Chapter 17.40


17.40.010    Purpose

17.40.020    Characteristics Of The District

17.40.030    Allowed Uses And Permit Requirements

17.40.040    Development Standards

17.40.010 Purpose:

The open space zoning district is intended to preserve and enhance public and private open space, natural areas, public services, and improved park and recreational areas. The district is used to implement the general plan land use recreation and open space designation. (Ord. 473 §3, 2007)

17.40.020 Characteristics Of The District:

The following description of the district identifies the characteristic uses, intensity of uses, and level of development. Refer to the development regulations for specific standards applicable to the open space (0-5) zoning district.

A.    Open Space Land Use (0-5): Recreation facilities and passive open space contribute to the quality of life in a community, providing visual buffers, natural areas, traditional parks, hiking and biking trails, and other landscaped areas. Large scale projects must include landscaping and open space as part of the overall site plan. The responsibility and financial capability to develop, maintain, and manage open space areas in a sound manner must also be considered during site plan review. Open space can be integrated into a project as a parkway along arterials adjacent to the site or as a required agricultural buffer. These areas can provide buffering for adjacent uses and add aesthetic appeal to the development. Landscaped berms can be used to provide a more aesthetic setting for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. These "linear parkways" can also be designed to link neighborhood commercial centers, schools, recreation, and other public facilities with convenient access. Appropriate uses in this designation are open space, recreational areas, local and regional parks, trails, and ancillary commercial uses specifically related to adjoining recreational areas. The construction of privately owned residences, general commercial uses, or the subdivision of land for purposes of urban development is inconsistent with the open space district. (Ord. 473 §3, 2007)

17.40.030 Allowed Uses And Permit Requirements:

Section 17.26.040, table 17.26-1 of this title identifies allowed uses for the open space zoning district subject to compliance with chapter 17.26, "Allowable Land Uses", of this title and all other provisions of this title. (Ord. 473 §3, 2007)

17.40.040 Development Standards:

The development standards listed below are intended to assist property owners and project designers in understanding the city’s minimum requirements and expectations for the open space zoning district.

TABLE 17.40-1


Development Standard


Minimum lot area

No minimum



25 feet

Sides, interior lot

10 feet

Street side, corner lot

25 feet


25 feet

Height limit:

Primary structures

24 feet

Accessory structures

16 feet

Accessory structures

See chapter 17.46 of this title


See chapter 17.54 of this title

Resource efficiency

See chapter 17.55 of this title


See chapter 17.56 of this title


See chapter 17.58 of this title

Performance standards

See chapter 17.60 of this title


See chapter 17.62 of this title


1.    Since open space districts are typically not developed, the setbacks are guidance as to minimums allowed, but buildings that are proposed should be placed in a manner that serves the intent of the specific open space while paying attention to security and access issues.

(Ord. 473 §3, 2007)