(a)  For purposes of the Junkyard Control Act, unzoned industrial area shall mean the land occupied by the regularly used building, parking lot, storage or processing area of an industrial activity, and that land within 1,000 feet thereof which is:

(1)           located on the same side of the highway as the principal part of said activity; and

(2)           not predominantly used for residential or commercial purposes; and

(3)           not zoned by state or local law, regulation or ordinance.

(b)  "Industrial activities," for purposes of this definition, shall mean those permitted only in industrial zones, or in less restrictive zones by the nearest zoning authority within the state, or prohibited by said authority but generally recognized as industrial by other zoning authorities within the state, except that none of the following shall be considered industrial activities:

(1)           outdoor advertising structures;

(2)           agricultural activities including ranching, farming, grazing and such necessarily related activities as are generally carried on by a farmer on his own premises, including, but not limited to, wayside fresh produce stands;

(3)           forestry activities which include growing of timber, thinning, felling and logging of timber or pulpwood;

(4)           transient or temporary activities;

(5)           activities not visible from the traffic lanes of the main‑traveled way;

(6)           activities more than 1,000 feet from the nearest edge of the right of way;

(7)           activities conducted in a building principally used as a residence;

(8)           railroad tracts other than yards, minor sidings, and passenger depots;

(9)           junkyards, as defined in Section 136, Title 23, United States Code.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑151;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. December 1, 1993.