Chapter 17.10
CITYWIDE REGULATIONS

Sections:

17.10.010    Intent.

17.10.020    Lot design standards.

17.10.030    Community street and utility standards and city design standards.

17.10.040    Vehicular movement.

17.10.050    Environmental review.

17.10.060    Shoreline areas.

17.10.065    Public parks.

17.10.070    Critical areas.

17.10.080    Structures over easements or right-of-way.

17.10.090    Maintenance of lots.

17.10.100    Maintenance of city right-of-way.

17.10.110    Vehicle maintenance.

17.10.120    Issuance of a business license or a certificate of occupancy.

17.10.130    Nonconforming uses.

17.10.140    Household pets.

17.10.160    Planned development district.

17.10.170    Appeals.

17.10.180    Prohibited.

17.10.010 Intent.

This chapter contains general regulations that apply to all zones in the city. (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.020 Lot design standards.

Lots shall be subdivided in compliance with the applicable zoning requirements and Chapter 16.29 SLMC entitled “Design Standards.” (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.030 Community street and utility standards and city design standards.

Uses must be in compliance with the city community street and utility standards and city design standards in effect at the time of issuance of a building permit except that enlargement, alteration, replacement, or repair must be to current city standards. (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.040 Vehicular movement.

A. Vehicular movement and parking shall be consistent with the existing pattern of vehicular movement and parking. Streets shall be in compliance with city design standards.

B. Vehicle movement and parking generated from new developments shall not exceed the design capacity of collector or minor streets.

C. The city engineer may impose special standards on curb cuts in areas where curb cuts could cause traffic or safety problems. (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.050 Environmental review.

Environmental information shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with the guidelines established under the State Environmental Policy Act of 1971, as amended, and this code, as amended. (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.060 Shoreline areas.

All property developed within 200 feet of the high water line of Soap Lake or its associated wetlands, and any associated uses relying on the shoreline for such use shall conform with the city’s shoreline management plan. (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.065 Public parks.

The city council may authorize community events, community celebrations, farmers markets, one time commercial events, and other uses and activities as deemed appropriate by the city council within the boundaries of city parks. Such uses may or may not conform to underly zoning requirements. In authorizing such events the council shall find: (A) that the activity is in the best interest of the city; (B) that the activity will cause limited disruption to surrounding uses; (C) that the activity promotes and enhances the image of Soap Lake and its citizens.

In approving such activities the city council may impose limitations and restrictions as deemed appropriate by the city council on the activity to mitigate any identified potential impacts of the activity. (Ord. 1130 § 2, 2011).

17.10.070 Critical areas.

The city’s critical areas regulations must be met where applicable. These regulations are contained in Chapter 14.12 SLMC. (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.080 Structures over easements or right-of-way.

No building or structure shall be constructed or placed over dedicated right-of-way or over a public easement, except as specifically allowed in other sections of this code. This section shall not be construed to prohibit permitted signage. In commercial zones, awnings, roof overhangs, and similar structures may project over city sidewalk when attached to buildings sited on property line and fronting on a city street subject to review and approval by the community development director and building official. (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.090 Maintenance of lots.

Lots shall be maintained so as to not create a fire hazard and shall be free of litter, debris, garbage, unsightly material, or weeds. (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.100 Maintenance of city right-of-way.

The property owner shall be responsible for the maintenance of city right-of-way from the back side of the curb. (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.110 Vehicle maintenance.

There shall be no maintenance of vehicles on city right-of-way. Oil and gasoline shall not be dumped on paved city streets or into catch basins or storm sewers. (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.120 Issuance of a business license or a certificate of occupancy.

No certificate of occupancy or business license may be issued by the city until the premises in question have been inspected and found by the building official to be in compliance with the provisions and requirements of this title. In addition, where required, proposed uses and site designs shall be reviewed in accordance with Chapter 17.49 SLMC, Site Plan Review. (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.130 Nonconforming uses.

Any land use, structure, lot of record or sign which was legally established prior to the effective date of the ordinance codified in this title or subsequent amendment to it and which could not be permitted to be established as a new use in a zone in which it is located by the regulations of this title may be permitted to continue as a legal nonconforming use in compliance with Chapter 17.69 SLMC entitled “Nonconforming Uses.” (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.140 Household pets.

A residence shall not keep more than three household pets (cats and dogs) which are over four months old. (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.160 Planned development district.

A planned development district may be allowed in any zone, following the standards and procedures in Chapter 17.67 SLMC, Planned Development District Zone. (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.170 Appeals.

Any decision made by any administrator, officer, board, or commission in carrying out the provisions of this title may be appealed as provided for in Chapter 18.11 SLMC. (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).

17.10.180 Prohibited.

The following shall be prohibited in all zones:

A. Public nuisances, as defined in Chapter 8.21 SLMC.

B. Abandoned structures or buildings in a state of disrepair.

C. Other than where specifically allowed by this code, storage in sea-going containers, railroad cars, cabooses; car, truck, or van bodies or parts of bodies, semi trailers, or any other similar unit which detaches from a trailer, chassis, or frame. (Ord. 1105 § 1, 2009).