Chapter 17.42
F FAIRGROUNDS DISTRICT

Sections:

17.42.010    Intent.

17.42.025    Permitted uses.

17.42.030    Conditional uses.

17.42.040    Building or structure height limit.

17.42.050    Lot area.

17.42.055    Setback requirements.

17.42.060    Parking, loading and landscaping.

17.42.070    Signs.

17.42.010 Intent.

The F fairgrounds district is intended to permit the historic Alaska State Fair to operate as a principal use within its own zoning district. For the purpose of this chapter, the words “fair time” mean the period of days each year in which the Alaska State Fair, Inc., actually holds Alaska State Fair events. Due to the availability and usability of the buildings and fairgrounds outside of the annual fair time and the historic use of this property as a tourist attraction, this district may also be utilized as a year-round venue for outdoor gatherings, shows, displays, sporting or music events and similar activities as secondary uses, subject to the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 11-009 § 3, 2011)

17.42.025 Permitted uses.

A. All uses within the fairgrounds that generate sales must apply for a city of Palmer business license and report all taxable sales. Each use must comply with all building and fire codes adopted by the city. The city building inspector must approve all occupancies.

B. The following uses are permitted as principal uses within the fairgrounds district and are held during the annual fair time:

1. Carnival, amusement rides and games;

2. Circuses;

3. Concerts, shows and contests; sports activities and other similar events associated with ongoing fair activities;

4. Fair offices;

5. Festivals, rodeos, bazaars, garage sales, flea markets or similar events;

6. Fireworks or laser shows in accordance with state of Alaska law;

7. Food and beverage services, including banquets, catering and concessions;

8. Livestock, pet or other animal or agricultural exhibition, show, competition, training or sales;

9. Sale of food and souvenirs;

10. Skateboard, BMX bicycle, Motocross and Tough Truck competitions;

11. Temporary quarters for fair vendors or their workers and fair employees;

12. Other activities and uses similar to those listed above as approved in advance by the planning and zoning commission.

C. The following are permitted as ancillary uses within the F fairgrounds district, but are held outside the annual fair time to include:

1. Craft shows, demonstrations and displays;

2. Entertainment events, either inside or outside of buildings;

3. Indoor and outdoor gatherings for weddings, graduation and family gatherings;

4. Meetings, conferences, consumer shows, or trade shows;

5. Festivals, rodeos, bazaars, garage sales, flea markets or similar events;

6. Music and sporting events;

7. Food and beverage services, including banquets, catering and concessions;

8. Political events, public meetings, or occupational training;

9. Religious, educational, charitable or community events;

10. Shows;

11. Agricultural activities to include: ornamental or display gardens, garden plots and a small scale working farm;

12. Day or overnight recreational vehicle or tent camping when directly associated with, and solely for the duration of, fairground activities or scheduled venues;

13. Fair offices and associated administrative activities;

14. Maintenance of fairground real property to include facilities, grounds and support vehicles;

15. Quarters for a caretaker, guard or other persons whose permanent residency on the premises are required for operational safety or protective purposes, or as quarters or accommodations for persons engaged in certain related operations whose residency in the vicinity satisfies conditions or requirements for that operation;

16. Theatrical productions, filming or photographic shoots;

17. Training exercises for emergency services agencies, police and fire personnel and disaster or emergency response staging area which may include activities such as a temporary helicopter landing zone, communications equipment, command center or temporary shelter;

18. Training exercises for heavy equipment operators, driving courses, military and other similar training activities;

19. Use of permanent fairgrounds buildings for temporary warehousing or storage of one year or less in duration. (Ord. 11-009 § 3, 2011)

17.42.030 Conditional uses.

The following uses may be permitted in the F fairgrounds district by obtaining a conditional use permit:

A. Any outside concert held during fair time which produces amplified noise after 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday nights, or amplified noise after 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights;

B. Any outside concert held during non-fair time which produces amplified noise after 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday nights, or amplified noise after 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights;

C. Hotel;

D. Motorized vehicle racing;

E. Power plant; and

F. Other activities and uses similar to those listed in PMC 17.42.025(C) as approved in advance by the planning and zoning commission. (Ord. 11-009 § 3, 2011)

17.42.040 Building or structure height limit.

The maximum building or structure height shall be three stories or 50 feet above grade. (Ord. 11-009 § 3, 2011)

17.42.050 Lot area.

The maximum lot coverage is unrestricted, provided adequate setback, off-street parking and loading and buffer landscaping is provided as set out in Chapter 17.64 PMC. (Ord. 11-009 § 3, 2011)

17.42.055 Setback requirements.

A. All buildings and structures must be set back 25 feet from any public right-of-way and from any lot line adjacent to a residential district.

B. All buildings and structures must be set back 10 feet from side and rear lot lines. (Ord. 11-009 § 3, 2011)

17.42.060 Parking, loading and landscaping.

Off-street parking for the F fairgrounds district shall be exempt from the paving and setback requirements of Chapter 17.64 PMC; however, dust from such parking areas shall be controlled through watering and other appropriate measures to prevent dust from blowing off site. (Ord. 11-009 § 3, 2011)

17.42.070 Signs.

A. The installation of signs in the F fairgrounds district during the period of the traditional annual State Fair and during the period 14 days prior to the start of the annual State Fair shall be exempt from the requirements of PMC Title 14, Signs. All signs installed during this period shall be removed within a reasonable period of time after conclusion of the State Fair.

B. Upon review, existing signs may be determined to be legal nonconforming signs.

C. All other signs shall comply with the requirements and standards in PMC Title 14. (Ord. 11-009 § 3, 2011)