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City Attorney

Roger Baker
Tooele City Attorney

90 North Main Street
Tooele, UT 84074

Phone: 435.843.2120
Fax: 435.843.2129

Title 7. Chapter 16. Zoning District Purpose and Intent. Mixed Use, Commercial, Industrial and Special Purpose Districts

7-16-1. Mixed Use, Commercial, Industrial and Special Purpose Zoning Districts.

(1) The Mixed Use, Commercial, Industrial and Special Purpose Zoning Districts of Tooele City are established and provided to implement the Tooele City General Plan. These Districts are:

(a) Mixed Use – General District (MU-G)

(b) Mixed Use – Broadway District (MU-B)

(c) Neighborhood Commercial District (NC)

(d) General Commercial District (GC)

(e) Regional Commercial District (RC)

(f) Light Industrial District (LI)

(g) Industrial District (I)

(h) Research and Development District (RD)

(2) Also provided are the following Special Purpose Overlay Districts, formulated to establish special design, use requirements and general site planning provisions for specific areas of the City. These Districts are:

(a) Downtown Overlay District (DO)

(b) Gateway Overlay District (GO)

(3) The Commercial Districts of Tooele City are intended to reflect the diversity of the City’s commercial areas and to provide a wide range of commercial services for Tooele City and surrounding areas. Each Zoning District is distinguished by the uses and intensity of development allowed. The Mixed Use District (MU) and Neighborhood Commercial District (NC) encourage a mix of residential and commercial uses that are supportive of adjoining residential areas. The Industrial Districts of Tooele City are provided to encourage economic diversity and vitality for the City and provide a range of employment opportunities for City residents, and residents of surrounding areas.

(Ord. 98-40, 12-16-98)

7-16-2. Purposes and Intent.

The purposes and intent of the Tooele City Mixed Use, Commercial, Industrial and Special Purpose Districts are:

(1) Mixed Use (MU-B and MU-G)Districts. The purpose of the Mixed Use Districts is to provide and area for an appropriate mix of compatible residential, limited commercial and compatible business and professional offices. A goal of this district is to preserve existing residential buildings and structures while allowing some opportunities for their use for limited commercial and business activity. This district also encourages the establishment of residential and limited nonresidential uses within the same structure or located on the same lot.

(2) Neighborhood Commercial (NC) District. The Neighborhood Commercial District (NC) is designed and intended for small areas for limited commercial uses providing goods and services to residents in the surrounding neighborhood area. The District encourages the provision of small-scale retail and service uses for nearby residents. Uses are restricted in type and size to promote a local orientation and to limit possible adverse impacts on nearby residential areas. The Neighborhood Commercial District is to be located in areas of the City so as to facilitate pedestrian access and to encourage the continued viability of the uses allowed in the District. The location and design of all buildings and accessory activities and uses should respect the neighborhood and residential activities that adjoin this District and all activities should be conducted in a manner that adds to neighborhood amenity and the residential setting.

(3) General Commercial (GC) District. The General Commercial (GC) District is intended and provided to encourage the establishment of a wide variety of retail commercial uses, service commercial activities, entertainment and other services and activities meeting the needs of the residents of the City. The General Commercial District (GC) allows and encourages that retail and service businesses and related uses be grouped together into commercial centers. The uses and activities allowed in this District should enhance employment opportunities, provide for commercial activities and services required by residents of the city and surrounding areas, encourage the efficient use of land, enhance property values and add to the overall strength of the city’s tax base.

(4) Regional Commercial District (RC). The Regional Commercial District is established to provide for large scale commercial and other uses that have a regional influence and that may be areas of high traffic generation, because of the nature of the use, the diversity of uses, or the size of the activity. The Regional Commercial (RC) District is designed to provide areas for intensive retail commercial uses, such as retail shopping centers, large retail outlets, large office buildings, entertainment uses, public uses and quasi-public uses and related activities. This District shall be located so as to be able to provide the services and infrastructure available to meet the demands of intensive commercial uses. This District will be located in proximity to major roads and transportation corridors to facilitate access by the private automobile and public transportation. This District encourages creative site planning and design for activities and uses that will provide commercial and other services to residents of the Tooele Valley and adjoining areas. All buildings and structures within this District will be attractively designed and incorporate a design theme through architectural design elements. These areas should also provide amenities for the use of city residents and patrons including open space and trail features, mass transit terminals and other amenities.

(5) Light Industrial (LI) District. The purpose of the Light Industrial (LI) District is to provide locations for light industrial assembly and manufacturing uses that produce no appreciable negative impact to adjacent properties. This District encourages clean, light industrial and manufacturing uses which provide employment opportunities for city residents, strengthen the city’s tax base and diversify the local economy.

(6) Industrial (I) District. The Industrial (I) District is formulated to recognize existing industrial sites and uses within the city and to allow for the establishment of additional industrial uses which add to employment opportunities and economic diversity within the city.

(7) Research and Development (RD) District. The Research and Development (RD) District is intended to combine certain elements of the General Commercial and Light Industrial zoning districts while excluding other elements. The intent of the RD zone is to allow for a professional business park within the City where businesses may locate in an environment that allows a mix of certain small commercial and light industrial uses. It is not intended for large commercial or industrial uses or for intensive retail or manufacturing activities.

(8) Downtown Overlay (DO) District. The Tooele City Downtown Overlay District (DO) is formulated to encourage and provide opportunities for various retail, service and other uses within the existing Main Street “downtown” area of the City. This area is generally characterized and recognized by two (2) story buildings constructed to the front property line. It is the goal of the Downtown Overlay to recognize the existing development pattern of the area and allow for the strengthening of the character, vitality and amenities of the Downtown area through specific downtown site planning and building standards and requirements. The Downtown Overlay District (DO) allows and requires the establishment of uses that work to reinforce the existing Main Street through special standards for building location, parking, uses, signage and other considerations.

(9) Gateway Overlay (GO) Districts. The Gateway Overlay Districts (GO) are provided to encourage unified and consistent design elements and site planning to promote an attractive and desirable streetscape for areas that are visually prominent and located at the key entry points, or “gateways” to Tooele City. The streetscape is a combination of buildings and structures, signage, landscaping, off-street parking areas, street improvements and other elements that dominate the view of the driver or pedestrian at the identified gateway areas of the City. The design and overall attractiveness and quality of the city’s gateway areas is indicative of the values and character of the City. An attractive and functional streetscape is one that promotes cohesiveness and establishes a design theme for signage, building design, landscaping and street trees and other street amenities. The Tooele City Gateway Overlay Districts (GO) require site planning and design for all buildings and structures within the District to be reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission with requirements for landscaping, signage and the location of required off-street parking areas.

(Ord. 2010-16, 10-06-10); (Ord. 2003-15, 06-04-03); (Ord. 98-40, 12-16-98)

7-16-2a. Gateway Overlay Districts-Location.

Tooele City Gateway Overlay Districts shall be the following:

(1) Northern Gateway

(a) Length: from approximately 925 North Main Street (“SR-36 North”) to the northern city boundary, on either and/or both sides of SR-36 North.

(b) Depth: the greater of

(i) the depth of any lot adjoining SR-36 North, or

(ii) 300 feet perpendicular to the nearest SR-36 North right-of-way line, and, if an interior public or private right-of-way (“interior road”) crosses any portion of a lot within said 300 feet, then the greater of

(A) the depth of any lot adjoining the interior road, or

(B) 300 feet beyond the outer boundary of the interior road, perpendicular to the nearest SR-36 North right-of-way line, and measured from the point on the interior road farthest from the nearest SR-36 North right-of-way line.

(2) Western Gateway A

(a) Length: on State Road 112 (“SR-112″) from the intersection of Rogers Road and SR-112 to the western city boundary, on either and/or both sides of SR- 112.

(b) Depth: the greater of

(i) the depth of any lot adjoining SR-112, or

(ii) 300 feet perpendicular to the nearest SR-112 right-of-way line, and, if an interior public or private right-of-way (“interior road”) crosses any portion of a lot within said 300 feet, then the greater of

(A) the depth of any lot adjoining the interior road, or

(B) 300 feet beyond the outer of the interior road, perpendicular to the nearest SR-112 right- of-way line, and measured from the point on the interior road farthest from the nearest SR-112 right-of-way line.

(3) Western Gateway B

(a) Length: on SR-112 from the City’s western boundary to the intersection of SR-112 and 1000 North, thence east on 1000 North to the intersection of 1000 North and SR-36;

(b) Depth: the greater of

(i) the depth of any lot adjoining SR-112 or 1000 North, or

(ii) 300 feet perpendicular to the nearest SR-112 or 1000 North right-of-way line, and, if an interior public or private right-of-way (“interior road”) crosses any portion of a lot within said 300 feet, then the greater of

(A) the depth of any lot adjoining the interior road, or

(B) 300 feet beyond the outer boundary of the interior road, perpendicular to the nearest SR-112 or 1000 North right-of-way line, and measured from the point on the interior road farthest from the nearest SR-112 or 1000 North right-of-way line.

(4) Southern Gateway

(a) Length: from approximately Settlement Canyon Road (approximately 800 South) to the southern city boundary, on either and/or both sides of SR-36 (“SR- 36 South”).

(b) Depth: the greater of

(i) the depth of any lot adjoining SR-36 South, or

(ii) 300 feet perpendicular to the nearest SR-36 South right-of-way line, and, if an interior public or private right-of-way (“interior road”) crosses any portion of a lot within said 300 feet, then the greater of

(A) the depth of any lot adjoining the interior road, or

(B) 300 feet beyond the outer boundary of the interior road, perpendicular to the nearest SR-36 South right-of-way line, and measured from the point on the interior road farthest from the nearest SR-36 South right-of-way line.

(Ordinance 2003-15, 06-04-03)

7-16-3. Table 1. Table of Uses. Mixed Use, Commercial and Industrial Districts.

7-16-4. Table 2. Table of Development Standards. Mixed Use, Commercial, Industrial and Special Purpose Districts.

7-16-5. Table 3. Table of Minimum Off-Street Parking Standards.

7-16-6. Use Definitions.

(Repealed. Ordinance 2012-17.)

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