Chapter 17.12


17.12.010    Use district established.

17.12.020    Subsequent annexations.

17.12.030    Official zoning map, form and maintenance.

17.12.040    Regulations.

17.12.010 Use district established.

In order to classify, segregate, and regulate the use of land, buildings, and structures, the city is divided into the following zones, as depicted on the official zoning map:




Urban transition use district


City parks district


Low-density residential use (RL-40, RL-20)


Medium-density residential use (RM-10, RM-6)


Manufactured home park use district


Multifamily district (MR)


Downtown – mixed use district (D-MU)


Commercial use district (C-N, C-L, C-G, CLI)


Light industrial use district (LI)

The official zoning map, as adopted, and as hereafter amended, shall be consistent with and implement the adopted comprehensive plan. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.12.020 Subsequent annexations.

All lands hereafter annexed to the city shall be classified by ordinance in one or more of the use districts established by WRMC 17.12.010; provided, classification simultaneously with annexation is not required. In the event land is annexed to the city without simultaneous adoption of a land use classification, the land so annexed shall retain, and be subject to, the same land use classification and use regulations upon annexation as were applied to the land prior to its annexation, until one of the designations of WRMC 17.12.010 can be applied. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.12.030 Official zoning map, form and maintenance.

The official zoning map is adopted by reference and hereby made a part of this title. The official zoning map shall be maintained in electronic form and depicted in various formats and scales as appropriate to the need. The community development director shall be the custodian of the official zoning map. When, in accordance with the provisions of this title, a change to the zoning map is approved, the change shall be promptly made to the official zoning map. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.12.040 Regulations.

The regulations set by this title within each zone shall apply uniformly to each class or kind of structure or land, and except as provided in this section or pursuant to WRMC 17.72.140 and Chapter 17.69 WRMC.

A. No building, structure or land shall hereafter be used or occupied, and no building or structure or part thereof shall hereafter be erected, constructed, moved or structurally altered, unless in conformity with all of the regulations specified for the zone in which it is located, except as may be specifically provided for in this title. This title does not allow any use which is in violation of any local, state, or federal laws, regulations, codes, and/or ordinances.

B. No building or other structure shall hereafter be erected or altered to:

1. Exceed the height as required by this title;

2. Accommodate or house a greater number of families than allowed in this title;

3. Occupy a greater percentage of lot area than set forth in this title;

4. Have narrow or smaller rear yards, front yards, side yards, or other open spaces than required in this title; or

5. Be in any other manner contrary to the provisions of this title.

C. No part of a yard, or other open space, or off-street parking or loading space required about or in connection with any building structure or land use for the purpose of complying with this title shall be included as part of a yard, open space, or off-street parking or loading space similarly required for any other building structure or land use except as may otherwise be specifically provided in this title.

D. No yard or lot shall be created or reduced in dimension or area below the minimum requirements set forth in this title, except as provided by this title.

E. The lot area requirements shall apply in the residential districts and agricultural districts except where a lot has less area than required in this title as shown by any official plat on file in the office of the county auditor or after the time of the effective date of the ordinance codified in this title, as shown by the last conveyance prior to that effective date; provided, however, that these regulations shall not prohibit one private dwelling and its necessary building on such lot as long as 70 percent of the area of the site, including easements, is left in open spaces, free from structures. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 33-13 § 1, 2013; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].