ZONING

Zoning and Subdivisions

R-1 Residential – Low Density

Much of the land in the Virgin Islands is hilly or mountainous with steep slopes and a minimum amount of soil over a rocky subsurface. These areas are being used for residential purposes, with sewage disposal by means of septic tanks. The minimum lot area for such use should be one-half (1/2) acre, and even this minimum is questionable with respect to adequate disposal of sewage without surfacing of effluent to disturb one’s neighbor. Fortunately, there is no conflict with wells that supply drinking water. These zones should be carefully located in relation to subdivision regulations.

Use permitted
Land and water areas shall be used and buildings or structures shall be erected, altered, enlarged or used only for one or more of the uses indicated in the R-1 section of the TABLE OF PERMITTED USES, subject to such standards as may be referred to in that section and in the Special Requirements section of said Table and in the section on Required Conditions for Permitted Uses.

Permitted accessory uses
Customary accessory uses are permitted.

Required parking areas
Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with the provisions of section 230 of this subchapter.

Permitted density
Every zoning lot shall be occupied by not more than two (2) dwelling units.

Permitted lot occupancy
All principal residential structures shall occupy not more that a total of twenty-five(25) percent of the area of the zoning lot.

Required lot area
Every parcel of property to be utilized in the R-1 District shall have a minimum lot area of one-half (1/2) acre.

Lot width
every lot shall have a minimum lot width at the street line of one hundred (100) feet.

Front yard
Every structure in a R-1 District shall be set back a minimum distance of fifteen (15) feet from the front property line.

Side and rear yards
Every structure in a R-1 District shall provide minimum side and rear yards of not less that fifteen (15) feet from the property line.

Maximum height limit
No residential structure shall exceed a height of two (2) stories.

R-2 Residential – Low Density One and Two Family

Much of the so-called residential property in the Virgin Islands is presently zoned R-10, in theory requiring a minimum lot area of 10,000 square feet. Because that pattern has already been established, the R-2 Residential areas will maintain the same minimum lot requirements. Incongruous uses, such as business and industry, will not be permitted except that planned developments are allowed, provided the density pattern is retained.

Use permitted
Land and water areas shall be used and buildings or structures shall be erected, altered, enlarged or used only for one or more of the uses indicated in the R-2 section of the TABLE OF PERMITTED USES, subject to such standards as may be referred to in that section and in the Special Requirements section of said Table and in the section on Required Conditions for Permitted Uses.

Permitted accessory uses
Customary accessory uses are permitted.

Required parking areas
Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with the provisions of section 230 of this subchapter.

Permitted density
Every zoning lot shall be occupied by not more than two (2) dwelling units.

Permitted lot occupancy
All principal residential structures shall occupy not more that a total of thirty (30) percent of the area of the zoning lot.

Required lot area
Every parcel of property to be utilized for residential purposes in the R-2 District shall have a minimum lot area of ten thousand (10,000) square feet.

Lot width
Every lot shall have a minimum lot width at the street line of seventy-five (75) feet.

Front yard
Every structure in a R-2 District shall be set back a minimum distance of fifteen (15) feet from the front property line.

Side and rear yards
Every structure in a R-2 District shall provide minimum side and rear yards of not less that fifteen (15) feet from the property line.

Maximum height limit
No residential structure shall exceed a height of two (2) stories.

W-1 Waterfront Pleasure

The extensive waterfront of the Virgin Islands constitutes one of its most important assets. While a very limited amount of the waterfront is presently available for public beaches, it is anticipated that the public areas will be increased to meet the recreation needs of the people of the Islands and the visitors. Those areas which are available for recreation should be preserved and protected against intrusion of an industrial mature. A Waterfront – Pleasure zone is established for that purpose. Private residential areas abutting the waterfront should also be protected not only against commercial and industrial uses, but equally important, against pollution.

Use permitted
Land and water areas shall be used and buildings or structures shall be erected, altered, enlarged or used only for one or more of the uses indicated in the W-1 section of the TABLE OF PERMITTED USES, subject to such standards as may be referred to in that section and in the Special Requirements section of said Table and in the section on Required Conditions for Permitted Uses.

Permitted accessory uses
Customary accessory uses are permitted.

Required parking areas
Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with the provisions of section 230 of this subchapter.

Permitted density
Every zoning lot shall be occupied by not more than two (2) dwelling units.

Permitted lot occupancy
No building shall occupy more than forty (40) percent of the area of the zoning lot.

Required lot area
Every parcel of property to be utilized for residential purposes in the W-1 District shall have a minimum lot area of ten thousand (10,000) square feet.

Usable open space
In addition to the requirements set forth herein for Permitted Lot Occupancy and for Off-Street Parking, thirty (30) percent of the area of the zoning lot shall be reserved for Usable Open Space.

Lot width
Every lot shall have a minimum lot width of one hundred (100) feet.

Front yard
Every structure in a W-1 District shall be set back from the property line a minimum distance of twenty-five (25) feet.

Side yards
Every structure in a W-1 District shall be separated form any adjacent residential structure or property zoned for residential purposes by a minimum side yard on each side of the structured of not less than ten (10) feet.

Rear yard
Every structure in a W-1 District adjoining a residential structure or property zoned for residential purposes shall provide a minimum rear yard of at least twenty (20) feet.

Maximum height limit
No building shall exceed a height of three (3) stories.