§ 147.13.2.11.5 - Commercial Golf Facilities.

§ 147.13.2.11.5 - Commercial Golf Facilities.

A special exception may be granted for traditionally full-sized golf courses and those accessory uses traditionally associated with this primary use, such as a clubhouse with a lounge and restaurant facility, professional shop, golf practice range, tennis courts and swimming pools but not to include miniature golf, provided that:

  • 147.13.2.11.5.1 The specific site is an appropriate location for such use, not only in context with the land to be dedicated to such use but in context with the surrounding land uses as well. The applicant shall dedicate a specific parcel(s) to the proposed facility, which shall not be used for residential density. In order to determine this, the following criteria shall be evaluated:
    • 147.13.2.11.5.1.1 PROPERTY VALUES. The applicant shall present information by a certified appraiser indicating that there will be no negative impact on abutting properties as a result of the proposed special exception;
    • 147.13.2.11.5.1.2 TRAFFIC. No traffic hazard will be created and traffic access will not alter the character of the neighborhood. The main access point shall be from an arterial or collector and not from neighborhood streets. The Zoning Board of Adjustment may consider the comments of the town Planner in evaluating the traffic study. A traffic study shall be completed that shows the impact of the proposed development in its entirety on the nearest signalized intersection(s). For intersections that are of an overall level of service (herein "LOS") C or better, the LOS at the nearest signalized intersection(s) shall not fall below LOS C during the a.m. and p.m. peak hours as a result of the development. If LOS C cannot be maintained, the applicant shall make such changes that are necessary to bring the intersection to LOC C, provided that such improvements are acceptable to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The applicant may choose to reduce the development so as to produce an acceptable LOS. If the LOS is already below C (D, E or F), the project shall only be approved if the LOS is brought up to D. The applicant may choose to reduce the development so as to produce an acceptable LOS;
    • 147.13.2.11.5.1.3 NUISANCE/HAZARDS. The Zoning Board of Adjustment shall review the operation of the development, including noise, odors and any hazards associated with the use and location. If the Zoning Board of Adjustment determines that any hazards or nuisances cannot be overcome and are not customarily found in a residential neighborhood, the proposed use shall be denied;
    • 147.13.2.11.5.1.4 ADEQUACY OF PRIVATE/MUNICIPAL FACILITIES. The Zoning Board of Adjustment shall review the proposed facilities, including drainage, sewer/septic, water, electric and other utilities to ensure adequate provisions to meet the needs of the proposed development. They may consider the opinion of the Town Engineer in making this determination;
    • 147.13.2.11.5.1.5 DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE. The design and architecture of the proposed structure shall be reviewed by the Zoning Board of Adjustment to determine its compatibility with abutting residential structures. The scale, height, color and detail shall be similar to and/or aesthetically compatible with residential structures;
    • 147.13.2.11.5.1.6 LIGHTING. The lighting plan shall be submitted to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for approval. No direct glare shall be permitted. Parking areas and walkways may be illuminated by luminaries so hooded or shielded to not extend significantly beyond the parking and walkway areas;
    • 147.13.2.11.5.1.7 HOURS OF OPERATION. Hours of operation will be appropriate so as to not interfere with the abutting residential neighborhood by means of excess traffic in off-peak hours, unscreened lighting that disturbs residential uses and other factors that make the facility different from a residential neighborhood, and
    • 147.13.2.11.5.1.8 BUFFER. A perimeter buffer area adjacent to all abutting properties shall be left undistributed if wooded and, if open, shall be planted with dense evergreen plantings. It shall be one hundred (100) feet in depth at a minimum unless a greater buffer is required by the Zoning Board of Adjustment due to the intensity of the use and interference with adjacent properties.
    • 147.13.2.11.5.1.9 SITE PLAN A Site Plan approval by the Planning Board is also required.
Commercial Golf Facilities.

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147.13.2.11.5