Chapter 17.81
PARCEL REQUIREMENTS

17.81.010 Lot Area

A.    Easements on required area

A street or highway easement may be included in the net area calculation for the purpose of determining the minimum required lot area only in the following circumstances:

1.    Said lot or parcel of land is a legal lot of record; and the total area subject to all such easements includes not more than ten (10) percent of the required lot area; or

2.    The required area for said lot or parcel of land is one (1) acre or more; the total area subject to all such easements includes not more than ten (10) percent of the required lot area; and the net area of the lot not subject to such easement(s) is minimum forty thousand (40,000) square feet.

B.    Required area reduced by public use

If a lot or parcel of land has not less than the required area, and after the creation of such lot or parcel of land a part thereof is acquired for public use exclusively, in any manner including dedication, condemnation or purchase, and if the remainder of such lot or parcel of land has not less than ninety (90) percent of the required area, but in no event less than forty-five hundred (4,500) square feet, then such remainder shall be considered as having the required area.

C.    Use of a lot or parcel having less than required area

Where a portion of a lot or parcel of land is sold or transferred and as a result of such sale or transfer one (1) or more parcels are created of such an area as to no longer conform to the requirements of this Chapter, then in the determination of the permissible number and location of any buildings on any lot or parcel of land so created by such sale or transfer, the portion sold or transferred and the remainder shall be considered as one (1) parcel.

17.81.020 Lot Width

A.    Width reduced by public use

If a lot or parcel of land has not less than the required width and after creation of such lot or parcel of land a portion of its width is acquired for public use exclusively, in any manner including, but not limited to dedication, condemnation or purchase, and if the remainder of such lot or parcel of land has not less than seventy (70) percent of the required width, but in no event less than fifty (50) feet, such remainder shall be considered as having the required width.

17.81.030 Lot Frontage and Access

A.    Required frontage

Each lot or parcel of land shall have a street or highway frontage of not less than forty-five (45) feet, except as provided in subsection B of this Section.

B.    Flag lots

Flag lots may be permitted by the reviewing authority if the following criteria are met in the project:

1.    The flag lot is necessary to preserve slopes, ridgelines, significant habitat areas, and other significant resources;

2.    The body of the lot meets the lot area, width and depth requirements of the zone;

3.    The handle portion of the lot is at least twenty (20) feet in width and not more than one hundred and twenty (120) feet in length;

4.    The lot has at least twenty (20) feet of frontage on a public or private street which frontage serves as access to the subject lot only;

5.    The portion of driveway providing access from the street should be only ten feet wide to minimize paved surface and maximize landscaping potential;

6.    The address is clearly visible from the street for emergency vehicles.

C.    Access onto regional, major, or secondary arterials and highways

No new direct driveway access from a single family residential lot onto regional, major, or secondary arterials and highways designated on the Palmdale General Plan shall be permitted after the effective date of this Ordinance, except when specifically permitted by the City Engineer for an existing legal lot of record when no alternative access is available.

17.81.040 Identification or Designation of Lot Lines in Doubt

The Planning Director shall identify or designate the front, side, or rear lot lines in cases where the identification or designation of such lot lines is unclear, including but not limited to the following situations:

A.    Corner lots or parcels of land with two (2) street and/or highway frontages approximately equal in length;

B.    Through lots or parcels of land fronting on two (2) or more streets and/or highways;

C.    Flag lots or parcels where the only contiguous boundary to a public street or highway is provided by a driveway or other private access.