Purpose and intent.
Permitted uses.
Conditional uses.
Dimensional standards.
Design guidelines.
17.32.010Purpose and intent.

The General Commercial District is intended to provide areas for a range of commercial uses which serve the community; to establish standards that assure that new uses are compatible with and enhance existing commercial uses; and, to provide protection to uses in other zones.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.32.020Permitted uses.

In the CG district or general commercial district the following uses are permitted:

A. Retail and wholesale stores and shops such as clothing and general merchandise;

B. Grocery stores;

C. Meat shops;

D. Retail bakeries, micro-breweries and other specialty food processing with an associated retail use;

E. Banks or similar financial institutions;

F. Barbershops, beauty parlors and personal service shops;

G. Hand laundries, clothes cleaning and pressing;

H. Hotels, motels, bed and breakfast rooms and inns;

I. Lumber yards and building materials, coal and fuel storage, providing that they are housed in buildings completely enclosed by walls and windows, and the yard regulations of this district shall be observed; and provided further that no such lumber yards, building material yards, coal and fuel stores shall be maintained closer than one hundred feet to the side lines of the R/RM or residential districts;

J. Locksmiths, shoe and other clothing repair shops;

K. Manufacturing, production or treatment of products clearly incidental to the conduct of a retail business conducted on the premises;

L. Professional or business offices;

M. Public offices and uses;

N. Printing establishments and newspaper printing;

O. Auto repair and battery shops, service stations, tire repair shops;

P. Restaurants, cafeterias and catering;

Q. Sales room or store rooms for motor vehicles and other articles of merchandise;

R. Studios;

S. Taverns;

T. Theaters;

U. Commercial day care centers;

V. Open air markets;

W. Mobile food service unit.

(Ord. 1222 § 3 (Exh. C (part)), 2004: Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.32.030Conditional uses.

1. Residential uses;

2. Dancehalls, skating rinks, or other commercial amusement places;

3. Undertaking establishments and crematories;

4. Kennels;

5. Machine shops;

6. Mini-warehouses.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.32.040Dimensional standards.

A. Height. The height of structures should be consistent with those of existing buildings and not over three stories or thirty-six feet in height. Design features consistent with the historic context of the area such as building names in the cornice or block corner turrets may exceed the height limit by ten percent if approved as part of the design review process.

B. Yards. No yards are required except for lots adjacent to any “R” residential or “RM” multi-family residential district. Yards adjacent to the residential district shall be twenty feet in width. Yards adjacent to the multiple family residential district shall be ten feet in width.

C. Minimum Lot Size. A minimum of five thousand square feet is required for all new lots.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)


A minimum of ten percent of the site shall consist of landscaping consistent with the requirements of Chapter 17.60. See also Chapter 17.60.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)


1. Outdoor lighting shall be arranged so as not to direct light or glare on public roadways and/or neighboring properties; and

2. Outdoor lighting shall be directed downward and shielded to reduce unnecessary light and glare; and

3. Pedestrian scale lighting shall be placed at regular intervals along sidewalks throughout the development; and

4. Lighting may be used to accent key architectural elements of the buildings.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.32.090Design guidelines.

The following design standards apply to all development within the zoning district and are intended to upgrade the visual quality of the commercial areas in the city, reduce impacts to adjacent property, and to establish standards that reflect the character and quality of the city.

1. Buildings shall be located and designed to focus on the public street serving the development.

2. Building facades facing a public street shall have at least fifty percent of the total wall area in permeable surfaces (windows, pedestrian entrances, open shops, etc.) or permanent architectural details such as false windows.

3. When feasible, parking lots shall be located behind or to the side of structures, and shall not be located on a corner of two streets or between a building and the public street, provided, that building sites with more than one street corner are not required to place the building(s) on multiple corners. For additional off-street parking and design requirements see Chapter 17.56.

4. Pedestrian facilities shall be provided from the public right-of-way to the entrances of all buildings open to the public in a continuous and direct route to the primary pedestrian entrance. Pedestrian routes shall be a minimum of six feet wide and shall be constructed of Portland cement concrete or brick or stone pavers. Pedestrian routes shall be protected from vehicle traffic by curbs, bollards, landscaping or other similar method. Where routes cross vehicle-maneuvering areas they shall be constructed of a different paving material than the vehicle-maneuvering areas.

5. Buildings of historic importance and value as indicated by their age and significance to the community or history may not be required to meet the specific design standards if the imposition of the standards will result in development that is less consistent with the historic character of the area.