Article 17. Planned Development District (P-D)

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10-2.2.1701 Purpose and Intent.

The purpose of the Planned Development District is to allow diversification in the relationship of various buildings, land uses, structures, and open spaces in order to be relieved from the rigid standards of conventional zoning. A Planned Development District shall comply with the regulations and provision of the General Plan and any applicable specific plan and shall provide adequate standards to promote the public, health, safety and general welfare without unduly inhibiting the advantages of modern building techniques and planning for residential or commercial purposes.

10-2.2.1702 Applicability.

The Planned Development District (P-D) may be applied to parcels of land of any size. Any such proposed development shall be in conformity with the General Plan and any applicable specific plan and the requirements of this chapter as they relate to land use designated in the General Plan.

10-2.2.1703 Initiation of Zone Change.

An application for a zoning amendment under this article may be initiated in accordance with (Part IV, Article 13. Amendments (Rezoning)) by the City Council, Planning Commission, or one or more of the property owners or the owner's authorized agent or lessee of the property involved.

10-2.2.1704 Planned Development Permit.

Approval of development within the Mixed Use Planned Development and High Density Residential Planned Development zoning districts shall be by planned development permit in accordance with (Part IV, Article 10. Planned Development Permits). A planned development permit is not required for development within a Planned Development (P-D) zoning district.

10-2.2.1705 Data Required.

In requesting approval of a zoning amendment to Planned Development, the applicant shall provide the Planning Commission and the Council with:

A. A complete proposed street and lot lay-out;

B. Elevations of all buildings proposed;

C. A contour map with five (5) foot intervals where the slope is five (5) percent or more and one foot intervals where the slope is less than five (5) percent;

D. Proposed use designations;

E. A comparison of anticipated differences between existing zoning ordinance standards and the proposed plan, where applicable; and

F. Such other data as required.

10-2.2.1706 Approval of Plans.

In considering approval of a zoning amendment to Planned Development, the Planning Commission and Council shall view the proposed development and its neighborhood as an entirety and its conformity to the General Plan and applicable Specific Plans. The Council may require that areas be set aside for school and recreational facilities to serve the development and its immediate neighborhood as provided in the General Plan. Approval of the proposed Planned Development zoning may be given if the spirit of this article and the General Plan are complied with and if the health, safety, welfare and general prosperity of the residents of the City will be served by such adjustment in land use districts in the terms of this article as may be required.

10-2.2.1707 Zoning.

Upon approval of such development, the area therein concerned shall be zoned Planned Development District, and the uses and the development standards thereof shall be as stated in such approval.

10-2.2.1708 Grading.

The grading of land and maximum height of graded slopes shall be governed by provisions of Chapter 8, Title 9 of the Walnut Creek Municipal Code.

10-2.2.1709 Design Review Required.

Upon receipt of a request for P-D zoning or for the amendment of any existing P-D zoning, the following steps shall be followed:

A. A preliminary site plan of the development and architectural renderings together with any other data (see Part IV, Article 12. Design Review) required by the Community Development Director shall be submitted to the Planning Division.

B. The data obtained shall be submitted to the Design Review Commission for preliminary review of the site plan, landscaping, grading and building design. The Design Review Commission shall advise the Planning Commission in writing of any comments it desires to make and any changes to the site plan or building design which it deems appropriate as a result of its preliminary review.

C. Upon completion of the Design Review Commission's analysis, the planned development request shall be processed pursuant to the provisions of this article.

D. Upon completion of final zoning approval by the City Council, the approved development plan shall be referred to the Design Review Commission for processing pursuant to the provisions of (Part IV, Article 12. Design Review).

10-2.2.1710 Private Storage Space.

Each residential unit shall have at least 200 cubic feet of enclosed, weatherproofed and lockable private storage space in addition to guest, linen, pantry and clothes closets customarily provided. Such space may be provided in any location approved by the Community Development Department, but shall not be divided into two or more locations.

10-2.2.1711 Building Height.

The maximum building height for commercial development in the Core Area is shown on the Building Height Zone Map. The maximum building height for all residential development, and commercial development outside the Core Area, shall be determined by the City Council, consistent with Measure A.

10-2.2.1712 Water Efficient Landscaping.

The provisions of Part III, Article 11 (Water Efficient Landscaping) shall apply to all Planned Development (P-D) Districts. In case of a conflict between the regulations contained within Part III, Article 11, and the regulations contained within a particular P-D District, the provisions which require the least amount of water for the purpose of landscape irrigation shall apply. (§21, Ord. 2108, eff. 4/7/12)

10-2.2.1713 Alcoholic Beverage Sales Ordinance.

The provisions of Part III, Article 12 (Alcoholic Beverage Sales Ordinance) shall apply to all Planned Development (P-D) Districts except P-D 1319, P-D 1437, and P-D 1483. In case of a conflict between the provisions contained within Part III, Article 12, and the provisions contained within a particular P-D District, the provision that is more restrictive or imposes higher standards shall control, except as otherwise expressly provided in Part III, Article 12. (§44, Ord. 2109, eff. 6/15/12)