Chapter 18.55


18.55.010    Transportation-related uses.

18.55.020    Clear vision areas.

18.55.030    Ground cover requirements.

18.55.040    Hazard areas.

18.55.050    Access.

18.55.060    Streamside development and setback.

18.55.070    Prohibition of marijuana sales and production.

18.55.010 Transportation-related uses.

In the use zones, the following transportation-related uses are permitted outright without the issuance of a development permit:

(1) Normal operation, maintenance, repair, and preservation activities of existing transportation facilities.

(2) Installation of culverts, pathways, medians, fencing, guardrails, lighting and similar types of improvements within existing right-of-way.

(3) Projects specifically identified in the transportation system plan as not requiring further land use regulation.

(4) Landscaping as part of a transportation facility.

(5) Emergency measures necessary for the safety and protection of property.

(6) Acquisition of right-of-way for public roads, highways, and other transportation improvements designated in the transportation system plan.

(7) Construction of a street or road as part of an approved subdivision or land partition approved consistent with PRMC Title 17, Subdivisions. [Ord. 514 § 3, 2001].

18.55.020 Clear vision areas.

A clear vision area shall be maintained on the corners of all property at the intersection of two streets or a street and a railroad.

(1) A clear vision area shall consist of a triangular area, two sides of which are lot lines measured from the corner intersection of the street lot lines for a distance specified in this regulation, or where the lot lines have rounded corners, the lot lines extended in a straight line to a point of intersection and so measured, and the third side of which is a line across the corner of the lot joining the nonintersecting ends of the other two sides.

(2) A clear vision area shall contain no planting, fence, wall, structure or temporary or permanent obstruction from the top of the curb or, where no curb exists, from the established street centerline grade, except that trees exceeding this height may be located in this area, provided all branches and foliage are removed to a height of eight feet above the grade.

(3) The following measurements shall establish clear vision areas:

(a) In a residential zone, the minimum distance shall be 30 feet or, at intersections including an alley, 10 feet.

(b) In all other zones where yards are required, the minimum distance shall be 15 feet, or at intersections including an alley 10 feet, except that when the angle of intersection between streets other than an alley is less than 30 degrees, the distance shall be 25 feet.

(c) Where any yards are required, the minimum distance shall be as in subsection (3)(b) of this section and buildings may be constructed within the clear vision area, providing that any portion of the structure within the clear vision area is more than eight feet above the top of the curb or street centerline grade and is supported by not more than two columns not more than eight inches in diameter.

(4) Corner Clearance. Corner clearance is the distance from an intersection of a public or private road to the nearest access connection, measured from the closest edge of the pavement of the intersecting road to the closest edge of the pavement of the connection along the traveled way.

(a) Corner clearance for connections shall meet or exceed the minimum connection spacing requirements for that roadway.

(b) New connections shall not be permitted within the functional area of an intersection as defined by the connection spacing standards of this title, unless no other reasonable access to the property is available.

(c) Where no other alternatives exist, the city of Pilot Rock may allow construction of an access connection along the property line farthest from the intersection. In such cases, directional connections (i.e., right in/out, right in only, or right out only) may be required. [Ord. 514 § 3.91, 2001].

18.55.030 Ground cover requirements.

Any property in a residential or commercial zone shall be planted with ground cover, trees and bushes so as to prevent any dust blowing from the property; such plantings shall be in place within six months after completion of the structure. [Ord. 514 § 3.92, 2001].

18.55.040 Hazard areas.

If a structure is proposed for any area subject to flooding or of greater than 12 percent slope, the developer shall show that he is aware of the flood hazard or steep slope condition and has incorporated necessary safeguards into his site and building plans before the city signs the building permit. [Ord. 514 § 3.93, 2001].

18.55.050 Access.

Before the city approves a building permit, zone change, conditional use, or variance, it shall be demonstrated that the property has adequate access to a city street, county road, or state highway. If a county or state permit is required, the permit shall be obtained by the property owner prior to the final city approval. If dedication of a street is necessary to provide adequate access, the street shall be designed and constructed to the requirements established by PRMC Title 17, Subdivisions. A building shall not be situated so that an existing street cannot be extended. [Ord. 514 § 3.94, 2001].

18.55.060 Streamside development and setback.

To permit better stream and pollution control, protect fish and wildlife areas and to preserve natural scenic amenities along Birch Creek, West Birch Creek and East Birch Creek, a special setback and development provision shall apply. Within a stream bank, no development shall occur between the ordinary high water mark. Additionally, no new development or structure shall be located within three feet vertical distance of the ordinary high water mark. For the purposes of this section, the ordinary high water mark shall be defined as that mark that will be found by examining the bed and banks of the stream and ascertaining where the presence and actions of waters are so common and usual, and so long continued in all ordinary years, as to mark upon the soil any character distinct from that of the abutting upland, in respect to vegetation as that condition exists on the effective date of the ordinance codified in this title or as it may naturally change thereafter. If no ordinary high water mark can be found, the ordinary high water mark shall be the line of mean high water as evidenced by historical data on high water. [Amended during 2011 codification; Ord. 514 § 3.96, 2001].

18.55.070 Prohibition of marijuana sales and production.

The production or sale of marijuana or marijuana products, whether recreational, medical or some other form, is prohibited in all zones in the city. [Ord. 575 § 1, 2016].