Chapter 17.60
TWIN HOME AND DUPLEX CONVERSION

Sections:

17.60.010    Purpose.

17.60.020    Scope and application.

17.60.030    Notification procedure for conversion.

17.60.040    Building regulations.

17.60.050    Height regulations.

17.60.060    Required conditions.

17.60.070    Area, lot width, and yard requirements.

17.60.010 Purpose.

To provide in West Point City for increased flexibility and land utilization in single-family residential development where buildings are designed for two-family occupancy, and the building and lot are divided into two legal ownerships having a common side yard, often called a zero lot line, and designated a twin home in this title. Also to establish notification procedures to protect the tenants when an existing duplex is to be converted to a twin home. [Code 2000 § 17-19-1].

17.60.020 Scope and application.

Twin home and duplex conversion applies to all R zones. Regulations contained herein do not change regulations of the existing zone districts, but are established in addition. Twin homes as allowed by this chapter shall be conditional uses and review and approval shall follow procedures established herein pertaining to conditional uses. [Code 2000 § 17-19-2].

17.60.030 Notification procedure for conversion.

The following tenant notification procedure shall be required:

A. A four-month notification of tenants.

B. Tenant may terminate lease without penalty. [Code 2000 § 17-19-3].

17.60.040 Building regulations.

In conversions to twin homes or new twin home construction, buildings must be brought up to the current International Building Code which includes, but is not limited to:

A. An inspection by the city building inspector to determine the condition of the structure.

B. Separate utility meters for each unit.

C. Separate utility connections and shutoffs for each unit.

D. A one-hour fire wall between units. [Code 2000 § 17-19-4].

17.60.050 Height regulations.

A. No building shall exceed 30 feet in height, except as provided in WPCC 17.45.020.

B. No accessory building shall exceed 15 feet in height, except as provided in WPCC 17.45.020.

C. No main building shall be less than 10 feet in height, and no accessory building less than six feet in height. [Code 2000 § 17-19-5].

17.60.060 Required conditions.

A. Twin homes shall provide usable functional open space, excluding planting strips, for outdoor leisure of at least 800 square feet per unit.

B. Twin homes shall provide enclosed storage space of at least 20 cubic feet for each dwelling unit. [Code 2000 § 17-19-6].

17.60.070 Area, lot width, and yard requirements.

The following minimum requirements shall be met:

A. The lot area shall be not less than 4,000 square feet for any dwelling unit, or one-half of the zone requirement, whichever is the greater.

B. Only one side yard is required per dwelling unit. The side yard should be a minimum of eight feet.

C. The minimum width of any lot for a twin home shall be 32 feet or one-half of the zone requirement, whichever is greater, at a distance 30 feet back from the front lot line.

D. The front yard for any building shall be as required in the zone district.

E. Accessory buildings shall be located not closer than one foot to the adjacent property line, except that buildings housing farm animals shall not be closer than 150 feet to a dwelling on adjacent property.

F. On corner lots, the yards which abut a street shall be not less than 20 feet from the street for both main and accessory buildings.

G. The minimum rear yard for any main building shall be 15 feet, and for accessory buildings three feet, except that buildings housing farm animals shall not be closer than 50 feet to a dwelling on adjacent property. [Code 2000 § 17-19-7].