City of Oswego, NY
Oswego County
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Before granting a special permit for any use conditionally permitted by the zoning district regulations, the Board of Appeals shall determine that the proposed use will:
A. 
Be appropriately located with respect to transportation, water supply, waste disposal, fire and police protection and other public facilities.
B. 
Be in accordance with the City Master Plan and provide any appropriate conditions and safeguards in harmony with the general purpose of this chapter.
C. 
Cause no undue traffic congestion or create an unnecessary traffic hazard.
D. 
Include traffic access, interior circulation and parking and loading spaces, adequate in location and design.
E. 
Not have a substantially adverse effect upon the character of or property values in the area.
F. 
Incorporate adequate safeguards, screening, fences and landscaping to protect and maintain the harmony of the surrounding area.
G. 
Not otherwise impair the public health, safety and general welfare.
Philanthropic institutions, convents, hospitals, clinics, sanitariums and nursing and convalescent homes shall conform to the following additional regulations:
A. 
Lot area minimum: 100,000 square feet.
B. 
Yard minimums: 50 feet.
C. 
The Oswego County Health Department shall give written certification that hospitals and sanitariums in the proposed location will not have a detrimental effect on the general level of health in the surrounding neighborhood.
Outdoor drive-in theaters shall be governed by the following regulations:
A. 
Projection screens and parking areas shall be no closer than 50 feet to any street line and no closer than 100 feet to a residential district.
B. 
Projection screens shall not be visible from any major street.
C. 
All parking areas, accessways and driveways shall be paved with dustless material.
D. 
Loudspeakers shall be limited to the individual type designed to be heard by the occupants of one car.
E. 
Entrances and exits shall connect only to major streets and shall be designed so as not to interfere with or impede traffic flow.
F. 
Entrance car reservoir spaces shall be provided to accommodate no less than 5% of the theater's parking capacity.
Excavations and earthmoving operations which are not incidental to construction of a building shall be governed by the following requirements:
A. 
All excavation operations shall not adversely affect drainage or structural safety of adjoining lots and buildings. They shall not contribute to soil erosion by wind or water or create or involve any kind of noisome or injurious substances, conditions or operations.
B. 
Open excavations deeper than 10 feet or having a slope greater than 30º from the horizontal shall be surrounded by a fence at least six feet high and no closer than 50 feet to the edge of the excavation or other hazardous condition.
C. 
The slope of a pile of any material excavated shall not exceed its normal angle of repose.
D. 
No excavation shall take place closer than 100 feet to a vertical plane created by the projection of any length of the lot line vertically into the ground, nor shall any mechanical equipment be stationed or supplies or excavated material stored any closer than 100 feet to the lot line.
E. 
Before any excavation starts, plans shall be submitted to the Board of Appeals indicating:
(1) 
Existing topography, showing contour lines at vertical intervals of no more than two feet; drainage courses and other pertinent physical conditions; areas to be excavated; and the extent of such excavations.
(2) 
Proposed rehabilitation of the area after excavation operations cease, including finished grades, drainage and such other information as is necessary to fully explain the site conditions after operations cease.
(3) 
All drawings and plans shall be approved by the City Engineer prior to consideration by the Board of Appeals.
F. 
Before any excavations are made, performance bonds shall be posted with the City Clerk in an amount equal to the estimated cost of rehabilitation of the site as determined by the City Engineer, except that none of the foregoing provisions shall apply to installation, construction, erection, laying, repair, maintenance and removal of electric, telephone and gas lines.
G. 
Prior to the release of any performance bonds, the City Engineer shall certify that the finished grades, drainage and other features pertinent to rehabilitation of the land all conform to the plans, or modifications thereof, approved by the Board of Appeals, and that topsoil to a depth of six inches has been distributed over all excavated portions of the site being rehabilitated.
In any district, the dumping of refuse and waste material for landfill is prohibited. Loam, rock, stone, gravel, sand, cinders and soil may be used for landfill to grades approved by the City Engineer only if approved by permit. No landfill shall commence until a permit has been issued. Applications for landfill permits shall be made by the property owner to the City Engineer on forms he shall prescribe. No landfill permit shall be issued until the application has been approved by the Common Council following its referral to the City Engineer. The City Engineer may refer a request, when he deems it necessary, to the Planning Board for an advisory opinion. The Council, from time to time, shall establish a schedule of fees to defray administrative costs involved in processing the application.
In all districts where permitted, gasoline or motor vehicle service stations shall comply with the following special regulations:
A. 
A gasoline station lot shall not be located within 200 feet of any lot occupied by a school, public library, theater, religious institution, hospital, fire station or other public gathering place unless a street lies between such establishment and the gasoline station. Measurement shall be made between the nearest respective lot lines.
B. 
Lot size shall be at least 20,000 square feet.
C. 
Lot frontage shall be at least 150 feet.
D. 
Lot depth shall be at least 125 feet.
E. 
Pumps and lubricating and other service devices shall be located at least 35 feet from front lot line and side and rear lot lines.
F. 
All fuel and oil shall be stored at least 20 feet from any property line.
G. 
All automobile parts and dismantled vehicles are to be stored within an enclosed building; no repair work is to be performed outside a building.
H. 
No signs shall extend beyond pumps nor exceed 20 feet in height.
I. 
There shall be no more than two access driveways from the street. The maximum width of each access driveway shall be 40 feet.
J. 
A suitably curbed landscaped area shall be maintained at least five feet in depth along all street frontage not used as a driveway.
K. 
No automobile service establishment shall have an opening in the roof, side or rear walls less than 15 feet from any lot line.
In all districts where permitted, public utility substations and facilities shall comply with the following special regulations:
A. 
Low profile equipment shall be used, where feasible.
B. 
The facility shall be surrounded by a fence set back from property lines in conformance with district regulations for front, side and rear yards.
C. 
A landscaped area at least 15 feet wide shall be maintained in front, rear and side yards.