Chapter 17.12


17.12.010    Purpose.

17.12.020    Performance standards/architectural and design review.

17.12.030    Uses permitted.

17.12.040    Uses permitted subject to the issuance of a zoning permit.

17.12.050    Uses permitted subject to the issuance of a use permit.

17.12.060    Development standards.

17.12.070    Storefront and streetscape guidelines.

17.12.080    Performance standards.

17.12.010 Purpose.

The purpose of the central business district is to carry out the policies and programs of the Lakeport general plan community design element (downtown plan). The CB district encompasses the historic center of the community and has a range of land uses which include open space, high density residential/resort, general commercial, and public uses. (Ord. 796 Att. A(part), 1999)

17.12.020 Performance standards/architectural and design review.

All uses permitted within the CB district shall be subject to the performance standards set forth in Chapter 17.28 and to architectural and design review as set forth in Chapter 17.27. (Ord. 796 Att. A(part), 1999)

17.12.030 Uses permitted.

A.    Accessory buildings and uses customarily appurtenant to a permitted use.

B.    Retail stores including antique, gift and curio shops, food and grocery, pharmacy, hardware, liquor, appliance, and similar stores.

C.    Bakeries.

D.    Barber and beauty shops.

E.    Bars, cocktail lounges, and taverns without live entertainment.

F.    Cafes, coffee shops, and restaurants.

G.    Financial institutions.

H.    Hotels and motels.

I.    Medical and dental clinics and laboratories.

J.    Professional offices.

K.    Public facilities and buildings.

L.    Open space and park uses.

M.    Similar uses to those listed herein. (Ord. 821 §1(part), 2003; Ord. 796 Att. A(part), 1999)

17.12.040 Uses permitted subject to the issuance of a zoning permit.

A.    Flea markets within a building.

B.    Outdoor sales, outdoor sidewalk food service/seating, short-term promotional events, and special outdoor events.

C.    Live entertainment in conjunction with an existing business activity.

D.    Replacement and reconstruction of existing single-family dwellings.

E.    Temporary offices. (Ord. 821 §1(part), 2003; Ord. 796 Att. A(part), 1999)

17.12.050 Uses permitted subject to the issuance of a use permit.

The following uses are allowed within the CB district subject to the issuance of a use permit:

A.    Commercial recreation facilities.

B.    Auto and truck service stations.

C.    Automobile service and repair.

D.    Dry cleaners, laundry pick-up stations, and laundromats.

E.    Bed and breakfast inns.

F.    Rooming and boarding houses.

G.    Bus depots.

H.    Card rooms, bowling alleys, roller rinks, pool halls, arcades, and similar uses.

I.    Churches, schools, and day care facilities.

J.    Communication and public utility service facilities.

K.    Mixed-use developments.

L.    Residential uses in conjunction with a commercial use.

M.    Medium density residential uses subject to the requirements in the high density residential zoning district.

N.    Private parking lots unrelated to specific business or use.

O.    Funeral homes without crematoriums.

P.    Structures in excess of thirty-five feet in height.

Q.    Other and similar uses in character with those listed herein.

R.    Short term rental of a residence to a transient guest.

S.    One single-family dwelling, if it is to replace a previously-existing single-family dwelling.

T.    Bed and breakfast inns with food service and catering.

U.    Fuel dispensing operations with or without convenience markets. (Ord. 821 §1(part), 2003; Ord. 796 Att. A(part), 1999)

17.12.060 Development standards.

A.    Minimum Lot Size. As appropriate to accommodate the proposed use.

B.    Average Lot Width and Length-to-Width Ratio. As appropriate to accommodate the proposed use.

C.    Maximum Lot Coverage. One hundred percent.

D.    Setbacks. Subject to compliance with the Uniform Building Code, zero setbacks from property lines are allowed. Setbacks shall be as determined by the planning commission or staff in the review of a proposed project.

E.    Maximum Allowable Height.

1.    Principal structure: thirty-five feet.

2.    Accessory structures: fifteen feet.

F.    Parking. See Chapter 17.23.

G.    Signs. Signs shall conform to the provisions of the sign ordinance and the Main Street program storefront guidelines. (Ord. 796 Att. A(part), 1999)

17.12.070 Storefront and streetscape guidelines.

The CB district contains many historic structures and is a uniquely developed area. In the review of proposed new development or remodel projects, the city will implement the general plan community design element and the Main Street program storefront guidelines in order to maintain and achieve design improvements which are consistent with the historic and cultural character of the area. (Ord. 796 Att. A(part), 1999)

17.12.080 Performance standards.

A.    The construction or remodel of buildings within the central business district shall be subject to architectural and design review and shall be designed to interrelate with the existing architectural and building styles in the downtown area so as to enhance the small town character and identity of downtown Lakeport. The use of appropriate architectural styles, materials, colors, and improvements shall be consistent with the historic nature of downtown.

B.    The development of new buildings or remodel of existing structures shall take into account the goals and policies set forth in the community design element of the general plan and shall be consistent with the California Main Street Program. Provisions for creating a friendly and safe environment, which is inviting to pedestrians, may include special lighting, new landscaping, street furniture, sidewalk enhancement, provision of pedestrian paths, protection of scenic views, provision of access to the lakefront, and strengthening the relationship between downtown and Clear Lake, along with the provision of other public amenities, will be considered.

C.    In the development of new buildings or remodel of existing structures, pedestrian circulation shall be taken into account. The widening of sidewalks, provision of additional crosswalks, new street signage, and/or new sidewalk surfaces and treatments may be required. As new development proposals are made, pedestrian and bike paths on public and private property may also be required. The resurfacing and landscaping of existing secondary streets, alleys, and pedestrian paths in the downtown area may be required as a condition of approval.

D.    Where possible, the development of public open space areas such as courtyards, pocket parks, and pedestrian paths, separate from the streets through the interior of city blocks or within larger development projects, may be required for the purpose of connecting various parts of downtown and to create interesting interior spaces.

E.    As a condition of approval of new construction or remodel of existing structures within the central business district, landscaping may be required. Landscaping may include the provision of street trees within sidewalk areas adjacent to the project and the provision of irrigation facilities and tree grates. Other landscaping may be required on-site depending upon the project location, design, and impact.

F.    In conjunction with the development of new or remodeled structures, the city may require the installation of landscaping, new lighting, benches, tree grates, bike racks, public telephones, or trash receptacles that are designed to compliment and enhance the aesthetic character of downtown. (Ord. 796 Att. A(part), 1999)