15.01    Land Use Definition

15.02    Use Regulations

15.03    Property Development Standards

15.04    Height Regulations

15.05    Setback Regulations

15.06    Additional Regulations

15.01 Land Use Definition

High density residential (RC Cluster): this zoning provides for multifamily housing only. Dwelling units in this category shall have livable floor area as may be approved by the commission upon submittal of a use plan by the developer.

15.02 Use Regulations

A building or premises shall be used only for the purposes as set forth in the city of Litchfield Park zoning matrix (Section 28).

15.03 Property Development Standards

a.    Development Area

Each development shall have a minimum area of five acres.

b.    Lot Area Per Dwelling Unit

The minimum lot area per dwelling unit shall be three thousand six hundred square feet within the development.

c.    Coverage

The maximum coverage shall be sixty percent of the development area.

d.    Distance Between Buildings

The minimum distance between buildings on the same lot shall be ten feet.

e.    Buffers

Buffer yards, consisting at a minimum of landscaping for the required setback distance, including pathways as appropriate, as approved by the design review board, shall be provided between dissimilar uses or other districts.

f.    Open Space Density Bonus

Provision of common open space totaling not less than twenty percent of the net site area, shall entitle the developer to observe the property development standards (except minimum development area) and the setback regulations of the next less restrictive residential district. (Ord. 04-91 § 1 (part))

15.04 Height Regulations

The height of all structures shall not exceed one story nor twenty-five feet in height; or if accepted as part of a development plan at the time of zoning approval, two stories or thirty-five feet.

15.05 Setback Regulations

Unless otherwise accepted as part of a development plan at the time of zoning approval, the following setbacks shall be provided:

a.    Front Yard

1.    There shall be a front yard having a depth of not less than ten feet.

2.    Where a lot is located at the intersection of two or more streets, there shall be a yard conforming to the front yard requirements on each street side of a corner lot. No accessory building shall project into yards required to conform with the front yard requirements.

b.    Side Yard

There shall be a side yard on each side of a building having a width of not less than ten feet.

c.    Rear Yard

There shall be a rear yard having a depth of not less than ten feet.

15.06 Additional Regulations

a.    Any exterior lighting shall be directed downward and away from adjacent property in accordance with the city code and this zoning code. See Section 31.15.

b.    Provisions for on-site stormwater retention/drainage and off-site stormwater drainage both entering and leaving the property shall be as required by the city of Litchfield Park and the Maricopa County Flood Control District; the procedures for which shall be approved by the council.