Chapter 17.48


17.48.010    Purpose.

17.48.020    Essential uses.

17.48.030    Primary permitted uses.

17.48.040    Secondary permitted uses.

17.48.050    Conditional uses.

17.48.060    Performance standards.

17.48.070    Area and dimensional requirements.

17.48.080    General regulations.

17.48.090    Off-street parking requirements.

17.48.100    Transition regulations.

17.48.010 Purpose.

The commercial general use district provides land for a full range of commercial uses that require extensive retail contact and serve the community and regional commercial markets. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.48.020 Essential uses.

The essential uses of this district are intensive retail business, financial, professional and personal service establishments; and cultural or entertainment enterprises. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.48.030 Primary permitted uses.

Primary permitted uses of this district are:

A. Stores and shops for the conduct of retail business;

B. Banks;

C. Restaurants;

D. Specialty schools operated for profit;

E. Shops for repair and similar services;

F. Laundromats;

G. Locksmith shops;

H. Offices;

I. Membership clubs;

J. Laundries and dry-cleaning establishments employing not more than five persons;

K. Hotels and motels;

L. Taverns and cocktail lounges;

M. Undertaking establishments;

N. Express offices;

O. Convenience stores or mini-markets;

P. Movie theaters;

Q. Wholesale businesses;

R. Theaters of performing arts;

S. Art studios;

T. Public safety facilities, municipal buildings or facilities;

U. Minor utility facilities;

V. Churches and similar places of worship where off-street parking is provided in compliance with Chapters 17.54 and 17.57 WRMC;

W. Public or private nursery schools;

X. Public or private museums and libraries;

Y. Hospitals and clinics;

Z. Adult family homes;

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

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

CC. Retirement centers/convalescent homes, assisted living centers. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 19-13 § 1, 2013; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.48.040 Secondary permitted uses.

The following uses are permitted in the C-G district in conjunction with, but subordinate to, a permitted or conditional use:

A. Accessory buildings;

B. Outdoor display;

C. Automobile parking as required by Chapter 17.57 WRMC;

D. Parks and plazas;

E. Drive-up or drive-thru services;

F. Garage, filling station or service stations, or any sales of gasoline; provided they meet all requirements of Chapter 17.54 WRMC;

G. Small-scale home occupation, subject to WRMC 17.54.047. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 13-08 § 1, 2008; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.48.050 Conditional uses.

The following uses are permitted in the C-G district, subject to review in accordance with Chapter 17.66 WRMC and other applicable provisions of this code, and the issuance of a conditional use permit:

A. Landscape gardening and storage area for equipment and materials;

B. Car washes, automatic, full-service, and self-service;

C. New and used car sales lots, mobile home sales, and recreational vehicle sales;

D. Precision development machine shops;

E. Massage parlors or sauna baths;

F. Heavy machinery sales and service;

G. Residential use secondary to a business enterprise provided:

1. Dwelling units are constructed in compliance with the Uniform Fire Code and Uniform Building Code and all applicable laws and ordinances;

2. Shall be within the same building as the principal use and not less than 750 square feet per unit;

3. If the dwelling units are located on the ground floor, the dwelling units shall not exceed 40 percent of the gross floor area of the structure and shall have bathroom and kitchen facilities separate from the businesses;

4. Dwelling located on the second floor or above, the dwelling units must meet the building and fire code requirements for combined use structures;

H. On-site hazardous waste treatment and storage facilities as a subordinate use to a permitted or other conditional use; provided, that such facilities comply with the Washington State criteria adopted in accordance with Chapter 70.105 RCW;

I. Processing or handling of hazardous substances provided such facilities comply with the Washington State criteria adopted in accordance with Chapter 70.105 RCW;

J. Storage units/mini-storage; except parcels bordering and/or fronting on arterial roadways as identified in the transportation element of the comprehensive plan;

K. Adult use businesses, provided they meet all of the special location conditions as set forth in WRMC 17.54.450;

L. Major utility facilities, subject to WRMC 17.54.452;

M. Family day care home when within a residential use secondary to a business enterprise (subsection G of this section);

N. Amusement parks;

O. Animal control facilities (indoor);

P. Accessory buildings (including, but not limited to: shops, garages, gazebos, pergolas, cabanas, patio covers, decks 30 inches or more above grade, and similar structures) for personal use upon properties that contain existing single-family residences. The review authority shall have the discretion to regulate such items as setbacks from property lines or other structures, building height and architectural design (siding material, color, 12-inch eaves, etc.) to ensure that the proposal is consistent with the overall purpose of the commercial general zoning district. Along with the application materials required under Chapter 17.66 WRMC, applications for accessory building conditional use permits shall also include, at minimum, elevation drawings that clearly indicate building height and architectural design;

Q. Care facilities for small animals, such as veterinary clinics, grooming parlors, training and boarding. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 10-14 § 1, 2014; Ord. 44-13 § 1, 2013; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.48.060 Performance standards.

All uses permitted in the C-G district must comply with this title and other applicable provisions of this code; in addition all uses in the C-G district shall comply with the following performance standards:

A. Due to the uses allowed and the large number of people served, these districts should be located along major travel routes, in activity centers, and at intersections of major arterials;

B. Outdoor storage areas incidental to a permitted use shall be enclosed with not less than an eight-foot-high fence and shall be visually screened from adjoining properties;

C. Outdoor display and storage areas may not infringe on required parking areas;

D. This district is generally not less than 20 acres of contiguous commercially zoned land located along major arterials and may serve as a transition between residential areas and more intensive industrial districts. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.48.070 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. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.48.080 General regulations.

For provisions on general regulations, see Chapter 17.54 WRMC. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.48.090 Off-street parking requirements.

For provisions on off-street parking requirements, see Chapter 17.57 WRMC. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.48.100 Transition regulations.

For provisions on transition regulations, see Chapter 17.75 WRMC. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].