Town of LeRay, NY
Jefferson County
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§ 158-11 Purpose and intent.

The purpose of the AR Agricultural Residential District is to promote the preservation of existing agricultural lands, open spaces and the rural character within the Town of LeRay. This district provides limited opportunities for low-intensity residential development, agricultural uses, and complementary commercial services, but such activity must be designed and sited so as to minimize disturbance to and loss of agricultural lands and negative impacts upon the district's rural character.

§ 158-12 Permitted uses.

The following uses are permitted within the Agricultural Residential District:
A. 
Uses permitted administratively:
Accessory structure
Agricultural operation, customary
Agricultural structure
Agriculture, general
Brewery, winery or distillery
Commercial equine operation
Commercial horse boarding operation
Dwelling, single-family
Dwelling, two-family
Equipment sales, repair and rental, small-scale
Farm operation
Farmette
Feedlot
Forestry
Greenhouse, personal
Home occupation, minor
Manufactured home
Modular home
Parks and open space
Pasture
Pick-your-own farm operations
Roadside stand
Saw mill, limited
Solar energy system
Stable, private
Swimming pool, private
Timber operation
B. 
Uses requiring site plan approval:
Accessory dwelling unit (detached private home)
Agricultural tourism operations
Animal breeding, hobby
Animal breeding, small
Animal hospital or veterinary clinic
Assembly use
Bed-and-breakfast inn
Building, mixed-use
Building, office
Campground
Cemetery
Construction storage yard
Day-care facility
Dry kiln
Essential services
Family/caregiver apartment
Farm labor camp
Farm market
Forest-based manufacturing
Funeral home
Garden center or commercial greenhouse
Greenhouse, wholesale
Industry, custom
Industry, limited
Kennel
Membership clubs
Mixed-use development
Mobile food processing establishment
Nursery school
Place of worship
Public and semipublic facility
Recreational vehicle sales, repair and rentals, nonhighway
Saw mill
School, private or public
Solar farm
Storage facility, outdoor
C. 
Uses requiring a special use permit and site plan approval:
Agricultural industry
Airport, private
Car wash
Cultural use facility or museum
Farm, dairy or cattle
Farm, fur
Farm, hog
Farm, poultry/egg
Freight terminal
Golf course
Home occupation, major
Industrial services
Industry, general
Inn
Mining operations, local
Mining operations, DEC
Mobile home park
Motor vehicle salvage or wrecking
Recreational facility, commercial
Recreational facility, limited
Recreational vehicle park
Recreational vehicle sales, repair and rental, highway
Residential-care facility, limited
Restaurant or diner
Retail, convenience
Retail, large product
Retail, small
Storage facility, enclosed
Telecommunications facility
Warehousing and storage
Wind energy conversion system, small

§ 158-13 Dimensional requirements.

The following dimensional requirements apply to all lots within the Agricultural Residential District:
A. 
Setback distances.
(1) 
Front yard building setback:
(a) 
Minimum: 40 feet.
(b) 
Minimum for lots with frontage on US Route 11 or NY 283: 60 feet.
(2) 
Rear yard building setback:
(a) 
Minimum: 20 feet.
(b) 
Minimum for nonresidential or nonagricultural uses abutting a residential district or use: 40 feet.
(3) 
Side yard building setback:
(a) 
Minimum: 10 feet.
(b) 
Minimum for nonresidential or nonagricultural uses abutting a residential district or use: 20 feet.
(4) 
Parking lot and drive setback:
(a) 
In front, rear and side yards: 20 feet minimum.
(b) 
In rear and side yards with approved fence pursuant to § 158-61: 10 feet, minimum.
B. 
Minimum lot area requirements.
(1) 
Residential uses: one acre; 0.5 acre with municipal water and sewer; 0.25 acre as part of an approved cluster development.
(2) 
Nonresidential uses: one acre.
(3) 
Minimum lot frontage: 150 feet.
C. 
Minimum gross floor area (GFA) requirements.
(1) 
Single-family dwellings: 900 square feet.
(2) 
Two-family dwellings: 1,800 square feet.
D. 
Maximum building height: 35 feet; exception for those in county-adopted state-certified Agricultural Districts.
E. 
Maximum impervious surface coverage: 35% of total lot area.
F. 
Maximum development density:
(1) 
The maximum dwelling unit density for a subdivision which creates greater than or equal to three additional lots shall not exceed two units per acre, including the parent parcel.
(2) 
Dwelling unit density shall be calculated from the aggregate total area subdivided from the parent parcel, inclusive of common property, rights-of-way, and easements necessary to effectuate such subdivision, excluding any remaining lands of the parent parcel not part of a proposed building lot, pursuant to the regulations of this chapter and Chapter 135.

§ 158-14 Design standards for nonagricultural uses.

The following design standards shall be utilized for new nonresidential and nonagricultural development applications within the Agricultural Residential District:
A. 
Site design and building design.
(1) 
Buildings should be oriented with front facades parallel to the street.
(2) 
Nonagricultural accessory structures shall be 10 feet or more from any property line.
(3) 
Primary building entrances should face a street or drive. At the discretion of the Planning Board, a side or rear entry for nonresidential structures may also be permitted depending on the site layout.
(4) 
Primary entries shall receive design considerations, details, and treatments consistent with primary facades and shall be prominently designed and constructed.
(5) 
Windows shall be of a scale, proportion and extent appropriate to the overall architectural style of the building.
(6) 
Window openings shall be trimmed with an appropriate material (brick, stone, wood, wood-like, cementitious board, vinyl or aluminum) to provide added definition to the overall facade.
B. 
Building materials.
(1) 
Standard masonry block walls shall be prohibited on any primary facade.
(2) 
Decorative masonry materials such as split-face and textured-finish blocks are permitted as a primary finished building material.
(3) 
Unfinished dimensional or sheet lumber shall not be utilized on finished building or signage exteriors.
(4) 
All structures shall be of professional quality and workmanship and constructed of robust, durable, and weather-resistant materials.
C. 
Buffer zones and landscaping requirements. The following shall be required for nonresidential and nonagricultural uses, except as specified below, in addition to those standards in §§ 158-68 through 158-71 and § 135-21:
(1) 
The use of approved fencing no more than six feet in height shall be permitted, in addition to vegetation, but shall not be permitted as a sole means of screening.
(2) 
A minimum of one planting unit (see § 158-70) shall be required for each:
(a) 
Fifty linear feet or fraction thereof of lot frontage along a road; and
(b) 
Two thousand square feet or fraction thereof of gross building area for nonresidential uses.
D. 
Lighting systems. The following shall be required in addition to those standards in §§ 158-75 and 158-76 for nonresidential and nonagricultural buildings:
(1) 
Fixtures shall be a maximum of 30 feet in height, and in no instances shall pole-mounted fixtures be taller than the principal structure on said lot.
E. 
Parking and parking lots.
(1) 
The following off-street parking space requirements shall apply within the Agricultural Residential District:
(a) 
Dwellings: a minimum of two spaces per unit.
(b) 
Public and private assembly uses: a minimum of one space per each 1.5 seats at maximum lawful occupancy as determined by the Fire Marshal.
(c) 
All other uses: a minimum of one space per 330 gross square feet plus one space per employee.
(2) 
In no instance shall the number of parking spaces exceed 130% of the required minimums as stated above.
F. 
Open space and recreation. For nonresidential and nonagricultural projects, a minimum of 25% of the lot area shall be devoted to open space, inclusive of the area devoted to required buffer zones pursuant to § 158-14C and the aggregate area of internal parking lot medians and islands.
G. 
Accessory structures. There is no limit to the number or gross floor area of accessory structures in the AR District.