Chapter 20.09


20.09.010    Intent.

20.09.020    Permitted uses.

20.09.030    Conditional uses.

20.09.040    Prohibited uses.

20.09.050    Lot, yard, and open-space requirements.

20.09.060    Off-street parking.

20.09.070    Stormwater runoff.

20.09.080    Development standards for commercial uses in LI-C district.

20.09.010 Intent.

The low-intensity commercial (LI-C) is designed to provide for a variety of low-intensity commercial uses along Olympic Highway between C and K Streets and Adams and Jefferson Streets while protecting the abutting neighborhood. 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, mitigate off-site development, and allow compatible development of uses. (Ord. 1520-1099 Attch. B (part), 1999)

20.09.020 Permitted uses.

Permitted uses for the low-intensity commercial district are listed in the land use matrix, Chapter 20.06.030, and as follows:

A.    Single-family dwellings.

B.    Duplexes or triplexes, or other multifamily dwellings having no more than sixteen dwelling units per building shall be allowed (as defined in Chapter 20.44.260), provided design criteria of Chapter 20.64.030 are satisfied.

C.    Secondary dwelling units, subject to the design requirements of Chapter 20.64.040;

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

3.    The keeping of common household animals or pets (three or fewer adult animals and their unweaned offspring).

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.    Parking lots associated with uses on abutting GC uses, provided such areas are screened from neighboring properties according to Chapter 20.60.150; and subject to “a” and “c” in the matrix at Table 20.06.030;

2.    Outdoor sales and display areas for abutting GC uses, provided such areas are screened from neighboring properties according to Chapter 20.60.150; and subject to “a,” “b,” and “c” in the matrix at Table 20.06.030.

G.    Planned unit developments as provided in Chapter 20.32.

H.    Parks, publicly owned and operated. (Ord. 1520-1099 Attch. B (part), 1999)

20.09.030 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. 1520-1099 Attch. B (part), 1999)

20.09.040 Prohibited uses.

Uses other than those identified or described in Section 20.09.020 or 20.09.030 are prohibited. (Ord. 1520-1099 Attch. B (part), 1999)

20.09.050 Lot, yard, and open-space requirements.

A.    Yard setbacks, size, and shape of lots shall be provided in Table 20.09.050, 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, on a front foot basis, of all property on one side of a street between two intersecting streets has been built up, 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 20.09.050.

Table 20.09.050

Minimum Standards

With Alleys

Without Alleys

Lot area

4500 sq. ft.

6000 sq. ft.

Front yard

10 feet

10 feet

Side yard*

5 feet

5 feet

Flanking street

7 feet

7 feet

Rear yard

15 feet
(2 for garage)

15 feet

Building coverage**



Building height

35 feet

35 feet

Development coverage**



*    Side yards are measured from perimeter, not interior, lot lines in cases of multilot projects.

**    Increased coverage permitted if through block access provided.

(Ord. 1520-1099 Attch. B (part), 1999)

20.09.060 Off-street parking.

Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with Chapter 20.40 of this title. (Ord. 1520-1099 Attch. B (part), 1999)

20.09.070 Stormwater runoff.

All stormwater runoff shall meet city of Shelton requirements. (Ord. 1520-1099 Attch. B (part), 1999)

20.09.080 Development standards for commercial uses in LI-C district.

Low-intensity commercial uses shall be allowed in all low-intensity commercial (LI-C) zones subject to the following conditions:

A.    Allowed uses within low-intensity commercial areas: see chart at 20.06.030 LI-C zone.

1.    Uses similar to uses listed may be approved by the site plan review committee upon finding the use is consistent with the intent of this chapter and in the best interests of the surrounding neighborhood. Uses shall only be considered similar if they have similar noise, traffic, and artificial light impacts.

2.    Uses other than those identified or described in subsections (A)(1) or (A)(2) of this section are prohibited.

B.    Community Environmental Performance Standards.

1.    General Character. Developments in this district shall generally be characterized by small buildings, low traffic generation, considerable walk-in trade, moderate interior and exterior lighting, quiet operations, and little or no night activity. Operating hours shall be limited to the hours between six a.m. and ten p.m.

2.    Storage. Outdoor storage shall be permitted only as a conditional use and shall meet the standards of “a,” “b,” and “c” in the matrix at Table 20.06.030.

C.    Site Area. The size and shape of the sites shall be as follows:

1.    Minimum lot size from the development of a site in this classification shall be six thousand square feet except that three thousand square foot lots existing at the time of adoption of this chapter shall be legal building lots;

2.    Where open space is provided, commercial uses shall be arranged around that open space. Where open space is not provided, arrangement of commercial uses around an intersection is required where possible, or shall face each other across a street (strip development along one side of a street is strong discouraged). Other configurations may be deemed appropriate by the site plan review committee upon finding that the overall design fits the intent of this section.

D.    Building Size. The size of the buildings shall be as follows:

1.    Maximum gross floor area of building for single use: twelve thousand square feet; with a maximum of three thousand square feet being on the ground floor unless a larger amount is permitted as a conditional use per this chapter and Section 20.44.330. In no case shall a second floor exceed the area of the ground floor;

2.    Maximum building coverage: thirty-five to fifty-five percent;

3.    Maximum development coverage: sixty to eighty percent;

4.    Maximum building height: thirty-five feet;

5.    Setbacks:

a.    Front: minimum ten feet,

b.    Rear: minimum fifteen feet,

c.    Side: minimum five feet, seven on a flanking street.

E.    Public Right-of-Way—Ingress and Egress.

1.    Uses involving outdoor storage or display or significant traffic shall not be accessed from Adams or Jefferson Streets.

2.    Access to a site which is on a corner shall be limited to one driveway on each of the intersecting streets. Access to a site which is an interior lot shall be limited to one driveway unless the site plan review committee approves two driveways, one for entering and one for exiting the site. Restrictions to access to/from Adams and Jefferson Streets imposed by this chapter shall supercede any access permitted in this subsection.

F.    Landscaping. Requirements of Chapter 20.60 shall be satisfied.

G.    Design Review. All requirements of section 20.64.130 SMC for LI-C areas shall be satisfied.

H.    Signage. All signs shall comply with the applicable regulations of Chapter 20.38 of this title. (Ord. 1520-1099 Attch. B (part), 1999)