Chapter 18.13


18.13.010    Purposes.

18.13.020    Permitted uses.

18.13.030    Conditional uses.

18.13.040    Screening and landscaping.

18.13.050    Performance standards.

18.13.060    Required yards.

18.13.070    Minimum lot size.

18.13.080    Site area per dwelling unit.

18.13.090    Height of structures.

18.13.100    Coverage.

18.13.110    Signs.

18.13.120    Off-street parking and loading facilities.

18.13.130    Reserved.

18.13.140    Design review.

18.13.150    General provisions and exceptions.

18.13.010 Purposes.

The purpose of the PMU planned mixed use district is to implement the policies of the Dixon General Plan, which encourages the adaptive reuse of older residential structures near the downtown to office and retail commercial uses. The PMU districts also encourage new construction which is compatible in size and architectural style with the downtown and the abutting residential neighborhoods. The PMU districts also encourage the preservation of older architectural styles and a harmonious intermingling of office and retail uses with adjacent residential uses. The PMU1 district and the PMU2 district are distinguished by the applicable minimum site per dwelling unit regulations pursuant to DMC 18.13.080, but are otherwise subject to the same regulations under this chapter. The purpose of separating PMU1 from PMU2 is to allow a higher density in those areas where it is compatible with the surrounding land uses. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.13.020 Permitted uses.

The following uses shall be permitted:

A. Residential uses including the following:

1. One (1) family dwellings;

2. Two (2) family dwellings or duplexes;

3. Three (3) family dwellings;

4. Four (4) family dwellings;

5. Multiple-family dwellings.

B. Retail stores, shops, service establishments and offices supplying commodities or performing services such as those provided by the following:

1. Antique stores, arts and crafts stores and similar uses;

2. Business and technical schools, and schools and studios for photography, art, music and dance;

3. Department stores and specialty shops;

4. Medical and dental clinics;

5. Personal and business service establishments;

6. Professional and administrative offices;

7. Restaurants without drive-through, including outdoor eating areas and establishments;

8. Accessory structures located on the same site as a permitted or conditional use.

C. Accessory and temporary uses, subject to the provisions of Chapter 18.22 DMC.

D. Windmills in conjunction with a permitted or conditional use. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1); Ord. 15-002 § 25.]

18.13.030 Conditional uses.

The following uses shall be permitted upon the granting of a use permit as provided in Chapter 18.25 DMC:

A. Nursery schools and day care centers.

B. Public and quasi-public buildings and uses of a recreational, educational, religious or public service type, but not including corporation yards, storage or repair warehouses and similar uses.

C. Any other retail business or service establishment which the City Planning Commission finds to be consistent with the purposes of this chapter and which will not impair the present or potential use of adjacent properties. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1); Ord. 15-002 § 26; Ord. 15-002 § 26.]

18.13.040 Screening and landscaping.

A. All uses shall provide screening and landscaping as required in Chapter 18.33 DMC.

B. Special care shall be taken to preserve existing trees and other significant vegetation which contributes to the character and setting of the older structures being preserved. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.13.050 Performance standards.

All uses shall be subject to the provisions of Chapter 18.28 DMC. In addition, the hours of operation of any permitted or conditional uses except residential uses shall be limited to between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.13.060 Required yards.

A. The minimum front yard shall equal or exceed the average of front yards of the two (2) nearest buildings on the same street frontage or fifteen (15) feet, whichever is greater.

B. The minimum side yard shall be five (5) feet. On the street side of a corner lot, the side yard shall not be less than twenty percent (20%) of the average width of the site or ten (10) feet, whichever is the lesser requirement; provided, that a side yard less than ten (10) feet shall not be permitted.

C. The minimum rear yard shall be ten (10) feet, subject to the following exceptions:

1. One (1) foot shall be added to the required rear yard for each two (2) feet of height or fraction thereof by which a portion of a structure within ten (10) feet of the rear property line exceeds fourteen (14) feet in height.

2. Accessory structures not exceeding ten (10) feet in height may be located no closer than three (3) feet from the side or rear property lines. Accessory structures up to fourteen (14) feet in height must be located a minimum of five (5) feet from the rear or side property lines; provided, that not more than twenty percent (20%) of the area of the required rear yard shall be covered by structures enclosed on more than one (1) side. An additional ten percent (10%) of the area may be covered by structures open on three (3) sides or more. On a reversed corner lot an accessory structure shall be located not closer to the rear property line than the required side yard on the adjoining key lot and not closer to the property line on the side adjoining the street than the required front yard on the adjoining key lot.

3. Where an alley abuts a property’s rear lot line, accessory structures which provide covered parking for automobiles must be located twenty (20) feet from the rear lot line if access to the covered parking stalls is from the alley. Covered parking accessed from an alley may cover thirty percent (30%) of the area of the required rear yard or four hundred (400) square feet, whichever is less. (Note: This language was added by staff to be consistent with the language in DMC 18.06.060(C).) [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 §§ 2(1), (9); Ord. 15-002 § 27.]

18.13.070 Minimum lot size.

A. The minimum lot size shall be five thousand (5,000) square feet.

B. The minimum site width shall be fifty (50) feet. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.13.080 Site area per dwelling unit.

The minimum site per dwelling unit shall be as follows:


Two Units

Three Units

Four or More Units


5,000 sq. ft.

5,000 sq. ft.

5,000 sq. ft.


4,000 sq. ft.

3,000 sq. ft.

2,000 sq. ft.

[Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.13.090 Height of structures.

No structure shall exceed three (3) stories or not more than thirty-six (36) feet. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.13.100 Coverage.

The maximum site area covered by the main structure shall be forty percent (40%) for residential uses. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.13.110 Signs.

No signs or display of any character shall be permitted except as provided in Chapter 18.24 DMC. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.13.120 Off-street parking and loading facilities.

Off-street parking and loading facilities shall be provided for all uses as prescribed in Chapter 18.27 DMC. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.13.130 Reserved.

[Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.13.140 Design review.

All uses shall be subject to design review as prescribed in Chapter 18.23 DMC. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.13.150 General provisions and exceptions.

All uses shall be subject to the general provisions and exceptions as prescribed in Chapter 18.20 DMC. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]