Chapter 17.27
R-4 HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT

Sections:

17.27.010    Intent.

17.27.020    Permitted uses.

17.27.030    Conditional uses.

17.27.040    Prohibited uses.

17.27.050    Building height limit.

17.27.060    Lot area restrictions.

17.27.064    Setback requirements.

17.27.066    Open space requirements.

17.27.068    Fencing requirements.

17.27.070    Parking.

17.27.080    Site plan requirements and access control.

17.27.010 Intent.

The R-4 district is intended for residential areas with a combination of multiple-family structures and single-family residences with a high population density. Nonresidential uses have been permitted on the basis of whether or not they are compatible with the predominantly residential character of this district. (Ord. 05-004 § 3, 2005)

17.27.020 Permitted uses.

Permitted principal uses and structures in the R-4 district are:

A. One-family dwellings;

B. Two-family dwellings;

C. Multiple-family dwellings;

D. Boarding and roominghouses;

E. Home occupations;

F. Parks and playgrounds;

G. Child care facilities and preschools, both operating as day care only;

H. Other compatible uses and accessory uses such as storage structures for use by residents of the development;

I. Storage of travel trailers, campers, pleasure boats and motor homes neither used nor occupied as living quarters;

J. Gardens and greenhouses when incidental to residential use;

K. Churches, synagogues, temples, chapels, mosques or similar places of religious worship, and related structures; provided, that no part of any building or structure used for such purposes shall be located nearer than 30 feet to any adjoining lot or street line. (Ord. 05-004 § 3, 2005)

17.27.030 Conditional uses.

Uses which may be permitted by the R-4 district by obtaining a conditional use permit are:

A. Public and private schools;

B. Public buildings and structures;

C. Residential planned unit development meeting the requirements of Chapter 17.84 PMC;

D. Mobile homes that are used for occupancy in a mobile home court;

E. Residential care facilities with eight or fewer patients and special needs day services facilities;

F. Utility substation. (Ord. 05-029 § 9, 2005; Ord. 05-004 § 3, 2005)

17.27.040 Prohibited uses.

Prohibited uses and structures in the R-4 district are all uses and structures not specified as permitted outright, including, without limitation, the following:

A. Parking or storage of heavy equipment, tractors, graders or trucks which are used for gain;

B. Mobile homes which are used for occupancy outside of a mobile home court. (Ord. 05-004 § 3, 2005)

17.27.050 Building height limit.

The maximum building height shall be 50 feet. (Ord. 05-004 § 3, 2005)

17.27.060 Lot area restrictions.

A. Minimum lot width:

1. For a lot of record as of January 17, 1978, zero to 50 feet;

2. For a lot of record created after January 17, 1978, 60 feet.

B. Minimum lot area:

1. For a lot of record as of January 17, 1978, 5,000 square feet;

2. For a lot of record created after January 17, 1978, but before July 1, 2005, 7,200 square feet;

3. For a lot of record created after June 30, 2005, 8,400 square feet.

C. Minimum lot area per dwelling unit:

No. of Dwelling Units

Lot Area Per Unit

Minimum Total Lot Size

1

8,400 Sq. Ft.

8,400 Sq. Ft.

2

5,000 Sq. Ft.

10,000 Sq. Ft.

3

4,160 Sq. Ft.

12,500 Sq. Ft.

4

3,750 Sq. Ft.

15,000 Sq. Ft.

5

3,480 Sq. Ft.

17,400 Sq. Ft.

6

3,180 Sq. Ft.

19,100 Sq. Ft.

7

2,940 Sq. Ft.

20,600 Sq. Ft.

8

2,700 Sq. Ft.

21,600 Sq. Ft.

9 or more

2,700+ Sq. Ft.

(as required)

D. Maximum lot coverage by all structures containing dwelling units, exclusive of attached garages, shall not exceed 40 percent, except for nine or more multiple units which may not exceed 50 percent. (Ord. 05-029 § 10, 2005; Ord. 05-004 § 3, 2005)

17.27.064 Setback requirements.

Minimum setback requirements are as follows:

A. One to four dwelling units per lot:

1. Front yard, 25 feet;

2. Side yard:

a. Side yard for a lot of record as of July 1, 2005, six feet.

b. Side yard on a street side of a corner lot of record before July 1, 2005, 10 feet.

c. Side yard for a lot created after June 30, 2005, 15 feet;

3. Rear yard, 25 feet.

B. More than four dwelling units per lot:

1. Front yard, 25 feet;

2. Side yard:

a. Side yard for a lot of record as of July 1, 2005, six feet.

b. Side yard on a street side of a corner lot of record before July 1, 2005, 10 feet.

c. Side yard for a lot created after June 30, 2005, 25 feet;

3. Rear yard, 25 feet.

C. Subsection (B) of this section notwithstanding, the setback for a lot containing more than four dwelling units with a side or rear yard abutting or immediately across an alley from property zoned R-1 or R-1E shall be at least 25 feet on that side or sides. The setback measurement shall begin at the R-4 property’s edge of the alley right-of-way. (Ord. 05-004 § 3, 2005)

17.27.066 Open space requirements.

For structures with nine or more dwelling units:

A. All residential uses require a minimum of 200 square feet of open space for outdoor activities per dwelling unit. No dimension of the open space shall be less than eight feet. This open space requirement does not apply to any building which has a footprint constructed before January 17, 1978, and which footprint has not been significantly altered.

B. Open space shall not be used for storage, driveway, vehicle or other parking, above ground building utilities or services, or any structures (other than a fence). Open space may not be used to satisfy setback requirements. Open space may be used for lawn, shrubs, or trees. (Ord. 05-004 § 3, 2005)

17.27.068 Fencing requirements.

Lots abutting or immediately across an alley from an R-1, R-1E, or R-2 residential zone which contain five or more dwelling units shall have a six-foot six-inch solid or interlap fence on the side or sides abutting or across an alley from the lower-density residential zones. The fence shall be well built, finished and maintained. (Ord. 05-004 § 3, 2005)

17.27.070 Parking.

Parking requirements shall meet the requirements of Chapter 17.64 PMC. Parking lots of structures containing five or more dwelling units shall not be located within the front setback dimensions; however, traffic lanes and access to parking lots may be located in the setbacks. (Ord. 05-004 § 3, 2005)

17.27.080 Site plan requirements and access control.

Chapter 17.62 PMC regarding site plan requirements and access control shall apply after February 8, 2005, to the construction of four or more dwelling units on a lot. (Ord. 05-004 § 3, 2005)