Chapter 12.20
RECREATION AREA

Sections:

12.20.010    Purpose.

12.20.020    Minimum area required.

12.20.030    Single-purpose facilities.

12.20.040    Location, layout.

12.20.050    Enforcement.

12.20.010 Purpose.

This chapter is intended to provide for recreation areas for residents of dwellings in the R 5,400a, R 4,000, R 2,800 and R-AC zoning districts, to separate such areas from automobile oriented space, and to enhance the environmental quality of such districts, thus promoting the public health, safety, and welfare of the community. (Ord. 1946 § 2, 2005; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).

12.20.020 Minimum area required.

Each development within an R 5,400a, R 4,000 or R 2,800 zoning district shall provide a minimum area of 200 square feet of recreation area for each living unit in the development, including those units used by the owner or building management personnel; in the R-AC zoning district, the minimum area shall be 50 square feet for each living unit. Balconies shall not be counted as recreation area. No more than 50 percent of recreation area may be indoor or covered space; except that in the R-AC zone, 100 percent of the recreation area may be indoor or covered space.

Except in specialized senior housing developments and in the R-AC zone, at least 50 percent of the recreation area shall be outdoors and laid out in a manner that makes it suitable and safe as play space for children. Recreation areas shall be accessible to disabled persons, in accordance with Chapters 19.27 and 70.92 RCW. (Ord. 1946 § 2, 2005; Ord. 1876 § 2, 2002; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).

12.20.030 Single-purpose facilities.

No more than 50 percent of the required area may be used for single-purpose facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis courts and similar facilities which may be available for recreational use by occupants of the development. (Ord. 1946 § 2, 2005; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).

12.20.040 Location, layout.

A.    Where the total required recreation area is 3,000 square feet or less after subtracting area in indoor or covered space and single-purpose facilities, in accordance with BMC 12.20.020 and 12.20.030, the recreation area shall be one continuous parcel of land, except as otherwise provided in BMC 12.20.020 for the R-AC zone. Where the required recreation area totals more than 3,000 square feet, the area may be divided into several usable parcels on the site; provided, that at least one parcel is a minimum of 2,000 square feet in size and all the other parcels are at least 1,000 square feet in size with a minimum width of 15 feet.

B.    No part of the recreation area may be used for driveway, parking or other vehicular use. A six-foot-high fence and 10-foot-wide Type II landscaping strip shall separate the recreation space from public streets, parking areas and driveways.

C.    The square footage in any required front yard setback area shall not be used to meet the recreation area requirements. The square footage in any required side yard and rear yard setback areas may be used to meet the recreation area requirements if it satisfies the requirements of this chapter. The shape and layout of the area shall be subject to approval by the community development director. (Ord. 1946 § 2, 2005; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).

12.20.050 Enforcement.

Enforcement of this chapter shall take place in accordance with BMC Title 11, Administration of Development Regulations. (Ord. 1946 § 2, 2005; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).