is not intended to create significant noise, odor, or other nuisances. (Ord. 99-075 § 2, 2000. 2004 Code § 18.32.010.)

18.60.020 Use regulations.

A. Permitted Uses. In the LC, light commercial district, permitted uses are:

1. Any permitted use in the SF-20, SF-10, SF-5, TF, MF and the MFO districts. Buildings may exceed 5,000 square feet in gross floor area.

2. Other uses permitted in the general commercial zone except for gasoline, propane and diesel sales, the manufacture or sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on or off the premises, marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, retail marijuana store, or drive-in/drive-through facilities. In addition such uses shall meet the following specific standards:

a. One building not to exceed a total of 5,000 square feet of gross floor area per lot;

b. There shall be no outside storage permitted except for florists, greenhouses and nurseries;

c. Uses shall not be open between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.;

d. Except for security lighting, all outdoor lighting including signage shall be turned off between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Security lighting shall be activated by an infrared motion detector or similar automatic apparatus.

3. Archery range.

4. Communications tower, major.

5. Communications tower, minor.

6. Shooting range, indoor.

B. Conditional Uses. In the LC, light commercial district, conditional uses are:

1. Other uses permitted in the general commercial zone except for: gasoline and diesel sales, the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on or off the premises, retail marijuana store, marijuana cultivation facility, indoor unlimited, or drive-in/drive-through facilities. Buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet of gross floor area are considered;

2. Marijuana cultivation facility, indoor small;

3. Marijuana cultivation facility, indoor large;

4. Marijuana product manufacturing facility, limited;

5. Parking lots as a principal use;

6. Public utility and service uses including, but not limited to: fire stations, electric substations, gas regulator stations, telephone exchanges, well and water pumping stations, water filtration plants, water reservoirs, and other similar uses. These uses do not include the installation and maintenance of public utility lines which are permitted uses in all zoning districts. (Ord. 2017-14 § 6, 2017; Ord. 2015-67 § 7, 2016; Ord. 2015-41 §§ 7, 8, 2015; Ord. 2014-23 § 5, 2014; Ord. 2012-58 §§ 3, 5, 2013; Ord. 99-075 § 2, 2000. 2004 Code § 18.32.020.)

18.60.030 Standards.

In the LC, light commercial district, geometric standards are:

A. Lot Area. There shall be no minimum lot area except as may be required by the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation in areas where community sewer and water are unavailable.

B. Required Yards for Buildings.

1. Front yards shall not be less than 20 feet;

2. Side and rear yards shall not be required, except as required herein. Where a lot’s side and/or rear lot line abuts property in the rural and agricultural (RA-40, RA-10, RA-5), rural farmstead (RF-4, RF-2), rural estate (RE-4, RE-2), rural residential (RR), single-family residential (SF-20, SF-10, SF-5), two-family residential (TF), multiple-family residential (MF) and multiple-family residential/professional office (MFO) districts, the required side and/or rear yard shall be 15 feet and a sight-obscuring screen not less than eight feet in height shall be provided.

C. Building Height. Structures shall not exceed 25 feet in height.

D. Exceptions to Yard and Building Height Requirements. See Chapter 18.96 FNSBC.

E. Parking. Parking shall not be permitted in the 15-foot side or rear yards abutting property in the rural and agricultural (RA-40, RA-10, RA-5), rural farmstead (RF-4, RF-2), rural estate (RE-4, RE-2), rural residential (RR), single-family residential (SF-20, SF-10, SF-5), two-family residential (TF), multiple-family residential (MF) and multiple-family residential/professional office (MFO) districts. See Chapter 18.96 FNSBC. Parking does not apply to temporary loading and unloading. (Ord. 2017-19 § 3, 2017; Ord. 99-075 § 2, 2000. 2004 Code § 18.32.030.)