Chapter 17.93
INDUSTRIAL USES

17.93.010 Dismantling, Junk and Salvage Yards

A.    Purpose and intent

It is the purpose of these regulations to provide standards for dismantling, junk and salvage yards. The intent is to ensure that such uses are compatible with the surrounding areas by preventing potential adverse health, safety, visual, and noise impacts.

B.    Development standards

1.    All operations or storage shall be conducted within an enclosed building or within an area completely enclosed with a solid masonry wall not less than eight (8) feet in height, except as otherwise approved by the reviewing authority based on a determination that adequate alternative screening is provided.

2.    No storage shall be permitted at a height greater than that of the fence or wall enclosing the use.

3.    The minimum site area shall be two and one-half (2-1/2) acres.

4.    The site shall be dustproofed with an approved surface wherever the site is not paved or landscaped.

5.    Repair activities and vehicle loading and unloading shall be prohibited on adjoining streets and alleys.

6.    All hazardous materials resulting from the repair and dismantling operations shall be properly stored and removed from premises in a timely manner. Storage, use, and removal of toxic substances, solid waste, pollution, and flammable liquids, particularly gasoline, paints, solvents, and thinners, shall conform to the applicable federal, state, and local regulations, prior to issuance of Certificate of Occupancy.

7.    The premises shall be kept in a neat and orderly condition at all times.

C.    Review process

Dismantling, junk and salvage yards shall be subject to Site Plan approval, pursuant to Chapter 17.21 PMC, or to Conditional Use Permit approval, pursuant to Chapter 17.22 PMC, as specified by the applicable zone district.

17.93.020 Automobile Impound Yards

A.    Purpose and intent

It is the purpose of these regulations to provide standards for automobile impound yards. The intent is to ensure that such uses are compatible with the surrounding areas by preventing potential adverse health, safety, visual, and noise impacts.

B.    Development standards

1.    All operations or storage shall be conducted within an enclosed building or within an area completely enclosed with a solid masonry wall not less than eight (8) feet in height, except as otherwise approved by the reviewing authority based on a determination that adequate alternative screening is provided.

2.    No storage shall be permitted at a height greater than that of the fence or wall enclosing the use.

3.    No automobile dismantling or junk and salvage operations shall be permitted, except as otherwise permitted in the zone in which the impound yard is established.

C.    Review process

Automobile impound yards shall be subject to Site Plan Review approval according to Chapter 17.21 PMC or to Conditional Use Permit according to Chapter 17.22 PMC, as specified by the applicable zone districts.

17.93.030 Personal Storage Facilities (Mini-Warehouses)

A.    Purpose and intent

It is the purpose of these regulations to provide standards for personal storage facilities. The intent is to ensure that such uses are compatible with the surrounding areas by preventing potential adverse health, safety, visual, and noise impacts.

B.    Development standards

Personal storage facilities shall be subject to the following standards in addition to all other applicable standards and regulations:

1.    The minimum site area shall be one hundred thousand (100,000) square feet. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

2.    The site shall be entirely paved, except for structures and landscaping.

3.    Where the total width or length of a perimeter wall or fence exceeds 300 feet, through circulation shall be provided at intervals of no less than 300 feet, allowing for vehicular and pedestrian access to adjacent properties. The access shall be a minimum of 40 feet in width, and shall accommodate a sidewalk and a ten (10) foot landscape area on one side. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

4.    Projects shall provide building setbacks along the principal frontage as follows: (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

a.    Total building length or width up to 300 feet: 30 foot of building setback.

b.    Total building length or width 301 to 600 feet: 40 foot of building setback.

c.    Total building length or width of 601 and over: 50 foot of building setback.

5.    If a rear or side yard setback is not required within the applicable zone district, a minimum landscape setback of ten (10) feet shall be provided along side and rear property lines, with appropriate access for maintenance. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

6.    If a mini-warehouse project is proposed to be located between or adjacent to an existing building(s), consideration shall be given to the existing pedestrian and vehicular access, existing setbacks, building materials, window and door placement, and colors. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

7.    All building and perimeter walls shall be constructed with both vertical and horizontal architectural elements. No wall plane shall exceed 50 feet in length without an architectural break. Building articulation shall include, but not be limited to: (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

a.    A minimum of two different types of materials.

b.    A minimum of four (4) feet of the lower portion of the exterior walls of perimeter fencing and/or building walls to contain a separate material and deeper color than the remainder of the wall plane.

c.    Cornice or similar treatment.

d.    Tile insets or similar elements.

8.    Building and perimeter wall colors shall be constructed of earth toned materials. Accent colors may be utilized for highlights. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

9.    Building facades that face and/or are visible from any public right-of-way shall contain additional articulation and enhancements such as varying building heights, building planes or roof lines, windows or the appearance of windows, mansard or similar roof lines, vertical and horizontal articulations. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

10.    Entrance gates shall not be directly visible from any public right-of-way. Gates shall be constructed of a solid architectural material such as ribbed metal and shall be earth toned matching the main structure(s). The gate shall be maintained in good working order and shall remain closed except when in use. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

11.    Aisle width shall be a minimum of twenty-six (26) feet between interior buildings to provide unobstructed and safe circulation. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

12.    All on-site lighting shall be energy efficient, stationary, and directed away from adjoining properties and public rights-of-way. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

13.    Residential quarters for manager and caretaker may be provided in the development. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

14.    Required parking shall be consistent with PMC 17.87.030. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

15.    All required parking, except that required for the caretaker’s residence, is to be located outside of any vehicle restricting gates. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

16.    A fully enclosed two-car garage with a clear and free minimum interior dimension of twenty (20) feet wide and twenty (20) feet long, constructed in compliance with the City Building and Safety Department requirements shall be provided for any manager or caretaker’s residence. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

17.    If the project contains a managers or caretaker’s residence, it shall provide building articulation compatible with the main structure(s), and shall comply with all single-family residential development standards. No push-through air conditioning units are permitted. HVAC units should be ground mounted with adequate screening. If HVAC units are roof mounted, they shall be screened from view from any public right-of-way or from any portion of the project through a continuous parapet. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

18.    Trash enclosures shall be placed at locations convenient to all storage units. The enclosure shall contain a drainage system to allow for convenient cleaning. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

19.    Any vehicle storage (RV, boat, etc) shall be completely screened from the view from public right-of-way. All vehicle storage must be covered. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

20.    No business activity shall be conducted on the premises other than the rental of storage spaces for inactive storage use and the auction from time to time of abandoned property. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

21.    No flammable or otherwise hazardous materials shall be stored on-site. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

22.    Storage facilities located adjacent to residential district’s shall have their hours of operation restricted to 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday, and 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Sundays. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 02-01, adopted by City Council April 23, 2003.)

C.    Review process

Mini-warehouse Storage Facilities shall be subject to Site Plan Review approval according to Chapter 17.21 PMC or to Conditional Use Permit according to Chapter 17.22 PMC, as specified by the applicable zone district.

17.93.040 Commercial Vehicle Parking as an Accessory Use

(Zoning Ordinance Amendment 99-1, adopted by City Council March 10, 1999.)

A.    Purpose and intent

It is the purpose of this Section to establish development standards for commercial vehicle parking. For purposes of this Section, the term “commercial vehicle parking” means the accessory use of property for the parking of vehicles used for commercial purposes unrelated to the principal use or operation conducted on the property. It is the intent of this Section to provide property owners in specified zones with the ability to satisfy a growing need for adequate off-street parking for commercial trucks and vehicles while establishing reasonable development standards designed to ensure that this type of use is located and conducted in a manner that minimizes the potential for adverse effects on the community from noise, traffic, visual, aesthetic, health and safety impacts from the use.

B.    Development standards

Commercial vehicle parking as an accessory use shall conform to the following standards in addition to all other applicable standards and regulations:

1.    Any site used for commercial vehicle parking under this Section shall provide the following number of parking spaces: (i) the total number of required parking spaces for the principle use or uses conducted on the premises; and (ii) one parking space for each commercial vehicle to be parked on site pursuant to this Section. The parking spaces required for the principal use or uses shall not be used or impacted by the commercial vehicle parking under this Section.

2.    Parking areas designated for commercial vehicle parking shall comply with minimum dimension and turn radius requirements as specified by the City Traffic/Transportation Engineer.

3.    No inoperable vehicles shall be parked on the portion of the site that is designated and established for commercial vehicle parking.

4.    Commercial vehicle parking surfaces shall comply with the requirements of the City Engineer and the Director of Planning. Surface improvements shall include measures to control dust and to avoid obstruction of surface drainage flows.

5.    If the proposed use shares a property line with a residential use or zone, the area used for commercial vehicle parking shall maintain a minimum separation of 300 feet from the property line or provide screening as required by the Director of Planning.

C.    Review process

Commercial vehicle parking as an accessory use shall be subject to the following approval process:

1.    To establish commercial vehicle parking as an accessory use to an existing development within zones C-5, M-1 and M-2, a Minor Modification application must be submitted and approved prior to establishing the accessory use.

2.    To establish commercial vehicle parking as an accessory use to a proposed new use in zones C-5, M-1 and M-2, the accessory use must be reviewed and approved by the reviewing authority subject to the approval process for the proposed primary use as specified in the applicable zone district.