Chapter 17.71
PUBLIC FACILITIES (ZONE PF)

17.71.010 Intent and Purpose

The Public Facilities (PF) Zone is intended to provide for the continued use and the future development of public and quasi-public uses, including but not limited to schools, government administrative facilities, police and fire stations, libraries, park and recreational uses, community facilities and public open space areas. Due to the broad service function of this district and the difficulty of planning all public uses in advance, the PF zone may be designated throughout the planning area, provided the use does not conflict with other established uses and conforms to the General Plan.

17.71.020 Locational Criteria

A.    The PF zone designation is appropriately located based upon the following criteria:

B.    The area is occupied, or will be occupied, by public or quasi-public uses or facilities.

C.    The area can physically accommodate the proposed use and adequate infrastructure is or will be available to support the intended use.

D.    The location shall be consistent with either the PF (Public Facilities) land use designation or OS (Open Space) designation on the General Plan land use map, and shall conform to applicable General Plan goals and policies

17.71.030 Uses Permitted Without Planning Approval

The following uses are allowed in the PF zone without zoning clearance or other planning approval, except as required by State law.

A.    Field, tree, bush, berry and row crops, including nursery stock, as an interim use, provided that no permanent structures are constructed, and provided that no sludge and/or biosolid material shall be applied to any land as a soil amendment. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 97-1, adopted by City Council August 13, 1997.)

B.    Riding, hiking and bicycle trails and appurtenant facilities.

C.    Storage, temporary, of materials and equipment used in construction of public or private improvements, provided that all such items are stored on the construction site and posed no traffic hazard or other adverse impact on surrounding properties.

D.    Temporary and permanent facilities for detention, retention and conveyance or stormwater runoff.

E.    Natural areas, open space areas, biological preserves.

F.    Small-scale solar energy systems as an accessory use on a lot containing a permitted principal use. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 11-03, adopted by City Council December 7, 2011.)

17.71.040 Uses Permitted Subject to Administrative Approval by the Planning Director

The following uses are permitted in the PF zone, subject to the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance as specified in this Section.

A.    Special Events pursuant to PMC 17.27.030(A).

B.    Minor communication facility pursuant to PMC 17.95.040. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 97-3, adopted by City Council September 10, 1997.)

C.    Temporary Uses pursuant to PMC 17.27.030(B)(1) through (4) and (6).

17.71.050 Uses Permitted Subject to Site Plan Review Approval

The following uses are permitted in the PF zone subject to Site Plan Review approval, except that when such a use is proposed to be established in an existing building and does not constitute a change from the previous use of said building, the requirement for Site Plan Review may be waived by the Planning Director through issuance of a Zoning Clearance, pursuant to PMC 17.26.030. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 97-2 adopted by City Council June 11, 1997.)

A.    Recreational uses, including:

1.    Archery ranges, public.

2.    Fishing and casting ponds.

3.    Parks, playgrounds and playfields, unlighted.

4.    Recreation and community centers.

5.    Senior citizen activity centers.

6.    Swimming pools, public.

7.    Tot lots, mini-parks.

8.    Trail heads.

B.    Public, quasi-public and institutional uses, including:

1.    Fire stations.

2.    Governmental administrative offices.

3.    Libraries.

4.    Maintenance and storage yards.

5.    Park and ride facilities and other commuter related facilities.

6.    Parking lots, municipal.

7.    Performing arts theaters, indoor.

8.    Post offices.

9.    Public utilities, including administrative offices and facilities, excluding major communication facility. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 97-3, adopted by City Council September 10, 1997.)

10.    Tourist information centers.

11.    Transit facilities including bus and train boarding areas (excluding depots and stations).

12.    Utility corridors.

13.    Utility-scale power generating facilities, pursuant to PMC 17.99.020. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 11-03, adopted by City Council December 7, 2011.)

14.    Vista points.

15.    Water impoundment and groundwater recharge.

16.    Water reservoirs or tanks.

C.    Educational facilities, including:

1.    Art galleries.

2.    Arboretums, botanical gardens.

3.    Nature interpretive centers.

4.    Museums.

5.    Observatories.

17.71.060 Uses Permitted Subject to Approval of a Conditional Use Permit

Premises in Zone PF may be used for the following purposes, provided a permit has first been obtained, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 17.22 PMC, Conditional Use Permits:

A.    Recreational uses, including:

1.    Amphitheaters.

2.    Athletic fields, lighted, including baseball and football fields with all necessary grandstands and stadiums.

3.    Campgrounds, picnic areas, and trails with overnight camping facilities.

4.    Camps, youth.

5.    Fairgrounds.

6.    Golf courses and related facilities, excluding miniature golf and stand alone driving ranges.

7.    Live performance theater, outdoor. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 03-06, adopted by City Council June 25, 2003.)

8.    Parks and playgrounds, lighted, with all appurtenant facilities customarily found or permitted in conjunction therewith.

9.    Race tracks.

10.    Rifle, pistol or skeet ranges, public.

11.    Rodeos, but not including horse racing.

12.    Skating rinks, public (outdoor) (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 97-2 adopted by City Council June 11, 1997.)

13.    Sports arenas.

B.    Public, quasi-public and institutional uses, including the following:

1.    Airports.

2.    Courts, judicial centers.

3.    Cemeteries.

4.    Congregate meal facilities, pursuant to PMC 17.94.030. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 98-1, adopted by City Council March 10, 1999.)

5.    Correctional facilities.

6.    Heliports/helistops.

7.    Hospitals, convalescent hospitals.

8.    Major communication facility pursuant to PMC 17.95.040. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 97-3, adopted by City Council September 10, 1997.)

9.    Police stations.

10.    Sanitary landfills.

11.    Sewage pumping stations and force mains.

12.    Treatment plants, sewer and water.

C.    Educational facilities, including the following:

1.    Private and public schools and colleges, but excluding technical, trade, or vocational schools. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 03-06, adopted by City Council June 25, 2003.)

2.    Wild animal exhibitions.

3.    Zoos.

17.71.070 Accessory Uses and Structures Permitted

The following accessory uses and structures are permitted in the PF zone, provided that such uses are established on the same lot or parcel of land as the permitted principal use, and that such accessory uses are incidental to and do not substantially alter the character of the principal use.

A.    Accessory buildings or structures required for the storage of equipment or uses lawfully permitted.

B.    Boat rentals.

C.    Composting Facility, provided that all composting activities are conducted in an enclosed structure or vessel and that biosolid materials or sludge are not a constituent component of the material to be composted. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 97-1, adopted by City Council August 13, 1997.)

D.    Concessions, gift shops and similar limited retail sale of souvenirs and sundries related to the primary use.

E.    Day care facility.

F.    First aid stations.

G.    Information kiosk, pursuant to PMC 17.88.050(F).

H.    Newspaper dispensing devices, pursuant to PMC 12.08.030.

I.    Restaurants and other eating establishments; refreshment stands for the sale of ice cream, beverages and similar items.

J.    Other uses which function as incidental to a permitted primary use and which are similar to and not more objectionable that those accessory uses specifically listed above, as determined by the reviewing authority.

17.71.080 Similar Uses Permitted by Planning Director Determination

The Planning Director may determine that an unlisted use is similar to and not more objectionable to the general welfare that those uses specifically listed in the PF Zone, pursuant to PMC 17.24.120.

17.71.090 Standards of Development

Premises in Zone PF shall be subject to the development standards prescribed in this Section and those standards contained in Division 8, General Standards of Development.

A.    Lot area

1.    Each lot or parcel of land in Zone PF shall have a minimum lot area sufficient to accommodate all required parking, setbacks, landscaping, loading, trash enclosures and access requirements.

B.    Lot width

1.    None required except as other wise provided in this Ordinance.

C.    Yards

1.    Front yard

Each lot or parcel of land in Zone PF shall have a front yard of not less than twenty (20) feet in depth.

2.    Side yards

Each lot or parcel of land in Zone PF shall have a side yard of not less than ten (10) feet in depth, except:

a.    Where a public facility abuts single family residentially designated property, a minimum 20-foot building setback shall be required from said property line.

3.    Rear yard

Each lot or parcel of land in Zone PF shall have a rear yard of not less than ten (10) feet in depth, except:

a.    Where a public facility abuts single family residentially designated property, a minimum 20-foot building setback shall be required from said property line.

4.    Setbacks for accessory structures

Setbacks for accessory structures shall be provided pursuant to PMC 17.82.020.

D.    Building height and coverage

1.    Building height

The maximum height of a primary structure, as measured in accordance with PMC 17.16.020, shall not exceed three (3) stories or forty-five (45) feet. The maximum height of accessory structures shall not exceed one story or seventeen (17) feet.

2.    Lot coverage

No lot parcel of land in Zone PF shall have a lot coverage by buildings or structures in excess of ninety (90) percent.

3.    Maximum floor area ratio

The ratio of total floor area to total lot area shall not exceed 1.0 (one hundred percent).

E.    Off-street parking and loading

Each lot or parcel of land in Zone PF shall have off-street parking and loading facilities as prescribed in Chapter 17.87 PMC, Off-Street Parking.

F.    Signs

Signs shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 17.88 PMC.

G.    Trash enclosures

An adequate number of trash enclosures shall be provided on site to meet the needs of each development, in accordance with PMC 17.85.010.

H.    Special development standards

1.    Each use in this zone shall be established and operated in accordance with Chapter 17.84 PMC, Performance Standards.

2.    Fences and walls shall be in conformance with the standards prescribed in PMC 17.83.030 and 17.86.040. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 98-1, adopted by City Council March 10, 1999.)

3.    In the event that the permitted or conditionally permitted uses as listed in this Division are not conducted wholly within an enclosed building, the lot or parcel of land devoted to the use shall be paved according to the standards provided in PMC 17.87.050(F), except that the Director may approve a reduction in the area required to be paved where it is determined that such area will be adequately screened and dust-proofed, and that construction of additional improvements is unnecessary.

4.    All outdoor display and/or storage in Zone PF shall be located wholly within an enclosed area or shall be screened from public rights-of-way, unless otherwise permitted pursuant to an approved development plan. Where permitted, such outdoor areas shall be paved, landscaped and lighted in accordance with the applicable sections of this Ordinance.

5.    All vehicle repair work shall be conducted in an enclosed building only.

6.    Landscaping and screening shall be in conformance with the standards prescribed in Chapter 17.86 PMC.