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GENERAL PROVISIONS
This ordinance, with its enacting clause, coincides with the proposed ordinance submitted by the Zoning Board hereto fore apoointed by the said Village of Colfax. Together with the proposed map, the following symbols represent the follow ing classifications:
It - represents single family dwellings
or multiple family dwellings.
M - represents residential mobile homes.
I - represents industrial.
B - represents business.
An ordinance; (1) dividing the Village of Colfax, Illinois, into districts; (2) regulating and restricting the location and use of buildings, structures; and land for trade, industry, residence, and other uses within these dis tricts; (3) regulating and restricting the intensity of such cases; (4) specifying minimum lot sizes, setbacks, side, rear, and front yards; (5) restricting building heights; (6) requiring approved water supply and sewage facilities; (7) requiring adequate off-street parking facilities; (8) providing regulations for new subdivision plats; (9) pro viding for the enforcement of and providing penalties for violations of the provisions hereof; and (10) providing for the amendment of such regulations and the boundaries of dis tricts pursuant to the powers and special powers vested in coroorate authorities.
To the end that adequate light, pure air, and safety from fire and other dangers may.be secured; that the taxable value of land throughout the municipality may be conserved; that congestion in public streets may be lessened or avoided; and that the public health, safety, comfort, morals, civic appearance, and welfare may otherwise be promoted.

Be it ordained by the President and Board of Trustees of the Village of Colfax, McLean County, Illinois, as follows:
CHAPTER ONE
DEFINITIONS
1.01 DEFINING OF TERMS. For the purpose of this ordinance, certain terms and words are hereby defined as follows:
(a) Words used in the present tense include the future.
(b) The singular number shall include the plural.
(c) The word "shall" is mandatory and not directory.
1.02 ALLEY. A public throughfare which affords only a secondary means of access to abutting property.
1.03 BASEMENT. A story having part, but not more than one-half (1/2), of its height below grade. A basement is counted as a story for the purpose of height regulations, if subdivided and used for business purposes other than by a janitor employed on the premises.
1.04 BOARDING HOUSE. A building, other than a hotel or restaurant, where meals are served for conpensation, or which is equipped to serve such meals by prior arrangement for definite periods for more than two people.
1.05 BUILDING. Any structure designed or intended for the supoort, enclosure, shelter, or orotection of per sons, animals, or property, When a structure is divided into separate parts by unpierced walls extending from the ground up, each part is deemed a Separate building.
1.06. BUILDING, HEIGHT OF. The vertical distance from the grade to the highest point of the coping of a flat roof, or to the deck line of a mansard roof, or to the mean height level between eaves and ridge for gable, hip and gambrel roofs.
1.07 BUILDING AREA. The building area is the maximum horizontal projected area of a building and its accessory building, excluding chimneys, open steps, balconies, but tresses, terraces, cornices, and other minor ornamental features projecting from the walls of the building.
1.08 BUSINESS. To engage in the purchase, sale, barter, or exchange of goods, wares, services, or merchandise; and the maintenance or operation of offices or recreational or anusement enterprises for profit.

Definitions 1.09
1.09 CELLAR. A story having more than one-half (1/2) of its height below grade. A cellar is not included in computing the number of stories for the purpose of height measurement.
1.10 DISTRICT. A section or sections of the Village of Colfax, in which zoning regulations are uniform.
1.11 DWELLING. Any building, or portion thereof, which is designed or used for residential purposes.
1.12 DWELLING, MULTIPLE. A building, or portion thereof, designed for or occupied by more than two families.
1.13 DWELLING, SINGLE FAMILY. A building designed for or occupied by one family.
1.14 DWELLING, TWO FAMILY.! A building designed for or occupied by: two families.
1.15 FAMILY. One or more individuals using common cooking facilities and living and eating together on the; same premises as a single housekeeping unit.
1.16 GARBAGE. An odorous, putrescible, or combustible waste material which must be disposed of in the public in terest.
1.17 GARAGE, PRIVATE. A building designed or used to house not more than three self-propelled vehicles; or, if located on the same lot as a dwelling designed for two or more families, then not more than six self-propelled vehicles and for storage only; provided, that not more than i three of such vehicles may be a commercial type vehicle.
1.18 GARAGE, PUBLIC. Any building, except private garages as defined, used for the storage or care of a self- propelled vehicle, or where any such vehicles are equipped for operation, are repaired, or kept for remuneration, hire, or sale.
- 1.19 GRADE. The average level of the ground surface adjacent to the exterior walls of the building.
1.20 HOTEL OR MOTEL. A building or buildings in which lodging is provided and offered to the public for compensation and which is open to transient or permanent guests in contradistinction to a boarding house or a lodging house.

1.21 IMPROVED SURFACE. An improved surface shall consist of not less than four inches of compacted, commercially prepared road gravel or crushed rock, or the equivalent.
1.22 LOT. Land, whether platted or not, occupied or to be occupied by one main building and its accessory buildings, together with such open spaces as are required under this ordinance and having frontage on a public street or a private street existing as of the date of this ordinance.
1.23 LOT, CORNER. A corner lot is situated at the junction of two or more streets. For zoning purposes, the frontage of a lot shall be the shortest street frontage of the lot.
1.24 LOT, INTERIOR. A lot other than a corner lot.
1.25 LOT LINES. The lines bounding a lot.
1.26 MOBILE HOME. A transportable structure, which is at least 40 feet in length, built on a chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when donnected to the required utilities.
1.27 MOBILE HOME LOT. A parcel of land for the place ment of a single mobile home and the exclusive use of its occupants.
1.28 MOBILE HOME PARK. A parcel of land which has been developed for the placement of four or more mobile homes and is owned by an individual, firm, trust, partnership, public or private association or corporation.
1.29 MOBILE HOME PARK SERVICE BUILDING. A structure housing toilet, lavatory, park manager's office, laundry facilities and other such facilities as may be permitted by this ordinance.
1.30 MOBILE ROME STAND. That part of a mobile home lot which has been reserved for the placement of one mobile home with accessory structures or additions.
1.31 NON-CONFORMING USE. A building or land occupied for a use or a purpose which does not conform to the use regulation of the district in which it is situated.
1.32 NURSING HOME. A home for invalids, persons who are ill or aged, and which is licensed by the State of Illinois to accept patients for a fee.
1.33 REFUSE. Any ashes, tin cans, sewage, scrap metal, or waste material of any kind, discarded and which must be disposed of in the public interest.

1.34 ROOMING HOUSE. A building where lodging only is provided for compensation for three or more persons but not more than 20 persons.
1.35 SIGNS. All signs or billboards displayed on a building or a separate structure, but not including the names of owners or business names and signs on the interior of windows.
1.36 STORY. That part of building, other than a cellar, included between one surface of any floor and the sur face of the floor next above it, or, if there be no floor above it, then the space between the floor and the ceiling next above it.
1.37 STORY, HALF. A space under a sloping roof which has the line of intersection of roof decking and wall face not more than three feet above the top:floor level and in which space not more than two-thirds (2/3) of the floor area is finished off for use. A half-story containing independent apartment or living quarters shall be counted as a full story.
1.38 STREET. A public throughfare are which affords the principal means of access to abutting property.
1.39 STRUCTURE. Anything constructed or erected, the use of which requires permanent location on the ground, or anything constructed or erected which is attached to some thing having a permanent location on the ground.
1.40 STRUCTURAL ALTERATIONS. Any change in the supporting members of a building, such as bearing walls or partitions, columns, beams, or girders, or any substantial change in the roof or in the exterior walls.
1.41 TOURIST CAMP. An area used for the accommodation of automobile transients, excluding motels.
1.42 TRAILER CAMP. An area containing facilities for and used to accomodate automobile trailer homes.
1.43 USED. The term "used" shall be deemed to include the words arranged, designed, or intended to be used.
1.44 YARD, FRONT. An occupied space extending across the full front of the lot and measured between the front line of the lot and the nearest line of any porch, paved terrace, or any building projected to the lot's side lines.

1.45 YARD, REAR. The open space on a lot having a main building and unoccupied, except for accessory build ings extending the full width of the lot, and lying between the rear lot line and the rear line of the main building projected to the lot's side lines.
1.46 YARD, SIDE. An open space on a lot with a main building unoccupied, except for accessory buildings situated between the side line of the main building and the adjacent side line of the lot, and extending from the projected rear line of the main building to the projected front line of the main building.
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