Chapter 17.31
MEDIUM-DENSITY RESIDENTIAL USE DISTRICT (RM-6)

Sections:

17.31.010    Purpose.

17.31.020    Essential use.

17.31.030    Primary permitted uses.

17.31.040    Secondary permitted uses.

17.31.050    Conditional uses.

17.31.060    Area and dimensional requirements.

17.31.070    General regulations.

17.31.080    Off-street parking.

17.31.010 Purpose.

The medium-density residential use district provides for single-family areas of higher density than the medium-density zone. The district further provides protection against hazards, objectionable influences, building congestion, and lack of light, air and privacy. Certain essential and compatible public service facilities and institutions are permitted in this district. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 6-12 § 1 (Att. A), 2012; Ord. 14-11 § 1 (Att. A), 2011; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.31.020 Essential use.

The essential uses of the medium-density residential use district are single-family dwellings. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 6-12 § 1 (Att. A), 2012; Ord. 14-11 § 1 (Att. A), 2011; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.31.030 Primary permitted uses.

Primary permitted uses of this district are:

A. One single-family detached dwelling with not less than 1,000 square feet of finished living space;

B. Townhouses/rowhouses subject to the following standards:

1. There shall be at least 10 feet on end between groups. This space may either be end unit lots or common open space, and, if so, there may be openings in the end units;

2. The number of connected units shall not exceed eight;

3. The director may approve up to a 10 percent deviation from all standards related to townhouse or rowhouse development;

4. Townhouse/rowhouse developments are encouraged, but not required, to provide open space or other amenities typical to multifamily residential developments;

C. Public and private elementary schools, and junior high schools, public parks, and playgrounds;

D. Churches and similar places of worship where off-street parking is provided as set forth in Chapter 17.57 WRMC;

E. Parish houses and religious education buildings;

F. Each dwelling is allowed the keeping of small domestic animals over the age of six months and is limited to no more than two;

G. Minor utility facilities;

H. Adult family home;

I. Family day care home;

J. Growing fruits, vegetables, grains, flowers, and field crops;

K. The keeping of large domestic animals for personal use and enjoyment, subject to the following provisions:

1. One-half acre of irrigated pasture, or one acre of nonirrigated area per large domestic animal;

2. All animal pens, corrals, barns, and riding arenas shall observe the following minimum setbacks:

a. Thirty-five feet from property lines;

b. One hundred feet from any well; and

c. One hundred feet from any developed park, school, or playground;

3. A waste management and pest control plan shall be prepared and implemented to prevent any nauseous, foul, offensive, or unhealthy conditions;

4. All exterior lighting shall comply with the standards of Chapter 17.55 WRMC, Nonresidential Lighting Standards;

5. The keeping of swine (hogs or pigs) is not permitted;

6. Silage or other odorous feedstuffs are not permitted;

L. Wireless communication facilities – co-location with an existing facility (co-location is allowed on towers that were existing prior to adoption of Ordinance No. 6-19) subject to Chapter 17.16 WRMC. [Ord. 14-19 § 1 (Exh. A), 2019; Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 6-12 § 1 (Att. A), 2012; Ord. 14-11 § 1 (Att. A), 2011; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.31.040 Secondary permitted uses.

The following uses are permitted in a RM-6 district in conjunction with, but subordinate to, any of the permitted primary uses in WRMC 17.31.020 and 17.31.030:

A. Repealed by Ord. 24-12;

B. Accessory buildings, subject to WRMC 17.54.055;

C. Bed and breakfast operations (single-family residence providing lodging for guests and travelers). The guest operation shall not use more than 50 percent of the floor area of the residence;

D. Accessory dwelling units that comply with WRMC 17.54.095. Not applicable to a lot containing a two-family dwelling (duplex);

E. Small-scale home occupation, subject to WRMC 17.54.047. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 6-12 § 1 (Att. A), 2012; Ord. 14-11 § 1 (Att. A), 2011; Ord. 13-08 § 1, 2008; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.31.050 Conditional uses.

Uses permitted upon issuance of a special permit, as provided in Chapter 17.66 WRMC, are:

A. Recreation buildings or areas operated by membership clubs for the benefit of members and not for gain;

B. High schools, colleges, universities, schools not otherwise defined, public libraries, and municipal office buildings;

C. Private nursery schools;

D. Philanthropic or charitable institutions;

E. Major utility facilities, subject to WRMC 17.54.452;

F. Large-scale home occupation, subject to WRMC 17.54.048;

G. Residential care facility;

H. Day care centers and mini-day care centers;

I. Cemeteries. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 6-12 § 1 (Att. A), 2012; Ord. 14-11 § 1 (Att. A), 2011; Ord. 29-09 § 1 (Att. A), 2009; Ord. 13-08 § 1, 2008; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.31.060 Area and dimensional requirements.

Area and dimensional requirements including setbacks, lot area, lot width, lot depth, building height and lot coverage are found in Table 17.54.050. Specific exceptions are listed in the notes indexed by Table 17.54.050. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 6-12 § 1 (Att. A), 2012; Ord. 14-11 § 1 (Att. A), 2011; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.31.070 General regulations.

For provisions on general regulations, see Chapter 17.54 WRMC. General regulations for the RM-6 zone shall be the same as general regulations for other single-family districts. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 6-12 § 1 (Att. A), 2012; Ord. 14-11 § 1 (Att. A), 2011; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.31.080 Off-street parking.

For provisions on off-street parking, see Chapter 17.57 WRMC. Off-street parking for the RM-6 zone shall be the same as off-street parking for other single-family districts. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 6-12 § 1 (Att. A), 2012; Ord. 14-11 § 1 (Att. A), 2011; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].