Chapter 10.26
NORTH WENATCHEE BUSINESS DISTRICT (NWBD)

Sections:

10.26.005    Purpose.

10.26.010    Land uses.

10.26.050    Development standards.

10.26.005 Purpose.

The NWBD land use classification is intended for areas suitable for retail and other services and related support facilities, including residential dwelling units not occupying grade level street frontage. The development of pedestrian destinations and improved public spaces is a goal of the NWBD. (Ord. 2010-03 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2007-34 § 2 (Exh. A))

10.26.010 Land uses.

All permitted, accessory, conditional and prohibited uses within this district shall be as shown in Chapter 10.10 WCC, District Use Chart, provided all applicable provisions of the WCC are met. (Ord. 2010-03 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2007-34 § 2 (Exh. A))

10.26.050 Development standards.

Development in this district shall meet all applicable provisions of this title and all other rules, regulations and provisions of the WCC, and including the following:

(1) Development standards in the NWBD are detailed in WCC 10.46.040.

(2) All applicable provisions of Chapter 10.48 WCC, General Regulations, shall apply to development in this district.

(3) Off-street parking shall be provided pursuant to Chapter 10.60 WCC. Deviations to WCC 10.60.030 may be granted by the director, where the applicant can demonstrate with a design submittal that enhanced landscaping and an additional pedestrian amenity would be of equal or greater benefit to the character of the district for the implementation of the comprehensive plan. The design submittal must include at a minimum landscaping components consistent with an increase in width of streetfront landscaping required by WCC 10.62.070(2) of 100 percent, to an average width of 12 feet, and include one additional pedestrian amenity consistent with pedestrian amenity alternatives identified by subsection (5) of this section.

(4) Landscaping shall be provided pursuant to Chapter 10.62 WCC.

(5) Pedestrian Amenities. At least two of the following amenities shall be included in development or redevelopment triggering landscaping, placed in a generally central, visible location(s):

(a) Street trees placed at least every 25 feet and located in a planter strip or protected by pedestrian-friendly grates between the public street and sidewalk.

(b) Benches, able to seat a minimum of three adults and constructed of a durable, weatherproof material. A garbage receptacle shall be placed in proximity to any bench.

(c) Open courtyards, a minimum of 100 square feet, with no dimension less than 10 feet, and developed with a durable, dustless surface such as concrete, stamped concrete, brick, stone, or other similar material.

(d) Aesthetically appealing water feature, such as fountains, streams, or shallow pools.

(e) Public art, such as “Art on the Avenue,” or similar professionally created sculpture.

(f) Informational kiosk, providing weatherproof space for displaying information related to public events.

(g) Monument sign, meeting the criteria for signs as listed in Chapter 10.50 WCC, Signs, as the primary signage.

(h) Other Pedestrian Amenities. Any unlisted pedestrian amenity able to demonstrate equal to or greater public benefit than the items listed above shall be considered.

(6) Access Controls.

(a) Access to State Route 285 (Wenatchee, Mission and Chelan Avenue) is subject to Chapter 7.36 WCC, Vehicular Access to State Highway System.

(b) Vehicular ingress and egress shall consider pedestrian and bicycle activities and locations, as well as adjoining vehicular patterns to minimize the number of ingress/egress locations and possible conflicts.

(c) Existing curb cuts shall be reviewed for safety and for minimum spacing requirements from intersections and neighboring curb cuts.

(d) Existing curb cuts shall be used unless proposed cuts are approved by the city engineer, based on an assessment of safety and traffic considerations.

(7) General Storage. Storage of materials and merchandise, other than for display purposes, shall be located inside buildings or enclosed and/or screened from public view by a 100 percent view-obstructing fence and/or landscaping.

(8) Chain-link fences located in front of the primary building shall incorporate landscaping in front of the fence resulting in 80 percent sight obstruction from the street front.

(9) Exterior Building Materials. The intent is to ensure building design and materials that reinforce a long-term investment/viability within the district. The building materials standards are applicable to front facades. Minor repair and maintenance is exempt from these standards. Minor repair constitutes less than 30 percent of any wall surface.

(a) Encouraged Materials.

(i) Masonry, marble, granite, tile and stone.

(ii) Concrete Block. When used for the facade of any building, concrete blocks shall be split, ground-faced, or demonstrate other treatment approved by the director. To add visual interest, the use of specialized textures and/or colors used effectively with other building materials and details is encouraged. A designed mix of masonry (for example, concrete block with courses of brick interspersed) is acceptable.

(iii) Exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) and similar troweled finishes (stucco):

(A) EIFS shall be detailed to provide durable corners and edges. Trim or some other detailed treatment should be incorporated at openings (e.g., doors and windows) to reduce weather penetration and add a sense of refinement. EIFS shall be sheltered from extreme weather by roof overhangs or other methods.

(B) EIFS is prohibited within two vertical feet of the sidewalk or ground level. Masonry or other similar durable/permanent materials shall be used.

(b) Limited Materials. The materials listed under this subsection shall each be limited to 50 percent of each exterior wall surface visible from public rights-of-way, not including alleys.

(i) Mirrored glass (45 percent or less light transmittance).

(ii) Textured or scored plywood (including T-111 or similar plywood).

(iii) Stucco board.

(iv) Metal siding.

(v) Vinyl siding.

(vi) Hardi board.

(c) As an alternative, the applicant may propose exceptions meeting the intent of the building materials section. Proposals will be processed as a Type III application and will be reviewed by the planning commission in accordance with the following criteria:

(i) The building design meets applicable goals and policies of the comprehensive plan.

(ii) The applicant demonstrates:

(A) Innovative design and/or new technology superior in quality which still meets the intent of the exterior building materials standards; or

(B) It is necessary to better address unique aspects of the project or that it is a comprehensive approach to the overall project.

(10) Signs are permitted in accordance with Chapter 10.50 WCC, Signs. (Ord. 2013-41 § 1 (Exh. B); Ord. 2010-03 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2007-34 § 2 (Exh. A))