Chapter 20.169


20.169.010    Purpose.

20.169.020    Specific use standards.

20.169.025    Specific use standards – Duplexes and triplexes.

20.169.030    Chapter inapplicable when.

20.169.010 Purpose.

The goals and policies in the Comprehensive Plan encourage an increase in the amount of multifamily zoning and housing opportunities within the city.

The purpose of this chapter is to address development issues specific to multifamily and duplex dwelling units in Highway Commercial (CH) Zones. These standards are designed to ensure that public health and safety issues are addressed, and, if approved, the residential development will be reasonably compatible with existing and future uses customarily permitted in the CH zone. (Ord. 2018-53 § 24(part), 2018: Ord. 2003-2 § 1 (part), 2003).

20.169.020 Specific use standards.

A. Open Space. A multifamily residential development shall incorporate open space to serve the residents of the development. Suggested amenities include, but are not limited to, playgrounds and play equipment, picnic shelters, balconies, and similar facilities.

The area devoted to open space shall be at least one hundred square feet per dwelling unit but shall be not less than two thousand square feet.

B. Multi-Modal Opportunities. Plans shall provide for pedestrian, bicycling, and public transit for shopping, schools, recreation and similar improvements.

C. Screening and Buffering. It shall be the responsibility of every multifamily residential development within a Highway Commercial Zone to provide sufficient screening in accordance with Section 20.106.045 and buffering of noise, dust, glare and visual pollution (conditions which degrade the city’s scenic attractiveness and livability and its economic development) so that:

1. Neighboring properties’ adjacent uses are reasonably shielded from adverse external effects of the development; and

2. The development is reasonably shielded from the adverse effects of existing or reasonably foreseeable adjacent uses, including streets.

Except as would create a public safety hazard which would obstruct vision and impair pedestrian and vehicular safety as described in Chapter 20.114, a multifamily residential development shall, at a minimum, provide screening in accordance with Section 20.106.045. A landscaping plan incorporating street trees, parking lot screening and right-of-way buffer will be required along any street frontage.

D. Setbacks. Shall be consistent with Section 20.50.050. (Ord. 2018-53 § 24(part), 2018: Ord. 2017-45 § 75, 2017: Ord. 2003-2 § 1 (part), 2003).

20.169.025 Specific use standards – Duplexes and triplexes.

A single duplex and triplex dwelling unit on a parcel zoned Highway Commercial is subject to all specific use standards listed in Section 20.169.020 except the open space requirement of a minimum of one thousand five hundred square feet. (Ord. 2022-25 § 7, 2022; Ord. 2003-2 § 1 (part), 2003).

20.169.030 Chapter inapplicable when.

This Chapter does not apply to residential units permitted in commercial districts on the second story and above. (See Table of Permitted Uses, Residential Use, Commercial Districts.) (Ord. 2003-2 § 1 (part), 2003).