Chapter 21.23
OFFICE/RESEARCH PARK DEVELOPMENT OVERLAY

Sections:

21.23.010    Special district overlay – Office/Research Park Development.

21.23.010 Special district overlay – Office/Research Park Development.

(1) The purpose of the Office/Research Park Special District Overlay is to establish an area for development to occur in a campus setting with integrated building designs, flexible grouping of commercial and industrial uses, generous landscaping and buffering treatment, and coordinated auto and pedestrian circulation plans. Office/Research Park Districts shall only be established in areas zoned GB, O, or I zones. Permitted uses shall include all uses permitted in the GB, O, and I zones, as set forth in Chapter 21.21 WMC, regardless of the classification used as the underlying zone on a particular parcel of land.

(2) The following development standards shall apply to uses locating in Office/Research Park Overlay Districts:

(a) All uses shall be conducted inside an entirely enclosed building, except that outdoor storage and loading areas may be permitted if screened from public view with Type I landscaping;

(b) An internal circulation plan shall be developed to facilitate pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow between major project phases and individual developments;

(c) The standards set forth in this section shall be applied to the development as a unified site, notwithstanding any division of the development site under a binding site plan or subdivision;

(d) All buildings shall maintain a 50-foot setback from perimeter streets and from Residential zoned areas;

(e) The minimum required landscaping coverage shall be 20 percent. Another 20 percent shall be devoted to open space. Open space may include all required landscaping, and any unbuildable environmentally sensitive areas and their associated buffers;

(f) The landscaping standards set forth in Chapter 21.43 WMC are modified as follows:

(i) Twenty-foot-wide Type II landscaping shall be provided along exterior streets, and 20-foot-wide Type III landscaping shall be provided along interior streets;

(ii) Twenty-foot-wide Type I landscaping shall be provided along property lines adjacent to Residential zoned areas;

(iii) Fifteen-foot-wide Type II landscaping shall be provided along lines adjacent to Nonresidential zoned areas; and

(iv) Type IV landscaping shall be provided within all surface parking lots as follows:

(A) Fifteen percent of the parking area, excluding required perimeter landscaping, shall be landscaped in parking lots with more than 30 parking stalls;

(B) At least one tree for every four parking stalls shall be provided, to be reasonably distributed throughout the parking lot; and

(C) No parking stall shall be more than 40 feet from some landscaping;

(v) An inventory of existing site vegetation shall be conducted pursuant to the procedures set forth in Chapter 21.50 WMC. Significant trees identified in the inventory shall be retained as set forth in Chapter 21.50 WMC for commercial and industrial developments; and

(vi) An overall landscaping plan which conforms to the requirements of this subsection shall be submitted for the entire district or each major development phase prior to the issuance of any site development, grading, or building permits;

(g) Lighting within an office/industrial park shall shield the light source from the direct view of surrounding residential areas;

(h) Refuse collection/recycling areas and loading or delivery areas shall be located at least 100 feet from residential areas and screened with a solid view-obscuring barrier;

(i) Off-street parking standards as set forth in Chapter 21.44 WMC are modified as follows:

(i) One space for every 300 square feet of floor area shall be provided for all uses, except on-site daycare, exercise facilities, eating areas for employees, archive space for tenants, and retail/service uses;

(ii) Parking for on-site daycare, exercise facilities, eating areas for employees, archive space for tenants, and retail/service uses shall be no less than one space for every 1,000 square feet of floor area and no greater than one space for every 500 square feet of floor area; and

(iii) At least 25 percent of required parking is encouraged to locate in a parking structure; and

(j) Sign standards as set forth in Chapter 21.35 WMC are modified as follows:

(i) Signs visible from the exterior of the park shall be limited to one monument office/research park identification sign at each entrance. Such signs shall not exceed an area of 64 square feet per sign;

(ii) No pole signs shall be permitted; and

(iii) All other signs shall be visible only from within the park. (Ord. 634 § 29, 2016; Ord. 611 § 8 (Att. A), 2016)