Chapter 17.16
AR AGRICULTURAL RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT (TWO-ACRE LOT AREA)

Sections:

17.16.010    Purpose

17.16.020    Permitted Principal Uses

17.16.030    Property Development Standards for Permitted Principal Uses

17.16.040    Permitted Accessory Uses and Buildings

17.16.050    Property Development Standards for Permitted Accessory Uses

17.16.060    Permitted Conditional Uses

17.16.070    Property Development Standards for Conditional Uses

17.16.010 Purpose

This district is intended for low density rural residential development with accessory limited noncommercial agricultural and equestrian usage. Regulations are designed to preserve the open space characteristic of the district and to insure the compatibility of limited agricultural uses with residential uses. This district is further intended to constitute a "holding" district to retain land in less intensive use until the time is appropriate for more intensive development. Limiting outlying areas to low density development also prevents scattered development and the premature and costly extension of utility mains and services related thereto, and to regulate development of the city so that it occurs in stages according to market need and progresses contiguously outward from the developed urban area. (Ord. 736 Art. IV § (A)(1)(a), 1997)

17.16.020 Permitted Principal Uses

A.    One single-family dwelling or one modular home, (subject to design guidelines defined in Chapter 17.64 per lot, parcel or building site;

B.    Water works facilities, both public and private, intended primarily for the production and distribution of water for irrigation purposes. (Ord. 736 Art. IV § (A)(1)(b), 1997)

17.16.030 Property Development Standards for Permitted Principal Uses

A.

Minimum lot or site area:

2 acres

B.

Front yard setback:

40'

C.

Side setback:

25' interior
40' side street

D.

Rear setback:

25' interior
40' rear street

E.

Minimum lot width:

295'

F.

Maximum building height:

35'

G.    1. Solid walls and solid fences shall be no higher than four feet in the required front setback of the principal permitted uses and no higher than six feet six inches in the required side and rear setback of the principal permitted uses.

2.    Open wire or open rail fences not exceeding six feet six inches shall be permitted in the required front, rear and side setbacks. Post and beam or arches exceeding six feet six inches may be constructed at entry points to the property.

3.    No fence may contain barbed wire, electrical current, broken glass or other hazardous material, except low voltage household pet containment systems are permitted. (Ord. 736 Art. IV § (A)(1)(c), 1997)

17.16.040 Permitted Accessory Uses and Buildings

A.    Noncommercial agriculture: raising trees and plants, plant propagation, orchards, raising birds, bee keeping, the raising of field crops, and fruit, vegetable and herb gardening;

B.    The noncommercial keeping of livestock such as horses, donkeys, mules, cattle, sheep, rabbits, turkeys, chickens, and goats; including one hog, provided it is a Future Farmers of America, 4-H or similar livestock project, conducted by the occupants of the premises;

C.    Barns, pens, enclosures, stables, corrals, buildings, greenhouses, aviaries, hutches, apiaries to house permitted accessory uses in subsection A of B of this section;

D.    Accessory structures including fences and walls, garages, storage buildings, storage container per definition in 17.08.020, work shops, satellite earth stations, swimming pools, amateur radio towers, game courts (unlighted) and gazebos;

E.    Class I home occupations (See Home occupations, Section 17.52.020). (Ord. 736 Art. IV § (A)(1)(e), 1997)

(Manual, Amended, 06/18/2004)

17.16.050 Property Development Standards for Permitted Accessory Uses

A.    Structures including fences, housing or restraining of livestock, fowl or bees:

1.

Front setback:

100'

2.

Side setback:

25' interior
50' side street

3.

Rear setback:

25' interior
50' rear street

4.

Maximum building height:

35'

B.    All structures except those housing or restraining livestock, fowl or bees:

1.

Front setback:

40'

2.

Side setback:

25' interior
40' side street

3.

Rear setback:

25' interior
40' rear street

4.

Maximum building height:

35'

C.    Open pastures, raising trees, plants, orchards, field crops, and fruit, vegetable and herb gardening: no setbacks required except for structures as provided in subsections A and B of this section.

D.    1. Solid walls and solid fences shall be no higher than six feet six inches high in the required front, side and rear setbacks of the permitted accessory uses.

2.    Open wire or open rail fences are permitted at all locations on the property.

3.    No fence may contain barbed wire, electrical current, broken glass or other hazardous material, except low voltage household pet containment systems are permitted.

E.    The maximum number of animals permitted per lot or parcel shall be as follows:

1.    One livestock unit for every full twenty-two thousand (22,000) square foot portion of the lot or parcel not including public street rights-of-way; and

2.    One pet unit for every full twenty thousand (20,000) square foot portion of the lot or parcel not including public street rights-of-way, provided that if there are more than five dogs, cats or other household pets, the use shall not be considered a kennel unless the grooming, breeding, training and caring for the animals is conducted as a business.

3.    Livestock Unit and Pet Unit Definitions.

a.    One livestock unit shall equal:

i.    One horse, or one donkey, or one mule, or one cow/steer, or one 4-H hog, or one ratite, or one similar sized animal; or

ii.    Two sheep, or two goats, or two similar sized animals; or

iii.    Ten fowl, or ten rabbits, or ten similar sized animals.

b.    One pet unit shall equal: one dog, or one cat, or one household pet.

4.    Offspring of the permitted animals may be kept on the property, and in excess of the maximum number allowed, until they reach breeding age or eighteen (18) months, whichever comes first.

F.    Animals not kept in barns, pens, enclosures, stables, corrals, hutches or buildings may use any part of the lot or parcel of record as open, improved or unimproved pasture provided no more than one livestock unit is permitted per one full acre (forty-three thousand five hundred sixty (43,560) square feet) of fenced, improved or unimproved pasture.

G.    All areas used by animals including, but not limited to, barns, pens, stables, enclosures, corrals, hutches, buildings, and improved or unimproved pasture shall be maintained in a healthy and sanitary manner. Animal waste shall be regularly cleaned from all areas and stored in an airtight container or approved compost container until it can be properly disposed of.

Sections 6.04.070 and 9.08.010 of this code, and the Navajo County Health Code further regulate the keeping of animals in a clean and sanitary manner.

H.    Portable structures or buildings in excess of two hundred (200) square feet in area shall be approved by the city development review board prior to being located on any lot or parcel of record. (Refer to the development procedures ordinance.) (Ord. 736 Art. IV § (A)(1)(e), 1997)

I.    One (1) storage container per parcel may be used under the following conditions:

1.    A city permit shall be obtained after submission of a site plan showing required front and side setbacks.

2.    Length shall not exceed twenty (20) feet, with height not to exceed eight (8) feet.

3.    If permanent, they shall be painted similar or complimentary to surrounding structure(s) or dwellings.

4.    Temporary placement shall be no more than six (6) months, after which the container shall be removed.

Exception to the above conditions may be made for storage containers used on construction sites.

(Manual, Amended, 06/18/2004)

17.16.060 Permitted Conditional Uses

A.    Schools, public or private;

B.    Churches and church facility complexes;

C.    Public and quasi-public buildings;

D.    Parks, playgrounds, camp grounds, golf courses, country clubs, riding clubs, tennis clubs;

E.    Commercial horse riding, training and boarding stables on a minimum lot size of ten acres;

F.    Cemeteries, human and pet;

G.    Roadside stands:

1.    Limited to temporary (ninety (90) day limit per calendar year) construction and use,

2.    Stands limited to three hundred (300) square feet, temporary construction,

3.    May only sell produce grown on site,

4.    A minimum of four parking spaces must be provided, may be gravel or decomposed granite;

H.    Public utilities;

I.    Veterinary clinics, including the boarding of animals;

J.    Guest ranches;

K.    Class II home occupations;

L.    Riding and roping arenas;

M.    Kennels;

N.    Bed and Breakfast, up to five sleeping rooms;

O.    Increased livestock: more than one livestock unit per twenty-two thousand (22,000) square feet of lot area as permitted in Section 17.16.050(E)(1) and (3), provided a detailed plan is submitted by the applicant and approved by the planning and zoning commission and city council at duly published and noticed public hearings. The plan shall define and describe all animal enclosures, line of sight from neighbors, prevailing winds, method and frequency of waste removal, number of livestock units requested, reasons for the request and time limit requested. (Ord. 736 Art. IV § (A)(1)(f), 1997)

P.    Storage container in excess of twenty feet in length.

(Manual, Amended, 06/18/2004)

17.16.070 Property Development Standards for Conditional Uses

A.    All structures shall be developed in conformance with Section 17.16.030(A) through (F).

B.    Solid walls and solid fences shall be no higher than four feet in the required front setback of the principal permitted uses and no higher than six feet six inches in the required side and rear setbacks of the principal permitted uses.

C.    Open wire and open rail fences exceeding the above heights are allowed around schools and other public or quasi-public uses when necessary for the safety or restraint of the occupants thereof. (Ord. 736 Art. IV § (A)(1)(g), 1997)