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Zoning: general Accessory uses all alone?

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Like every code I've worked with, ours doesn't allow accessory uses on a lot absent a primary use. In other words, you can't have a shed on a lot if there's no house on it. Unlike with most regulations, I can't come up with what we're protecting the public from with this rule. I'd like to tell the questioner "no, it's against the rules, and here's why...".
Any thoughts out there?
Thanks
 
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Use or Structure?

I'd differentiate between an accessory use and an accessory structure. Accessory uses are often discouraged because they are not appropriate at the scale of most primary uses but are OK as a sideline. For example, home occupations are different from office buildings and would be more of an accessory use. Ditto the factory shop at the manufacturer in the industrial zone.

As for accessory structures, that's a harder one. To be honest, if someone wanted to build a shed on a lot without a primary structure, I'd probably let them meet the accessory structure rules. But only for a small structure that would normally be subservient to a larger primary one.
 
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