Chapter 17.16R – RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT

Sections:

17.16.005
Purpose.
17.16.010
Outright permitted uses.
17.16.020
Uses requiring site and design review.
17.16.030
Conditional uses.
17.16.040
Front yard.
17.16.050
Rear yard.
17.16.060
Side yard.
17.16.070
Site area.
17.16.080
Height limit.
17.16.090
Lot coverage and lot width.
17.16.100
Home occupations.
17.16.110
Manufactured homes.
17.16.120
Recreational vehicles.
17.16.005Purpose.

The purpose of the residential district is to create and maintain stable and attractive residential neighborhoods, while providing diversity in housing types and maintaining affordable housing. Residential zones should also protect sensitive natural areas, provide for the efficient use of land and public services, and provide appropriate vehicular and pedestrian access.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.16.010Outright permitted uses.

In a R district or residential district no building or premises shall be used, and no building shall hereafter be erected, moved into the district, or structurally altered, unless otherwise provided in this title, except for one or more of the following uses:

A. One single-family dwelling per legal lot of record (including manufactured homes) and duplexes with not more than one duplex per street frontage per block;

B. Accessory buildings, such as are ordinarily appurtenant to single-family dwellings, including but not limited to, private workshops, private greenhouses, parking for private recreational vehicles and trailers, and a private garage of not more than three-car capacity, when located not less than sixty feet from the front line, unless attached to or within the dwelling and set back five feet from the face of the main building. In no case shall an accessory building(s) exceed the size of the primary building on site. Where a lot is served by an alley, all on-site parking or garages shall be accessed only from the alley;

C. Accessory dwelling units, provided:

1. Only one accessory dwelling unit is permitted per lot;

2. The accessory unit shall not be larger than fifty percent of the living area of the primary residence;

3. One additional off-street parking space is provided, and;

4. Either the primary unit or the accessory unit is occupied by the owner of the property.

D. Adult family homes and group homes as required and meeting minimum state requirements;

E. Home occupations engaged in by individuals living in the residence, subject to the limitations in this title;

F. Family day care as required and meeting minimum state requirements.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.16.020Uses requiring site and design review.

All uses specified in Chapter 17.76 are subject to site and design review. In addition the following activities shall be subject to site and design review.

A. Parks and playgrounds (including park buildings) subject to the following limitations:

1. Adequate off-street parking shall be provided if the park is not a neighborhood facility;

2. Lighting for structures and fields shall be directed away from residential areas;

3. The bulk and scale of structures shall be compatible with the residential character of the area;

4. Structures and service yards shall be set back a minimum of fifty feet from property lines if possible, but in no case less than the required setbacks of the residential zone.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.16.030Conditional uses.

The following purposes and uses of buildings shall be allowed only upon approval of a conditional use permit in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 17.80. Conditional uses shall also require design review either in conjunction with or after the approval of a conditional use permit.

A. Libraries;

B. Public schools, day care centers, and churches;

C. Nursing homes, hospitals and sanitariums, except for inebriates and persons suffering from mental diseases;

D. Commercial nurseries or greenhouses on special permit not exceeding ten years;

E. Telephone exchanges, electric substations and similar installations for public service;

F. Retirement homes;

G. Municipal buildings, senior centers, community centers;

H. The office of a physician, dentist or other professional person when located in his or her dwelling or an existing residential structure located on an arterial street;

I. Bed and breakfast guesthouse, when accessory to the permanent residence of the operator. Preference shall be given to facilities in historic structures.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.16.040Front yard.

A front yard having a minimum depth of twenty feet is required. If on any given block, over fifty percent on the existing structures on the same street frontage are set back less than twenty feet, the required front yard shall be reduced to the average of the existing front yard setbacks along that street frontage.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.16.050Rear yard.

There shall be a rear yard having a minimum depth of twenty feet for the principal structure(s). Where a lot is served by an alley the rear yard for a garage shall be a minimum depth of five feet. Accessory buildings shall maintain a minimum setback of five feet.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.16.060Side yard.

There shall be a side yard of not less than five feet in width. A street side yard shall have a minimum width of fifteen feet. Side yard setbacks shall be measured from the drip line of the principal structures eave to the property line.

(Ord. 1257 § 2 (Exh. B), 2006: Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.16.070Site area.

For every building hereafter erected or structurally altered or moved into the district there shall be provided a lot area of not less than five thousand square feet per unit for one-family dwellings, and not less than seven thousand square feet per unit for duplexes.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.16.080Height limit.

No building hereafter erected or structurally altered within or moved into the district shall exceed thirty-five feet.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.16.090Lot coverage and lot width.

The lot area covered by single-family dwellings and structures accessory thereto shall not exceed forty percent of the lot area; duplexes and accessory structures thereto shall not exceed forty percent of the lot area. No residential lot having a width of less than forty feet, a depth of less than seventy-five feet, nor less than twenty feet of street frontage shall be created and in no case shall a lot be created with less than five thousand square feet.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.16.100Home occupations.

Home occupations are business activities that generally occur within a residential dwelling by the occupant of the dwelling where the business is clearly secondary to the residential use of the structure. Home occupations require the approval of Type I permit and are subject to the following limitations:

A. The use shall be located in the dwelling only. No outside activity or storage is permitted.

B. A maximum of twenty-five percent of the habitable floor area or three hundred square feet, whichever is less, may be devoted to the home occupation.

C. No use or storage of heavy vehicles or heavy equipment such as construction equipment is permitted.

D. No external evidence of the home occupation is permitted with the exception of an unlighted sign not exceeding two square feet that may advertise the occupant’s name and business type.

E. The occupation may involve no retail sales on the premise, except as incidental to the home occupation, such as retail sales of shampoo associated with an in-home hairdresser.

F. No more than six customers or vehicle trips are permitted per day.

G. One employee in addition to the owner/occupant is permitted.

H. The home occupation shall not require any external remodeling.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.16.110Manufactured homes.

Manufactured homes shall be subject to the following requirements:

A. Homes shall be permanently installed on a foundation.

B. All installations must have an eighteen-inch minimum crawl space.

C. The tongue, wheels and any other transport hardware must be removed from the structure.

D. Skirting shall completely enclose the structure.

E. Permanent steps shall be installed to all entrances.

F. A minimum of seven hundred twenty square feet is required and the home must be transported in at least two pieces of equal width to the site. A minimum width of sixteen feet is required.

G. A minimum snow load of ninety pounds per square foot is required.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.16.120Recreational vehicles.

Recreational vehicles including campers, travel trailers, mobile homes and other similar items the property of the lot owner or lessee may be parked for storage in the residential district provide they meet the minimum setback standards of the district.