Chapter 17.20
EXCEPTIONS

Sections:

17.20.010    General exceptions to lot size requirements.

17.20.020    Projections from building.

17.20.030    General exceptions to front yard requirements.

17.20.040    General exceptions to building height limitations.

17.20.050    Fences.

17.20.010 General exceptions to lot size requirements.

If a lot in a residential zone has an area or dimension which does not meet the requirements of this title, the lot may be used for a single-family dwelling, subject to the other requirements of the zone in which the lot is located; provided, however, that a conditional use is granted by the board of adjustment. [Ord. 1138 § 1, 1992. Code 1966 § 17.05.010.]

17.20.020 Projections from building.

Cornices, eaves, canopies, sunshades, chimneys, flues or other similar projections shall not project more than 24 inches into a required side yard. [Ord. 1138 § 1, 1992. Code 1966 § 17.05.020.]

17.20.030 General exceptions to front yard requirements.

The following exceptions to the front yard requirements are authorized for a lot in a residential zone:

(1) The planning commission may recommend greater yard requirements when the yard abuts a street which the city has designated for widening; or as expressly indicated below.

Name of Street

Length
of Street

Yard Requirements

Libby Street

Between 3rd Street and western corporate limits

25 feet

(2) If a street or block has an established pattern of front yard setbacks greater than is required by this title, the planning commission may recommend new construction to coincide with the setback established. [Ord. 1138 § 1, 1992. Code 1966 § 17.05.030.]

17.20.040 General exceptions to building height limitations.

The following types of structures or structural parts not subject to the building height limitations of this title area: Chimneys, tanks, church spires, belfries, domes, monuments, fire and hose towers, observation towers, transmission towers, smokestacks, flagpoles, radio and television towers, masts, aerials, cooling towers, elevator shafts and other similar projections. [Ord. 1138 § 1, 1992. Code 1966 § 17.05.040.]

17.20.050 Fences.

(1) Fencing in a residential, commercial or industrial zone shall not exceed six feet in height, except as permitted in subsection (4) of this section. Such fencing may be placed anywhere on the lot provided it shall be no closer to a public street right-of-way than the building setback requirements for the zone.

(2) Non-sight-obscuring fencing, not exceeding four feet in height, may be placed anywhere on the lot.

(3) Sight-obscuring fencing, wall or hedges, not exceeding three feet in height, may be placed anywhere on the lot.

(4) Fencing in a commercial or industrial zone, or in conjunction with a public facility, when required to provide security around unattended outdoor storage areas or to protect the public from contact with hazardous conditions, materials or equipment, may exceed six feet in height, but in no instance shall exceed 10 feet in height; and further provided, it shall be placed no closer to a public street right-of-way line than the building setback requirements set out in this title.

(5) The use of electrically charged fencing is prohibited. The use of barbed-wire fencing is prohibited, except to provide security around unattended outdoor storage areas or public facilities which could cause injury if accessible to public contact. When permitted, such fencing shall be located no closer than four feet to any street, sidewalk, alley or other public right-of-way.

(6) For purposes of this section, the grade from which the height of all fences placed adjacent to a street right-of-way shall be measured is the elevation of the centerline of the street or the top of the curb. For fences and walls placed elsewhere on the site, the grade from which the height shall be measured shall be either the existing groundline elevation of that fence or wall location or a new groundline. Any new groundline shall be no higher than the grade of the primary structure on the site. [Ord. 1201 § 1, 1995; Ord. 1138 § 1, 1992. Code 1966 § 17.05.050.]