Sec. 27-47.  Continuation of nonconforming use.


Subject to the provisions of this chapter, the lawful use of a building structure or premises existing at the time of the effective date of this chapter may continue although such use does not conform to the provisions hereof.  If no structural alterations are made, a nonconforming use may be changed to another nonconforming use of the same classification or a use permitted in a less intensive district.  For the purpose of this section, R-1" shall be the least intensive district and I-2" the most intensive district.


(1)       Whenever a nonconforming use has been changed to a use in a less intensive district or to a conforming use, such use shall not thereafter be changed to a use allowed in a more intensive district.


(2)       A nonconforming use not involving a building may be continued even though such use does not conform to the provisions hereof as long as the use is not enlarged in area, number or volume.


(3)       Buildings or structures containing nonconforming uses shall not be enlarged.


(4)       No structural alterations shall be allowed to buildings or structures containing nonconforming uses except those necessary to comply with state or local health, sanitary or safety code specifications which are solely necessary to insure safe living or operating conditions. 


Source:  Ord. No. 4603, 1, 9-16-02