Newport, RI Open Space District

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Newport, RI, US

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Type: Municipal Code

Status: Last updated in 2000

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17.69.010. Legislative intent.
The open space district is an area designed to provide for the preservation and enhancement of open spaces in the city and to foster environmental conservation activities. It is realized that open spaces contribute greatly to improving the quality of life, enhancing property values and promoting general well-being among the city's residents. The comprehensive land use plan explicitly states the need for conservation of existing open spaces through the zoning code. It is the intent of this district to provide for conserving existing open spaces and to acquire additional suitable lands as identified in the comprehensive plan for inclusion in this district. (Ord. 2000-4 (part), 2000: Ord. 97-50A § 2 (part), 1997)

17.69.020. Use regulations.

A. The following uses are permitted by right:

1. Conservation lands;
2. Bird sanctuaries;
3. Wildlife preserves;
4. Open spaces;
5. Parks;
6. Historic resource preservation;
7. Municipal and public service corporation buildings and facilities; community water supply reservoirs; community well houses; water towers; water and sewage treatment facilities, water and sewage pumping stations;
8. Accessory uses with respect to the foregoing.

b. The following uses require a special use permit from the zoning board of review:

1. Playgrounds;
2. Playing fields;
3. Trails for walking or biking.

(Ord. 2000-4 (part), 2000: Ord. 97-50A § 2 (part), 1997)

17.69.030. Dimension requirements.

A. The minimum lot area shall be ten thousand (10,000) square feet.

B. There shall be no minimum lot width requirement for this district.
(Ord. 2000-4 (part), 2000: Ord. 97-50A § 2 (part), 1997)

17.69.040. Setback requirements.

A. Front line, eighty (80) feet;

B. Side line, eighty (80) feet;

C. Rear line, eighty (80) feet.
(Ord. 2000-4 (part), 2000: Ord. 97-50A § 2 (part), 1997)

17.69.050. Lot coverage requirements.
The maximum portion of a lot to be covered by a permanent structure shall not exceed three percent. The lot coverage requirement for this district shall include all impervious paved surfaces such as trails and parking lots.
(Ord. 2000-4 (part), 2000: Ord. 97-50A § 2 (part), 1997)

17.69.060. Building height requirements.
No portion of any structure shall exceed twenty-five (25) feet in height, except as otherwise provided in Section 17.04.050.
(Ord. 2000-4 (part), 2000: Ord. 97-50A § 2 (part), 1997)