Chapter 30.41F
SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED UNITS

Sections:

30.41F.010    Purpose and Applicability.

30.41F.020    Procedures.

30.41F.025    Time limitation of application.

30.41F.030    Submittals.

30.41F.040    Approvals.

30.41F.050    Provisions for public safety.

30.41F.060    Design guidelines.

30.41F.090    Maintenance of landscaped and open areas.

30.41F.100    Parking standards.

30.41F.010 Purpose and Applicability.

(1) This chapter establishes and describes development standards and review procedures for single family detached units residential development created outside the traditional subdivision process.

(2) The provisions of this chapter shall apply to single family detached units developed on properties designated in the comprehensive plan for medium and high density residential development. Any combination of two or more detached single family dwelling units, two or more duplexes on one lot, or one or more detached single family dwelling unit and one or more duplexes, whether alone or in combination with multifamily dwellings (e.g., triplexes or larger multi-family units, etc.) on the same lot, may be created. Multiple lots may be combined to create one development site.

(3) Single family detached units may be located in the following zones: LDMR (Low Density Multiple Residential), MR (Multiple Residential), NB (Neighborhood Business), CB (Community Business), and GC (General Commercial).

(4) This chapter and all other applicable chapters of this title ensure development is consistent with the intent and function of each zone. Unless specifically modified by this chapter, all bulk requirements of the underlying zone shall apply.

(5) The purpose of this chapter is to allow an alternative method for developing higher density single family housing within urban growth areas outside the traditional subdivision process and lot ownership patterns. This alternative may be used to infill existing single family neighborhoods where infrastructure exists to deliver efficient land use and cost-effective delivery of urban services or may be used to develop larger scale higher-density single family housing where infrastructure may be developed in areas designated in the county’s comprehensive plan for medium and high density development.

(Added Amended Ord. 07-022, April 23, 2007, Eff date June 4, 2007)

30.41F.020 Procedures.

(1) Single family detached units applications shall be processed as a Type 1 administrative decision pursuant to SCC 30.71.030.

(2) Public notice of applications shall be provided as set forth in chapter 30.70 SCC for Type 1 applications.

(3) At the request of the applicant, applications may be combined with other types of permits or be processed concurrently with other types of permits pursuant to SCC 30.70.120.

(4) The department will process an administrative site plan according to the procedures for Type 1 administrative decisions. Submittal requirements are established and implemented per SCC 30.70.030.

(5) Specifications for development access onto county right-of-way shall be subject to the county’s Engineering Design and Development Standards (EDDS). Access to a city right-of-way shall be subject to the city’s applicable standards.

(6) Frontage improvements required within the public right-of-way shall be determined by the department pursuant to chapter 30.66B SCC and the county’s Engineering Design and Development Standards (EDDS).

(7) A pre-construction meeting shall be scheduled by the applicant to identify and prepare for potential safety issues before construction begins. The department shall provide the applicable fire district written notice of the pre-construction meeting.

(Added Amended Ord. 07-022, April 23, 2007, Eff date June 4, 2007)

30.41F.025 Time limitation of application.

An application for a single family detached units administrative site plan approval shall expire pursuant to SCC 30.70.140.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-004, Mar. 16, 2016, Eff date Apr. 1, 2016)

30.41F.030 Submittals.

Administrative site plan. An administrative site plan shall be submitted with each single family detached units permit application. Pursuant to SCC 30.70.030, the department will supply a submittal checklist for textual and graphical requirements. A complete application for an administrative site plan meeting the requirements of this section shall vest pursuant to SCC 30.70.300.

(1) An administrative site plan for a single family detached units application may be finalized as a whole or in successive divisions or phases. When phasing is proposed, and all information required by this section is provided for only a portion of the entire site, a preliminary plan shall be submitted for the entire site concurrently with the first phase plan. The preliminary plan shall include the following:

(a) general phasing plan for the entire site;

(b) general vehicular circulation and access control plan for the entire site;

(c) general pedestrian circulation plan for the entire site; and

(d) general landscape and open space plan for the entire site.

The preliminary plan shall be used as a guide for adequate connectivity of the plan components for all development phases on the site. A preliminary plan shall not be required where an entire site is proposed for final administrative site plan approval.

(2) The site plan or phased divisions shall be submitted to the director for final approval or disapproval. The director shall submit copies of the final plan for a 21-day review and comment period to appropriate departments, cities or agencies for their review and comment. Reviewing departments, cities or agencies may make comments consistent with the county code. If a consulted department, city or agency does not respond in writing within the 21-day comment period, the director may assume that the consulted department, city or agency has no comments on the proposal. Upon review of any comments received, the director shall approve the site plan in writing when found to be in conformance with this chapter and other applicable chapters of title 30 SCC. Upon approval, the final administrative site plan shall control all development of the property.

(3) Within 45 days of the effective date of this chapter, the department shall develop a set of standard covenants (SFDU Covenants) that will be required for all developments of single family detached units. The standard SFDU Covenants shall include provisions for parking enforcement, and for the maintenance of areas held in common ownership, including drive aisles and pedestrian facilities, landscaping, and common open space. The standard SFDU Covenants shall also include provisions authorizing the department to assess fines against the homeowners’ association of a development of single family detached units for the failure to enforce drive aisle parking requirements. The standard SFDU Covenants shall be required to be recorded prior to the final inspection for the first unit in a development of single family detached units.

(Added Amended Ord. 07-022, April 23, 2007, Eff date June 4, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-004, Mar. 16, 2016, Eff date Apr. 1, 2016)

30.41F.040 Approvals.

(1) Administrative site plan. In order to approve an administrative site plan, the department must find that the site plan is consistent with the requirements of this chapter and other applicable regulations as determined by the department.

(2) Final inspection and occupancy shall not be completed until the following requirements are met for those units included in the inspection:

(a) Fire lane signs and/or striping are completed for all access ways to the units;

(b) Address signs, street signs and unit addressing is completed;

(c) All landscaping, site amenities, fencing, pedestrian facilities, lighting, and other requirements for the units, pursuant to this chapter, are installed and approved; and

(d) Parking restrictions, common facilities, drive aisles, fire lanes and other vehicle and pedestrian facilities, and all other commonly-owned and operated property shall be protected in perpetuity by a recorded covenant, in a form approved by the director.

(3) Director’s discretion. For the purpose of achieving greater innovation and design flexibility, the director and public works director shall have the authority to grant modifications or deviations as follows:

(a) Modifications or deviations may be granted to the following provisions of the county code if the applicant demonstrates that its proposal is consistent with the requirements of this chapter and the requested modification or deviation is consistent with the intent and purpose of this chapter and its provisions:

(i) chapter 30.24 SCC;

(ii) chapter 30.25 SCC;

(iii) chapter 30.26 SCC; and

(iv) chapter 30.27 SCC.

(b) The director shall retain administrative authority over the request. The director’s decision shall be final and not subject to appeal to the hearing examiner.

(4) An approved administrative site plan shall expire pursuant to SCC 30.70.140.

(Added Amended Ord. 07-022, April 23, 2007, Eff date June 4, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 10-072, Sept. 8, 2010, Eff date Oct. 3, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-073, Oct. 8, 2014, Eff date Oct. 27, 2014; Amended by Ord. 15-103, Jan. 11, 2016, Eff date Jan. 22, 2016; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-004, Mar. 16, 2016, Eff date Apr. 1, 2016)

30.41F.050 Provisions for public safety.

Pursuant to SCC 30.53A.512, the required width of a fire lane shall not be obstructed in any manner, at any time, including parking of vehicles. The developer and/or builder shall consult with the applicable fire district/department during a pre-construction meeting regarding maintenance of fire lane access throughout construction. Fire lane and no parking signage shall be provided pursuant to chapter 30.27 SCC.

(Added Amended Ord. 07-022, April 23, 2007, Eff date June 4, 2007; Amended by Ord. 14-081, Oct. 29, 2014, Eff date November 13, 2014)

30.41F.060 Design guidelines.

A single family detached units residential development shall meet the following standards:

(1) Single family detached unit developments meeting the applicability thresholds of chapter 30.23A SCC shall be subject to the design standards of that chapter.

(2) Vehicular and pedestrian circulation shall be provided pursuant to the applicable requirements in chapter 30.24 SCC.

(3) Landscaping shall be provided as specified pursuant to the applicable landscaping and tree retention requirements in chapter 30.25 SCC.

(Added Amended Ord. 07-022, April 23, 2007, Eff date June 4, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009)

30.41F.090 Maintenance of landscaped and open areas.

To ensure permanent, ongoing maintenance of all landscaped and open space areas required by this chapter and SCC 30.25.045:

(1) Landscape maintenance covenants shall be prepared by the applicant and submitted together with documents otherwise required for maintenance of site improvements.

(2) Total open space shall be protected in perpetuity by a recorded covenant, in a form approved by the director. The recorded covenant must restrict use of the total open space to those specified in the approved site plan and concomitant agreement and must provide for the maintenance of the total open space in a manner which assures its continuing use for the intended purpose.

(3) The maintenance of pervious surfaces used for open space requirements must also be maintained to retain the purpose of the pervious surface.

(Added Amended Ord. 07-022, April 23, 2007, Eff date June 4, 2007)

30.41F.100 Parking standards.

(1) Resident parking shall be provided pursuant to Table 30.26.030(1).

(a) Garages may count towards the dwelling parking requirements.

(b) Parking may be designed in clusters spaced throughout the development.

(2) Adequate provisions for resident parking shall be provided:

(a) In garages;

(b) On individual dwelling unit driveway aprons between the garage doors and the nearest edge of the drive aisle or pedestrian facility, whichever is closer. No vehicle parked on a driveway apron may obstruct any part of a pedestrian facility or drive aisle;

(c) In designated parking areas; and

(d) As parallel parking on internal drive aisles, provided the aisles are wide enough to ensure emergency vehicle access, pursuant to the Fire Code, chapter 30.53A SCC.

(Added Amended Ord. 07-022, April 23, 2007, Eff date June 4, 2007)