ARTICLE 7 - NON-CONFORMING USES
SECTION 701 INTENT
Within the zoning districts established by this Resolution or future amendments to such districts, there exist 1) lots, 2) buildings or structures, 3) uses of land and buildings or structures, and 4) characteristics of use which were lawful prior to the adoption or future amendment of this Resolution, but which would be prohibited, regulated or restricted under the terms of this Resolution or future amendment. It is the intent of this Resolution to permit these non-conformities to continue until they are removed, but not to encourage their survival. It is further the intent of this Resolution that, with the exception of existing residential structures, non-conformities shall not be enlarged, expanded or extended, nor be used as grounds for adding other buildings, structures or uses prohibited in the zoning district in which such non-conformities are located, except as specifically authorized in this Resolution.
SECTION 702 LIMITATIONS ON EXPANSION
Non-conforming buildings, structures and uses are declared by this Resolution to be incompatible with the intent of the zoning districts and the permitted uses in the zoning districts. A non-conforming use of a building or structure, a non-conforming use of land, or a non-conforming use of a building or structure and land in combination, except existing residential structures, shall not be extended or enlarged after adoption of this Resolution or amendment thereto, except as specifically authorized in this Resolution.
SECTION 703 HARDSHIP
To avoid any undue hardship, nothing in this Resolution shall be deemed to require a change in the plans, construction or designated use of any building or structure for which actual construction has been lawfully initiated prior to the effective date of the Resolution or amendment thereto where actual construction activity has been carried on diligently. Actual construction is defined to be the placing of substantial construction materials, other than earth, in a permanent position and fastened in a permanent manner. "Carried on diligently" shall be defined to mean that construction has been on-going except through the winter months, defined as being November 1 through April 1 of the following year.
SECTION 704 EXCEPTIONS
Notwithstanding other requirements of this Section, a lawfully established residential use rendered non-conforming by adoption of this Resolution or amendment thereto, may be enlarged, altered, or reconstructed, subject to the following restrictions:
704.01 Such residential use shall comply with Section 705 of this Resolution.
704.02 This provision shall not be construed to include more than one use on a Iot and shall be applicable so land as such use remains otherwise lawful.
Further, in accordance with the Sections 501.03 and 502.03 of this Resolution, lawfully established confined or intensive animal feeding uses rendered non-conforming by these regulations may be expanded, but only in accordance with the restrictions set forth in said Sections 501.03 and 502.03 of this Resolution.
SECTION 705 NON-CONFORMING LOTS OF RECORD
In any zoning district, primary and customary accessory buildings of the type permitted in each zoning district may be erected on any single lot of record after the effective date of this Resolution or amendment thereto notwithstanding limitations imposed by this Resolution or amendment thereto subject to the following conditions:
705.01 Such lot must be in separate ownership and not of continuous frontage with other lots in the same ownership. This provision shall apply even though such lot fails to meet the requirements for area or width or both that are applicable to the zoning district in which such lot is located, provided that erection of any building or structure shall comply with all setback (yard) requirements of the zoning district in which said lot is located. Variance of said minimum setback requirements shall be obtained only through action of the Board of Adjustment.
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