Chapter 17.20


17.20.010    Density – Purpose.

17.20.020    Permitted uses.

17.20.030    Dimensional standards.

17.20.040    Yards.

17.20.010 Density – Purpose.

The R-3 High Density Residential zone shall consist of one to 10 and above dwelling units per acre. The purpose of this zone is to establish areas for higher residential densities within easy pedestrian access to commercial areas, public facilities and employment centers of the City. [Ord. 1866 § 3, 1994; Ord. 1272 § 17-3-3, 1980.]

17.20.020 Permitted uses.

A. The following are permitted uses in the R-3 zone:

1. Single-family and two-family dwellings, apartment houses, or multiple dwellings;

2. Public transportation shelters;

3. Public utility installations of the City of Sunnyside.

4. 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-3 zone, subject to the conditions and provisions 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. Auto courts, travel trailer parks and camps (SMC 17.64.020(F));

6. Fraternal organizations, lodges, grange halls, clubs (SMC 17.64.020(G));

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

8. Mini-storage (SMC 17.64.020(O));

9. Storage for M-1 use (SMC 17.64.020(Q));

10. Livestock (SMC 17.64.020(S));

11. Home occupations (SMC 17.64.020(T));

12. Mobile home parks (SMC 17.64.020(Y));

13. Grounds for games, sports, parks, country clubs (SMC 17.64.020(AA));

14. Libraries, museums and art galleries (SMC 17.64.020(BB));

15. Public utility installations other than City of Sunnyside public utility installations. [Ord. 2022-34 § 1 (Exh. A), 2022; Ord. 2109 § 2, 2005; Ord. 1866 § 3, 1994; Ord. 1704 § 6, 1990; Ord. 1670 § 3, 1989; Ord. 1425 §§ 2, 5, 1983; Ord. 1370 § 5, 1982; Ord. 1272 § 17-3-3.1.]

17.20.030 Dimensional standards.

The dimensional standards for the R-3 zone are:

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

B. Minimum lot width: 50 feet;

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

D. Maximum land coverage: 75 percent. [Ord. 2022-34 § 1 (Exh. A), 2022; Ord. 1866 § 3, 1994; Ord. 1447 § 2, 1984; Ord. 1272 § 17-3-3.2, 1980.]

17.20.040 Yards.

The following regulations shall apply to yards in the R-3 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 § 3, 1994; Ord. 1272 § 17-3-3.3, 1980.]