17.01    Land Use Definition

17.02    Use Regulations

17.03    Property Development Standards

17.04    Height Regulations

17.05    Setback Regulations

17.06    Residential Condominium Projects

17.07    Additional Regulations

17.08    Violation; Penalty

17.01 Land Use Definition

Medium density multifamily (MFM): this zoning provides for multifamily housing. 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.

17.02 Use Regulations

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

17.03 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 two thousand 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))

17.04 Height Regulations

The height of all structures shall not exceed the lower of: (a) two habitable stories; (b) thirty-five feet from natural grade through any structure cross-section.

17.05 Setback Regulations

a.    Front Yard

1.    There shall be a front yard having a depth of not less than twenty-five feet, unless otherwise approved as a part of a development plan.

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 twenty-five feet.

c.    Rear Yard

There shall be a rear yard having a depth of not less than twenty-five feet.

17.06 Residential Condominium Projects

In addition to the regulations set forth in this section, residential condominium projects shall comply with the following regulations:

a.    Compliance with Zoning District Requirements and Subdivision Regulations

Residential condominium projects shall comply with the requirements of the medium density multifamily district, as such requirements may be specifically modified by the applicable rezoning ordinance, if any. Residential condominium projects shall comply with city subdivision regulations.

b.    Use of Residential Condominium Units as Resort Rental Units

Primary condominium units and split-off units may be used as resort rental units only in compliance with the requirements of Section 16.06(b).

c.    No Leasing or Conveyance of Split-Off Units

Split-off units shall not be leased, subleased or otherwise conveyed separate from the primary condominium unit. (Ord. 06-111 § 1 (part))

17.07 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. (Ord. 06-111 § 1 (part). Formerly 17.06)

17.08 Violation; Penalty

Any person found guilty of violating any provision of Section 17.06 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that a violation continues shall be a separate offense punishable as described in this subsection. (Ord. 06-111 § 4 (part))