Zoning Regulations

CHAPTER 3
RESIDENCE DISTRICTS

SECTION
14-301. General.
14-302. R-1 Low density residential district.
14-303. R-2 Medium density residential district.
14-304. R-3 High density residential district.
14-305. R-1A Low density residential district.
14-306. R-3A High density residential district.

14-301. General. It is the intent of this title that residential districts be reserved predominately for residence, and contain public and semi-public land uses which are necessary to serve the residents; to protect residents, as far as possible, against congestion and through traffic; to promote the stability and character of residential development; and to promote the most desirable use of land in accordance with Decherd's comprehensive plan. (1972 Code, § 11-301)
14-302. R-1 Low density residential district. It is the intent of the R-1 residential district to provide a suitable open character of development for single family detached dwellings at low densities. Within the R-1 residential district of the City of Decherd, Tennessee, the following uses are permitted:
(1) One (1) family dwellings, except trailers and mobile homes.
(2) Agriculture, except the commercial raising of livestock.
(3) Church bulletin boards not exceeding twenty (20) square feet in area.
(4) Churches, provided that:
(a) There is a planted buffer strip at least ten (10) feet wide along the property line, except the front and
(b) The buildings are located not less than fifty (50) feet from any property line.
(5) Customary accessory buildings, including private garages and non-commercial workshops, provided they are located in the rear yard and not closer than five (5) feet to any lot line.
(6) Customary incidental home occupations including the professional office of an architect, artist, dentist, engineer, lawyer, physician and the like, barber, beauty and tailor shops, or the accommodation of not more than two (2) boarders provided there is no external evidence of such occupation except an announcement sign not more than two (2) square feet in area and that the operations are conducted within a dwelling by not more than one (1) person in addition to those persons resident therein.
(7) Hospitals.

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(8) Municipal, county, state or federal buildings or land uses.
(9) Nursery schools, day care centers, or kindergartens provided that there are at least one hundred (100) square feet of out door play area for each child and the play area is enclosed by a fence at least five (5) feet high that will contain children. Play area is not required for children one (1) year old or younger.
(10) Public and semi-public recreational facilities and grounds.
(11) Schools offering general education courses.
(12) Signs not more than six (6) square feet in area advertising the sale or rental of the property on which they are located.
(13) Substations, such as electric, telephone or gas, if essential for service to the zoning district in which it is proposed they be located, provided that:
(a) The structures are placed not less than fifty (50) feet from any property line;
(b) The structures are enclosed by a woven-wire fence at least eight (8) feet high;
(c) No vehicles or equipment are stored on the premises; and
(d) The lot is suitably landscaped, including a planted buffer strip at least ten (10) feet wide along the side and rear property lines. (1972 Code, § 11-302)
14-303. R-2 Medium density residential district. It is the intent of the R-2 residential district to provide for a less restricted type of residential development at higher densities than, but under similar environmental conditions as in the R-1 district and to better facilitate convenience, economy, and the use of urban facilities. Within the R-2 residential district of the City of Decherd, Tennessee, the following uses are permitted:
(1) Any use permitted in the R-1 residential district.
(2) Two (2) family dwellings.
(3) Nursing homes.
(4) Cemeteries. (1972 Code, § 11-303)
14-304. R-3 High density residential district. This section provides for residences at high densities, including multi-family dwellings, mobile homes, and other general types of residential development. However, it is the intent of this title that the R-3 district contain sound development and be a desirable place in which to live. Within the R-3 residential district of Decherd, Tennessee, the following uses shall be permitted:
(1) Any use permitted in the R-2 residential district.
(2) Multi-family dwellings.
(3) Boarding and rooming houses.

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(4) Mobile homes, subject to the requirements of § 14-209 and as provided by § 14-1002, subsection (2), Decherd Municipal Code, as amended.
(5) Trailer parks, not including the sale or services to mobile homes, provided the requirements of Title 14, Chapter 10 in its entirety, and § 14-207, subsection (15) of the Decherd Municipal Code are met. (1972 Code, § 11-304)
14-305. R-1A Low density residential district. It is the intent of the R-1A residential district to provide a suitable open character of development primarily for single family detached dwellings at low densities.
Within the R-1A residential district of the City of Decherd, Tennessee, the following uses are permitted:
(1) One (1) family dwellings, except trailers and mobile homes.
(2) Customary accessory buildings, including private garages and non-commercial workshops, provided they are located in the rear yard and not closer than ten (10) feet to any lot line.
(3) Municipal, county, state, or federal land uses that are designed to be compatible with low density single family residential development.
(4) Substations, such as electric, telephone or gas, if essential for service to the zoning district in which it is proposed they be located, provided that:
(a) The structures are placed not less than fifty (50) feet from any property line;
(b) The structures are enclosed by a woven-wire fence at least eight (8) feet high;
(c) No vehicles or equipment are stored on the premises; and
(d) The lot is suitably landscaped, including a planted buffer strip at least ten (10) feet wide along the side and rear property lines. (Ord. #125, Dec. 1988)
14-306. R-3A high density residential district. This section is to provide for residences at high densities, including multi-family dwelling and other general types of residential development but excluding single-wide mobile homes and mobile home parks. It is the intent of this section that the R-3A district contain sound development that provides a desirable place in which to live.
Within the R-3A residential district of Decherd, Tennessee, the following uses shall be permitted:
(1) Any use permitted in the R-3 residential district.
(2) Multi-family dwellings.
(3) Boarding and rooming houses. (Ord. #159, July 1991)

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CHAPTER 4
BUSINESS DISTRICTS

SECTION
14-401. General.
14-402. C-1 Central business district.
14-403. C-2 Highway service business district.
14-404. C-3 Restrictive business/highway service district

14-401. General. Business districts are established to provide locations for convenient exchange of goods and services in a reasonable and orderly manner; to protect the character and established pattern of desirable commercial development; to conserve the value of property; and to exclude those uses that are incompatible with designated uses for the districts. (1972 Code, § 11-401)
14-402. C-1 Central business district. The C-1 zone is established to protect present business and commercial uses; encourage the eventual elimination of uses inappropriate to the function of the central business area; and encourage intensive development of this zone as the shopping and business center of the City of Decherd and its surrounding trade area.
The following uses are permitted in the C-1 central business district of Decherd, Tennessee:
(1) Any retail business or service including those making products sold at retail on the premises, providing such manufacturing is incidental to the retail business or service and occupies less than forty (40) per cent of the floor area and employs not more than five (5) operators.
(2) Banks and offices.
(3) Clubs and lodges.
(4) Insurance agencies.
(5) Light industries.
(6) Motels.
(7) Newspaper and printing plants.
(8) Professional offices for doctors, lawyers, dentists, architects, artists, engineers, and the like.
(9) Public uses and structures.
(10) Public utility structures.
(11) Radio and television stations.
(12) Restaurants, bars, grills and similar eating and/or drinking establishments, excluding drive-ins.
(13) Signs:
(a) Outdoor advertising not including billboards; and
(b) Professional or announcement.

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(14) Theaters, indoor.
(15) Service stations and repair garages (may be licensed separately).
(16) Drug stores. (1972 Code, § 11-402, as amended by Ord. #252, Oct. 1997)
14-403. C-2 Highway service business district. The C-2 zone is established to provide an area for uses that are primarily oriented toward conveniently serving the needs of highway traffic.
The following uses are permitted in the C-2 Highway service business district.
(1) Any retail business or service directly related to serving the needs of highway traffic.
(2) Automobile parts stores.
(3) Bowling alleys.
(4) Bus terminals.
(5) Drug stores.
(6) Gasoline service stations.
(7) Hobby, antique, and souvenir shops.
(8) Nursery schools, day care centers or kindergartens.
(9) (Deleted)
(10) Motels.
(11) Public uses and structures.
(12) Repair garages and automobile sales rooms.
(13) Signs:
(a) Business; and
(b) Outdoor advertising including billboards.
(14) Theaters.
(15) Trailer sales.
(16) Used car lots.
(17) Any use permitted in the C-1 business district. (1972 Code, § 11-403, as amended by Ord. #252, Oct. 1997)
14-404. C-3 Restrictive business/highway service district. The C-3 zone is established to provide an area for uses that are restrictive in that the business is not a heavily congested type of business.
The following uses are permitted in the C-3 zone -- no other uses will be permitted.
(1) Wood working shops (i.e. cabinet shops).
(2) Automobile body shops (provided no wrecked cars are left outside of the building).
(3) Glass and mirror shop. (1972 Code, § 11-404, as amended by Ord. #130, June 1989)

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CHAPTER 5
INDUSTRIAL DISTRICTS

SECTION
14-501. General.
14-502. I-1 Light industrial district.
14-503. I-2 Heavy industrial district.

14-501. General. Industrial districts are established to provide areas to meet the needs of the city's present and future manufacturing uses with due allowance for the need for a choice of sites including transportation systems, and to protect adjacent residential and commercial uses and also the industries within the districts. (1972 Code, § 11-501)
14-502. I-1 Light industrial district. The I-1 zone is established to provide an area for firms engaged in light manufacturing and distribution of goods; to discourage uses incompatible to light manufacturing; and to protect the surrounding higher land uses and also to protect the industries in the district.
The following uses are permitted in the I-1 Light industrial district of Decherd, Tennessee:
(1) Light industries, provided that any industry that may cause injurious or obnoxious noise, vibrations, smoke, gas fumes, odor, dust, fire hazard, or other objectionable conditions, shall be required to show that the proposed location, construction, and operation will not injure present or prospective industrial development in the district.
(2) Agricultural equipment sales and repair.
(3) Baking establishments.
(4) Bottling and distribution plants.
(5) Signs:
(a) Business; and
(b) Outdoor advertising including billboards.
(6) Public utility structures.
(7) Truck terminals.
(8) Wholesale and storage business including building material yards.
(1972 Code, § 11-502, as amended by Ord. #252, Oct. 1997)
14-503. 1-2 Heavy industrial district. The I-2 zone is established to provide a suitable centralized area for heavy manufacturing plants with due consideration for choice of sites including transportation systems, to protect the surrounding higher land uses, to protect the industries located in the district, and to discourage uses incompatible with those uses designated for this district.
The following uses are permitted in the 1-2 Heavy industrial district of Decherd, Tennessee:

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(1) Industries, provided that any industry that may cause injurious or obnoxious noise, vibration, smoke, gas fumes, odor, dust, fire hazard, or other objectionable conditions, shall be required to show that such noise will not adversely affect the surrounding districts.
(2) Signs:
(a) Business; and
(b) Outdoor advertising including billboards. (1972 Code, §11-503, as amended by Ord. #252, Oct. 1997)