Chapter 17.335
SUPPLEMENTARY DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS

Sections:

17.335.010    Generally.

17.335.020    Height of fences and hedges.

17.335.030    Solid waste.

17.335.040    Lighting.

17.335.050    Noise.

17.335.060    Landscaping.

17.335.010 Generally.

The standards in this chapter apply to development generally within the city of Coos Bay. They can be used in any review process where applicable to evaluate or to set conditions of approval of an application. [Ord. 503 § 1 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 473 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016. Formerly 17.362.010].

17.335.020 Height of fences and hedges.

(1) Fences, walls and hedges not greater than eight feet in height shall be permitted on or within all property lines which are not within any vision clearance area. For any fence greater than eight feet in height a setback from the property line of one foot shall be provided for each additional foot or fraction of a foot.

(2) Fences or walls located in the following areas shall only be allowed subject to approval of a Type III site plan review (Chapter 17.365 CBDC):

(a) The bayside of Bayshore Drive between Elrod Avenue and Highland Avenue.

(b) The bayside of Bayshore Drive north of Fir Avenue.

(c) The bayside of South Empire Boulevard south of Newmark Avenue.

(d) The bayside of 6th Avenue south of “F” Street. [Ord. 503 § 1 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 473 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016. Formerly 17.362.020].

17.335.030 Solid waste.

If refuse containers are used by more than one unit for temporary storage of solid wastes, the container(s) shall be screened from view from off site by a sight-obscuring fence and/or evergreen landscaping and the area kept clean of all litter. [Ord. 503 § 1 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 473 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016. Formerly 17.362.030].

17.335.040 Lighting.

(1) Street lighting shall be a required component of all residential, commercial and industrial developments within the city of Coos Bay. Lighting plans shall be a required component of complete preliminary subdivision, partition and site plan applications. All lighting plans shall be approved by the director.

(2) Lighting, including permitted illuminated signs, shall be designed and arranged so as to not:

(a) Reflect or cast glare into any residential zone;

(b) Rotate, glitter, or flash; or

(c) Conflict with the readability of traffic signs and control signals.

(3) Lighting on any site shall not cause more than one foot-candle measured at any property line. [Ord. 503 § 1 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 473 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016. Formerly 17.362.040].

17.335.050 Noise.

All development shall comply with the noise standards established in the city. [Ord. 503 § 1 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 473 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016. Formerly 17.362.050].

17.335.060 Landscaping.

The following standards apply to landscaping and screening on private property required pursuant to this title. The city’s public works department shall review and authorize landscaping and screening within public rights-of-way.

(1) At a minimum, 15 percent of each new commercial or industrial zoned lot or development must be landscaped to the standards within this chapter.

(2) Applicants are encouraged to provide flexible landscaping design that takes advantage of natural features and addresses the use and function of the proposed development. Landscaping choices should consider the aesthetic qualities of the existing site and provide attractive variety in tree and shrub species, texture, color, height and density.

(3) Existing vegetation may fulfill landscaping and screening requirements of this chapter if the existing landscaping provides at least an equivalent level of screening as the standard required for the development in question.

(4) As a condition of approval for a conditional use or PUD, the city may require an applicant to provide landscaping and screening that differs from the standards in this section where necessary to comply with the other applicable approval standards for the use or development.

(5) Landscaped areas required for stormwater management purposes may be used to satisfy the landscaping area requirements of this chapter, even though those areas may be inundated by surface water. Required stormwater management facilities are not classified as areas inundated by water.

(6) Required landscaping and screening shall be located on the perimeter of a lot or parcel. Required landscaping and screening shall not be located on a public right-of-way or private street easement, unless authorized by the city’s public works department.

(7) Parking and loading areas shall be landscaped as follows:

(a) A minimum five-foot-wide landscaped strip shall be provided where vehicle parking or loading adjoins a public road right-of-way.

(b) Parking areas that contain at least seven spaces are required to provide landscaping islands throughout the development. A landscape island shall contain at least 25 square feet, shall be at least four feet wide, and shall prevent vehicles from damaging trees by using a wheel stop or curb.

(8) The applicant shall install required landscaping and screening consistent with the approved site plan or development, or an approved modification thereto, before the city issues an occupancy permit or final inspection for the development in question; provided, the city may defer installation of plant materials for up to six months after the city issues an occupancy permit or final inspection for the development in question if doing so increases the likely survival of plants.

(9) All required ground cover plants and shrubs must be of sufficient size and number to meet the required standards within three years of planting. Mulch (as a ground cover) must be confined to areas underneath plants and is not a substitute for living ground cover plants, lawn or approved flowers.

(10) Shrubs shall be supplied in a minimum of two-gallon containers or equivalent burlap balls, with a minimum spread of three inches. Reduction in the minimum size may be permitted if certified by a registered landscape architect that the reduction shall not diminish the intended effect or the likelihood the plants will survive.

(11) Trees shall be measured from the ground level at final planting to the top of the tree.

(a) Trees required for parking and loading areas shall be a minimum caliper of two inches and a minimum height of 10 feet at the time of planting.

(b) Required deciduous trees (other than street trees) shall be fully branched, have a minimum caliper of one and one-half inches and a minimum height of eight feet at the time of planting.

(c) Required evergreen trees (other than street trees) shall be fully branched and a minimum of six feet high at the time of planting.

(d) The review authority may reduce the minimum size of trees (other than street trees) if the applicant submits a written statement by a landscape architect registered in Oregon or expert in the growing of the tree(s) in question certifies that the reduction in size at planting will not decrease the likelihood the trees will survive.

(12) Landscape materials should be selected and sited to produce a hardy and drought-resistant landscape area. Selection should include consideration of soil type and depth, the amount of maintenance required, spacing, exposure to sun and wind, the slope and contours of the site, compatibility with existing native vegetation preserved on the site, water conservation where needed, and the impact of landscaping on visibility of the site for purposes of public safety and surveillance. Landscaping materials shall be selected in accordance with a list of plant materials adopted by reference as the Sunset Western Garden Book.

(13) The applicant shall demonstrate and comply with the following:

(a) Plant materials shall be installed to current nursery industry standards.

(b) Plant materials shall be properly supported to ensure survival. Support devices such as guy wires or stakes shall not interfere with vehicular or pedestrian movement.

(c) Existing trees and plant materials to be retained shall be protected during construction, such as by use of chain-link or other sturdy fence placed at the drip-line of trees to be retained. Grading, topsoil storage, construction material storage, vehicles and equipment shall not be allowed within the drip-line of trees to be retained.

(14) Maintenance of landscaped areas is the ongoing responsibility of the property owner. Required landscaping must be continuously maintained in a healthy manner. Plants that die must be replaced with in-kind materials unless otherwise authorized by the review authority. Vegetation shall be controlled by pruning, trimming or otherwise so that it will not interfere with the maintenance or repair of any public utility, restrict pedestrian or vehicular access, or obstruct sight distance at intersections.

(15) Irrigation. The intent of this standard is to ensure that plants will survive the critical establishment period when they are most vulnerable due to lack of watering. All required landscaped areas must comply with one of the following:

(a) A permanent built-in irrigation system with an automatic controller will serve the landscape area in question, and the system will be installed and operational before the city grants an occupancy permit or final inspection for the development in question; or

(b) A temporary irrigation system will be acceptable, provided the applicant must submit a statement from a landscape architect registered in Oregon or expert in the growing of the vegetation in question which certifies that the proposed temporary irrigation system will provide sufficient water to ensure that the plant materials to be planted will survive installation and, once established, will survive without watering other than natural rainfall; or

(c) A permanent or temporary irrigation system will not serve the landscape area in question; provided the applicant submits the following:

(i) A statement from a landscape architect registered in Oregon or expert in the growing of the vegetation in question certifying that the materials to be planted will survive without watering other than natural rainfall; and

(ii) A plan for monitoring the survival of required vegetation on the approved site plan for at least one year and for detection and replacement of required vegetation that does not survive with like-kind material or other material approved by the city. [Ord. 503 § 1 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 473 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016. Formerly 17.362.060]