Chapter 18.18
DESIGN STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES

Sections:

18.18.010    Applicability.

18.18.020    Promoting sustainable development.

18.18.030    Specific design regulations and guidelines.

18.18.010 Applicability.

All development, exterior renovation and redevelopment shall comply with the following regulations and guidelines, as applicable. In some cases, design standards in this chapter may be waived or modified through the housing design demonstration program in BIMC 2.16.020.Q. (Ord. 2011-02 § 2 (Exh. A), 2011)

18.18.020 Promoting sustainable development.

The site designs of all new development and redevelopment should accommodate energy-conserving and water-conserving technology and design principles providing for solar or other renewable energy production where possible. Low impact development principles require such measures as minimizing the extent of land disturbing activities and hard surfaces; preserving native vegetation, topography, and natural drainage patterns; and using LID BMPs such as cisterns, bioretention/rain gardens, and permeable pavement where feasible. (Ord. 2016-28 § 21, 2016: Ord. 2011-02 § 2 (Exh. A), 2011)

18.18.030 Specific design regulations and guidelines.1

All development shall comply with the design regulations and guidelines applicable to that type of development as set forth in this section and the reference documents, which are adopted as part of this title by reference. In the event of a conflict between two or more design standards or regulations, the more specific shall apply.

A. Detached Single-Family Residential Developed Using the R-8SF Urban Single-Family Overlay District. Detached single-family residential developed in accordance with the R-8SF urban single-family overlay district transfer of development rights program shall comply with those regulations contained in “Design Guidelines for R-8SF Urban Single-Family Overlay District” if they want to develop at overlay zone densities.

B. Multifamily Residential. Multifamily development in the R-8 and R-14 zones shall comply with those regulations contained in “Design Guidelines for Multifamily”; provided, that applications submitted prior to December 8, 1999, shall not be subject to the requirements of this section.

C. Commercial and Mixed Use – General. Development, redevelopment, and exterior renovation in commercial and mixed use projects in all zoning districts except the B/I district shall comply with the general guidelines in “Guidelines for Commercial and Mixed Use Projects – Including Guidelines for Lynwood Center, Island Center, and Rolling Bay,” as well as any specific guidelines applicable to that type of development in the subsections below.

D. Nonresidential Uses in Residential Zones. Educational, cultural, governmental, religious or health care facilities in residential zones shall comply with the general guidelines in “Design Guidelines for Commercial and Mixed Use Projects – Including Guidelines for Lynwood Center, Island Center, and Rolling Bay.”

E. Mixed Use Town Center and High School Road Districts. Development, redevelopment, or exterior renovation in the Mixed Use Town Center overlay districts and the High School Road districts shall comply with regulations contained in “Design Guidelines for Mixed Use Town Center and High School Road Zoning Districts.”

F. Lynwood Center NC Design Guidelines. Development, redevelopment, and exterior renovation in the Lynwood Center NC zone district shall comply with those regulations contained in the Lynwood Center NC-specific portion of “Guidelines for Commercial and Mixed Use Projects – Including Guidelines for Lynwood Center, Island Center, and Rolling Bay.”

1. Street trees shall be provided in an amount equivalent to at least one every 30 feet in planting pots or beds covered by a tree grate, pavers or planted area. Structural grid systems with a minimum soil volume ratio of one cubic foot of soil per one square foot of tree canopy area are encouraged. Trees may be grouped and are encouraged to have a varied meandering effect. Tree size, location and species shall be approved by the city. See street tree diagram in Central Core Overlay District Design Guidelines (subsection E of this section).

G. Island Center NC Design Guidelines. Development, redevelopment, and exterior renovation in the Island Center NC zone district shall comply with those regulations contained in the Island Center NC-specific portion of “Guidelines for Commercial and Mixed Use Projects – Including Guidelines for Lynwood Center, Island Center, and Rolling Bay.”

1. Street trees shall be provided in an amount equivalent to at least one every 30 feet in planting pots or beds covered by a tree grate, pavers or planted area. Structural grid systems with a minimum soil volume ratio of one cubic foot of soil per one square foot of tree canopy area are encouraged. Trees may be grouped and are encouraged to have a varied meandering effect. Tree size, location and species shall be approved by the city. See street tree diagram in Central Core Overlay District Design Guidelines (subsection E of this section).

H. Rolling Bay NC Design Guidelines. Development, redevelopment, and exterior renovation in the Rolling Bay NC zone district shall comply with those regulations contained in the Rolling Bay NC-specific portion of “Guidelines for Commercial and Mixed Use Projects – Including Guidelines for Lynwood Center, Island Center, and Rolling Bay.”

1. Street trees shall be provided in an amount equivalent to at least one every 30 feet in planting pots or beds covered by a tree grate, pavers or planted area. Structural grid systems with a minimum soil volume ratio of one cubic foot of soil per one square foot of tree canopy area are encouraged. Trees may be grouped and are encouraged to have a varied meandering effect. Tree size, location and species shall be approved by the city. See street tree diagram in Central Core Overlay District Design Guidelines (subsection E of this section).

I. Business/Industrial District Design Guidelines.

1. Development, redevelopment, and exterior renovation of facilities in the B/I zone district shall comply with those regulations contained in “Design Guidelines for Light Manufacturing.”

2. In addition, development, redevelopment, and exterior renovation of facilities in the B/I district shall be subject to the following requirements governing its relationship to adjoining and nearby uses. A proposed development must be sited and designed to minimize potential safety hazards to adjoining and nearby developments. Specifically, a project shall be designed in a manner that minimizes conflicts between vehicular and nonmotorized traffic. Additionally, a development shall be fenced and buffered, as necessary, to impede potentially dangerous travel between different types of uses, such as between a manufacturing operation and day care center. Outdoor operations, such as loading docks and playgrounds, shall be located as far away as possible from residences and other noise-sensitive uses.

J. Fort Ward Design Guidelines. Development, redevelopment, or exterior renovation in the Fort Ward historic overlay district shall comply with regulations contained in “Design Guidelines for Fort Ward.” (Ord. 2017-02 § 1, 2017; Ord. 2016-28 § 21, 2016; Ord. 2016-01 § 2, 2016: Ord. 2013-07 § 1, 2013; Ord. 2011-02 § 2 (Exh. A), 2011)


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Code reviser’s note: The design guidelines cited in this section are located at the end of this title.