4-3-040 AUTOMALL DISTRICT:

A. PURPOSE:

These regulations establish development standards to implement the Renton Automall Improvement Plan by guiding the redevelopment of the Automall District.

(Ord. 5191, 12-12-2005; Ord. 5437, 12-8-2008; Ord. 5759, 6-22-2015)

B. APPLICABILITY – RENTON AUTOMALL DISTRICT:

1. Automall Area A: Those properties within the areas bounded by South Grady Way on the north, Rainier Avenue South (SR-167) on the east, I-405 on the south, and Seneca Avenue South on the west, and that area bounded by SW Grady Way on the north, Raymond Avenue SW on the west, Seneca Avenue SW on the east, and the alley midway between SW Grady Way and SW 12th Street on the south.

2. Automall Area B: Those properties the majority of which fall within the following described areas: That area along the south side of SW Grady Way defined by the alley between SW Grady Way and SW 12th Street on the north, Seneca Avenue SW on the east, Raymond Avenue SW on the west, and I-405 on the south;

That area along the south side of SW Grady Way west of Raymond Avenue South between SW Grady Way on the north, Raymond Avenue South on the east, a north/south line approximately four hundred feet (400') west of Raymond Avenue SW on the west, and I-405 on the south;

That area along the north side of SW Grady Way west of Lind Avenue South bounded by SW Grady Way on the south, Oakesdale Avenue SW on the west, SW 10th Street and its southwesterly extension on the north, and Lind Avenue SW on the east;

That area along the north side of SW Grady Way between Lind Avenue to the west and Rainier Avenue South on the east. Beginning at a point approximately four hundred feet (400') north of SW Grady Way along the east side of Lind Avenue SW on the west, then east for a distance of approximately three hundred twenty five feet (325'), then south to a point approximately one hundred eighty feet (180') north of SW Grady Way, then east from this point parallel to SW Grady Way to a point approximately ninety feet (90') west of Rainier Avenue South, then north from this point approximately sixty feet (60'), then west approximately fifty feet (50'), and then north approximately two hundred fifteen feet (215') and then east approximately one hundred sixty feet (160') to Rainier Avenue South on the east;

That area north of South 7th Street and west of Hardie Avenue generally described as the area beginning at the northwest corner of South 7th Street and Hardie Avenue South and then proceeding west approximately four hundred twenty five feet (425'), then north approximately four hundred fifty feet (450') to the southern edge of the Burlington Northern Railroad right-of-way, then east along the railroad right-of-way approximately two hundred thirty five feet (235') to Hardie Avenue and then south along Hardie Avenue to the beginning point;

That area north of South 7th Street between Hardie Avenue on the west, the Burlington Northern Railroad right-of-way on the north, and Rainier Avenue on the east;

That area north of South 7th Street between Rainier Avenue South on the west, a line approximately one hundred ninety feet (190') north of and parallel to South 7th Street on the north, and Shattuck Avenue South on the east;

The triangular area on the south side of South 7th Street between Hardie Avenue on the west and Rainier Avenue on the east;

The larger area north of South Grady Way between Rainier Avenue on the west and Shattuck Avenue South on the east between South 7th Street on the north and South Grady Way on the south;

That area north of South Grady Way between Shattuck Avenue South on the west, the northern edge of the former railroad right-of-way approximately one hundred fifty feet (150') north of S. Grady Way, and Talbot Road/Smithers Avenue S. on the east; and

That area along the south side of S. Grady Way east of Talbot Road bounded by Talbot Road on the west, S. Grady Way on the northwest, Renton City Hall on the north/northeast, Benson Road S. on the east/southeast, and the I-405 right-of-way on the south.

Together with those properties and portions thereof zoned Commercial Arterial (CA) within the area between SR-167/Rainier Avenue South on the west, South Grady Way on the north, Talbot Road South on the east and I-405 on the south.

3. Automall Area C: Those properties bounded by SR-167 on the east, Lind Avenue SW on the west, SW 41st Street on the south, and the approximate course of Panther Creek on the north. (Ord. 5191, 12-12-2005; Ord. 5355, 2-25-2008; Ord. 5437, 12-8-2008; Ord. 5675, 12-3-2012; Ord. 5759, 6-22-2015)

C. USES PERMITTED IN THE RENTON AUTOMALL DISTRICT:

The following use provisions take precedence over the underlying zoning:

1. USES ALLOWED IN AREA A
Only the following uses are permitted within Automall Area A

2. USES ALLOWED IN AREAS B AND C

Within the CA Zone: Small vehicle sales;

Secondary uses including: Licensing bureaus, car rentals, public parking, and other uses determined by the Administrator to directly support dealerships;

Within the IM Zone: Small vehicle sales, and existing office;

Secondary uses including: Licensing bureaus, car rentals, public parking, off-site parking consistent with RMC 4-4-080E2 and other uses determined by the Administrator to directly support dealerships.

All uses permitted by the underlying zoning

D. DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS FOR USES LOCATED WITHIN THE RENTON AUTOMALL – AREAS A, B AND C:

All permitted uses in Area A and all auto sales and related uses in Areas B and C of the Renton Automall shall comply with the following development standards:

 

ALL USES IN AREA A, DEALERSHIPS AND RELATED USES IN AREAS B AND C

SERVICE AREA ORIENTATION

Service areas shall not face public street frontage.

LANDSCAPING – STREET FRONTAGE LANDSCAPING REQUIREMENTS

for lots that abut Lind Avenue S.W., S.W. Grady Way, Talbot Road S. (SR-515), East Valley Road, or Rainier Avenue S.

A 15-foot-wide landscape strip along these street frontages. This frontage requirement is in lieu of the frontage requirement listed for the zone in chapter 4-2 RMC.

Unimproved portions of the right-of-way may be used in combination with abutting private property to meet the required 15-foot landscape strip width.

The landscaping shall include a minimum 30-inch-high berm and red maples (Acer rubrum), or other equivalent tree species required or approved by the Administrator on the City’s Approved Tree List per RMC 4-4-070L, planted 25 feet on center.

LANDSCAPING – MINIMUM AMOUNT AND LOCATION

Minimum 2.5% of the gross site area shall be provided as on-site landscaping. Landscaping shall be consolidated and located at site entries, building fronts, or other visually prominent locations as approved through the site plan development review process. Minimum landscaping may be reduced to 2% of the gross site area where bioretention, permeable paving, or other low impact development techniques consistent with the Surface Water Design Manual are integrated.

LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE AND TREE REMOVAL

All landscaping is subject to maintenance pursuant to RMC 4-4-070P.

WHEEL STOPS

If frontage landscaping is relocated, then permanent wheel stops or continuous curbs must be installed a minimum of 2.5 feet from sidewalks to prevent bumper overhang of sidewalks. Where these requirements differ from the requirements of the parking, loading and driveway regulations of chapter 4-4 RMC, these requirements shall govern.

CUSTOMER PARKING

Customer parking shall be designated and striped near entry drives and visible from public streets. Where possible, customer parking shall be combined with abutting dealership customer parking and shared access. Where these requirements differ from the requirements of the parking, loading and driveway regulations of chapter 4-4 RMC, these requirements shall govern.

AUTOMALL RIGHT-OF-WAY IMPROVEMENT PLAN COORDINATION

Development shall be coordinated with the adopted right-of-way improvement plan which addresses gateways, signage, landscaping, and shared access.

AUTOMALL IMPROVEMENT PLAN COMPLIANCE

All development shall coordinate with the Automall Improvement Plan adopted by Resolution No. 3457. The plan addresses potential street vacations, right-of-way improvements, area gateways, signage, landscaping, circulation, and shared access.

(Amd. Ord. 5355, 2-25-2008; Ord. 5676, 12-3-2012; Ord. 5828, 12-12-2016)

E. POTENTIAL WAIVER OF STREET VACATION FEES FOR DEALERSHIPS LOCATED WITHIN THE RENTON AUTOMALL AREA A:

All street vacation fees and compensation for the right-of-way may be waived by the Council for developing properties in Area A, provided:

1. The properties are designated to be vacated on the Automall Improvement Plan Map,

2. The application for street vacation conforms to RMC 9-14-10, Administrative Procedure for Right-of-Way Vacations, and

3. The uses proposed conform to subsection C of this Section. (Amd. Ord. 4749, 10-19-1998)

F. Reserved.

(Amd. Ord. 5331, 12-10-2007; Ord. 5437, 12-8-2008)

G. MAP OF AUTOMALL OVERLAY DISTRICTS:

The Automall Overlay is identified in the City of Renton’s COR Maps, the City’s online interactive mapping application available through the City’s website. (Amd. Ord. 5355, 2-25-2008; Ord. 5675, 12-3-2012; Ord. 5759, 6-22-2015; Ord. 5867, 12-11-2017)