Chapter 17.26
PC OR PLANNED COMMERCIAL DISTRICT*

Sections:

17.26.010    Generally.

17.26.020    Planning commission approval.

17.26.030    Permitted uses.

17.26.050    Conditional uses.

17.26.060    Height.

17.26.070    Site coverage.

17.26.080    Parking.

17.26.090    Landscaping.

17.26.100    Zoning permit—Application—Fee.

17.26.110    Zoning permit—Planning commission action.

17.26.120    Zoning permit—Appeal.

17.26.130    Zoning permit—Revocation.

17.26.140    Zoning permit—Effect.

*    Prior ordinance history: Ords. 77-10, 80-13, 82-14, 88-16, 90-1 and 94-3.

17.26.010 Generally.

The purpose of the PC district is to design and promote the orderly development of a business area as primarily a retail shopping and employment facility to serve present and future needs of coastal visitors and the residential community, with emphasis on preserving and expanding the characteristics of the area in which the commercial use is proposed. The regulations in this chapter shall apply in all PC districts and shall be subject to the provisions of Chapter 17.06. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.26.020 Planning commission approval.

A.    Prior to the establishment of any use or the construction of any building in a PC district the planning commission may adopt the proposed plan or any part thereof in such form as deemed advisable.

B.    The planning commission shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations with respect to the proposed plan to the city council; the city council may adopt the proposed plan or any part thereof in such form as said council may deem advisable.

C.    The adoption of a general development plan does not allow the establishment of any use, but shall be the general guide for the development of the PC district. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.26.030 Permitted uses.

Uses permitted in the PC district, subject to first securing a zoning permit in each case, shall be as follows:

A.    Retail stores and shops of light commercial character and conducted within a building, including appliance stores, banks, barbershops, beauty parlors, bookstores, cleaner or laundry agents, dress shops, drugstores, food stores, furniture shops, millinery shops, offices, radio sales, restaurants, shoe shops, studios and tailor shops, and other uses which are of similar character to those enumerated and which will not be detrimental or obnoxious to the neighborhood in which they are located;

B.    Hotels, clubs, lodges, churches, and public and quasi-public uses and buildings, public utility uses and buildings, service stations, drive-in banks, dancing academies, retail plant nurseries, drive-in restaurants, undertaking establishments, and other uses which are of similar character to those enumerated and which will not be detrimental or obnoxious to the neighborhood in which they are to be located;

C.    In the Coastal Zone the uses permitted shall be determined by the local coastal land use plan and a coastal development permit shall be required. Such uses shall include but not be limited to visitor-oriented retail and service uses, and accommodations and public access. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.26.050 Conditional uses.

The following conditional uses may be permitted when found by the planning commission and the city council to be, by reason of sensitive planning and attractive design, consistent with the purposes and objectives of the planned commercial zone; provided, however, that such uses will not be permitted within the Coastal Zone.

A.    Laboratories, research or development installations, specialized light manufacturing institutions, and administrative or executive offices related to such uses, when of a non-nuisance type;

B.    Residential uses, including transitional housing and supportive housing, not exceeding ten percent of total floor area of all uses in the district. (Ord. 2011-03 § 7, 2011: zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.26.060 Height.

Maximum allowable height in the PC district shall be thirty-five feet except in the Coastal Zone where the maximum height shall be thirty-five feet unless the structure is located in a coastal view corridor where a lesser maximum may be established in a coastal development permit. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.26.070 Site coverage.

A.    Maximum building site coverage by buildings or structures in the PC district shall be thirty percent of the gross area of the building site for all uses specified under Section 17.26.030 except in the Coastal Zone where the maximum building site coverage shall be twenty-five or a lesser percentage may be established to comply with the provision of the local coastal program. In the Coastal Zone east of Highway 1 specific building site coverage shall comply with land use plan provisions.

B.    Maximum building site coverage by buildings or structures in the PC district shall be thirty-five percent of the gross area of the site for all uses specified under Section 17.26.050. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.26.080 Parking.

For parking requirements in the PC district, see Chapter 17.44. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.26.090 Landscaping.

Landscaping required in the PC district shall be as follows: landscaping plans showing a minimum of ten percent of the gross area of the building site shall be submitted for approval of the planning director. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.26.100 Zoning permit—Application—Fee.

Application fees for a zoning permit in the PC district shall be as follows:

A.    An application for a zoning permit in a PC district shall be submitted to the planning commission accompanied by drawings showing the size and dimensions of the property of the applicant; the location and dimensions of proposed buildings and signs; distances to front, side and rear property lines from the buildings; elevations of the buildings, proposed parking layout and location, landscaping plans, and the location of buildings on adjacent property, within one hundred feet of the property of the applicant.

B.    The fee for a zoning permit shall be established by resolution of the city council from time to time hereinafter enacted. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.26.110 Zoning permit—Planning commission action.

A.    The planning commission shall consider such application to determine its conformity to the general development plan adopted for the PC district in which the applicant’s property is located. The planning commission may require such changes in the proposed use and plans of proposed buildings, structures and other improvements as they may deem necessary to insure conformity to the general development plan and to secure the purposes of this section. In the Coastal Zone, the planning commission shall find that the application conforms to the local coastal land use plan.

B.    The planning commission may designate such conditions in the zoning permit as they deem necessary to secure the purposes of this section. Such conditions may include, but are not limited to, architectural and site approval, time limitations, street dedications, and street and drainage improvement. The planning commission may require such bonds and other guarantees as deemed necessary to insure compliance with conditions of the zoning permit. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.26.120 Zoning permit—Appeal.

A.    An appeal may be taken by the applicant to the city council from the decision of the planning commission. The appeal shall be in writing and must be filed with the city clerk within ten days after written notice of the decision has been mailed to the applicant. The appeal shall set forth the grounds for the appeal and shall describe any asserted error or abuse of discretion.

B.    Upon receipt of the notice of appeal, the city council shall set a date for public hearing thereon. After the hearing, the city council may reverse, affirm or may modify, in whole or in part, the decision appealed from. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.26.130 Zoning permit—Revocation.

A.    Where the conditions of the granting of a zoning permit have not been or are not being complied with, the planning commission may, following a hearing thereon, revoke or modify such zoning permit. Ten days written notice of such hearing shall be given to the permittee prior to the hearing.

B.    Appeals from such revocation or modification may be taken in the same manner as provided in Section 17.26.120. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.26.140 Zoning permit—Effect.

A.    No building permit shall be issued, nor any use conducted, other than in accordance with the conditions and terms of the zoning permit granted or after granting of such zoning permit by the city council in the event of appeal.

B.    All zoning permits issued by the planning commission shall be valid until the date of expiration stated on the permit. If no date of expiration is stated, unless otherwise specified by the planning commission all such permits shall expire one year from the date of granting said permit unless construction on, or use of, the subject property, pursuant to the zoning permit, has started within this period. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)