Chapter 17.24
ZONE R-M – MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT

Sections:

17.24.010    Permitted uses.

17.24.020    Accessory uses.

17.24.030    Conditional uses.

17.24.040    Dimensional standards.

17.24.045    Habitable space requirements.

17.24.050    Parking requirements.

17.24.055    Easement and maintenance agreements.

17.24.010 Permitted uses.

Permitted uses are as follows:

A. Any use permitted in the R-L Residential District;

B. Two-family, three-family and multi-family dwellings;

C. Townhouses (a type of multi-family dwelling);

D. Cottage housing developments pursuant to Section 17.14.050;

E. Alternative Housing Types Model Ordinance upon Adoption. Alternative housing types, including but not limited to tiny homes, cottage housing developments, or zero-lot-line developments for the purpose of providing affordable housing or increasing the available stock of year-round housing through the affordable housing program, once adopted or any similar policy of the city permitting such use. (Ord. 1556 § 4 (Exh. C) (part), 2019: Ord. 1533 § 6 (Exh. 29) (part), 2017: Ord. 1355 § 3 Exh. 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 314 § 7A, 1962).

17.24.020 Accessory uses.

Accessory uses are as follows:

A. Single-family dwellings located in the R-M District shall be subject to the same conditions as in the R-L District set forth in Sections 17.20.020(A), (B) and (C);

B. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

1. Appurtenant to Existing or New Single-Family Residences. ADUs shall comply with conditions in Section 17.20.020, except that the requirement for owner-occupied units shall not be applied in the R-M zone. In the case where the owner desires two or more detached dwelling units for residential uses, the development shall be considered a multi-family development and conform to the cottage housing standards to the most extent possible on new developments, including the open space requirement.

2. Appurtenant to Multi-Family Use. Additional dwelling units that fit the size and dimensional standards of an ADU, whether attached or detached, shall be considered an additional multi-family unit of the development. In the case where an owner desires more than two detached residences as part of the multi-family development, the cottage housing standards shall be applied to the most extent possible at the discretion of the administrator with an emphasis on provisions for common open space. Such units shall be categorized as individual dwellings in a multi-family development and be charged appropriate system development fees;

C. Attached or freestanding private garages, carports, and ADUs sharing a common footprint of an accessory structure or combination thereof shall not exceed fifty percent of the floor area of the principal structure, including basement area; provided, that all primary single-family residences, regardless of size, shall be allowed a minimum size private garage or carport of nine hundred sixty square feet. A garage larger than the standards set out herein shall be allowed as a conditional use under the conditions set forth under Section 17.24.030. Detached garages, carports, or ADUs must be no closer to the front property line than the principal structure on a lot. Accessory uses other than private garages and carports for multi-family dwellings shall be restricted to one hundred square feet per dwelling unit;

D. Agricultural uses with the exception of the keeping of livestock;

E. Not more than one each of a truck of gross vehicle weight of twelve thousand pounds or greater, or a house trailer, or two boats, may be stored in the rear yard area of any one zoning lot;

F. Repealed by Ord. 1022;

G. Fences. Fences subject to the same conditions as in the R-L Residential District as set forth in Section 17.20.020(G);

H. Swimming Pools. Swimming pools subject to the same conditions as in the R-L Residential District as set forth in Section 17.20.020(I);

I. Cold storage warehouse, but only for produce grown on the premises, may be permitted accessory to the agricultural use of land;

J. Tenant residences; provided, that they are located behind the minimum setback distances prescribed for the district, may be permitted accessory to the agricultural use of land;

K. Low intensity agricultural tourism uses pursuant to Chapter 17.47;

L. Storage of boat and accompanying trailers on lots occupied by single-family dwellings in the RM zone shall not exceed one boat and accompanying trailer in a side yard provided the required side yard setback is maintained. A boat and accompanying trailer may be stored in a side yard setback, provided a sight-obscuring fence is maintained along the property boundary. Boat and trailers may not be stored in the front yard setback including driveways;

M. Storage of boat and accompanying trailers on lots occupied by multi-family units shall comply with the standards set forth in subsection L of this section, whereby a maximum number of boat/trailer units occupying a side-yard setback may not exceed the number of residential units. (Ord. 1556 § 4 (Exh. C) (part), 2019: Ord. 1533 § 6 (Exh. 30) (part), 2017: Ord. 1136 § 1, 1999; Ord. 1071 § 5, 1997; Ord. 1022 § 4, 1995; Ord. 940 § 1, 1992: Ord. 897 § 3, 1990: Ord. 314 § 7B, 1962).

17.24.030 Conditional uses.

Conditional uses are as follows:

A. All conditional uses allowed in the R-L Residential District subject to the same conditions which they must meet in that district;

B. Clinics, hospitals and medical facilities, including those for drug and alcohol treatment, under conditions set forth in Chapter 17.56;

C. Schools and studios for group instructions under conditions set forth in Chapter 17.56;

D. Repealed by Ord. 1328;

E. Trailer plazas, under conditions set forth in Chapter 17.56;

F. Places of private or public assembly under conditions set forth in Chapter 17.56;

G. Public or commercial parking lots under conditions set forth in Chapter 17.56;

H. Parks and playgrounds, including park buildings;

I. Historical site or structure under conditions set forth in Section 17.56.200;

J. Bed and breakfast, under conditions set forth in Section 17.56.230;

K. Garage and carport sizes larger than fifty percent of the floor area of the principal structure, including basement area; provided, that any detached garage or carport must be no closer to the front property line than the principal structure on a lot;

L. Professional offices;

M. Moderate intensity or high intensity agricultural tourism uses pursuant to Chapter 17.47. (Ord. 1533 § 6 (Exh. 31) (part), 2017: Ord. 1328 § 4 (part), 2006; Ord. 1283 § 4, 2004: Ord. 1136 § 2, 1999; Ord. 800 § 2, 1987; Ord. 774 § 1, 1986: Ord. 625 § 1 (part), 1979; Ord. 314 § 7C, 1962).

17.24.040 Dimensional standards.

Dimensional standards are as follows:

A. Minimum lot area and maximum density:

1. Minimum Lot Area.

a. Five thousand square feet for single-family detached dwellings; and

b. One thousand five hundred square feet per all other forms of dwelling unit; provided, that there shall be a minimum parcel area of eight thousand five hundred square feet and maximum gross density shall not be exceeded;

2. Maximum Gross Density. The maximum gross density of a property shall not exceed eighteen dwelling units per acre.

B. Minimum width of lot at building line:

1. Townhouses, seventeen feet;

2. All other uses, forty feet.

C. Minimum lot depth:

1. Townhouses: sixty feet;

2. All other uses, eighty feet.

D. Maximum building height:

1. Townhouses:

a. Thirty feet, except as provided in subsection (D)(1)(b) of this section;

b. The incentives listed below apply to townhouses. Where an increase in building height is granted as an incentive, the building shall comply with dimensional standards applicable to the increased building height. Incentives may not be used to increase the height of a building above forty feet;

i. Underground parking will be encouraged, with a five-foot increase in maximum building height allowed as an incentive;

ii. Where access to off-street parking is from a street, access from a flanking street will be encouraged, with a five-foot increase in maximum building height allowed as an incentive. (Note that alley access is required, where possible, as provided in Section 9 of the City of Chelan Development Standards; where alley access is provided, this incentive will not be applicable.);

2. All other uses, forty feet, with the following exception:

a. Where the building site abuts an existing single-family residence, side step backs or an alternative design approved by the planning director shall be required for any building taller than thirty feet. Where an alternative to side step backs is used, it shall achieve the purpose of the side step backs as stated in this title, that is, to increase privacy and allow more natural light and air to reach the adjacent single-family dwelling;

b. An applicant may seek a maximum height of fifty feet consistent with Section 17.04.200.

E. Maximum land coverage: forty percent for all buildings, except townhouses shall not exceed sixty percent.

F. Minimum setback distances, except as specifically provided in this chapter or Chapter 17.56 for a particular use, are as follows:

1. Front yard: twenty feet;

2. Rear yard: twenty feet, plus one additional foot for each two feet by which the building height exceeds thirty feet;

3. Side yard: five feet, plus one additional foot for each two feet by which the building height exceeds thirty feet;

4. In the case of townhouses, the side-yard setback shall be waived at the property line between two townhouses sharing a common wall;

5. Detached accessory buildings adjacent to alleys shall maintain a minimum of a five-foot side and five-foot rear yard setback; and

6. Corner lot buildings: Buildings on corner lots shall observe the minimum front yard setback on one side and a fifteen-foot setback on the second front yard except that in the case of a garage or carport the setback shall be at least twenty feet.

G. Building Width. Buildings wider than seventy feet and taller than thirty feet shall use roofline modulation or an alternative design approved by the planning director on each building face that exceeds seventy feet in width. Where an alternative to roofline modulation is used, it shall achieve the purpose of roofline modulation as stated in this title.

H. Hillside developments: See Chapter 17.59, Hillside Development and Design Standards. (Ord. 1533 § 6 (Exh. 32) (part), 2017: Ord. 1355 § 3 Exh. 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 935 § 5, 1992; Ord. 741 § 2, 1984: Ord. 665 § 2, 1980: Ord. 632 § 2, 1979: Ord. 333 §§ 1 and 2, 1965: Ord. 314 § 7D, 1962).

17.24.045 Habitable space requirements.

All multi-family residential buildings shall have habitable spaces facing the street at ground level. No more than fifty percent of the street frontage at ground level shall be occupied by garages. Two-family dwellings, including townhouse buildings consisting of two townhouses only, are exempt from the habitable space requirements. (Ord. 1355 § 3 Exh. 1 (part), 2008).

17.24.050 Parking requirements.

Parking requirements are as specified in the City of Chelan Development Standards, Section 9, “Parking Standards.” (Ord. 1355 § 3 Exh. 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 314 § 7E, 1962).

17.24.055 Easement and maintenance agreements.

All townhouse developments shall require submittal of an easement and maintenance agreement in a form acceptable to the planning director as part of the permit application process. A draft agreement shall be submitted with the building permit application and a final recorded agreement shall be submitted prior to final occupancy being granted. Said agreement shall be in accordance with the easement and maintenance agreement specification document available at the planning department and shall be binding on the owner of each townhouse. (Ord. 1355 § 3 Exh. 1 (part), 2008).