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Site Development Requirements

The City of Elizabethton Planning Department strives to provide a simple and quick, but effective review process to ensure that the development of a site is compliant with all city codes and policies. Our policies allow us review and approve a site plan in as little as 21 days. Please review our Site Plan Review and Approval Policy for more information about what must be included in a site plan submission and a timeline of the review and approval process.

Submittal dates and meeting dates for 2017

The following are requirements that will be applicable to most sites within the city.
 
Sidewalk Construction
All new development with the exception of single family detached residential shall have sidewalks constructed and extend the length of the property frontage adjacent to the street.

Off-street Automobile Parking
Automobile repair garages - 1 space for each regular employee plus one space for each 250 square feet of floor space used for repair work.
Churches - 1 space for each 4 seats
Multi-family Dwellings - 1 space for each dwelling unit, except designated housing for the elderly, in which case 1 space for each 2 units.
Gas Stations - 2 spaces for each bay or similar facility plus on space for each employee.
Nursing homes - 1 space for each 2 staff or visiting doctors plus 1 space for each 2 employees and 1 space for each 4 beds, computed on the largest number of employees on duty at any period of time.
Medical Offices - 1 space for each 300 square feet of floor space
Other Offices - 1 space for each 400 square feet of floor space.
Restaurants - 1 space for each 4 employees, plus one space for each 100 square feet of floor space devoted to patron use.
Retail Businesses - 1 space for each 200 square feet of gross floor space.
Bike racks - A minimum of 1 bike rack capable of holding 5 bikes is encouraged, but not required for sites within 1/2 mile of the Tweetsie Trail or Riverfront Linear Path.

Land Use Table
Please review the Zoning Map to determine which zone the property is located in.
R
- Use by right; Rr - Use by right with restrictions; E - Use by special exception/approval
Type of Use Zone
R-1 R-1A R-2 R-3 M-R B-1 B-2 B-3 B-4 M-1 M-2
Customary general farming R R R R   R R   R    
Single family dwellings R R R R R R R   R    
Two family dwellings      R R R  R R Rr R    
Multiple family dwellings     R R   R R Rr R    
Home Occupations R R R R   R R   R    
Mobile home parks       Rr              
Mobile home subdivisions       Rr              
Boarding houses     R R              
Accessory apartments     Rr Rr   Rr Rr   Rr    
Nursing homes     Rr Rr R Rr Rr   Rr    
Convalescent homes         R            
Day care homes Rr Rr Rr Rr         Rr    
Public owned buildings Rr Rr Rr Rr E Rr R Rr R R R
Public and private schools Rr Rr Rr Rr   Rr Rr   Rr Rr Rr
Non-profit fraternal organizations and clubs     Rr Rr   Rr R R R R R
Churches Rr Rr Rr Rr   Rr Rr   Rr Rr Rr
Hospitals         R            
Parking lots         R     R R    
Parking garages               R R    
Doctors offices     Rr Rr R Rr R R R R R
Lawyers offices     Rr Rr R Rr R R R R R
Dentists offices     Rr Rr R Rr R R R R R
Architects offices     Rr Rr R Rr R R R R R
Real estate agencies     Rr Rr R Rr R R R R R
Insurance agencies     Rr Rr R Rr R R R R R
Medical and dental clinics         R            
Clinical laboratories         R            
Medical offices         R   R R R R R
Professional offices         R   R R R R R
Business offices         R   R R R R R
Drug stores         R R R     R R
Funeral homes     Rr Rr   Rr R   Rr R R
Bed and breakfast homes     R R              
Banks and lending institutions         R R R     R R
Retail stores and shops         R     R R    
Book shops         R     R R    
Card shops         R     R R    
Florists         R     R R    
Gift shops         R     R R    
Shopping center           R R     R R
Grocery stores           R R     R R
Hardware stores           R R     R R
Shoe repair shops           R R     R R
Barber and beauty shops           R R     R R
Laundromats           R R     R R
Laundry pick-up stations           R R     R R
Restaurants           R R R R R R
Gasoline service stations           Rr Rr    Rr Rr Rr
Hotels and motels             R R R R R
Auto and mobile home sales             R     R R
Places of amusement and assembly             R R R R R
Travel trailer parks             R     R R
Lodges and clubs             R R R R R
Self service storage facilities             Rr     Rr Rr
Personal service               R R    
Business services               R R    
Professional services               R R    
Dramatic and musical theaters               R R    
Bakery                   R R
Bottling works                   R R
Building materials yards                   R R
Cabinet making carpenters' shop                   R R
Clothing manufacture                   R R
Contractor's yard                   R R
Dairy                   R R
Electrical welding                   R R
Feed or fuel yards                   R R
Fruit canning or packing                   R R
Ice plant                   R R
Laundry                   R R
Machine shop                   R R
Milk distribution station                   R R
Optical goods                   R R
Paper boxes and pencil manufacturer                   R R
Printing                   R R
Publication shops                   R R
Engraving shops                   R R
Tinsmith shop                   R R
Trucking terminal                   R R
Warehouses                   R R
Adult oriented establishments                     Rr
Other industries                   E E

Setback, Area, and Height Requirements
Zone Min. Lot Size Setbacks
Max. Height
Area (sq ft) Add. Units Front Side Rear Stories Feet
R-1          10,000  --         30        10        25            3               35
R-1A             5,000  --         30          6        25            3               35
R-1             7,500           5,000        30          6        25            3               35
R-3             5,000           2,500        25          6        20            4               50
M-R - Res.             7,500           5,000        30          8        30            2               35
M-R - Other             7,500  --         25        10        20            4               50
B-1             5,000  --         30        10        25            3               35
B-2             5,000  --         35        10        25            3               35
B-3             5,000  --   0-5   0         10            6               75
B-4             5,000  --         25        15        20            6               75
M-1             5,000  --         25        10        20            6               75
M-2             5,000  --         40        10        25            6               75

Signs
Please review the Sign Regulations.

Landscaping
Buffer Zones - These are required when two different land uses adjoin one another such as commercial adjoining residential.
Parking Lot - 1 shade tree or 2 ornamental trees and at least 2 shrubs per required tree is required for every 10 parking spaces. The majority of each parking space shall be no greater than 75 feet from the truck of a required parking lot tree and no more than 125 feet from 2 or more parking lot trees.
Frontage - Within a 10 foot strip bordering a public right-of-way, 1 shade tree or 2 ornamental trees is required for every 50 feet of public street frontage. Trees may be clustered or spaced in any manner desirable.
Installation - Required trees shall have a minimum height of 6 feet when planted and a trunk diameter of at least 2 inches, as measured at 6 inches above the ground.

Stormwater
For information about Stormwater requirements, please visit our Stormwater Quality Program page.