Chapter 17.220
LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS (LDR-6, LDR-8.5)

Sections:

17.220.010    Purpose.

17.220.020    Locational criteria.

17.220.030    Uses.

17.220.040    Height regulations.

17.220.050    Density requirements.

17.220.060    Lot coverage and dimensions.

17.220.010 Purpose.

The LDR districts are intended to implement the provisions of the Coos Bay comprehensive plan. In addition, these districts are intended to: recognize and maintain established low density residential areas, while encouraging appropriate infill and redevelopment; establish higher densities close to employment centers and transit corridors and lower densities in areas without urban services; create efficient residential areas which provide community services in a more economical manner, and facilitate utility-efficient design; and provide for additional related uses such as utility uses necessary to serve immediate residential areas. [Ord. 503 § 1 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 473 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016].

17.220.020 Locational criteria.

(1) The city shall zone land designated for low density residential use within the Coos Bay city limits as follows:

(a) LDR-6 (6,000-square-foot lots). New parcels in this area must average within 10 percent of 6,000 square feet as a total development and any phase within the development. Individual parcels may not be smaller than 5,000 square feet or larger than 7,500 square feet.

(b) LDR-8.5 (8,500-square-foot lots). New parcels in this area must average within 10 percent of 8,500 square feet as a total development and any phase within the development. Individual parcels may not be smaller than 6,000 square feet or larger than 15,000 square feet.

(2) Zoning of residential land upon annexation to the city:

The city shall incorporate newly annexed lands consistent with the comprehensive plan land use map. [Ord. 503 § 1 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 473 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016].

17.220.030 Uses.

The following uses are permitted or excluded in the LDR district subject to the applicable provisions of this title. P = Permitted use; C = Conditional use; X = Prohibited use.

Table 17.220.030 – Uses 

Use

LDR-6

LDR-8.5

Residential Uses

Single-family detached dwelling units, including manufactured homes which are subject to special siting standards

P

P

Duplexes

P

P

Accessory living units (which are subject to special siting standards through a Type II land use process)

P

P

Group care facilities (more than five)

C

C

Foster care homes (five or fewer)

P

P

Planned unit development

C

C

Multifamily and zero lot line development – Only authorized in the LDR-6 overlay area

P

X

Accessory Buildings and Uses

Private garages and carports

P

P

Accessory use or building on a separate lot or parcel, with compliance with Chapter 17.314 CBDC

P

P

Greenhouses, gardens, and orchards for private, noncommercial propagation and culture of plants, fruits, and vegetables

P

P

Swimming pools and other recreational facilities for the private use of the occupants. Swimming pools other than children’s temporary wading pools shall not be located in front yards, and shall be set back at least three feet from all property lines.

P

P

Covered patio, freestanding or attached

P

P

Solar energy systems and structures solely designed to support solar energy systems

P

P

Nonresidential Uses

Art galleries and museums

C

C

Bed and breakfast house

C

X

Bus shelters (subject to a Type II site plan review)

P

P

Child care facility (fewer than 13)

P

P

Religious assembly

C

C

Community recreation

C

C

Educational service

C

C

Lodge, club, fraternal or civic assembly

C

X

Home occupations

P

P

Occupied recreational vehicles

X

X

Public utilities

C

C

Public buildings and uses not otherwise listed as permitted in CBDC

C

C

Telecommunications facilities

C

C

All manufacturing and commercial uses or services not listed

X

X

[Ord. 503 § 1 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 480 § 3, 2016; Ord. 473 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016].

17.220.040 Height regulations.

A maximum building height in all LDR districts shall be 35 feet measured from the lowest finished grade level to the highest point on the roof ridge. [Ord. 503 § 1 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 473 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016].

17.220.050 Density requirements.

(1) New lots and structures and additions to structures subject to this chapter shall comply with the applicable standards for minimum and maximum density in Table 17.220.050, Density Requirements.

(2) Lots created for drainage facilities, parks, open space, wetlands and buffers, and utilities shall not be subject to maximum lot size requirements.

(3) Newly created lots in a proposed land division must average within 10 percent of the prescribed average lot size as a total development and any phase within the development.

Table 17.220.050 – Density Requirements

Zoning District

Average Lot Size
(sq. ft.)

Minimum Lot Area
(sq. ft.)

Minimum Net Density Per Acre1

LDR-6

6,000

5,000

6

LDR-8.5

8,500

6,000

4

1    Densities shall be calculated based on the gross area of the site minus any public rights-of-way.

[Ord. 503 § 1 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 473 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016].

17.220.060 Lot coverage and dimensions.

(1) Maximum building lot coverage shall not exceed 65 percent.

(2) Front yard setbacks shall be measured as the distance between the primary street facade of the dwelling and the property line. Garage and/or carport setbacks shall be set back 20 feet from the property line to allow vehicles to park completely on the property.

The setback may be reduced to 10 feet from a street or five feet from an alley if the entrance to the garage or carport is perpendicular to the street frontage and all of the required parking can be accommodated on private property.

Exceptions:

(a) The measurement shall be made at either the front plane of the front porch or of the dwelling if there is no front porch.

(b) Front yard setback requirements of this title shall not apply in any residential district where the average depth of front yards of existing dwellings within the same block, within 250 feet from exterior side lot lines of the lot, and fronting on the same street is less than the minimum required front yard. In such cases the front yard requirement on the lot shall not be less than the average existing front yard.

(c) An accessory building less than 120 square feet may be located within any required side or rear yard up to the property line if it is placed at least 20 feet from the front property line and is not more than eight feet in height at its highest point above grade, and is not a visual obstruction at driveways or intersections. An accessory building less than 120 square feet may be located closer than 20 feet to the front property line and less than 10 feet to a flanking street if it is not more than eight feet in height at its highest point above grade and is not a visual obstruction at driveways or street intersections.

(3) Setbacks shall be consistent with Table 17.220.060, unless otherwise expressly allowed by this title.

Table 17.220.060 – Lot Coverage and Dimensions

District

Average Minimum Lot Area (sq. ft.)

Minimum Lot Width (feet)

Minimum Lot Depth (feet)

Minimum Front Yard (feet)

Minimum Side Yard (feet)

Minimum Street Side Yard (feet)

Minimum Rear Yard (feet)

LDR-6*

6,000

40

80

10

5

10

5

LDR-8.5

8,500

40

90

10

5

10

5

*    For zero lot line projects, zero minimum side yard and minimum rear yard setbacks in the LDR-6 overlay; perimeter parent parcel setbacks are still required to be five feet.

[Ord. 503 § 1 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 480 § 4, 2016; Ord. 473 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016].