Chapter 20.82


20.82.010    INTENT.


20.82.030    PROHIBITED USES.

20.82.040    CONDITIONAL USES.


20.82.070    DESIGN STANDARDS.



20.82.110    SIGN STANDARDS.

20.82.010 INTENT.

The intent of the neighborhood business (NB) zone is to provide for small-scale business districts that reflect the scale and character of surrounding neighborhoods. The NB zone shall include uses such as small groceries, convenience stores, offices, restaurants, and mixed use opportunities. (Ord. 5301 §3 (Exh. B) (part), 2016: Ord. 4950 §8 (Exh. A) (part), 2005)


The following uses are permitted outright:

(a)    Bed and breakfast;

(b)    Co-location of wireless communications facilities per BMC 20.46.140;

(c)    Community facility;

(d)    Day care facility;

(e)    Drinking place;

(f)    Entertainment uses;

(g)    Finance, insurance and real estate;

(h)    General office and business services;

(i)    General retail;

(j)    Hotels and lodging places;

(k)    Medical offices and clinics;

(l)    Museum and gallery;

(m)    Park, playground and open space;

(n)    Personal services;

(o)    Public administration;

(p)    Recycling collection station;

(q)    Residential as a secondary use;

(r)    Restaurant drinking place;

(s)    Senior housing complex;

(t)    Transportation facility;

(u)    Veterinary clinic;

(v)    Worship and religious facility. (Ord. 5301 §3 (Exh. B) (part), 2016: Ord. 4950 §8 (Exh. A) (part), 2005)


(a)    Drive-through facilities. (Ord. 5301 §3 (Exh. B) (part), 2016: Ord. 4950 §8 (Exh. A) (part), 2005)


The following uses may be permitted provided a conditional use permit is approved pursuant to BMC 20.58.020:

(a)    Automobile service and repair, provided:

(1)    The property is not located within the Manette Neighborhood Center; and

(2)    The business is located in an existing building; and

(3)    Any parking areas adjacent to a residential property shall provide a Type I visual screen pursuant to BMC 20.50.050(b); and

(4)    Business hours shall be limited to 7:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m.; and

(5)    No outdoor storage is permitted. This prohibition includes but is not limited to outdoor storage of vehicles being used for parts, inoperable vehicles, and storage of tires. Customer vehicles waiting to be serviced, which do not require towing, must be parked in an approved parking area that complies with Chapter 20.48 BMC. (Ord. 5326 §8, 2017)


Lot development requirements shall be in accordance with the following standards unless allowed for by law otherwise:

(a)    Maximum front yard setback: ten (10) feet. At least sixty-five (65) percent of a building’s front facade must meet the maximum front yard setback. The setback may be increased if the Director finds that such increase is the minimum necessary to facilitate a superior site design. In order to obtain approval for an increased setback, the applicant shall submit a written analysis establishing how the project facilitates superior site design, is the minimum necessary, is consistent with specific goals and policies within the Comprehensive Plan, and is compliant with all applicable sections of the BMC. The following list identifies examples of circumstances where increased setbacks may be found to be appropriate:

(1)    When the site includes more than one (1) street frontage;

(2)    To accommodate existing topography, utilities, or other physical site constraints that make compliance with the setback infeasible;

(3)    To accommodate phasing of infill development;

(4)    On sites that are significantly developed with existing legally established nonconforming uses or structures whereby strict code compliance will not facilitate effective circulation; or

(5)    For projects that in the opinion of the Director provide enhanced public amenities within the setback area which include, but are not limited to, the following: public plazas, increased landscaping, architectural features, and improved pedestrian connections;

(b)    Side yard setback: zero (0) except when adjacent to a residential zone where a ten (10) to twenty (20) foot visual screen is required pursuant to BMC 20.50.050(b);

(c)    Rear yard setback: zero (0) except when adjacent to a residential zone where a ten (10) to twenty (20) foot visual screen is required pursuant to BMC 20.50.050(b);

(d)    Maximum building size: nonresidential uses may not exceed a footprint of fifteen thousand (15,000) gross square feet;

(e)    Maximum building coverage: sixty (60) percent base maximum; provided, that through the use of any combination of the following, building coverage may be increased up to eighty-five (85) percent maximum:

(1)    Projects containing mixed uses: twenty (20) percent bonus;

(2)    Projects within a two (2) or three (3) story building: ten (10) percent bonus;

(3)    Projects providing a pedestrian-oriented plaza or area of at least one hundred fifty (150) square feet along a pedestrian walkway at an intersection corner, bus stop or other key pedestrian area approved by the City. Such areas shall contain seating for at least four (4) people, a trash receptacle and three (3) or more of the following: a pedestrian shelter, a drinking fountain, a bike rack, pedestrian-scale lights, pavers on the walkway surfaces, a kiosk, a street vendor station providing food or beverages, trees, a statue or sculpture, or a public restroom. Interior courtyards with these amenities qualify if they would be readily apparent and accessible to pedestrians on adjoining sidewalks: ten (10) percent bonus;

(4)    Projects providing a through-block corridor that facilitates pedestrian access in a location approved by the City: five (5) percent bonus;

(5)    Projects providing at least fifty (50) percent of their required parking underground or within the building: twenty (20) percent bonus;

(f)    Maximum development coverage: maximum coverage by impervious surfaces seventy-five (75) percent; provided, that through the use of any combination of the mechanisms listed in subsections (e)(1) through (5) of this section, up to ninety-five (95) percent maximum development coverage may be allowed;

(g)    Maximum building height: thirty-five (35) feet;

(h)    There is no maximum density for residential as a secondary use. (Ord. 5319 §14, 2017: Ord. 5301 §3 (Exh. B) (part), 2016: Ord. 5222 §17, 2013; Ord. 5046 §22, 2008; Ord. 4977 §13, 2006; Ord. 4950 §8 (Exh. A) (part), 2005)


The following design standards shall be applied to all new structures and redeveloped structures. Residential development of three (3) units or fewer are exempt from this section. When development involves the remodel or expansion of existing structures, the Director may modify these requirements to reasonably fit the scope and scale of the remodel or expansion.

(a)    Primary Design Features. The following criteria shall be applied to all primary building facades and facades facing public streets:

(1)    Top and Base. Buildings shall convey a visually distinct base and top. A "base" can be emphasized by a different masonry pattern, more architectural detail, visible plinth above which the wall rises, storefront, canopies, or a combination. The top edge is highlighted by a prominent cornice, projecting parapet or other architectural element that creates a shadow line.

(2)    Orientation. All properties adjacent to a public right-of-way shall orient structures toward the primary street. Properties located at intersections should orient their structures toward the intersecting corner.

(3)    Minimum Transparency. At least fifty (50) percent of all facades facing the public sidewalk, or sidewalks providing circulation within a site, measured to eight (8) feet above the sidewalk or surface grade, shall be comprised of transparent windows or doors.

(4)    Blank Facades. Building facades shall not present a blank facade to view from public rights-of-way, common parking areas, or residential properties. Such facades may be broken by windows, trellises, columns, variations in plane, or other devices that add variation and interest to the facade.

(5)    Mechanical Equipment Screening. Rooftop and ground-level mechanical equipment shall be screened from view from public streets. Screening materials shall be architecturally similar to the primary structure.

(b)    Secondary Design Features. Three (3) secondary design features are required from the following list:

(1)    Multiple Roof Lines. Structures shall have at least three (3) horizontal roof lines, as viewed from the front facade.

(2)    Modulation. The horizontal plane of a structure shall not extend for more than thirty (30) feet, as measured from any one (1) point of the structure, without a significant architectural variation of at least two (2) feet in depth.

(3)    Facade Materials. At least three (3) different facade materials shall be incorporated into the exterior appearance of the structure (wood, brick, stucco, tile, shingles, other).

(4)    Additional Transparency. An additional fifteen (15) percent transparency to what is required per subsection (a)(3) of this section.

(5)    Weather Protection. Recessed or protruding building features, of no less than four (4) feet in depth, which extend along at least fifty (50) percent of pedestrian areas.

(6)    Main Entry. Pedestrian entrances are preferred from buildings facing the street. Entries shall be easily identifiable from the street or sidewalk; this can be accomplished through architectural or ornamental features.

(7)    Public Amenity. Outdoor eating area, artwork, street furniture, plantings in window boxes, public trash receptacles, or other alternative public amenity approved by the Director. Any proposed amenity shall be architecturally compatible with the principal structure. Any approved amenity shall be maintained for the life of the project. (Ord. 5319 §15, 2017: Ord. 5301 §3 (Exh. B) (part), 2016)


Parking shall meet the standards of Chapter 20.48 BMC and the following:

(a)    On-site parking shall be to the rear or to the side of buildings on the site and shall not occupy more than fifty (50) percent of the site frontage facing the arterial street frontage(s). The site frontage includes the area between the right-of-way and front building wall which applies to the entire length of the property regardless of building width. Corner lots have two (2) site frontages as they are positioned on two (2) street frontages.

(b)    All efforts shall be taken to avoid placing parking on street corners. Parking located between the building frontage and street corners shall be fully screened as follows:

(1)    A four (4) foot tall decorative wall within the front yard landscaping area that fully screens the parking areas. The wall shall be located such that it blocks views of the parking from the right-of-way. For long spans of frontage (one hundred (100) feet or more), the wall shall include modular articulation to add architectural variety.

(i)    Alternate architectural features, shrubs may be substituted for the wall, provided it is demonstrated that the shrubs/alternative will provide equal to or better visual screening than the wall. Shrubs shall be a minimum of three (3) feet tall at time of installation and shall be additional to the landscaping required in Chapter 20.50 BMC.

(ii)    Openings and architectural features may be required within a wall section in order to tie the wall feature into the architecture of the building and to provide pedestrian access. The entry shall be the minimum necessary to accommodate a sidewalk that is a minimum of five (5) feet in width, clearly marked, and distinguished from driving surfaces by using decorative paving, stamped/stained concrete, or raised walkways with alternative materials (such as brick, cobblestone, decorative pavers). Paint striping does not meet this requirement.

(c)    Access to parking shall be provided per the following priority:

(1)    First, from an alley if available; if an alley is not available, then from local street;

(2)    If neither is available, then from a nonprincipal arterial street;

(3)    If none of the above are available then from a principal arterial street.

(d)    Driveways providing access to parking area shall be well-defined, highly visible entryways. (Ord. 5301 §3 (Exh. B) (part), 2016: Ord. 5222 §18, 2013: Ord. 4950 §8 (Exh. A) (part), 2005)


Landscaping shall meet the standards of Chapter 20.50 BMC. (Ord. 5301 §3 (Exh. B) (part), 2016: Ord. 5046 §23, 2008: Ord. 4950 §8 (Exh. A) (part), 2005)


Signs shall meet the standards of Chapter 20.52 BMC. For freestanding signs, the maximum size and height standards of Figure 20.52(a) shall apply. (Ord. 5301 §3 (Exh. B) (part), 2016: Ord. 4950 §8 (Exh. A) (part), 2005)