Chapter 17.93
HIGH-OCCUPANCY RESIDENTIAL USE REGULATIONS

Sections:

17.93.010    Purpose.

17.93.020    Definitions.

17.93.030    General requirements.

17.93.040    Performance standards.

17.93.050    Administration.

17.93.060    Periodic review, violations and enforcement.

17.93.010 Purpose.

This chapter is intended to promote the quality of life in low-density and medium-density residential neighborhoods by ensuring that dwellings provide adequate support facilities. (Ord. 1154 § 1 (part), 1990)

17.93.020 Definitions.

A. “Adult” means a person eighteen years of age and older.

B. “High-occupancy residential use” means any dwelling, other than a “residential care facility” as defined in Section 17.100.180, in the R-1 or R-2 zones when the occupancy of the dwelling consists of six or more adults.

C. “Tandem parking” means the arrangement of parking where no more than two cars are arranged in tandem, one in front of the other. (Ord. 1154 § 1 (part), 1990)

17.93.030 General requirements.

A. Applicability. A high-occupancy residential use is allowed in the R-1 and R-2 zones subject to the performance standards set forth in Section 17.93.040.

B. Relation to Zone Standards. Where this chapter does not contain a particular type of standard or procedure, conventional zoning standards shall apply.

C. Exceptions or Variances. Nothing in this section prohibits applicants from requesting exceptions or variances from the strict interpretation of zoning regulations to the extent allowed by said regulations for any use. (Ord. 1154 § 1 (part), 1990)

17.93.040 Performance standards.

A. Upon approval of an administrative use permit, as defined by Chapter 17.58, a high-occupancy residential use may be established with occupancy of six or more adults. The purpose of the use permit is to ensure compliance with the performance standards described in this section, and to ensure the compatibility of the use at particular locations.

1. The dwelling must contain a minimum three hundred square feet of gross floor area, less garage area, per adult.

2. The parking requirement shall be the greater of:

a. The number of spaces required for dwellings as described in Section 17.16.060; or

b. One off-street parking space per adult occupant, less one.

3. The parking of one vehicle within a required street yard or setback is allowed. Parking in other yards is prohibited.

4. Each required parking space shall be of an all-weather surface.

5. Upon approval of the community development director, parking may be provided in tandem.

6. There shall be a minimum of one bathroom provided for every three adult occupants.

7. The dwelling must meet all current building, health, safety and fire codes and have been built with all required permits. (Ord. 1154 § 1 (part), 1990)

17.93.050 Administration.

A. Permit Requirement. For high-occupancy residential uses with six or more adult occupants, the applicant shall apply for and obtain an administrative use permit as defined by zoning regulations. The applicant shall submit and certify the following information as part of the application for an administrative use permit:

1. Address of dwelling;

2. A site plan which shows:

a. The entire boundary of the site as well as adjacent structures within twenty feet;

b. The number and location of off-street parking spaces;

c. The gross floor area of the dwelling in square feet;

d. The floor plan for the dwelling with the rooms clearly labeled;

3. The number of proposed adult occupants;

4. Owner’s signature;

5. Any other information deemed necessary by the community development director. (Ord. 1154 § 1 (part), 1990)

17.93.060 Periodic review, violations and enforcement.

A. Period Review. High-occupancy residential uses shall be reviewed annually to ensure compliance with the provisions of this chapter. The use permit shall be reviewed annually for compliance with this chapter. It shall be the responsibility of the property owner to initiate the review and pay applicable fees.

B. Violations. Violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be the basis for enforcement action by the city which may include revocation of a previously approved use permit. (Ord. 1154 § 1 (part), 1990)