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A. Description. In addition to the general purposes listed in Article 1, the specific purpose of the CO Office and Professional District is to provide sites for offices at appropriate locations, subject to development standards that prevent significant adverse effects on adjoining uses.

B. Land Use Regulations. In the following schedule, the letter “P” designates use classifications permitted in the C-O district, and the letter “U” designates use classifications allowed on approval of a use permit. The “Additional Regulations” column includes certain limitations and references to regulations located elsewhere in this chapter which apply. If a use classification is not listed, it is prohibited.

1. Use Permit for Certain Hours of Operation. Any use adjacent to a residential zone which operates before 6:00 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m. requires a use permit.

2. Use Permit for Large Projects. Any use occupying more than 5,000 square feet of total floor area requires a use permit.

3. Use Permit for Outdoor Activities. All uses shall be conducted within a completely enclosed building. A Use Permit is required for all outdoor activities, except for service stations, electric substations, off-street parking and loading facilities, nurseries, and sidewalk cafes.

CO OFFICE AND PROFESSIONAL DISTRICT LAND USE REGULATIONS 

Additional Regulations

Residential

Mixed Use

U

See Sec. 38-33(G), Mixed Use Projects

Multifamily Residential

Four or more units

U

Three or fewer units

P

Condominiums

U

See Sec. 38-26(M), Condominiums

Single-family Residential

U

Supportive Housing -- four or more units

U

Transitional Housing -- four or more units

U

Supportive Housing -- three or fewer units

P

Transitional Housing -- three or fewer units

P

Commercial Uses

See Sec. 38-33(G)

Banks and Savings & Loans

U

With Drive-up Service

U

Commercial Filming

U

Communication Facilities

P

Laboratories

P

Massage Establishments

U

Offices, Business & Professional

P

Offices, Medical

P

Personal Improvement Services

U

Personal Services

P

Research and Development Services

P

Retail Sales

Pharmacies and Medical Supplies

P

Travel Services

P

Walk-up Service/Window

U

Public and Semipublic

Convalescent Facilities

U

Cultural Institutions

U

Day Care, General

U

Emergency Medical Care

U

Government Offices

P

Hospitals

U

Park & Recreation Facilities

P

Public Safety Facilities

U

PWS Facilities

U

Religious Assembly

U

Residential Care -- General

U

Schools -- Public or Private

U

Utilities -- Major

U

See Sec. 38-33(G)

Utilities -- Minor

P

Accessory Uses: Permitted on the site of a permitted use, but requires a use permit if added on the site of a conditional use.

See Sec. 38-33(C),(G)

Temporary Uses

Require administrative approval by the Public Works Director

Nonconforming Uses

U

See Article 28

P = Permitted U = Use Permit Required

(Ord. 3554 § 10, 2016; Ord. 3544 § 8, 2016; Ord. 3472 § 1, 2012; Ord. 3443 § 6, 2010; Ord. 3438 § 4, 2009; Ord. 3436 § 2, 2009)

C. Minimum Lot Dimensions and Property Development Standards. The following schedule prescribes minimum lot dimensions and property development regulations for the CO district.

C-O DISTRICT: DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS

Minimum Lot Area (sq. ft.)

15,000

Minimum Lot Width (ft.)

90

Minimum Yards:

Front (ft.)

20

Side (ft.)

5

(a)

Corner Side (ft.)

20 percent of width;

minimum of 10 feet;

maximum of 15 feet.

Rear (ft.)

10

Maximum Height of Structures (stories/ft.)

Two stories and 25 ft.

Two stories and 30 ft. (b)

Maximum Lot Coverage (%)

50

Minimum Site Landscaping (%)

15

Parking and Loading

See Article 18

Nonconforming Structures

See Article 28

aTen feet for two- and three-story buildings.

bUse Permit is required for buildings with three stories or height in excess of 25 feet. Approval shall be based on Required Findings for Use Permits in Section 38-161 as well as Findings justifying an exception to the permitted height on the basis of achieving City priorities adopted by Council Resolution and compliance with existing Area Plan policies and City design guidelines.

Supplemental site regulations applicable to all C districts are included in Section 38-33. These establish requirements for:

-    Accessory structures;

-    Fences and retaining walls;

-    Outdoor facilities;

-    Eating and drinking establishments with take out service;

-    Live entertainment, game centers, amusement centers, bowling alleys and dance halls;

-    Service stations and automobile washing;

-    Adult entertainment; and

-    Landscaping at scenic entrances.

Supplemental regulations applicable to all zoning districts in the city are contained in Article 15, and off-street parking requirements are found in Article 16.

1. Planting Areas. Visible yards not used for parking shall have a three-foot planting strip adjoining an interior property line within 50 feet of a street property line. Front and corner side yards that are not used for drives or walks shall be planting area. See Section 38-33(J) for landscaping at scenic entrances.

2. Fences and Walls. The maximum height of a fence or wall shall be six feet, except in a required front or corner side yards abutting a street where the maximum height shall be four feet.

a. Adjoining an R District or Existing Residential Use. A six-foot-high solid masonry or concrete wall (three feet high within 15 feet of a street property line) shall adjoin the property line of an existing ground floor residential use or an R district.

3. Location of Parking. No parking shall be allowed in a front setback area.

D. Review of Plans. Applications for new construction and exterior alterations and additions shall be submitted to the Department of Plans and Public Works for review by the Development Review Committee and the Architectural Review Committee. (Ord. 3424 § 1, 2009)