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(Revised by Ord #368; Res 1507; Adopted 10/13/15; Eff 11/13/15)

A. District Intent:

To provide opportunities for regional, automobile-oriented, commercial business development.

District Purpose:

The Highway Commercial District is intended for establishments offering accommodations, supplies, or services, specialized automotive and related sales and service establishments, all of which serve persons coming to them from large trading areas. Such uses ordinarily do not seek sites in shopping centers and therefore must be provided at independent locations. The Highway Commercial district will be located along major thoroughfares.

B. Principal Permitted Uses (Revised by Ord #368; Res 1507; Adopted 10/13/15; Eff 11/13/15)

1. Amusement facilities

2. Artist Studios – art production on site is subject to the performance standards of the Commercial District

3. Assisted living facilities including convalescent homes, hospice care and retirement centers

4. Auto, trailer, boat, and farm implement display, sales and rental

5. Bed and Breakfast Country Inn

6. Commercial, trade or vocational schools

7. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) disbursement locations

8. Farmers Markets

9. Funeral Parlors without a crematorium

10. Hotels and motels a maximum of two stories in height

11. Manufacturing, production and assembly of boutique consumable products using sustainable practices that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources. Re-use or re-purposing of by-products is encouraged. All such activity shall be conducted within completely enclosed building. A portion of the products manufactured on site shall be sold at retail on the premises.

12. Medical Facilities, Licensed Inpatient and Outpatient

13. Museums

14. Park and Ride facilities

15. Parking lots

16. Personal service uses, including barber shops and beauty parlors, day spas dressmakers, tailors, tattoo parlors, and other personal service uses of a similar nature.

17. Professional and business offices, including clinics, banks and financial institutions and medical/dental offices

18. Public garages, including storage and repair, a maximum of two stories in height.

19. Religions institutions

20. Repair shops for household small appliances, bicycles, and personal items

21. Residential uses including single family and multi-family a maximum of two stories in height

22. Restaurants, taverns, bars and sidewalk cafes (Created 2/14/12 Resolution 13388-Ordinance 342; Effective 3/14/12)

23. Retail sales

24. Wholesale establishments and warehouses, including the packaging of consumable products for retail sales distribution. (Created by Ordinance #358 on 3/11/14; Effective 4/11/14)

C. Accessory Uses in the Highway Commercial District

Caretaker’s residence in conjunction with a permitted use

D. Conditional Uses [Use Permit Required]

(Revised by Ord #368; Res 1507; Adopted 10/13/15; Eff 11/13/15)

(Revised by Ord #384; Res 1543; Adopted 5/9/17; Eff 6/9/17)

1. Agriculture Tourism

2. Agritourism Enterprise

3. Campsites and recreational vehicle parks for stays of thirty (30) days or less

4. Car wash-automatic or self-service

5. Convenience stores/filling stations provided bulk storage of inflammable liquids is underground. No repair shop or vehicle storage shall be permitted except in conformance with the Zoning Code.

6. Croplands

7. Day Care Center (child or adult)

8. Dry cleaners

9. Halfway House with on-site staff (excluding treatment centers)

10. Laundry, self-service for individual use only

11. Outside display & sale of goods & merchandise for a limited period of time

12. Public Utilities

13. Storage facilities in accordance with Subsection 1: Performance Standards #3:Storage facilities

14. Any use not listed but determined by the Community Development Director to be similar in commercial character and use.

E. Development Standards for Highway Commercial

Maximum Building Height: 50 feet

Minimum Lot Size: 12,000 square feet

Minimum Lot Frontage: 100 feet

Minimum Lot Depth: 120 feet

Minimum Yard Setbacks: 20 feet

Front-30 feet or minimum standards required by state or federal highway departments if abutting said highways, whichever is greater


Rear-20 feet

F. Performance Standards for Highway Commercial.

1. Traffic and curbs - No development will be permitted which allows or encourages vehicular traffic to back into the highway right-of-way, or to otherwise unduly restrict or interrupt the normal flow of through traffic. Curbs shall be installed in front of each developed parcel.

2. Landscaping and paving - All open areas of an improved lot shall be maintained in a dust free condition by landscaping with trees, shrubs, or suitable ground cover, natural organic or inorganic material. Twenty [20] percent of the total lot area or a minimum fifteen [15] foot wide strip of land adjacent to the street right of way. All landscaping shall be developed in accordance with the Town of Clarkdale’s Landscape Ordinance (Chapter 9, Section 9-030).

3. Storage facilities - Outdoor storage shall be permitted only in rear yards or side yards when accessory to a permitted use. All areas used for storage shall be screened from public view by an opaque enclosure such as a masonry wall or solid fence. No materials or products shall be stacked or stored to exceed the height of the wall or fence.

4. Illumination - Illumination of buildings, parking areas and loading facilities shall be so arranged as to eliminate glare and light spill toward streets and adjoining properties and shall be in accordance with the Town of Clarkdale’s Outdoor Lighting Code. (Chapter 8).

5. Nuisances - No operation shall be conducted on any premises in such a manner as to cause an unreasonable amount of noise, odor, dust, smoke, vibration, or electrical interference detectable off the site. Any business in the Highway Commercial Zone must be operated in accordance with all state and federal environmental regulations.

6. Liquids and solid waste - No wastes shall be discharged in the streets, drainage ways or on private property. No waste shall be discharged in the public sewage system that endangers the normal operation of the public sewage system.

7. Outdoor displays and seating - All sales, displays and seating shall be conducted within an enclosed area, unless outdoor activities are previously approved by the Community Development Director.

8. Site plan review and design review - All development and redevelopment in the Highway Commercial Zone is subject to Site-Plan and Design Review per Chapter 11 of the Town of Clarkdale Zoning Code

9. Highway access - In any Highway Commercial areas which are immediately adjacent to any state or federal highway, the owner shall, upon use of said property, construct, at their own expense, any required improvements in accordance with state and federal regulations.

10. Odors – No emission of odorous gases or other odorous matter shall be permitted in such quantities as to be offensive or in such a manner as to create a nuisance or hazard at the lot lines.

G. The Sign Standards for Neighborhood Commercial are outlined in Chapter 7 of the Town of Clarkdale Zoning Code. (Prior code §  3-12)