Chapter 17.24
R-L RESIDENTIAL LOW DENSITY DISTRICT

Sections:

17.24.010    Purpose.

17.24.020    Permitted uses.

17.24.030    Accessory uses.

17.24.040    Conditional uses.

17.24.045    Prohibited uses.

17.24.050    Dimensional standards.

17.24.060    Off-street parking requirements.

17.24.070    Landscaping requirements.

17.24.090    Design standards and guidelines.

17.24.010 Purpose.

The R-L residential low density district is a land use classification primarily suited for single-family residential living. Uses are limited to residential uses and under certain conditions public and service uses which by their nature as support services or facilities are necessarily better served by locating within the residential sector. (Ord. 16-09 § 5 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 07-05 § 4, 2007; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001; Ord. 91-5 § 2, 1991)

17.24.020 Permitted uses.

The following uses shall be permitted uses in the R-L district:

A. Single-family dwellings including modular and manufactured housing constructed in accordance with the design requirements set forth in Chapter 15.38 EWMC, but not to exceed one dwelling on any one lot unless otherwise permitted by this title;

B. Temporary construction offices within the tract or subdivision on which buildings are being erected, and only for the duration of active construction;

C. Residential planned unit developments approved pursuant to Chapter 17.68 EWMC and the applicable sections of the Greater Wenatchee Urban Area Design Standards and Guidelines which are adopted by this reference as if fully set forth herein;

D. Adult family homes licensed by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and meeting the definition in EWMC 17.08.055;

E. Bus passenger amenities meeting the requirements of EWMC 17.72.185;

F. Agricultural uses of a horticultural nature such as vegetable gardens, fruit and nut trees, grape vines, and other horticultural stock;

G. Duplex dwellings; provided, the property is immediately adjacent to a commercial zoning district (i.e., shares a common lot line or is directly across a public street from) and has sufficient land area to provide 8,000 square feet of land area per duplex structure in addition to the land area required for any other dwellings existing on the same property. (Ord. 16-09 § 5 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 07-05 § 4, 2007; Ord. 05-07 § 1, 2005; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001; Ord. 98-3 § 2, 1998; Ord. 94-2 § 1, 1994; Ord. 91-5 § 2, 1991)

17.24.030 Accessory uses.

Subject to the dimensional standards set forth in EWMC 17.24.050, the following uses shall be accessory uses in the R-L district:

A. Attached or detached accessory buildings and structures clearly incidental to the residential use of the lot, such as the storage of personal property, including private garages;

B. Family day care home as defined in EWMC 17.08.155(B);

C. Not more than a total of eight cars, trucks, or recreational vehicles per dwelling may be parked outside of a building on any lot. Said vehicles shall be parked to the rear of the front yard setback line, except when parked in the driveway. For purposes of this section, “recreational vehicles” shall mean any travel trailers, truck campers, tent trailers, motor homes, snowmobiles, boats or jet skis, utility trailers for hauling materials or recreational vehicles, and similar equipment;

D. Fences as provided for in EWMC 17.72.160;

E. Covered Patios.

1. A freestanding covered patio must meet the standards of this title. If the cover over the patio is attached to a dwelling or within six feet of the dwelling it is to be considered as part of that dwelling for the purposes of determining the setback for the dwelling;

2. Height limit: 10 feet for a detached structure with a flat roof; provided, however, that a fireplace flue may extend beyond the maximum height limit to a height of not over 13 feet; in all other cases the roof height shall not exceed the provisions of EWMC 17.24.050(D);

3. Area limit: Must not exceed the provisions of EWMC 17.24.050(E);

F. Swimming Pools.

1. All pools must be located behind the front yard setback line and maintain at least a five-foot setback from all side and rear property lines;

2. All pools and the yard or area around them must be enclosed by a fence/barrier of not less than 48 inches in height meeting the requirements established in the Uniform Building Code for Barriers for Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs, as the same now exists or may be amended as adopted in Chapter 15.04 EWMC and the following general provisions:

a. Such fence/barrier shall be constructed and maintained as to prevent, within reason, any person from gaining access beneath, over, or through said fence/barrier;

b. Gates or doors to the pool area shall be of the same height as the fence/barrier and substantial in construction;

c. All gates or doors shall be equipped with self-closing mechanisms and devices for locking, and shall be kept locked at all times the pool is unguarded, unattended or not in use;

G. Large satellite dish, amateur radio tower, or attached wireless communication facility subject to the provisions of Chapter 17.70 EWMC, as the same now exists or may hereafter be amended;

H. Accessory dwelling units pursuant to the provisions of EWMC 17.72.190, as the same exists now or may hereafter be amended;

I. The keeping and raising of farm animals, livestock and poultry, as specified in EWMC 17.72.200; provided, that no commercial structure shall be constructed or maintained on the premises;

J. Home occupations as specified in Chapter 17.66 EWMC. (Ord. 16-09 § 5 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 13-04 § 6, 2013; Ord. 13-03 § 4, 2013; Ord. 07-05 § 4, 2007; Ord. 05-07 § 3, 2005; Ord. 02-22 § 12, 2002; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001; Ord. 2000-02 § 4, 2000; Ord. 91-5 § 2, 1991)

17.24.040 Conditional uses.

The following uses shall be conditional uses in the R-L district under conditions set forth in Chapter 17.64 EWMC:

A. Public schools and private schools;

B. Public parks and playgrounds;

C. Churches;

D. Municipal buildings;

E. Public facilities and utilities;

F. Neighborhood centers;

G. Child day care centers – Group 1 facilities only as defined in EWMC 17.08.155(A)(1);

H. Bed and breakfast facilities. (Ord. 16-09 § 5 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 13-04 § 7, 2013; Ord. 07-05 § 4, 2007; Ord. 05-07 § 6, 2005; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001; Ord. 2000-02 § 5, 2000; Ord. 91-5 § 2, 1991)

17.24.045 Prohibited uses.

All uses not listed above as permitted uses, accessory uses, or conditional uses shall be prohibited uses. Upon application to the board of adjustment, the board may rule that a use not specifically named in the permitted uses of a district shall be included among the allowed uses if the use is of the same general type and is similar to the permitted uses; however, this section does not authorize the inclusion of a use in a district where it is not listed when the use is specifically listed in another district. (Ord. 16-09 § 5 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 07-05 § 4, 2007; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001)

17.24.050 Dimensional standards.

The following are dimensional standards in the R-L district:

A. Minimum lot area: 5,000 square feet, except as provided in EWMC 17.72.020(D);

B. Minimum width of lot at building line: 50 feet. Corner lots shall have a minimum width at the building line of 60 feet, except as provided in EWMC 17.72.020(D);

C. Minimum lot depth: 80 feet;

D. Maximum building height: 35 feet;

E. Maximum land coverage: 40 percent for all buildings;

F. Minimum setback distances, except as provided in EWMC 17.72.040:

1. Front yard: 15 feet, provided any garage or carport with vehicle entrances facing a street shall be set back at least 20 feet from the front lot line;

2. Rear yard: 15 feet;

3. Side yard: five feet.

Buildings on corner lots shall observe the minimum front yard setback on both streets and shall provide at least one rear yard setback. (See illustration below.)

(Ord. 16-09 § 5 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 08-09 § 3 Exh. A-1(2), 2008; Ord. 07-05 § 4, 2007; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001; Ord. 91-5 § 2, 1991)

17.24.060 Off-street parking requirements.

Off-street parking requirements for the R-L district shall conform to the provisions in Chapter 17.72 EWMC, as the same exists now or may hereafter be amended. All required parking shall be located to the rear of the front yard setback. (Ord. 16-09 § 5 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 07-05 § 4, 2007; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001; Ord. 91-5 § 2, 1991)

17.24.070 Landscaping requirements.

All developments in this district shall be subject to the landscaping requirements in Chapter 17.72 EWMC, as the same exists now or may hereafter be amended. (Ord. 16-09 § 5 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 07-05 § 4, 2007; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001)

17.24.090 Design standards and guidelines.

Development within this district shall comply with the applicable sections of the Greater East Wenatchee Urban Growth Area Design Standards and Guidelines which are adopted by this reference as if fully set forth herein. (Ord. 16-09 § 5 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 07-05 § 4, 2007)