Chapter 18.40   TOWN CENTER—TC

Sections:


18.40.010   Intent.

It is the intent of this section to:

A.

Encourage a range of retail, service, civic, entertainment, recreation, and residential uses to maintain a town center as the primary district of community activity and social interaction;

B.

Provide opportunities for an integration of living, working, shopping, entertainment, civic and recreation activities to serve a variety of lifestyles;

C.

Insure that new development occurs in a manner that is complementary to surrounding uses and neighborhoods;

D.

Encourage street-oriented store frontages and sidewalk amenities to enhance the pedestrian atmosphere;

E.

Reduce the amount of vehicular travel required of the consumer to access goods and services needed in daily living;

F.

Encourage mixed-use developments that integrate residential uses into commercial projects, either within the same building or on the same development site, to enhance living convenience; and

G.

Create a place that serves as the social and activity heart of the community and is recognized as the central venue of community life.

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009)

18.40.020   Permitted uses.

A.

Retail.

B.

Personal and professional services.

C.

General office.

D.

Entertainment/culture.

E.

Public uses/facilities, limited to general governmental administrative offices.

F.

Residential, if in an attached building and developed as an element of mixed use site development or on the upper floors of a mixed use building; residential is not allowed at street level if fronting an arterial street.

G.

Utilities, below ground.

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009; Ord. No. 948, § 40, 10-7-2010)

18.40.030   Conditional uses.

The following uses not allowed as permitted uses in Section 18.40.020 may be allowed by conditional use permit in accordance with Chapters 18.08 and 18.12:

A.

Child care including nursery schools and day care centers;

B.

Utilities, aboveground;

C.

Major institution;

D.

Private clubs, fraternal lodges and similar organizations;

E.

Religious institutions;

F.

Public uses/facilities not otherwise permitted in Section 18.40.020;

G.

Parking structures not associated with a primary, permitted use; and

H.

Senior housing.

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009; Ord. No. 948, § 41, 10-7-2010)

18.40.040   Development standards.

A.

Development Within the Town Center District.

1.

All new construction and reconstruction of existing buildings shall be designed and built so that the exterior appearance of the finished building complements and enhances the historic character of the district.

2.

At the time of site plan review, the applicant shall submit a color architectural rendering showing the elevations of the proposed construction including the types of materials to be used.

3.

The director shall solicit and consider the comments of the Black Diamond Historical Society, and any other agency or entity with expertise, in reaching a decision on the proposed building and site plan.

B.

Dimensional Standards.

1.

Floor area ratio (F.A.R.) limit: For structures without residential uses, F.A.R. shall not exceed 1.0 (total gross floor area shall not be greater than total site area); for mixed-use structures with residential uses, F.A.R. shall not exceed 2.0 (total gross floor area shall not be greater than twice the total site area).

2.

Maximum allowed height: Thirty-five feet, without residential; fifty feet, with residential.

3.

Minimum lot area, width and depth: None.

4.

Maximum front yard setback: One hundred percent of the width of any street facade of a primary use shall set back no more than five feet from the front property line, unless a public plaza or similar amenity is provided between the facade and the street. The maximum allowed setback is ten feet for structures.

5.

Minimum side yard setback: Ten feet if abutting a residential zone plus one-foot additional setback for each foot of building height over thirty-five feet.

6.

Minimum rear yard setback: If abutting a residential zone, ten feet for a building without residential use and fifteen feet for a building with residential use, plus one-foot additional setback for each foot of building height over thirty-five feet.

7.

Maximum impervious surface coverage: One hundred percent.

8.

Maximum residential density: None; only as limited by F.A.R., height, parking and other site requirements. Inclusion of senior housing within a project may be granted a bonus density as follows:

a.

Density may be increased by one percent for each one percent of total project dwelling units that are dedicated to senior housing;

b.

The bonus shall be calculated on the total units dedicated, regardless of type;

c.

The maximum bonus density shall not exceed twenty percent for a project.

9.

Parking. Off-street parking is not required for any use in the town center zone; and

10.

Landscaping.

C.

Landscaping.

1.

Landscaping shall be planned and provided in accordance with Chapter 18.72.

2.

Development shall also comply with the tree preservation requirements of Chapter 19.30.

D.

Signs. Regulation of signs is provided in Chapter 18.82.

E.

Lighting. Lighting shall comply with the requirements of Chapter 18.70.

F.

Storage and exterior displays.

1.

Landscaping or buffer areas will not be used for storage of any sort.

2.

There shall be no exterior storage of any items whether or not for sale, other than sidewalk displays of retail items during operating hours only.

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009; Ord. No. 948, § 42, 10-7-2010)

18.40.050   Additional requirements.

A.

All development within the TC zone shall comply with applicable environmental performance standards of Chapter 18.78, the site plan review requirements of Chapter 18.16, and design review requirements of Chapter 18.74.

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009; Ord. No. 948, § 43, 10-7-2010)