Town of Chautauqua, NY
Chautauqua County
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[Amended 1-12-1981 by L.L. No. 1-1981]
Permitted principal uses and structures in the R-A District shall be as follows:
A. 
Any principal uses and structures permitted and as regulated in R, R-L and R-R Districts.
[Amended 9-16-1985 by L.L. No. 5-1985]
B. 
Agricultural, floricultural and horticultural pursuits, including but not limited to general farms, greenhouses, plant nurseries, truck gardens, dairies and the raising of bees, poultry, and livestock, together with all customary buildings and other structures necessary for the production, storage and sale of the products of such pursuits. Noncommercial storage buildings, whether used for agricultural purposes or not, shall be permitted as of right.
[Amended 7-7-2003 by L.L. No. 2-2003]
C. 
Forest farming.
D. 
Animal hospitals, dog kennels, riding stables and the keeping of small animals, including fur-bearing-animal farms; provided, however, that buildings, pens or runways for the confinement of the animals be at least 100 feet from any adjoining property line. The above distance restriction shall not apply to lanes, pasture or exercise tracts for horses.
E. 
Private wildlife reservations or conservation projects, including the usual buildings therefor.
F. 
Hunting camps.
G. 
Gas and oil wells as restricted in section § 143-52.
H. 
On the obtaining of a special use permit from the Town Board in accordance with the provisions of Article XII, the following uses:
[Amended 1-12-1981 by L.L. No. 1-1981; 8-13-1984 by L.L. No. 6-1984; 8-11-1986 by L.L. No. 3-1986; 12-12-1988 by L.L. No. 3-1988]
(1) 
Golf courses.
(2) 
Antique shops.
(3) 
Multiple-family dwellings.
(4) 
Condominiums.
(5) 
Commercial recreation.
(6) 
Motels and accessory uses.
(7) 
Mobile home parks.
(8) 
Trailer courts.
(9) 
Campgrounds.
(10) 
Cottage courts.
(11) 
Livestock sales.
[Added 10-11-1990 by L.L. No. 4-1990]
(12) 
Riding academies.
(13) 
Sawmills.
(14) 
Gun clubs.
(15) 
Airstrips and accessory uses.
(16) 
Gravel pits.
(17) 
Communication towers.
[Amended 6-9-1997 by L.L. No. 1-1997]
(18) 
Cemeteries.
(19) 
Commercial storage buildings other than as authorized in § 143-28B.
[Amended 7-7-2003 by L.L. No. 2-2003]
(20) 
Ski tows, skiing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and sledding facilities.
[Added 2-8-1993 by L.L. No. 1-1993]
(21) 
Country inns.
(22) 
Professional offices, including the offices of not-for-profit organizations or associations.
(23) 
Construction debris transfer station as defined in § 143-3B and located on a parcel of at least five acres.
[Added 3-12-1990 by L.L. No. 1-1990]
(24) 
Day-care center, which shall not be treated as a home occupation subject to § 143-63.
[Added 10-11-1990 by L.L. No. 4-1990]
(25) 
Gift and craft shops, including the sale of wines and spirits.
[Added 7-10-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006]
(26) 
Auction barns.
[Added 7-10-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006]
(27) 
Refreshment stands dispensing food and beverages incidental and accessory to the operation of any other permitted commercial, recreational, or agricultural use.
[Added 7-10-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006]
(28) 
Manufacturing/light industry/business office, within a building or group of buildings, provided such use does not employ more than 15 people and does not pollute the environment beyond the boundaries of the land on which it is located, create excessive noise, vibration, lights or odor, create a fire or explosion hazard, nor generate excessive traffic on neighboring roads.
[Added 2-12-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007]
(29) 
Wind energy facilities, in accordance with § 143-53.1.
[Added 5-12-2008 by L.L. No. 3-2008]
Permitted accessory structures and uses in the R-A District shall be as follows:
A. 
Any accessory uses and structures permitted as regulated in the R and R-L Districts, except that there shall not be a limitation on private garages as set out in § 143-12A.
[Amended 9-8-1997 by L.L. No. 5-1997]
B. 
Stands of a temporary nature for the display or sale of homegrown agricultural products. Existing stands of any nature used for the above purpose shall be deemed to be conforming uses as to such display and sale. Such temporary stands may be commenced and continued and existing stands continued without a building permit.
C. 
Permanent stands for the sale of homegrown products subject to special permit by the Town Board. Any application for stands shall be referred to the Board of Appeals for its recommendation. In the event that the Board of Appeals shall make no recommendation within 30 days after such referral, it shall be deemed to approve such application without qualification.
D. 
Signs as follows:
(1) 
Same as permitted and regulated in the R and R-L Districts.
(2) 
Unlighted signs of a temporary nature, not exceeding 32 square feet in area, identifying or related to the sale of homegrown agricultural products and help-wanted signs for the premises on which located.
(3) 
A sign not exceeding 72 square feet in area advertising business or services, but such sign must be erected at least 10 feet back from the street or road right-of-way.
[Amended 4-10-1978 by L.L. No. 1-1978; 10-9-1989 by L.L. No. 1-1989]
E. 
An advertising sign may not be erected closer than 500 feet from any other advertising sign, whether or not located on the same property.
[Added 10-9-1989 by L.L. No. 1-1989]
Minimum area requirements in the R-A District shall be as follows:
A. 
Lot sizes. Every single-family or two-family detached dwelling of other permitted structure not being accessory to a detached dwelling located on the property, hereafter erected, shall be located on a lot having an area of not less than one acre, as measured from the street right-of-way, and a width at the established building line of not less than 100 feet, subject to compliance with waste and sewage disposal requirements as prescribed by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. When a tract of land is served by public sanitary sewer systems or by a community sanitary sewer system operated as a public utility, a single-family detached dwelling may be erected on a lot having an area of not less than 30,000 square feet, as measured from the street right-of-way, and width at the established building line of not less than 100 feet. When a tract of land is served by both a community water system and a sanitary sewer system, such single-family detached dwelling may be erected on a lot having an area of not less than 20,000 square feet, as measured from the street right-of-way, and with a width at the established building line of not less than 75 feet.
[Amended 6-22-1987 by L.L. No. 4-1987; 10-9-1989 by L.L. No. 1-1989; 9-22-2005 by L.L. No. 3-2005]
B. 
Front yard depth shall be 40 feet, measured as the distance between the street right-of-way and any part of the dwelling or other buildings.
C. 
Side yards (two required) shall total 25% of lot width; the minimum side yard shall be eight feet.
D. 
Rear yard shall be 25% of lot depth or 40 feet, whichever is less.
E. 
No farm structures, other than stands mentioned in preceding section, shall be constructed within 40 feet of the street or road right-of-way.
[Amended 10-30-1986 by L.L. No. 6-1986; 9-9-1991 by L.L. No. 1-1991; 7-14-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997; 9-8-2008 by L.L. No. 6-2008]
The minimum size of a dwelling shall be 800 square feet of enclosed living space, except that a seasonal hunting camp located in a residential agricultural district on a parcel of land containing 10 or more acres of land shall be a minimum size of 300 square feet and a maximum size of 500 square feet.