City of Hampton, Virginia
Ordinance - Zoning Text
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, VA 23669
Enactment Number: Z14-17
Ordinance to amend and re-enact
Chapter 10.1 of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Hampton, Virginia entitled
RT DistrictResidential Transition District by amending section 10.1-2 - Uses
permitted; section 10.1-3 - Limitations on permitted uses; section 10.1-5 -
Building size; section 10.1-6 - Lot width; section 10.1-8 - Accessory
structures; and section 10.1-9 - Development standards.
Whereas, the public necessity, convenience, general welfare
and good zoning practice so require;
BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the City of Hampton, Virginia that
chapter 10.1 of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Hampton, Virginia, be
amended and re-enacted as follows:
CHAPTER 10.1 -
RT DISTRICTRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION DISTRICT
Sec. 10.1-01. -
Overall intent of Residential Transition Districts.
It is the intent
of this chapter to establish reasonable standards that permit and control
development along corridors of the city identified in the city's comprehensive
plan as appropriate for residential transition uses. The plan recognizes the
need to implement a new land use designation that provides a transition between
major thoroughfares and adjacent low density residential areas. This land use
category would allow the properties along these corridors to develop, or
redevelop, in a manner that best utilizes their frontage and access without
detrimental impacts on surrounding residential development. This chapter
recognizes that this transition may be accomplished differently, depending upon
the corridor affected and the desires and needs of the surrounding community,
and therefore allows for separate Residential Transition Districts, should they
ARTICLE I. -
RT-1 DISTRICTTODDS LANE AND BIG BETHEL ROAD
Sec. 10.1-1. -
RT-1 is intended
to accomplish four (4) specific objectives identified in the Todds Lane/Big
Bethel Road Corridors Study:
(1) To create a district that serves as a
buffer between single-family residential districts and major arterial streets;
(2) To create a district that allows only uses
compatible with single-family development, recognizing that these uses may be
interspersed with residential development along the corridors;
(3) To create a district that allows
non-residential development, but which requires that development to maintain
the existing residential scale along the corridors; and
(4) To create a district that will not
significantly increase traffic along the corridors, by allowing only those uses
that generate no more than two and one-half (2) times the total average daily
traffic trips generated by single-family development, or eighty-eight (88)
trips per acre.
The intent of the
RT-1 District is to allow conversion of existing buildings or new construction
in a manner that maintains the visual character and architectural scale of
existing development within the area. It is also the intent of the RT-1
District to minimize visual and functional conflicts between residential and
Sec. 10.1-2. -
Uses permitted; RT-1 District.
Uses shall be
permitted as set forth in Chapter 2 - Uses Permitted.
Sec. 10.1-3. -
Sec. 10.1-4. -
Height regulations; RT-1 District.
Buildings shall be
permitted up to a height of thirty-five (35) feet; however the height limit for
any building may be increased to forty-five (45) feet when side yards of at
least twenty-five (25) feet are provided.
Sec. 10.1-5. -
Sec. 10.1-6. - Lot width; RT-1 District.
All newly created
lots in the RT-1 District shall have a minimum frontage of one hundred
twenty-five (125) feet. A structure may be placed on an existing substandard
lot under the provisions set forth in section 1-22 hereof.
Sec. 10.1-7. -
Setback regulations; RT-1 District.
referenced in this section, shall include buildings, parking areas, and other
site construction, but shall not include walls, fences or signs. With the
exception of existing improvements, any improvements necessary for ingress and
egress to the property, and any accessory structures, all improvements shall be
located outside these setbacks:
(1) The front setback shall be at least thirty
(30) feet from the front property line; however lots within the RT-1 District
recorded prior to (date of adoption of this ordinance) shall have a front
setback equal to the average existing front yard on the block. The minimum
requirement shall be thirty (30) feet; the maximum requirement shall be sixty
(2) The rear building setback shall be at least
thirty-five (35) feet from the rear property line; however, all other
improvements shall be set back at least thirty (30) feet from the rear property
(3) The total of the two side setbacks shall
equal at least twenty-five (25) percent of the lot width; however, if that
total equals or exceeds fifty (50), no more than fifty (50) feet shall be
(a) If the total required side setback is less
than fifty (50) feet:
(i) The minimum setback shall be ten (10)
feet from any joint property line; and
(ii) The minimum setback shall be fifteen (15)
feet from any existing or proposed public right-of-way.
(b) If the total required side setback equals
fifty (50) feet, the minimum setback from any joint property line or existing
or proposed public right-of-way shall be twenty-five (25) feet.
Sec. 10.1-8. -
Accessory structures; RT-1 District.
(1) Accessory structures shall be permitted in
the rear yards only.
(2) Accessory structures shall be permitted
within five (5) feet of any rear or side property line.
(3) Accessory structures shall be permitted up
to one thousand (1,000) square feet in total floor area, and may cover up to
twenty (20) percent of the rear yard.
(4) Height of accessory buildings shall be
governed by section
Sec. 10.1-9. -
Development standards; RT-1 District.
It is the intent
of this section to ensure that the introduction of non-residential uses takes
place without negatively impacting existing residential uses. Site development
standards are intended to embody the qualities of single-family residential
design and construction in terms of open space, lawns and plantings, light and
air, convenience and privacy of nearby structures, and other amenities of
(1) Architectural standards:
(a) Only gable and hip-style roofs shall be
(b) Roof pitch shall be a minimum of 1:3,
horizontal to vertical, with a maximum of 1:1.
(c) Roofs shall be designed with at least one
(1) change or break in plane within every 60-foot segment. Vertical roof
changes, porch roofs and dormers are examples of acceptable plane changes.
(d) Roof materials shall be those typical in
residential construction. Existing buildings undergoing expansion shall use
materials similar in color, size and texture to the existing roof materials.
Standing seam metal roofs shall not be permitted unless required due to the
expansion of an existing roof.
(e) Building materials to be used for exterior
finishes shall be those typical in residential construction. Concrete masonry
units, precast concrete panels, vertical ribbed metal exteriors or highly
reflective materials shall not be permitted unless required due to the
expansion of an existing building. Existing buildings undergoing expansion
shall use materials similar in color, size and texture to the existing building
(f) Windows shall cover between 10% and 50%
of any exterior wall fronting on an existing or proposed public right-of-way.
Existing buildings undergoing expansion shall preserve the existing portion of
exterior wall and glazing on any new walls that front on an existing or
proposed public right-of- way.
(2) Green area and landscape plan:
(a) At least 20% of the total lot area shall be
maintained as green area. Compliance with this subsection and the setback
requirements in section 10.1-7 herein shall substitute for the green area
requirements in chapter 1 of the city zoning ordinance.
(b) A landscape plan complying with the City
of Hampton Landscape Guidelines shall be submitted to the director of the
department of community development or his designee for review and approval
prior to the issuance of a zoning permit.
(3) All development proposals in the RT-1
District shall be accompanied by evidence
to the planning director that traffic generated by the use does not
exceed the prescribed limit of eighty-eight (88) trips per day, per acre.
(4) All uses permitted in the RT-1 District
shall be permitted up to a maximum building size of five thousand (5,000)
square feet of floor area per acre, except that religious facilities, funeral
homes, hospitals, sanitariums, convalescent or nursing homes, or adult care
residences shall be permitted up to a maximum building size of twelve thousand
(12,000) square feet of floor area per acre.
(5) In order to maintain a residential scale of
development, at least forty (40) percent of the total square footage of any
building shall be on the ground floor.
(6) The floor area of accessory structures, as
permitted herein, shall not count toward the maximum floor areas in (4) above.
Sec. 10.1-10. -
Off-street parking; RT-1 District.
Uses permitted in
the RT-1 District shall provide garage or vehicle parking space as required in
chapter 19 hereof.
the regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Hampton, Virginia held
on January 8, 2014.
Signed by ____________________________ Date
George E. Wallace, Mayor
Attested by ____________________________ Date _________________
Katherine K. Glass, CMC
Clerk of the Council