Chapter 16.48


16.48.010    Purpose and intent.

16.48.020    Applicability.

16.48.030    Air quality.

16.48.040    Electrical or electronic interference.

16.48.050    Fire and explosive hazards.

16.48.060    Hazardous materials and wastes.

16.48.070    Heat and cold.

16.48.080    Light and glare.

16.48.090    Liquid and solid wastes.

16.48.100    Maintenance of open areas.

16.48.110    Mechanical and electrical equipment.

16.48.120    Repealed.

16.48.130    Odors.

16.48.140    Outdoor storage, trash areas, and service areas.

16.48.150    Smoke.

16.48.160    Vibration.

16.48.010 Purpose and intent.

The performance standards outlined in this section are intended to describe the location, configuration, design, amenities, operation, and other standards for existing and proposed development projects which have the capability of impacting the surrounding neighborhood. The performance standards set maximum limits on adverse environmental effects created by any use or development of land. (Ord. 171 § 12.10, 1994)

16.48.020 Applicability.

A. Applicability. Unless otherwise specified, the performance standards contained within this section are intended to apply to land uses within the city, in addition to the standards of the district within which the use is located, and all other applicable portions of this title.

B. Administration and Management. The standards of this chapter shall be enforced in an ongoing manner by the community development director. Upon discovery of any potential violation of these standards, the community development director shall investigate, using such instruments as may be necessary. If a violation is found to exist, the violation shall be abated as prescribed in HMC 16.04.040.

C. Exemptions. The following sources of nuisances are exempt from the provisions of this chapter:

1. Emergency equipment, vehicles, devices, and activities.

2. Construction, maintenance, or demolition activities as identified in Chapter 15.48 HMC. (Ord. 435 § 17, 2019; Ord. 171 § 12.20, 1994)

16.48.030 Air quality.

No operation or activity shall cause the emission of any smoke, fly ash, dust, fumes, vapors, gases or other forms of air pollution which can cause material damage to health or property, or which can cause excessive dirt on any other lot. No emission shall be permitted which exceeds the requirements of the South Coast Air Quality Management District or the requirements of any Air Quality Plan adopted by the city of Highland. (Ord. 171 § 12.30, 1994)

16.48.040 Electrical or electronic interference.

No operation or activity shall cause any source of electrical or electronic disturbance that adversely affects persons or the operation of any equipment on any other lot and which is not in conformance with the regulations of the Federal Communication Commission. (Ord. 171 § 12.40, 1994)

16.48.050 Fire and explosive hazards.

Any operation or activity involving the storage of flammable or explosive materials shall be provided with adequate safety devices against the hazard of fire and explosion and adequate firefighting and fire suppression equipment and devices in accordance with the requirements of the fire code official and adopted fire code. Burning of waste materials in an open fire is prohibited. (Ord. 435 § 18, 2019; Ord. 171 § 12.50, 1994)

16.48.060 Hazardous materials and wastes.

The release or emission of hazardous materials and wastes into the atmosphere, ground, or sewerage systems is prohibited. (Ord. 171 § 12.60, 1994)

16.48.070 Heat and cold.

No operation or activity shall emit heat or cold which would cause a temperature increase or decrease on any adjacent property in excess of 10 degrees Fahrenheit, whether the change is in the air, on the ground, or in any structure. (Ord. 171 § 12.70, 1994)

16.48.080 Light and glare.

No operation, activity, sign, or lighting fixture shall create illumination which exceeds 0.5 foot candles minimum maintained on any adjacent property, whether the illumination is direct or indirect light from the source. All lighting shall be designed to project downward and shall not create glare on adjacent properties. (Ord. 171 § 12.80, 1994)

16.48.090 Liquid and solid wastes.

No operation or action shall discharge, at any point into any public street, public sewer, private sewage disposal system, stream, body of water or into the ground, any materials which can contaminate any water supply, interfere with bacterial processes in sewage treatment, or otherwise cause the emission of dangerous or offensive elements, except in accord with standards approved by the California Department of Health Services or other governmental agency with jurisdiction. (Ord. 171 § 12.90, 1994)

16.48.100 Maintenance of open areas.

All open areas shall be landscaped, or they shall be surfaced, treated and maintained permanently in a manner which will minimize dust. (Ord. 171 § 12.100, 1994)

16.48.110 Mechanical and electrical equipment.

All such equipment, including air conditioners, antennas, pumps, transformers, heating and ventilating equipment, shall be located and operated in a manner that does not materially disturb adjacent uses and activities. (Ord. 171 § 12.110, 1994)

16.48.120 Noise and sound.

Repealed by Ord. 283. (Ord. 171 § 12.120, 1994)

16.48.130 Odors.

No operation or activity shall be permitted which emits odorous gases or other odorous matter in such quantities as to be dangerous, injurious, noxious, or otherwise objectionable to a level that is detectable without the aid of instruments at or beyond the lot line. (Ord. 171 § 12.130, 1994)

16.48.140 Outdoor storage, trash areas, and service areas.

All storage areas for storage of maintenance equipment or vehicles, refuse and collection areas and service areas shall be enclosed or effectively screened from the public view with a fence, wall, landscaping, berming or a combination thereof. (Ord. 171 § 12.140, 1994)

16.48.150 Smoke.

No operation or activity is permitted to have operations which emit excessive smoke, fumes, or dust or which exceed the requirements or levels as specified by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. (Ord. 171 § 12.150, 1994)

16.48.160 Vibration.

No use shall be permitted which creates a steady-state, earth-borne oscillation which is continuous and occurring more frequently than 100 times per minute on adjacent properties. The ground vibration caused by moving vehicles, trains, aircraft, or temporary construction or demolition is exempted from these limits. (Ord. 171 § 12.160, 1994)