Chapter 20.08


20.08.010    Intent.

20.08.020    Permitted uses.

20.08.030    Conditional uses.

20.08.040    Prohibited uses.

20.08.050    Lot, yard, and open space requirements.

20.08.060    Off-street parking.

20.08.010 Intent.

The neighborhood residential district (NR) is designed to provide for a variety of housing types throughout Shelton’s neighborhoods while maintaining neighborhood definition. The regulations are intended to permit flexibility in the arrangement of structures on the site in order to encourage good architectural design, ensure adequate light and air, and allow compatible development of uses. (Ord. 1767-0610 § 1 (part), 2010: Ord. 1462-1296 § 2 (part), 1996)

20.08.020 Permitted uses.

Permitted uses for the neighborhood residential district as listed in the land use matrix, Section 20.06.030, and as follows:

A.    Single-family dwellings at a density of not less than three units per net residential acre, except that density requirements shall not apply to lots platted prior to the adoption of the ordinance codified in this chapter.

B.    One duplex or triplex shall be allowed per “block” (block is defined in Section 20.44.260), provided the design standards of Section 20.64.030 are satisfied; additional duplexes or triplexes shall require a conditional use permit as outlined in Section 20.44.260.

C.    Secondary dwelling units, subject to the design requirements of Section 20.64.040, provided:

1.    One secondary dwelling unit shall be allowed per legal building lot as a subordinate use in conjunction with any single-family structure;

2.    Either the primary residence or the secondary dwelling unit must be occupied by an owner of the property. In addition, secondary dwelling units shall not be subdivided or otherwise segregated in ownership from the main building. Owners shall sign an affidavit affirming that the owner will occupy the main building or the secondary unit as their principal residence for at least six months of every year, and agreeing to the conditions of this section. Upon approval, the property owner shall record a notice on the property title that shall be in the form specified by the city. Should the owner of the property choose to rent or lease both dwelling units, the property will be considered a duplex, and will be subject to the conditions of subsection B of this section.

D.    Group Homes.

E.    Accessory uses and buildings including but not limited to the following:

1.    Accessory buildings or structures which are clearly incidental to the residential use of the lot, such as buildings or structures for storage of personal property (including boats, recreational vehicles, etc.), or for the pursuit of avocational interests; or structures designed for and related to recreational needs of the residents of a residential complex. Accessory buildings shall be complementary to the basic architectural character of the main building on the lot, and appropriate to the accessory use;

2.    Agricultural uses not involving retail sales on the premises and limited as follows:

a.    On lots or parcels of one acre or more, poultry and/or livestock may be kept; provided, that the number of head of livestock shall not exceed one for each half acre of lot area, and not more than twenty birds or fowl per acre; and that barns or other structures for the housing or sheltering thereof be set back not less than thirty-five feet from all property lines and not less than fifty feet from any existing residential dwelling unit on adjoining property.

3.    Home occupations which comply with all the conditions as set forth in Chapter 20.44;

4.    The keeping of common household animals or pets is limited to four.

F.    On lots which abut property zoned GC and not extending more than one hundred feet or one lot depth from that zone (whichever is less):

1.    Neighborhood Commercial (NC) uses as listed in Section 20.44.290, provided uses comply with the criteria set forth in Sections 20.44.290 and 20.64.070;

2.    Parking lots associated with uses on abutting GC uses, provided such areas are screened from neighboring properties according to Section 20.60.150;

3.    Outdoor sales and display areas for abutting GC uses, provided such areas are screened from neighboring properties according to Section 20.60.150.

G.    Planned Unit Developments as provided in Chapter 20.32.

H.    Parks, publicly owned and operated. (Ord. 1767-0610 § 1 (part), 2010: Ord. 1556-1101 Exh. 1, 2001; Ord. 1462-1296 § 2 (part), 1996)

20.08.030 Conditional uses.

Conditional uses as listed in the land use matrix, Section 20.06.030, require a conditional use permit as provided in Chapter 20.44, and subject to applicable conditions as found in that chapter. (Ord. 1767-0610 § 1 (part), 2010: Ord. 1462-1296 § 2 (part), 1996)

20.08.040 Prohibited uses.

Uses other than those identified or described in Section 20.08.020 or 20.08.030 are prohibited. (Ord. 1767-0610 § 1 (part), 2010: Ord. 1462-1296 § 2 (part), 1996)

20.08.050 Lot, yard, and open space requirements.

A.    Yard setbacks, size and shape of lots shall be as provided in Table 20.08.050, except in the following cases:

1.    Minimum lot area: three thousand square feet on lots platted before the adoption of this code, subject to the design requirements set forth in Chapter 20.64;

2.    Minimum front yard: when forty percent or more of lot coverage, on a front foot basis, of all property on one side of a street between two intersecting streets has been reached, the front yard required for new development shall be an average of the existing front yard setbacks, but shall not be less than that specified in Table 20.08.050;

3.    Minimum side yards: a zero lot line concept may be approved if the site is part of a subdivision or PUD and seventy-five percent of units on the site use alleys for access.

Table 20.08.050

Minimum Standards

With Alleys

Without Alleys

Lot area

4500 sq. ft.

6000 sq. ft.

Front yard

10 ft.

10 ft.

Side yard

5 ft.

5 ft.

Flanking street

7 ft.

7 ft.

Rear yard

15 ft.
(5 feet for a detached garage)

15 ft.

Building height

35 ft.

35 ft.

Development coverage



Lot width

30 ft.

30 ft.

Street frontage

25 ft.

25 ft.

(Ord. 1767-0610 § 1 (part), 2010: Ord. 1660-1105 § 9, 2005: Ord. 1462-1296 § 2 (part), 1996)

20.08.060 Off-street parking.

Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with Chapter 20.40. (Ord. 1767-0610 § 1 (part), 2010: Ord. 1462-1296 § 2 (part), 1996)