Chapter 17.78


17.78.010    Purpose And Applicability

17.78.020    Permit Requirements

17.78.030    Development Standards

17.78.010 Purpose And Applicability:

The purpose of this chapter is toregulate drive-in/drive-through facilities with development standards to ensure that the design and operation of such uses effectively mitigate associated problems with traffic, congestion, excessive pavement, litter, and noise. (Ord. 473 §3, 2007)

17.78.020 Permit Requirements:

Drive-in and drive-through facilities are permitted in the retail business (C-R), highway commercial (C-H), and professional office (P-O) zoning districts with approval of a conditional use permit in conjunction with the required permits for the associated use or development. (Ord. 503 §3, 2014: Ord. 473 §3, 2007).

17.78.030 Development Standards:

The development standards in this section are intended to supplement the standards in the underlying zoning district for drive-in and drive-through uses. In the event of conflict between these standards and the underlying zoning district standards, the provisions of this section shall apply.

A.    Drive-Through Aisles: The minimum standards for drive-through aisles are as follows:

1.    Drive-through aisles shall have a minimum ten foot (10') interior radius at curves and a minimum twelve foot (12') width.

2.    Drive-up windows and remote tellers shall provide at least one hundred eighty feet (180') of stacking space for each facility, as measured from the service window or unit to the entry point into the drive-up lane. Nonfood and/or nonbeverage businesses may reduce the stacking space to a minimum of sixty feet (60').

3.    Each drive-through entrance/exit shall be at least fifty feet (50') from an intersection of public rights of way, measured at the closest intersecting curbs, and at least twenty five feet (25') from the curb cut on an adjacent property. Exceptions may be granted by the designated approving authority when drive-though pullout spaces are provided.

4.    Each entrance to an aisle and the direction of traffic flow shall be clearly designated by signs and pavement markings.

5.    Each drive-through aisle shall be separated from the circulation routes necessary for ingress or egress from the property, or access to a parking space.

6.    Drive-through aisles shall be located a minimum of three hundred feet (300') from a residential zone and one thousand feet (1,000') from a rural residential general plan designation.

B.    Landscaping Of The Drive-Through Aisle: Landscaping shall be provided as described below:

1.    A five foot (5') wide planter between the drivethrough aisle and the parking area that includes shade trees consistent with those used in the parking area. (See chapter 17.54, "Landscaping", of this title.)

2.    A minimum three foot (3'), maximum four foot (4'), tall planter with low shrubs that screens the drivethrough aisles from the abutting public right of way shall be used to minimize the visual impact of reader board signs and directional signs. At no time shall this landscape barrier be pruned in a manner that allows the vehicle headlights from the drive-through lane to be visible from abutting street rights of way. Plantings should also be designed to discourage potential safety issues (i.e., persons lying in wait).

C.    Pedestrian Access And Crossings: Pedestrian access shall be provided from each abutting street to the primary entrance with a continuous four foot (4') wide sidewalk or delineated walkway. Pedestrian walkways should not intersect the drive-through drive aisles, but where they do the walkways shall have clear visibility and shall be delineated by textured and colored paving.

D.    Hours Of Operation: When located on a site within one hundred feet (100') of any residential property (measured from the nearest property lines), hours of operation for the drive-up/drive-through service shall be limited from seven o’clock (7:00) A.M. to ten o’clock (10:00) P.M. daily. If the use is located at a distance greater than one hundred feet (100') from a residential property then the hours of operation may be longer.

E.    Signs: Signs shall be permitted in accordance with provisions of chapter 17.62, "Signs", of this title. Double drive-through aisles shall be restricted to one menu/order board sign.

F.    Parking: The provision of drive-through service facilities shall not justify a reduction in the number of required off street parking spaces for the accompanying use.

G.    Noise: Any drive-up or drive-through speaker system shall emit no more than fifty (50) decibels and at no time shall any speaker system be audible above daytime ambient noise levels beyond the property lines of the site. The system shall be designed to compensate for ambient noise levels in the immediate area and shall not be located within thirty feet (30') of any residential property (measured at the nearest residential property line). (Ord. 473 §3, 2007)