Chapter 17.16


17.16.010    Density – Purpose.

17.16.020    Permitted uses.

17.16.030    Dimensional standards.

17.16.040    Yards.

17.16.010 Density – Purpose.

The R-2 Medium Density Residential zone shall consist of one to nine dwelling units per acre. The number of dwelling buildings in excess of one single-family residence or one two-family dwelling allowed on any lot shall be calculated using the following formula:

Square feet of lot

× 9

= No. of Units


Fractions shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number in making such computations. The purpose of the R-2 Medium Density Residential zone is to establish areas for higher density residential while preserving a high quality residential environment. [Ord. 1866 § 2, 1994; Ord. 1272 § 17-3-2.1, 1980.]

17.16.020 Permitted uses.

A. The following are permitted uses in the R-2 zone:

1. A single-family or a two-family dwelling;

2. Grounds for games or sports, parks, country clubs, recreational and community center buildings, gymnasiums and other similar activities not operated for profit;

3. Public transportation shelters;

4. Libraries, museums and art galleries;

5. Public utility installations of the City of Sunnyside.

6. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) meeting the standards outlined in Chapter 17.64 SMC.

B. The following are land uses which may be allowed by conditional use permit in the R-2 zone, subject to the provisions and conditions in SMC 17.64.020:

1. Charitable institutions (SMC 17.64.020 (A));

2. Convalescent, nursing, retirement homes (SMC 17.64.020(B));

3. Churches (SMC 17.64.020(C));

4. Schools (SMC 17.64.020(D));

5. Apartments (SMC 17.64.020(H));

6. Group residential facilities (SMC 17.64.020(N));

7. Livestock (SMC 17.64.020(S));

8. Home occupation (SMC 17.64.020(T));

9. Public utility installations other than public utility installations of the City of Sunnyside. [Ord. 2022-34 § 1 (Exh. A), 2022; Ord. 2109 § 2, 2005; Ord. 1866 § 2, 1994; Ord. 1272 § 17-3-2.1, 1980.]

17.16.030 Dimensional standards.

The dimensional standards for the R-2 zone are:

A. Minimum lot areas: 4,300 square feet;

B. Minimum width: 50 feet;

C. Maximum building height: two full stories, not to exceed 35 feet;

D. Maximum land coverage: 55 percent;

E. Minimum floor area: 600 square feet each per dwelling unit in a duplex, and 864 square feet per single-family dwelling unit. [Ord. 2022-34 § 1 (Exh. A), 2022; Ord. 1866 § 2, 1994; Ord. 1704 § 5, 1990; Ord. 1447 § 1, 1984; Ord. 1272 § 17-3-2.2, 1980.]

17.16.040 Yards.

The following regulations shall apply to yards in the R-2 zone:

A. Front Yard. There shall be a front yard having a minimum depth of not less than 20 feet.

B. Side Yard. There shall be a side yard of not less than five feet in width on each side of a building. No yard, open space, or lot area required for a building or structure shall, during its life, be occupied by any other building or structure except:

1. Awnings and canopies;

2. Bay windows and chimneys, not to exceed two feet;

3. Driveways, curbs, sidewalks and steps;

4. Garbage disposal equipment, nonpermanent;

5. Flagpoles, landscape features, planting boxes, trees, shrubs, flowers, hedges, plants and fences;

6. Overhanging roofs, eaves, gutters, cornices or other architectural features, not to exceed three feet.

No building shall be erected closer than 20 feet to any abutting or adjoining street.

C. Rear Yard. There shall be a rear yard having a minimum depth of 15 feet.

D. Accessory buildings, such as garages or carports, shall not be located closer than five feet to any rear or side lot line, provided they remain at least 20 feet away from any City street. [Ord. 1866 § 2, 1994; Ord. 1272 § 17-3-2.3, 1980.]