Permitted uses.
Conditional uses.
Front yard.
Rear yard.
Side yard.
Minimum lot size/density.
Height limit.
Lot coverage.
Design review and design guidelines.

The purpose of the multiple family residential district is to create and maintain stable and attractive residential neighborhoods, allowing apartments and townhouse dwellings. Multiple family residential districts should also protect sensitive natural areas, provide for the efficient use of land and public services, reinforce more intense land uses such as retail, and provide appropriate vehicular and pedestrian access.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.20.010Permitted uses.

The following uses are permitted in the multiple family district:

A. Single-family dwellings, multiple-unit dwellings and townhouses;

B. Parks and playgrounds (including park buildings);

C. Accessory buildings, such as are ordinarily appurtenant to multiple-unit dwellings, including, but not limited to, carports and garages;

D. Boardinghouses and lodginghouses;

E. Nursing homes;

F. Retirement residences;

G. Bed and breakfast guesthouse, when accessory to the permanent residence of the operator.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.20.020Conditional uses.

The following purposes and uses of buildings shall be allowed only upon approval 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 or private schools and churches or other houses of religious assembly;

C. Hospitals and sanitariums, except for inebriates and persons suffering from mental diseases;

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

E. Day care centers;

F. Private clubs, fraternities and lodges, excepting those selling or furnishing beer, wine or intoxicating liquors, and also excepting those the chief activity of which is a service customarily carried on as a business;

G. Municipal buildings, senior centers and community centers.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.20.030Front yard.

There shall be a front yard having a minimum depth of ten feet.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.20.040Rear yard.

There shall be a rear yard having a minimum depth of twenty feet. When a lot is served by an alley the parking, carport or garage shall have a rear yard having a minimum depth of five feet.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.20.050Side yard.

There shall be a side yard of not less than ten feet in width on each side of a building, and not less than five feet in width between lot side and buildings in the rear yard. A side street side yard shall have a minimum width of fifteen feet.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.20.060Minimum lot size/density.

Within the multiple family residential district, the minimum lot size for multiple unit dwellings shall be fifteen thousand square feet. The minimum lot size for single-family dwellings shall be determined by the minimum density and the ability of the proposed lots to support a dwelling and the required setbacks and parking. The minimum density shall be seven dwelling units per acre and the maximum density shall be sixteen dwelling units per acre.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.20.070Height limit.

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

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.20.080Lot coverage.

The lot area covered by structures shall not exceed forty-five percent of the lot area.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.20.090Design review and design guidelines.

All buildings except single-family dwellings and duplexes and their accessory structures shall be subject to the city’s site and design review process (Chapter 17.76). Following are design guidelines for the RM district.

1. Maximum Building Depth. Sixty percent depth of lot.

2. Front Facades. Modulation shall be required if the width of the front facade exceeds thirty feet.

3. Side Facades. On corner lots, side facades that face the street shall be modulated if greater than forty feet in width.

4. Modulation Standards. Minimum depth of modulation shall be four feet. Minimum width of modulation shall be five feet. Maximum width of modulation shall be thirty feet.

5. Landscaping. A minimum landscaped area equal to fifteen percent of the lot area shall be provided. In addition, a landscaped area at least five feet in depth shall be provided along street property lines; property lines which abut a single-family zoning district; alleys across from single-family zoning district. Street trees will be required consistent with the landscape ordinance of the city.

6. Light and Glare Standards. Exterior lighting shall be shielded and directed downward, away from adjacent properties. Exterior lighting fixtures shall be consistent with the character of the structure.

7. Parking and Access. If alley access is available and not incompatible with adjacent single-family development, access to parking shall be from the alley. When access is provided from the street, the driveway width and location shall be approved by the city engineer.

Parking may be located in or under the structure, or in the required rear and side yards (other than a side street side yard). Parking may not be located in the required front or side street side yards except for single-family residences. Driveways and parking areas for more than four vehicles shall be screened from adjacent residential properties by a wall or solid evergreen hedge at least five feet in height. If parking is located in or under the structure, the parking must be screened by a front facade and a view obscuring facade or fence along the side of the structure.