20D.170.20 Automobile, Recreational Vehicle and Boat: Sales, Service and Rental.

20D.170.20-010 Purpose.

The regulations in this section address the impacts that are unique to automobile, recreational vehicle and boat sales, service and rental uses where allowed, including parking and advertising. (Ord. 1930 (20C.80.7155))

20D.170.20-020 Standards for Vehicle Sales, Service and Rentals Where Allowed.

(1)    Location. The use shall not abut a zone which is zoned primarily for residential use. Automobile/boat sales must operate as a stand alone business. Rental facilities may be allowed in a mixed use development.

(2)    Vehicle Display Area. For sales or rentals operating as a stand alone business, the vehicle display area shall be limited to that area on-site remaining after compliance with all parking and landscape requirements.

(3)    Parking. Parking must be provided according to the following ratios:

    Sales and/or Rental: one space per 600 square feet of enclosed floor area and one space per 2,500 square feet of open sales or rental display area.

    Service: Three spaces per service bay.

    Employee: One space per employee on the maximum work shift.

    The employee and customer parking areas must meet the City’s design requirements for parking facilities. The applicant shall submit a parking plan showing the placement of cars, recreational vehicles or boats in the vehicle display area, employee parking areas, and an adequate off-street unloading area. The plan must be approved by the Technical Committee. Rental uses operating in a mixed use development are limited to eight rental vehicles at a given period parked in existing parking spaces. Additional vehicles may be stored on-site within a building or on other portions of the site with submittal of a plan, reviewed and approved by the Technical Committee.

(4)    Storage of Vehicles. Vehicles shall be stored on paved parking surfaces.

(5)    Advertising. Signs that advertise a product, business, or service or that direct people to a business or activity located on or near the site are not permitted on the outside of vehicles. Signs that provide information about the vehicle, such as the year, make, model, or price, may be displayed on the outside of or in the windows of vehicles.

(6)    Noise Amplification. Outdoor loudspeaker systems are prohibited.

(7)    Landscaping. If the use is a standalone use, the perimeter arterial street frontage shall have a landscaped buffer to provide a “Type II” visual screen as described in the development regulations for landscaping, natural screening and tree preservation. If the use abuts an existing residential use, a “Type I” solid landscape buffer in planters no less than 15 feet in width shall be required. No razor wire, chain link, or barbed wire fences shall be allowed on the business frontage or fronting shoreline public access areas (Shoreline Public Access System Map, Figure S-1 of the Shoreline Master Program). Decorative fencing or decorative walls and landscaping on side or back lots will be required where necessary to prevent visual impacts on neighboring businesses, residential uses, public shoreline areas, and the streetscape.

(8)    Servicing. Servicing and maintenance of vehicles shall be allowed under the following conditions:

(a)    All vehicle repair shall be conducted inside. Any outdoor storage of repair materials shall meet outdoor storage requirements.

(b)    If vehicle refueling is on-site, it shall meet all building code requirements for such a use.

(c)    If automobile, recreational vehicle and boat washing areas are provided these areas shall be covered and have drains connected to the sanitary sewer system. The drains shall be constructed with an oil/water separator. All treatment facilities shall be approved by the Public Works Department.

(9)    No bay door shall orient directly towards residential, public open space, or right-of-way unless there is an intervening building located between the use and the residential/public space.

(10)    Parking lot lighting and lighting on structures or signs shall be designed to minimize excessive glare and light trespass onto neighboring properties and shorelines, and shall comply with the development regulations for lighting and signage and with the Design Standards of Chapter 20D.40 RCDG. (Ord. 2486; Ord. 1930 (20C.80.7160))