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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.
Land Use Table

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.