Chapter 11.03 : Establishment of Districts
11.03.010 Official Zoning Map
11.03.030 Replacement of Official Zoning Maps
11.03.040 Interpretations of Boundaries
11.03.050 Interpretations of Uses
11.03.010 Official Zoning Map. The City and its extraterritorial limits surrounding the city is hereby divided into zones or districts, as shown on the Official Zoning Maps, which together with all explanatory matter thereon, is hereby adopted by reference and declared to be a part of this chapter.
For the purpose of this chapter, the City is hereby divided and classified into the following use districts.
11.03.020 Certificate. The Official Maps shall be available in the City Office and shall bear a certificate with the signature of the Mayor, attested by the City Clerk, and the date of adoption of this title.
The certificate should read as follows: "This is to certify that this is an Official Zoning Map referred to in Section 11.03.020 of the Official Code of the City of Belgrade, Montana."
Date of Adoption___________
If any changes to the map are made by amendment of this chapter in accordance with Chapter 11.30 hereof, such changes shall be made to the Official Zoning Map and signed, dated and certified upon the map or upon the material attached thereto.
Regardless of the existence of purported copies of the Official Zoning Maps which may from time to time be made or published, the Official Zoning Maps kept in the City Office shall be the final authority as to the current zoning status of land and water area, buildings and other structures in the City.
11.03.030 Replacement of Official Zoning Maps. In the event that the Official Zoning Maps become damaged, destroyed, or difficult to interpret because of the nature or number of changes and additions thereto, the City Council may adopt and certify new Official Zoning Maps. The new Official Zoning Maps may correct drafting or other errors or omissions in the prior map, but no such corrections shall have the effect of amending the original Official Zoning Maps or any subsequent amendment thereof.
The new Official Zoning Maps shall be identified by signature of the Mayor, attested by the City Clerk. The certificate should read as follows:
11.03.040 Interpretations of Boundaries. Where uncertainty exists as to the boundaries of districts as shown on the Official Zoning Map, the boundaries shall be interpreted as following the nearest logical line to that shown:
1). Boundaries indicated as approximately following the centerline of streets, highways, or alleys shall be construed to follow such centerline.
2). Boundaries indicated as approximately following platted lot lines shall be construed as following such lot lines;
3). Boundaries indicated as approximately following city limits shall be construed as following such city limits.
4). Boundaries indicated as approximately following railroad lines shall be construed as following such railroad lines;
5). Boundaries indicated as approximately following centerline of streams, rivers, canals, or ditches shall be construed as following such centerline.
6). Boundaries indicated as parallel to or extensions of features indicated on the Official Zoning Map shall be determined by the scale on the map.
7). Where physical or cultural features existing on the ground are at variance with those shown on the Official Zoning Map or where other circumstances or controversy arises over district boundaries, the City Council shall interpret the district boundary.
11.03.050 Interpretation of Uses. If questions arise concerning the appropriate classification of a particular use, or if the specific use is not listed, the City Council shall determine the appropriate classification for that use.
In interpreting use classification, the City Council shall determine:
1). That the use and its operation are compatible with the uses permitted in the district wherein the use is proposed to be located.
2). That the use is similar to one or more uses permitted in the district wherein it is proposed to be located.
3). That the use will not cause substantial injury to the values of property in the neighborhood or district wherein it is proposed to be located.
4). That neither the intent of the ordinance nor the intent of the district will be abrogated by such classification.