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.

The following are requirements that will be applicable to most sites within the city.
 
Sidewalk Construction

All new, non-single-family developments within 1/2 mile of a sidewalk network in a residential zone or within 1/4 mile of a sidewalk network in a commercial zone, shall be required to construct a sidewalk along the frontage of the property.

Off-street Automobile Parking

Places of Religious Worship - 5 spaces for each 1,000 gross square feet. Available on-street parking immediately adjacent to the property may be counted towards the total required.
Multi-family Dwellings - 1 space for each dwelling unit, except assisted living facilities, 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.
Offices - 1 space for each 1,000 square feet of gross floor space
Fast food restaurants - 9 spaces for each 1,000 square feet of gross floor space.
Sit-down restaurants - 7 spaces for each 1,000 square feet of gross floor space.
Retail Businesses - 3 space for each 1,000 square feet of gross floor space.
Financial services - 3 spaces for each 1,000 square feet of gross floor space.
Bike racks - 1 bike rack capable of holding a minimum of 5 bicycles within 40 feet of the main public entrance.

Required off-street parking may be shared as determined by the Shared Parking Factor Table. Contact our staff for more information about this at 423-542-1503.

Land Use Table

Please review the Zoning Map to determine which zone the property is located in.

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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-2             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               7

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.