Zoning Ordinance

Purpose of the Zoning Ordinance

  1. Promoting and protecting the public health, safety and general welfare;
  2. Protecting the traditional character and stability of the residential, commercial and industrial areas, and promoting the orderly and beneficial development of such areas; 
  3. Preventing the overcrowding of land and undue concentration of population by regulating the intensity of use of land and the area of open spaces surrounding buildings and structures necessary to provide adequate light, air, and privacy to protect the public health;
  4. Lessening and avoiding congestion on public highways and streets;
  5. Providing for the needs of residents, commerce, and industry in future growth to conform with the most advantageous uses of land, resources, and properties, with reasonable consideration of other things;
  6. Encouraging the most appropriate use of lands in accordance with their character and adaptability, and prohibiting uses which are incompatible with the character of development permitted within the specified zoning district; the general and appropriate trend and character of land, building, and population development as studied and recommended by the Planning Commission and the City of Dexter;
  7. Conserving the taxable value of land and structures;
  8. Conserving the expenditure of funds for public improvements and services;
  9. Protecting against fire, explosion, noxious fumes, and odors, heat, dust, smoke, noise, vibration, radioactivity, and other nuisances and hazards in the interest of the people;
  10. Regulate the completion, restoration, reconstruction, extension or substitution of nonconforming uses.
  11. Encourage use of the land and natural resources in accordance with their character and capacity, thus preserving the sensitive and important environmental features in the City such as wetlands, rivers, topography, open space, mature vegetation and wildlife habitat. The ordinance acknowledges the importance of these features for the long term economic climate of all uses in the City and the overall quality of life for City residents.

Zoning Map

Zoning Map

Zoning Ordinance

Title Page
Table of Contents
Article 01:  Enacting Clause, Title, Purposes
Article 02:  Definitions
Article 03:  General Provisions
Article 04:  Nonconformities
Article 05:  Parking and Loading
Article 06:  Landscaping Standards
Article 07:  Signs
Article 08:  Special Land Use
Article 09:  Establishment of Zoning Districts and Map
Article 10:  R-1A, R-1B One Family Residential District
Article 11:  VR Village Residential District
Article 12:  R-3 Multiple-Family Residential District
Article 13:  MHP Mobile Home Park Residential District
Article 14:  C-1 General Business District
Article 14A:  PB Professional Business District
Article 15:  VC Village Commercial District
Article 15A:  CBD Central Business District
Article 15B:  ARC Dexter Ann-Arbor Road Corridor Overlay District
Article 15C:  HOD Heritage Overlay District
Article 15D:  Baker Road Corridor Overlay District
Article 16:  I-1 Limited Industrial District
Article 17:  R-D Research and Development District
Article 18:  PP Public Park
Article 19:  PUD Planning and Development Regulations for Planned Unit Development Districts
Article 20:  Schedule of Regulations
Article 21:  Site Plan Review and Approval
Article 22:  Administration and Enforcement
Article 23:  Ordinance Amendments
Article 24:  Zoning Board of Appeals
Article 25:  Severability, Repeal, Effective Date, Adoption