Chapter 17.50
ACCESSORY BUILDINGS AND USES

Sections:

17.50.010    Accessory buildings—Construction time.

17.50.020    Accessory buildings or structures—Regulations.

17.50.030    Garage entries.

17.50.040    Public utilities.

17.50.010 Accessory buildings—Construction time.

Accessory buildings shall be constructed with or subsequent to the construction of the main building. (Ord. 38 § 1 (part), 1972: prior code § 10-406.060)

17.50.020 Accessory buildings or structures—Regulations.

A.    Accessory Buildings or Structures—General. All accessory buildings or structures, whether attached or detached, shall comply with the following standards:

1.    The only plumbing facilities to be permitted shall be a cold water faucet and drain and rainwater runoff disposal plumbing, and there shall be no other plumbing of any kind.

2.    The total of all accessory buildings or structures higher than the fence line shall not occupy more than thirty percent of the required rear yard.

3.    All accessory buildings or structures higher than the fence line shall be included in calculating the maximum building coverage allowed on the lot.

B.    Attached Accessory Buildings or Structures. Where an accessory building or structure is attached to the main building, it shall be structurally a part of or have a common roof or common wall with the main building, or abut the roof or wall of the main building, and shall comply in all respects with the requirements of this title applicable to the main building unless otherwise allowed by subsection D of this section, as a deck or allowed by Chapter 17.54 as a projection into a yard.

C. 1. Detached Accessory Buildings or Structures Higher Than the Fence Line. A detached accessory building or structure higher than the fence line in any “R” district including, but not limited to, a gazebo (whether covered with wood, fabric or any other material), arbor or shed, and excluding a flagpole, shall be located on the rear one-half of the lot and shall maintain the following standards:

a.    Such detached accessory building shall not be located within five feet of the side or rear line of the lot and, in the case of a corner lot, shall not project beyond the required side yard or the front yard required or existing on the adjacent lot.

b.    Any gazebo or accessory structure shall be located at least ten feet from any dwelling existing or under construction on the same lot or any adjacent lot.

c.    The only detached accessory buildings or structures allowed within the front yard shall be a trellis that is set back a minimum of twenty feet from the front property line and not located parallel to and adjacent to a fence that is more than forty inches in height.

2.    Waterfront Properties.

a.    The rear one-half of a waterfront lot shall be determined by: (i) measuring from the front property line to the water side of the bulkhead; or (ii) in the case where there is no bulkhead, the rear one-half of a waterfront lot shall be determined by taking the total lot depth of the lot excluding any easement that the city has been granted to maintain the lagoon for waterfront properties; or (iii) in the case where there is no bulkhead or no maintenance easement, the rear one-half of a waterfront lot shall be determined by establishing a reasonable point of measurement which can include the bulkhead on an adjoining property, neighboring maintenance easement and/or the edge of the land and water as determined by the community development director.

b.    The rear one-half of a waterfront lot shall be determined by: (i) measuring from the front property line to the water side of the bulkhead; or (ii) in the case where there is no bulkhead, the rear one-half of a waterfront lot shall be determined by taking the total lot depth of the lot excluding any easement that the city has been granted to maintain the lagoon for waterfront properties; or (iii) in the case where there is no bulkhead or no maintenance easement, the rear one-half of a waterfront lot shall be determined by establishing a reasonable point of measurement which can include the bulkhead on an adjoining property, neighboring maintenance easement and/or the edge of the land and water as determined by the community development director.

c.    Per Section 2.28.100(E), the waterfront views should be preserved from the subject property and adjacent properties. If the accessory structure when located entirely on the rear one-half of the lot would create an unreasonable obstruction to waterfront views from surrounding properties, as determined by the community development director, then up to thirty percent of the accessory structure may project into the front one-half of the lot (as defined above) subject to the requirements in this section. The following criteria shall be considered (but are not exclusive) in determining whether an unreasonable view obstruction would occur if the accessory structure is approved:

i.    The extent of obstruction to views from high use living areas of the adjoining property, after construction of the accessory structure. High use areas are defined as living rooms, dining rooms, family rooms, kitchens and rear yards.

ii.    The amount and quality of the view after construction of the subject accessory structure.

iii.    Reasonable alternatives available, which would avoid or reduce the extent of visual impact of the obstruction on adjacent properties.

iv.    Any accessory structure shall be located at least ten feet from any dwelling existing or under construction on the same lot or any adjacent lot.

v.    Any accessory structure shall be located at least five feet from the side property line of the lot.

vi.    Any accessory structure shall be located at least ten feet from the bulkhead or rip-rap or water’s edge.

vii.    Any accessory structure shall not have any portion located in the front yard of the lot as defined in Section 17.04.600, except as permitted in Sections 17.54.010, 17.54.020 and 17.54.030.

3.    Detached Accessory Buildings or Structures Lower Than the Fence Line. A detached accessory building or structure lower than the fence line may be located in any side or rear yard and shall not be subject to architectural review, except such structures on waterfront property which are visible from the public waterway.

4.    A flagpole may be located in any yard area not to exceed a height of fifteen feet except as approved by architectural review.

D.    Decks.

1.    Any deck which is raised above grade shall maintain a minimum setback of two feet from any property line.

2.    Decks less than eighteen inches from the grade at all points are exempt from setback, coverage, and architectural review requirements pursuant to Section 17.58.020(B), provided they maintain a minimum setback of five feet from any property line.

3.    Materials for deck surfaces other than railings shall be limited on waterfront properties and other locations visible from off site to materials such as wood, concrete, brick, tile, or synthetic material as long as they are made of nonreflective material and are designed to look like natural wood as determined by the community development director.

4.    Materials for deck railings shall be limited to wood, wrought iron, Plexiglas, tempered glass, Lexan, or minimum twelve-gauge black vinyl-coated welded wire with a wood cap or synthetic material as long as they are made of nonreflective material and are designed to look like natural wood as determined by the community development director; chain-link or lesser-gauge welded wire shall not be allowed. (Ord. 548 § 1, 2009; Ord. 515 § 2 Exh. A (part), 2005; Ord. 507 § 2 Exh. A (part), 2003; Ord. 424 § 1, Exh. A, 1996; Ord. 391 § 1 Exh. A (part), 1992; Ord. 371, § 20, 1989: Ord. 38 § 1 (part), 1972: prior code § 10-406.061)

17.50.030 Garage entries.

Residential garage entrances opening on any front or side lot shall be located with the opening a minimum of twenty feet from the lot line unless in a planned development (PD) district and waived pursuant to Chapter 17.36. (Ord. 371 § 21, 1989: Ord. 38 § 1 (part), 1972: prior code § 10-406.062)

17.50.040 Public utilities.

All routes of proposed gas, water lines and electric transmission lines shall be submitted to the city planning commission for their recommendation. Such recommendation shall be received prior to acquisition of rights-of-way therefor. (Ord. 38 § 1 (part), 1972: prior code § 10-406.063)