CHAPTER 11
CITY OF NORTHGLENN ZONING ORDINANCE

ARTICLE 19
COMMERCIAL ZONES, GENERAL PROVISIONS

Section 11-19-1. General. Commercial zones shall be zones classified C-0, C-1, C-2 Reserved, C-3, C-4, C-4-CC, and C-5. Every use, unless expressly exempted by this Ordinance, shall be so operated that the volume of sound inherently and recurrently generated does not exceed 65 decibels at any point of any boundary line of the property.

[Source: Ord. 179, 1973]

Section 11-19-2. Restrictions. In addition to those set forth in Article 6, the following restrictions shall apply:

(a)

The sale of any products from a temporary stand, motor vehicle, or trailer is prohibited except as provided herein.

(b)

Dwellings are prohibited, except as otherwise provided in this Ordinance.

(c)

Temporary, portable amusement facilities, such as carnival rides, are prohibited except as allowed as a temporary use.

(d)

All business, servicing, processing, cleaning, testing, repairing, etc., shall take place within completely enclosed buildings unless otherwise indicated. Sale and display of motor vehicles and mobile homes and establishments of the "drive-in" type offering goods and services directly to customers waiting in parked motor vehicles need not be enclosed within a building.

(e)

All merchandise, either for sale or display, shall be kept or stored entirely within completely enclosed structures, except as otherwise provided herein. Businesses located in buildings within the City may display merchandise outside. Outside displays shall be located within ten (10) feet of the building where the business is located or be displayed as provided in Section 11-19-3(d). Such displays shall not reduce the usable width of a sidewalk to less than three (3) feet nor be located within ten (10) feet of any pedestrian access doorway.

Except outside displays as allowed in Section 11-19-3(d), outside display of merchandise more than ten (10) feet from the building where the business is located, shall require a Temporary Use Permit as provided in Article 29 of this Ordinance.

[Source: Ord. 1279, 2001]

(f)

Where any commercial use is not within a completely enclosed building and abuts a residential zone at a side or rear lot line or is separated from a residential zone only by an alley along a rear or side lot line, such use shall be effectively screened from such residential zone by an opaque wall or fence (including opaque entrance and exit gates), which shall be not less than six (6) feet and not more than eight (8) feet in height, extending along such rear or side lot line.

(g)

No artificial or imitation trees, shrubs, or plants, wholly or partially made or constructed of plastic, metal, or paper, shall be erected, placed, or implanted upon any property between the street and the front setback, between the street and the side setback, or, when there is no applicable setback requirement, within one hundred (100) feet of any street or highway in the City of Northglenn.

[Source: Ord. 179, 1973]

(h)

The storage or disposal of any friable asbestos material is prohibited. For purposes of this prohibition, "storage" and "friable asbestos material" shall have the meanings assigned to them in Section 10-12-3 of this Municipal Code.

[Source: Ord. 882, 1987]

Section 11-19-3. Uses-by-Right.

(a)

General offices, excluding the sale of goods or products at wholesale or retail, directly or indirectly.

(b)

Medical offices, dental offices, and pharmacies.

(c)

Telephone exchanges.

(d)

Special sales and promotions, which could not otherwise be conducted in conformance with this Zoning Ordinance, when conducted in accordance with the following restrictions and limitations:

(1)

Special sales and promotions may be conducted by any business permanently located in the City on the site permanently occupied by said business.

(2)

The special sale or promotion may only include those goods and services normally sold or provided by the business.

(3)

Special sales or promotions may be conducted from noon any Friday until noon the next following Monday.

(4)

All necessary permits, licenses, and approvals shall be obtained from the City Building Department, the North Metro Fire Rescue District, the Tri-County Health Department, or other local or State agencies prior to start of the sale or promotion.

(5)

During the conduct of the special sale or promotion, goods and merchandise may be displayed and services performed outside of totally enclosed buildings and structures.

(6)

Temporary signs advertising special sales or promotion will be allowed, without a sign permit, during the sale period of time allowed for special sales and promotions, but limited to the type, size, and location requirements of Section 11-35-5(a)(4) of the Sign Code.

(7)

No merchandise, promotional displays, or other obstructions or encroachments of any type are allowed in the following areas:

(a)

In designated fire lanes.

(b)

In entry drives from any public street.

(c)

In any landscaped area if damage to trees, shrubbery, groundcovers, or other plant materials results.

(d)

In any sidewalk, public or private, so as to reduce the usable width of the walk to less than three (3) feet.

(e)

In any fifty (50) foot vision triangle at the intersection of two public streets or a public street and any private driveway.

(f)

Attached to any public property, including signs, light poles, and trees in a public right-of-way.

(g)

On any public right-of-way.

(h)

Within ten (10) feet of any pedestrian access doorway.

(8)

Special sales and promotions may include but not be limited to: the use of tents, semi-trailers and other vehicles, temporary stands or kiosks, food service, entertainment, performers, or displays.

(9)

No lights shining into any public right-of-way, either moving, flashing, pulsating, creating changing light effects, or otherwise creating any hazard, are allowed.

(10)

No special public address systems, music, amplified sound or sound-making devices are permitted other than in conformance with the City's Noise Ordinance.

(11)

This Section 11-19-3(d) shall not be interpreted to regulate or preclude sales and promotions that may otherwise be conducted in conformance with applicable provisions of this Zoning Ordinance. Nor shall this Section 11-19-3(d) be interpreted to preclude special sales and promotions or temporary signs requiring a Temporary Use Permit or Temporary Sign Permit as provided in Articles 29 and 35, respectively, of this Zoning Ordinance.

(e)

Fund raising activities conducted by non-profit groups or civic organizations with the permission of the owner of the property where such activity is to be conducted and in conformance with the restrictions and limitations specified in Subsections (d)(4) through (d)(11), above.

[Source: Ord. 1011, 1991]

Section 11-19-4. Lot Requirements.

(a)

Minimum front setback. Twenty-five (25) feet from the back of curb of the abutting street, but in no case encroaching upon street right-of-way and provided that no gasoline pump shall be closer than 40 feet from the back of curb of the abutting street. Land within the 25-foot setback area shall be used only for landscape, sidewalks, trails, and driveways which provide access to the property from the abutting street. No parking or interior traffic lanes shall be permitted within the 25-foot minimum setback area.

[Source: Ord. 1154, 1996]

(b)

Minimum side setback. None, provided that walls are located on property lines, otherwise five feet; provided, however, if rear access to the property is not available, then a 12-foot setback shall be required on one side; provided further, that on corner lots front setback requirements shall apply on the side street.

(c)

Minimum rear setback. 15 feet, which may include one-half the width of an alley; provided, however, if the rear abuts a public street, front setback requirements shall apply.

[Source: Ord. 179, 1973]

Section 11-19-5. Architectural and Site Design Standards, Commercial Zones.

(a)

Architectural Standards, Commercial Zones.

(1)

Building Mass. Exterior walls shall be broken by variations in height, offsets in wall plane, variations in roof line, cornice treatments, recessed or projected entryways, recessed windows, use of more than one finish material, use of more than one color, use of architectural details, or such other technique or combinations of techniques so as to prevent the appearance of massive and featureless walls.

(2)

Exterior finish materials. A variety of exterior finish materials are preferred. No material designed or manufactured as an exterior wall surface is prohibited. Brick and masonry are preferred but not required. Smooth face concrete block, concrete panels, and metal siding should not be the primary or predominant finish materials but may be used in conjunction with other materials.

(3)

Accessory buildings. Accessory building shall be finished in the same materials as the principal building.

(4)

Shopping centers. Buildings that share common parking areas or driveways should also share exterior design elements and finish materials.

(5)

Corporate identity. It is recognized that many corporations have identifiable corporate architecture. This is not prohibited but should be modified, if necessary, to be compatible with the location of the proposed building and consistent with these design standards.

(6)

Building additions. These standards shall apply to additions to existing buildings. The exterior treatment of any building addition shall, to the extent practical and feasible, be of the same materials and colors as the existing structure.

(7)

Exterior building mounted lighting. Exterior lighting should be used to emphasis entryways and architectural features. All light sources shall be screened from view of adjacent properties and public rights-of-way. A plan to reduce unnecessary lighting after business hours shall be provided.

(8)

Exterior Remodel. These standards shall apply to any modification to the exterior of existing buildings which requires a building permit.

(b)

Site standards, Commercial Zones.

(1)

Parking lot screening. Parking lots should be screened from view from public streets by use of opaque fences, walls, landscaped buffers, berms, or other screens as approved. Continuous screening 30-inches in height is required unless an alternative screen is approved by the Planning Commission. Alternative landscape screening may include upright evergreen trees or other trees or shrubs as approved by the Planning Commission.

(2)

Parking lot paving. All areas used for the parking or storage of vehicles shall be paved with asphalt, concrete, or approved paving materials.

(3)

Delivery areas. Delivery areas should be screened by use of opaque fences, walls or landscaped buffers, berms or other alternative screens as approved. Screens shall be high enough to hide delivery areas from public streets and adjacent properties. Alternative landscape screening may include upright evergreen trees or other trees or shrubs as approved.

(4)

Landscaped areas. The use of drought tolerant, water efficient landscaping is encouraged. Drip irrigation is preferred to spray irrigation. Drought tolerant turf is preferred to bluegrass in some applications. Use of native trees, shrubs and ground covers are encouraged. Slopes greater than 3:1, horizontal to vertical, shall require special treatment. Rock and gravel is discouraged on slopes greater than 3:1. Rock less than 2 inches in diameter shall not be placed adjacent to streets, sidewalks and trails.

(5)

Area Lighting. Area lighting shall be adequate to provide for safety and security on site. All light sources shall be screened from view of adjacent properties and public rights-of-way. Light poles of a minimum height to provide adequate lighting should be used. Several short poles are preferred to one taller pole. Light from commercial developments may not spill onto residential sites. A plan to reduce unnecessary lighting after business hours shall be provided.

(6)

Pedestrian circulation. Pedestrian access from streets to building entries shall be provided. On sites with multiple commercial buildings, pedestrian connections between buildings shall be provided. Pedestrian connections between adjacent commercial sites shall be provided.

(7)

Vehicle circulation. Adjacent sites should provide for direct vehicle access between sites.

[Source: Ord. 1371, 2004]