Chapter 18.18
IRONDALE AND PORT HADLOCK UGA DEVELOPMENT REGULATION IMPLEMENTATION

Sections:

18.18.005    General applicability.

18.18.010    Purpose.

18.18.020    Establishment of urban growth area (UGA) land use and zoning districts.

18.18.030    Purpose of UGA land use and zoning districts.

18.18.040    Use tables.

18.18.050    Density, dimension and open space standards.

18.18.060    Development requirements and performance standards.

18.18.070    Landscaping.

18.18.080    Parking and pedestrian circulation.

18.18.090    Lighting.

18.18.100    Signs.

18.18.110    Design standards.

18.18.120    Site plan approval required in the Irondale and Port Hadlock UGA.

18.18.130    Development standards in this title.

18.18.005 General applicability.

The land use regulations in this chapter implement the Comprehensive Plan and ensure urban development is accompanied by urban infrastructure and services, in compliance with the State Growth Management Act. The availability of sewer facilities is a precondition to developing inside the UGA at urban densities or standards. Jefferson County will apply urban standards to parcels where sewer is available. When sewer service is available, refer to this chapter. [Ord. 9-09 § 2 (Exh. B)]

18.18.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish land use controls and regulations for the unincorporated Irondale and Port Hadlock urban growth area consistent with the adopted Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan.

Zoning designations are depicted on the map Irondale and Port Hadlock UGA Zoning, found as Figure 2-1 in the Urban Growth Area Element of the Comprehensive Plan.

This chapter’s development regulations shall be used for urban development that has urban services available. Urban development will not be allowed before the availability of urban services, namely, sewer availability. Development in those areas in the UGA that do not yet have sewer available shall be consistent with Chapter 18.19 JCC. See JCC 18.18.060, Development requirements and performance standards, for specific information about sewer availability and when urban development standards will apply. If there is conflict between development regulations in this chapter and elsewhere in this title, then this chapter prevails. [Ord. 9-09 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 3-09 § 5 (Exh. G)]

18.18.020 Establishment of urban growth area (UGA) land use and zoning districts.

Urban Growth Area (UGA)

Land Use Districts

Zoning Districts

Urban Residential

Urban low density residential (ULDR)

Urban moderate density residential (UMDR)

Urban high density residential (UHDR)

Urban Commercial

Urban commercial (UC)

Visitor-oriented commercial (VOC)

Urban Industrial

Urban light industrial (ULI)

Public

Public (P)

[Ord. 9-09 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 3-09 § 5 (Exh. G)]

18.18.030 Purpose of UGA land use and zoning districts.

The purposes of the land use and zoning districts are as follows:

(1) Urban Commercial (UC). The purpose of the urban commercial designation is to provide for a wide range of commercial activities and uses compatible with the expressed needs of the community that will provide goods and services for the UGA, nearby residents and serve the traveling public;

(2) Visitor-Oriented Commercial (VOC). The purpose of this designation is to recognize the unique area of the Old Alcohol Plant and allow commercial uses and for visitor-oriented lodging, goods and services that supplement the historical and tourism-related character of this area;

(3) Urban Low Density Residential (ULDR). The purpose of the ULDR district is to provide for areas of single-family urban residential development that are separate from commercial and industrial uses and activities;

(4) Urban Moderate Density Residential (UMDR). The purpose of the UMDR district is to provide for areas of mixed single-family and moderate density multifamily urban residential development;

(5) Urban High Density Residential (UHDR). The purpose of the UHDR district is to provide for areas of high density multifamily residential development;

(6) Urban Light Industrial (ULI). The purpose of the ULI designation is to allow for low intensity and low nuisance potential industrial uses;

(7) Public (P). The purpose of the P designation is to provide for the siting of important public facilities and services compatible. [Ord. 9-09 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 3-09 § 5 (Exh. G)]

18.18.040 Use tables.

This section establishes whether a specific use is allowed, prohibited, conditional or otherwise designated.

Table 3A-1. Allowable and Prohibited Uses

How To Use This Table

Table 3A-1 displays the classifications of uses for UGA zoning districts.

The allowability and classification of uses as represented in the table are further modified by the following:

•    The location may have a multiple designation. This would be true of the Shoreline Master Program, a subarea plan, or an overlay district applied to the location. The Shoreline Master Program (SMP) should be consulted if the location of interest is subject to the SMP jurisdiction. See also Notes 1 to 3 to this table.

•    All regulations in this code apply to the uses in these tables. To determine whether a particular use or activity can occur in a particular land use district and location, all relevant regulations must also be consulted in addition to this table.

•    A development proposal within 200 feet of the ordinary high water mark of a regulated shoreline is within the jurisdiction of the Shoreline Master Program, and is subject to the applicable provisions of the SMP in this title.

•    Overlay districts provide policies and regulations in addition to those of the underlying land use districts for certain land areas and for uses that warrant specific recognition and management. For any land use or development proposed to be located entirely or partly within an overlay district, or within the jurisdiction of a subarea plan, the applicable provisions of the overlay district or subarea plan as provided in Articles VI and VII of Chapter 18.22 JCC shall prevail over any conflicting provisions of the UDC.

 

Categories of Uses

Yes

=

Uses allowed subject to the provisions of this code, including meeting applicable performance standards (Chapter 18.20 JCC) and development standards (Chapter 18.30 JCC); if a building or other development permit is required, this use is also subject to project permit approval; see Chapter 18.40 JCC.

D

=

Discretionary uses are certain named and all unnamed uses which may be allowed subject to administrative approval and consistency with the UDC, unless the administrator prohibits the use or requires a conditional use permit based on project impacts; see JCC 18.15.045 and Chapter 18.40 JCC.

C

=

Conditional uses, subject to criteria, public notice, written public comment and public hearing procedure; see JCC 18.40.080.

C(a)

=

Conditional uses, subject to criteria, public notice, written public comment, and an administrative approval procedure, but not a public hearing; see JCC 18.40.080.

C(d)

=

Conditional uses, subject to criteria, public notice, written public comment and, at the discretion of the administrator, a public hearing procedure, if warranted, based on the project’s potential impacts, size or complexity, according to criteria in JCC 18.40.550; see JCC 18.40.080.

No

=

Prohibited use.

 

Table 3A-1

Allowable and Prohibited Uses 

Irondale and Port Hadlock Urban Growth Area (UGA) Zoning Districts

Commercial

Residential

Industrial

Public

Urban Commercial

Visitor-Oriented Commercial

Urban Low Density Residential

Urban Moderate Density Residential

Urban High Density Residential

Urban Light Industrial

Public

Specific Land Use

UC

VOC

ULDR

UMDR

UHDR

ULI

P

Residential Uses

 

Single-Family Housing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Single-family residences

Existing only

Existing only

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Duplexes (subject to meeting underlying density requirements)

Existing only

Existing only

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Manufactured/mobile home parks

Existing only

No

Yes

Existing only

Yes

No

No

Multifamily Housing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multifamily residential units (3+ units)

Existing only

Existing only

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Residential adult care facilities

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Nursing/convalescent/assisted living facilities

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Accessory Uses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accessory dwelling units

Existing only

Existing only

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Home businesses1

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Cottage industries1

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Commercial Uses

 

Animal shelters and kennels, commercial

C(a)

C(a)

No

No

No

No

No

Aquaculture

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Automobile service station

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Automobile repair and/or restoration

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Automobile (car) wash

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Automobile sales

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

Bakery

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Banks and credit unions

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Bed and breakfast residence

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Billiard parlor

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Blueprinting and photostatting

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Boat building and repair

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Boat sales

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Bowling alley

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Building supply and hardware store

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

Child day care, commercial

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Clinics (medical, dental, and vision) and veterinary clinics and hospitals

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Convenience store

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Contractor yards (commercial excavating)

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Drinking establishment

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Eating establishment

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes2

Yes

Entertainment facility, indoor

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Entertainment facility, outdoor

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Grocery store

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Gift shop

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Liquor store

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Lodging facilities (incl. motel/hotel)3

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Lumber yard

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

Marijuana recreational retailer

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Mini-storage facilities

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Personal and professional services

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Retail sales and services (not including recreational marijuana)

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Sexually oriented businesses4

C

C

No

No

No

C

No

Unnamed commercial uses

D

D

No

No

No

No

No

Industrial Uses

 

Asphalt batch plants

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Boat storage

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Concrete batch plants

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Bulk fuel storage facilities

No

No

No

No

No

C

No

Feed lots

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Heavy equipment sales and rental services

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Heavy industry

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Light industry (not including recreational marijuana)

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Outdoor storage yards

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Resource processing, accessory to extraction operations

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Marijuana recreational processor

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Mining and mineral extraction activities

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Recycling center

C

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Warehouse/moving storage

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Warehouse/wholesale distribution center

C(a)

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

(Automobile) wrecking and salvage yards

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Unnamed industrial uses

No

No

No

No

No

D

No

Institutional Uses

 

Essential public facilities

See JCC 18.15.110

Public Purpose Facilities

 

•    College or technical school

Yes

C

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

•    Emergency services (fire, police, EMS)

Yes

Yes

C

C

C

Yes

Yes

•    Government offices

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

•    Library/museum/post office

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

•    Parks

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

•    Public works maintenance/equipment storage shops

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

•    Recycling collection facilities

Yes

Yes

C(a)

C(a)

C(a)

Yes

Yes

•    School, primary and secondary

Yes

Yes

C

C

C

No

Yes

•    Visitor/community center

Yes

Yes

C(d)

C(d)

C(d)

No

Yes

•    Water and wastewater treatment facilities

Yes

Yes

C(d)

C(d)

C(d)

Yes

Yes

Cemeteries

No

No

C(d)

C(d)

C(d)

No

Yes

Church

C(d)

C(d)

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Nonprofit club or lodge, private

Yes

Yes

C(d)

C(d)

Yes

No

No

Unnamed institutional facilities

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

Transportation Uses

 

Park and ride lots/transit facilities

Yes

Yes

C(d)

C(d)

C(d)

Yes

Yes

Trails and paths, public or private

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Unnamed transportation uses

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

Utility Uses

 

Commercial communication facilities

See JCC 18.20.130

Utility developments, major

C

C

C

C

C

C

C

Utility developments, minor

C(a)

C(a)

C(a)

C(a)

C(a)

C(a)

C(a)

Unnamed utility uses

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

Agricultural and Forestry Uses

 

Agricultural uses and activities

No

No

Existing only

No

No

Yes

No

Agricultural processing, heavy

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Aquatic plant and animal processing and storage

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Lumber mill, stationary

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Marijuana recreational producer

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Nurseries

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

Unnamed agricultural and forestry uses

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

1    Home businesses and cottage industries are allowed in existing residential structures within commercial and visitor-oriented commercial zones.

2    Maximum building size of 800 square feet.

3    Hotel/motel rooms are not dwelling units and shall not be subject to residential density requirement.

4    See JCC 18.20.345 for performance standards.

[Ord. 4-15 § 3 (Att. B); Ord. 3-12 § 1 (Exh. H); Ord. 9-09 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 3-09 § 5 (Exh. G)]

18.18.050 Density, dimension and open space standards.

This section establishes specific density and dimensional standards for new urban development within the UGA.

NOTES TO TABLE 3A-2:

1.    Fences are exempt from setback requirements, except in the jurisdiction of the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) or when impairing safe sight lines, as determined by the county engineer.

2.    Setbacks do not apply to mailboxes; wells; pump houses; bus shelters; septic systems and drainfields (except in the SMP); landscaping (including berms); utility apparatus such as poles, wires, pedestals, manholes, and vaults. No other structures or communication devices (such as antennas, satellite dishes) shall be located in the front setback area unless approved by the administrator. The administrator may reduce the minimum front road setbacks if the strict application of such setback would render a legal lot of record unbuildable under the provisions of this code.

3.    Chimneys, smokestacks, fire or parapet walls, ADA-required elevator shafts, flagpoles, utility lines and poles, skylights, communication sending and receiving devices, HVAC and similar equipment, and spires associated with places of worship are exempt from height requirements.

4.    Structures used for the storage of materials for agricultural activities are exempt from the maximum building height requirements.

5.    Approved subarea plans may establish different bulk and dimensional requirements for those areas.

6.    “N/A” = Not applicable.

7.    Road Classifications. To clarify the setbacks for urban development activities within the UGA consistent with the requirements of this section, the following road designations shall apply:

•    Principal arterials. None classified in the UGA.

•    Minor arterials. SR 19 (Rhody Drive).

•    Major collectors. SR 116 (Ness’ Corner Road, Oak Bay Road to Flagler Road and Flagler Road), Chimacum Road, Irondale Road.

•    Minor collectors.

•    Local access roads.

•    Alleys.

•    Private roads.

8.    The special side and rear setbacks provided in Table 3A-2 shall also apply to outbuildings for residential or agricultural uses such as detached garages, storage sheds or tool sheds, except for existing lots of record less than five acres wherein the minimum rear and side yard setbacks for outbuildings shall be five feet.

 

Table 3A-2

Density and Dimensional Standards

Irondale and Port Hadlock Urban Growth Area (UGA)

Commercial

Residential

Industrial

Public

Urban Commercial/Visitor-Oriented Commercial

Urban Low Density Residential

Urban Moderate Density Residential

Urban High Density Residential

Urban Light Industrial

Public

Development Standard

UC/VOC

ULDR

UMDR

UHDR

ULI

P

Allowed Residential Density

N/A

4 – 6 units/acre

7 – 12 units/acre

13 – 18 units/acre

N/A

N/A

Note: Standard densities apply to development with connection required to sanitary sewer system. On-site sewer code allows minimum 12,500 sq. ft. lot for on-site septic systems with waivers possible to approximately minimum 7,500 sq. ft. However, the code does not allow waivers less than 12,500 sq. ft. for lots within critical aquifer recharge areas (CARAs). Therefore standard density in the ULDR zone (inside CARAs and outside of phased sewer service areas where sewer service is available) is approximately 3.5 DUs/acre. Standard density of 4 DUs/acre in the ULDR zone (outside CARAs and outside of phased sewer service areas where sewer is available) may be achieved only by compliance with the waiver provisions of the on-site septic code. Maximum density of 6 DUs/acre in the ULDR is only achievable by connection to sanitary sewer.

Minimum Lot Area

None specified. Lot sizes shall be sufficient to meet the public health and environmental protection standards contained in the Jefferson County regulations. Ability to subdivide is regulated by the permitted development density.

Minimum Front or Street Setbacks

Note: The administrator may alter the local access road setback requirements for subdivisions; provided, that pedestrian facilities are constructed and that reduced sight lines for vehicular traffic do not create a public safety concern.

Local Access Roads

20

20

20

20

20

20

•    Alleys

0

0

0

0

0

0

•    Private roads

10

10

10

10

10

10

Minor Collector

20

20

20

20

20

20

Major Collector

15

30

30

30

30

30

Minor Arterial

30

30

30

30

30

30

Principal Arterial

35

35

35

35

35

35

Minimum Rear and Side Yard Setbacks (See Key Notes)1

5

5

5

5

10

20

Maximum Building Dimensions

Note: Maximum building height recommended for increase from 35 feet to 70 feet in all commercial/industrial zones and in urban residential high density zones to allow for and accommodate increased densities.

Building Height (feet)

70

35

35

70

70

70

Lot Coverage, Buildings Only (%)

No maximum2

60

70

70

No maximum2

 

Total Building Size (sq. ft.)

None specified

1    Special rear and side setbacks:

•    Wherever a light industrial use is proposed to abut a commercial or residential use or zone, the setback shall be 25 feet, unless otherwise specified in this code.

•    Wherever a commercial use is proposed to abut a residential use or zone, the setback shall be 10 feet, unless otherwise specified in this code.

2    Adequate space must be provided for required parking, setbacks, landscaping, utilities, septic system (if no sewer available) and stormwater management facilities, as applicable.

[Ord. 9-09 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 3-09 § 5 (Exh. G)]

18.18.060 Development requirements and performance standards.

The following development requirements and performance standards apply to all property proposed for development within the Irondale and Port Hadlock urban growth area (UGA). No development approval shall be given, and no building permit shall be issued, unless the proposed development is in compliance with the provisions of this section and Chapter 18.30 JCC, Development Standards.

Development within the Irondale and Port Hadlock UGA shall be governed by the following level of service standards:

(1) Street Standards. As a condition of any development approval within the Irondale and Port Hadlock UGA, the property owner shall construct streets which the county determines are consistent with the adopted urban street standards in JCC 18.30.080.

(2) Water Service. As a condition of any development approval within the Irondale and Port Hadlock UGA, the property owner shall obtain a certificate of water availability for the proposed use from Jefferson PUD No. 1 and connect to the PUD No. 1 water system. Fire flow requirements shall be as specified by the Jefferson County fire marshal.

(3) Storm Drainage. As a condition of any development approval, the property owner shall construct surface and stormwater management improvements as determined by the county to be consistent with the surface water management standards adopted in the Jefferson County stormwater management plan (adopted November 27, 2006, Resolution No. 74-06).

(4) Sanitary Sewer Service.

(a) Sewer Service Area. The sewer service area is the same as the 20-year planning boundary of the UGA. No development approval shall be given, and no building permit issued, unless the proposed development complies with the provisions of this chapter. For development under this chapter, as a condition of any new development approval or major modification to an existing commercial, industrial, or multifamily residential use located within a sanitary sewer service area, as identified in the adopted general sewer plan for the Irondale and Port Hadlock urban growth area, the property owner must obtain confirmation of sewer availability from the sewer agency provider prior to development approval and must connect to the existing sewer line. Sewers will be considered to be available to the phased implementation area when sewer infrastructure enters a sewer phase area, according to the phased areas outlined in the Port Hadlock Sewer Facility Plan, September 2008.

(b) Areas with Sewer Not Yet Available – Interim On-Site Septic Systems. If the proposed use or major modification is located outside of a phased sewer service area where sewers are available, then transitional rural development standards in Chapter 18.19 JCC apply.

(5) Other Facilities and Services. Reserved.

(6) Credit for Prior Contributions and Infrastructure Improvements. All of the agreements not to protest formation of local improvement districts or other pro rata cost sharing arrangements described in this section shall include credit for any contributions or facility construction already made or completed by the individual property owners (or their predecessor) for the particular urban public facility or service contemplated by the capital facilities plan. [Ord. 14-18 § 4 (Exh. B); Ord. 9-09 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 3-09 § 5 (Exh. G)]

18.18.070 Landscaping.

Landscaping for urban commercial, industrial, mixed use, and multifamily developments in the UGA shall comply with the following standards and shall be exempt from the rural provisions of JCC 18.30.130, Landscaping/screening:

(1) Landscaping Definitions.

(a) “Visual screen” means evergreen and deciduous trees (no more than 50 percent deciduous) planted 20 feet on center, two shrubs planted between each pair of trees, and ground cover.

(b) “Visual buffer” means evergreen and deciduous trees (no more than 75 percent deciduous) planted 30 feet on center, two shrubs planted between each pair of trees, and ground cover.

(2) Plant Standards.

(a) Deciduous trees must be one and one-half inches diameter at chest height (four and one-half feet from ground level) and must have a survivability rate of 100 percent after one year and 80 percent after two years of planting.

(b) Evergreen trees must be four feet in height and must have a survivability rate of 100 percent after one year and 80 percent after two years of planting.

(c) Ground cover is low evergreen or deciduous plantings at three-foot spacing in all directions.

(d) Shrubs must be a minimum of 30 inches in height or four gallons and must have a survivability rate of 100 percent after one year and 80 percent after two years of planting.

(e) The retention of existing natural vegetation in place of new plants is encouraged and allowed. The use of existing native and/or drought-tolerant landscape materials shall be utilized whenever possible, and may be used in lieu or in combination with existing plantings to demonstrate substantial consistency with the requirements of this section.

(3) Screening Standards.

(a) New or expanding commercial or industrial land uses within commercial or industrial zones shall provide a five-foot visual buffer along all street frontages between the street and on-site parking areas and a 10-foot visual screen along any property line abutting a residential zoning district to minimize aesthetic impacts to residential properties.

(b) New multifamily dwellings over four dwelling units in residential zones shall provide a five-foot visual buffer along all street frontages.

(4) Alternative Designs. Alternative designs may be allowed if, upon review by the administrator, they are determined to provide landscaping substantially equivalent to the standards in this section. [Ord. 9-09 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 3-09 § 5 (Exh. G)]

18.18.080 Parking and pedestrian circulation.

Parking for all new development shall comply with JCC 18.30.100, Parking, and JCC 18.30.110, Off-street loading space requirements. Pedestrian facilities shall be provided in accordance with JCC 18.30.090, Pedestrian circulation. [Ord. 9-09 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 3-09 § 5 (Exh. G)]

18.18.090 Lighting.

Lighting shall comply with the standards set forth in JCC 18.30.140, Lighting; shall not permit direct illumination of the sky (skyglow); and shall not provide more illumination into an adjoining property than is received from the adjoining property measured at a vertical plane at the property boundary (light trespass). [Ord. 9-09 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 3-09 § 5 (Exh. G)]

18.18.100 Signs.

No sign shall hereafter be erected or used for any purpose or in any manner in the urban growth area except as permitted by the regulations of this section. All signs subject to this section shall be subject to approval and issuance of a sign permit by the administrator according to a Type I permit approval process as specified in Chapter 18.40 JCC. The administrator may waive certain requirements of this section or require additional conditions for any sign permit, if deemed necessary to maintain consistency with the Comprehensive Plan.

(1) Prohibited Signs. The following signs are prohibited:

(a) Abandoned signs;

(b) Billboards;

(c) Flashing, revolving or moving signs, excepting clocks and electronic reader boards allowed within urban commercial zones;

(d) Off-site signs which advertise a business;

(e) Signs or sign structures, which by coloring, shape, working, or location resemble or conflict with traffic-control signs or devices;

(f) Signs which create a safety hazard for pedestrians or vehicular traffic; and

(g) Signs attached to utility poles or traffic signs.

(2) Exemptions. The following signs are exempt from the provisions of this section:

(a) Traffic and standardized public signs installed by a government entity;

(b) Window and merchandise displays, point of purchase advertising displays such as product dispensers and barber poles;

(c) National flags, flags of a political subdivision, and symbolic flags of an institution or business;

(d) Legal notices required by law;

(e) Historic site plaques and markers and gravestones;

(f) Personal signs displaying personal messages such as “yard sale” or “no trespassing” not to exceed eight square feet;

(g) Political signs safely displayed on private property;

(h) Structures intended for separate use, such as recycling containers and phone booths;

(i) Real estate signs; and

(j) Lettering painted on or magnetically flush-mounted onto a motor vehicle operating in the normal course of business.

(3) Design Standards. Signs regulated by this section include signs that are attached to the building (e.g., facade, projection or wall signs) and signs that are set apart from the building (e.g., freestanding or monument signs). All signs must meet the following standards:

(a) The following standards apply to the illumination and illustration of signs:

(i) The illumination of signs shall be shaded, shielded, or directed so the light intensity or brightness shall not adversely affect surrounding properties or public and private rights-of-way or create a hazard or nuisance to the traveling public, or to surrounding properties. Illumination of signs shall comply with JCC 18.18.090;

(ii) No sign or part thereof shall consist of rotating, revolving, or moving parts; consist of banners, streamers, or spinners; or involve flashing, blinking, or alternating lights. Two exceptions to this standard are (A) temporary signs associated with local festivals, fairs, parades, or special events pursuant to JCC 18.30.150(8)(b); and (B) electronic reader board signs or message boards which are only allowed within urban commercial districts and residential districts for public purpose facilities, subject to the requirements of this code and JCC 18.30.150(6).

(b) Sign size shall be regulated as follows:

(i) There is no maximum sign size for businesses in the commercial and industrial districts in the Irondale and Port Hadlock UGA except as specified in this section. Multitenant developments in urban commercial and industrial districts may have one freestanding sign, 64 square feet in size plus 15 square feet for each occupant, for each access point, commonly identifying the businesses within multitenant developments provided such signs total no more than 100 square feet in aggregate. The maximum size for signs placed on a multitenant building identifying individual occupants shall be no larger than 15 square feet per occupant;

(ii) The square footage of signs shall be calculated by the outside dimensions necessary to frame the information displayed. No sign mounted on a building shall extend above or beyond the eaves, rake, or parapet of the wall on which it is mounted. Any sign projecting beyond six inches from a perpendicular wall shall be at least six feet eight inches above grade;

(iii) Directional, identification or advertising signs for any use located in any urban residential district shall not exceed 32 square feet, with the exception of institutional use signs, which shall not exceed 64 square feet;

(iv) Freestanding signs with reader boards for a single business shall be no larger than 128 square feet.

(c) Uses located in any urban commercial or industrial land use districts shall have no more than two on-premises signs, except as allowed in this section for multitenant developments.

(d) Signs attached to or painted against the structure to which they relate shall not be computed as a part of the overall total square footage, or number of signs allowed.

(e) All signs shall be continuously maintained. Signs that present a public hazard as determined by the Jefferson County building official or department of public works shall be subject to abatement.

(f) The design of freestanding signs shall include measures to restrict vehicles from passing beneath them, unless otherwise permitted by the Jefferson County department of public works. All freestanding pole signs or projecting signs shall provide pedestrian clearance to a minimum of eight feet, where applicable.

(g) Signs should be incorporated into the landscaping of the site when landscaping is provided.

(h) No signs, other than those related to water-dependent uses, such as a marina, are permitted to face seaward, excepting signs relating to safety concerns, such as cable-crossing, construction-dredging, fuel area, etc.

(i) No sign shall be placed in the public right-of-way or in the vision clearance triangle of intersections and curb cuts, unless otherwise approved by the Jefferson County department of public works.

(4) Specialty Signs. Specialty signs may be established when consistent with the standards set forth below:

(a) Signs and banners promoting public festivals, community or special events, and grand openings may be displayed up to 30 days prior to the event, and shall be removed no later than seven days after the event. The sponsoring entity is responsible for sign removal. Event signs may be located off site.

(b) Signs which identify a recognized community or unincorporated place are permitted at each entrance to the community. Said signs are limited to one per entrance, and may not exceed 64 square feet or eight feet in height. Signs relating to clubs, societies, orders, fraternities and the like shall be permitted as part of the community sign.

(c) Businesses may erect temporary on-site sandwich board signs subject to the following criteria:

(i) No more than two sandwich board signs may be erected per business;

(ii) Sandwich board signs shall not exceed four feet in height or three feet in width;

(iii) Sandwich board signs shall be displayed during business hours only;

(iv) Sandwich board signs shall not be placed on sidewalks; and

(v) Sandwich board signs shall not be placed in public road rights-of-way unless approved by the Jefferson County department of public works.

(d) Off-site signs may only be allowed when they meet all of the following standards:

(i) Are directional in nature;

(ii) Located on private property along a major or minor arterial;

(iii) Located no more than 600 feet from an intersection;

(iv) No larger than 12 square feet.

(5) Nonconforming Signs. Legally established signs in place prior to the adoption of the ordinance codified in this chapter and not in conformance with these standards shall be considered legal, nonconforming signs, and may remain as provided below:

(a) Nonconforming off-premises signs shall be removed within five years of adoption of the ordinance codified in this chapter. Until then, such signs must be continually maintained, not relocated, and not structurally altered. Nonconforming off-premises signs may be replaced by off-site directional signs as allowed in this section;

(b) Nonconforming on-premises signs may remain provided they are continually maintained, not relocated, and not structurally altered;

(c) Billboards which are in place prior to the adoption of the ordinance codified in this chapter may remain provided they are continually maintained, not relocated, and not structurally altered. [Ord. 14-18 § 4 (Exh. B); Ord. 9-09 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 3-09 § 5 (Exh. G)]

18.18.110 Design standards.

Reserved. [Ord. 9-09 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 3-09 § 5 (Exh. G)]

18.18.120 Site plan approval required in the Irondale and Port Hadlock UGA.

In the Irondale and Port Hadlock UGA prior to the provision of public sewer or public water to a site, any approval for a commercial, industrial, mixed use, multifamily, high density residential, or single-family residential subdivision in the ULDR zone is required to include a site plan which:

(1) Complies with the applicable health regulations and other Jefferson County development and building regulations (e.g., critical areas, stormwater management, etc.);

(2) Provides for sanitary sewer connection and other utilities.

The site plan prepared under this section and reviewed and approved by the administrator shall address the following: buffers, landscaping, traffic access and parking standards, current septic and future sanitary sewer provisions, height and scale in relation to surrounding uses and future uses, vegetation removal, stormwater, potable water, and lot coverage.

Development of the site shall be consistent with the approved site plan. Minor modification to the site plan may be allowed by the administrator; provided, that all other regulations and conditions placed on the approval are met. [Ord. 9-09 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 3-09 § 5 (Exh. G)]

18.18.130 Development standards in this title.

In addition to this chapter, development and standards in the UGA shall also comply, where applicable, with the following chapters in the Unified Development Code:

18.05

Introductory Provisions

18.10

Definitions

18.15

Land Use Districts

18.19

Transitional Rural Development Standards of the Irondale/Port Hadlock Urban Growth Area

18.20

Performance and Use-Specific Standards

18.22

Critical Areas

18.25

Shoreline Master Program

18.30

Development Standards

18.35

Land Divisions

18.40

Permit Application and Review Procedures/SEPA Implementation

18.45

Comprehensive Plan and GMA Implementing Regulations Amendment Process

18.50

Enforcement

[Ord. 14-18 § 4 (Exh. B); Ord. 9-09 § 2 (Exh. B)]