Chapter 17.44


17.44.010    Purpose.

17.44.020    Permitted uses.

17.44.030    Conditional uses.

17.44.040    Minimum lot size.

17.44.050    Setback, land coverage and height limit.

17.44.060    Off-street parking.

17.44.070    Screening.

17.44.080    Development standards.

17.44.090    Appeals.

17.44.010 Purpose.

The planned commercial (PC) district is created to allow establishment of commercial shopping centers which conform to an overall development plan. An area zoned planned commercial which is going to be developed under these regulations must be a contiguous parcel under one ownership, or with binding agreements acceptable to the city indicating joint development. Minimum site size for a planned commercial development is five acres. The primary purpose of this district is to meet the need for new commercial areas while avoiding adverse impacts to surrounding uses and streets. Planned commercial district applications must conform to the requirements and procedures of Chapter 17.68 BMC.

Existing uses on parcels of one acre or less may be expanded once up to a maximum of 50 percent with an approved building permit through administrative review, unless otherwise required by this chapter; provided adequate provision is made for streets, water, sewer and drainage prior to occupancy. If the existing commercial use abuts residential property, provision for a screening buffer shall be made per BMC 17.44.080.

New, relocated or transitional uses/activities being built on sites less than five acres can be approved as conditional uses so long as the use is consistent with the uses permitted as conditional uses in BMC 17.44.040, meet required development standards listed in this chapter, and acceptable provision for streets, water, sewer and drainage is made prior to occupancy. (Ord. 2811 § 2 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 2673 § 2, 2007; Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003)

17.44.020 Permitted uses.

Permitted uses in the planned commercial district are:

A. Retail sales and service;

B. Medical offices;

C. Financial, insurance and real estate offices;

D. Restaurants, drinking and entertainment establishments;

E. Laundromats;

F. Overnight accommodations;

G. Commercial recreation facilities such as swimming pools, bowling alleys, skating rinks and miniature golf;

H. Commercial day care centers;

I. Multiple-family dwellings up to 18 units per acre. (First unit at 6,000 each, additional at 2,200 square feet.)

J. Electric vehicle charging stations, including but not limited to EV charging station, rapid charging station, battery exchange station. (Ord. 2793 § 2 (Exh. A(2)), 2011; Ord. 2673 § 2, 2007; Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003)

17.44.030 Conditional uses.

Those uses which are permitted in this district as part of a planned development (five-acre minimum parcel size) which are proposed for development on a parcel smaller than five acres are conditional uses. In addition to the uses specified at BMC 17.44.020, the following are conditional uses in this district:

A. Auto service and gas stations;

B. RV parks meeting established standards in Chapter 17.108 BMC. (Ord. 2728 § 2 (Exh. A), 2009; Ord. 2673 § 2, 2007; Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003. Formerly 17.44.040)

17.44.040 Minimum lot size.

A. Planned commercial developments must be a minimum of five acres.

B. Planned commercial district area lot size for conditional uses, unless otherwise specified in this chapter, shall be determined by the review authority.

C. No minimum lot size is required for existing uses; for purposes of expanding an existing use per BMC 17.44.010, a maximum lot size of one acre is allowed. (Ord. 2728 § 2 (Exh. A), 2009; Ord. 2673 § 2, 2007; Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003. Formerly 17.44.050)

17.44.050 Setback, land coverage and height limit.

A. Setback, land coverage and height limit in the planned commercial district are to be established through site plan review as outlined in Chapter 17.68 BMC. Adequate setbacks will be maintained adjacent to natural drainage areas or streams to preserve vegetation. Setbacks for merchandise shall be as specified in the highway commercial district at BMC 17.24.060.

B. Displays of merchandise shall extend no further from the building foundation line than eight feet, and in no case is merchandise to encroach on the public right-of-way.

C. Conditional uses and existing uses shall conform to the provisions of BMC 17.24.060, Subzone A (Peace Portal). (Ord. 2811 § 2 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 2728 § 2 (Exh. A), 2009; Ord. 2673 § 2, 2007; Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003. Formerly 17.44.060)

17.44.060 Off-street parking.

Parking requirements specific to the planned commercial district are defined in BMC 17.124.117. (Ord. 2728 § 2 (Exh. A), 2009; Ord. 2673 § 2, 2007; Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003. Formerly 17.44.070)

17.44.070 Screening.

The site of a planned commercial district shall be screened from adjacent residential uses and the freeway (I-5) to avoid negative visual and noise impacts identified with the development. Natural drainage areas and shorelines of streams will be retained in as natural state as possible. Screening and buffer requirements shall be established through the site plan review process. (Ord. 2728 § 2 (Exh. A), 2009; Ord. 2673 § 2, 2007; Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003. Formerly 17.44.080)

17.44.080 Development standards.

The proposed development shall improve adjacent streets to the city’s standards as established by the public works director. This may include street improvements, curb, gutter, sidewalk and street trees. Adequate water, sewer, and drainage facilities are required prior to the time of occupancy. Additional septic tanks are prohibited. (Ord. 2728 § 2 (Exh. A), 2009; Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003. Formerly 17.44.090)

17.44.090 Appeals.

Appeals of a final decision shall be submitted pursuant to BMC 17.06.180, Appeals. (Ord. 2728 § 2 (Exh. A), 2009; Ord. 2673 § 2, 2007. Formerly 17.44.100)