Chapter 18.88   COTTAGE HOUSING

Sections:


18.88.010   Intent.

It is the intent of this section to:

A.

Provide an alternative type of detached, single-family housing that is designed for the changing demographics of age and household size;

B.

Provide a form of medium-density housing development that is an alternative to traditional multi-family structures, adds to the diversity of available housing types, and responds to a broader range of lifestyles;

C.

Foster an increased sense of community and shared social experiences of a small neighborhood by promoting a form of housing development with features, such as a common central open space, that bring residents together in daily living; and

D.

Enable a type of high-efficiency housing that responds to the increasing costs of land, construction materials, and energy, while maintaining compatibility with existing neighborhoods.

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

18.88.020   Applicability.

A.

Cottage housing development is a permitted use in the medium density residential (MDR8) zone;

B.

The minimum cottage housing project size is four dwelling units on a minimum fourteen thousand four hundred square foot site;

C.

Cottage housing is limited to no more than twelve dwelling units in any single project; and

D.

No cottage housing project shall be developed contiguous with another cottage housing project.

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

18.88.030   Procedures.

A.

Review Procedures. A cottage housing development is processed as a Type 2 director's decision pursuant to the provisions set forth in Chapter 18.08. Proposals shall be subject to and consolidated with the provisions and procedures for site plan review, Chapter 18.16.

B.

Cottage housing is subject to all development standards and requirements of the zone in which it is developed unless superseded by the standards of this chapter.

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

18.88.040   Development standards.

A.

Density and minimum lot area.

1.

Maximum permitted density: one dwelling unit per three thousand six hundred square feet of lot area (twelve dwelling units/acre).

2.

Minimum unit lot area: two thousand eight hundred square feet.

3.

On a parcel to be developed for cottage housing, one existing detached single-family residence, which may be nonconforming with respect to the standards of this section, shall be permitted to remain.

B.

Height limit and roof pitch.

1.

Maximum height for structures: eighteen feet.

2.

The ridge of pitched roofs with a minimum slope of six to twelve (6:12) may extend up to twenty-five feet.

C.

Lot coverage and floor area.

1.

Maximum lot coverage permitted for all structures: forty-five percent;

2.

Maximum impervious surface coverage for the total project: seventy percent.

D.

Maximum first floor or main floor area for an individual principal structure:

1.

For at least fifty percent of the units, the floor area may not exceed six hundred fifty square feet.

2.

For no more than fifty percent of the units, the floor area may be up to eight hundred square feet.

3.

The total floor area of each dwelling unit shall not exceed one and one-half times the area of the main floor area.

4.

Maximum garage floor area (if on individual lot): fifty percent of principal structure main floor area.

E.

Yards.

1.

Minimum front yards: an average of ten feet throughout the project and shall not be less than five feet.

2.

Minimum rear yards: ten feet.

3.

There shall be a minimum fifteen-foot yard on any frontage with a public street, provided that for garages facing a public street, the minimum setback shall be twenty feet.

F.

Required open space.

1.

A minimum of four hundred square feet of common open space per dwelling unit is required. Open space with a dimension of less than twenty feet shall not be included as common open space.

2.

A minimum of two hundred square feet of private open space shall be provided with no dimension less than ten feet on one side. Private open space shall be located contiguous to each cottage and oriented toward the common open space.

G.

Unit orientation.

1.

At least fifty percent of the dwelling units shall abut the common open space;

2.

All of the dwelling units shall be within sixty feet walking distance of the common open space;

3.

The common open space shall have dwelling units abutting at least two sides; and

4.

The main entry of all abutting dwelling units shall be oriented towards the common open space.

H.

Parking.

1.

One and one-quarter spaces per dwelling unit shall be required.

2.

All required parking shall be provided within the boundaries of the development.

3.

Parking may be in or under a structure or outside a structure, provided that parking is: screened from direct street view by one or more street facades, by garage doors, or by a fence and landscaping; not located in a front yard; allowed between structures only when it is located toward the rear of the principal structure and is served by an alley or private driveway; and/or located between any structure and the rear lot line of the lot or between any structure and a side lot line which is not a street side lot line.

4.

No more than five stalls shall be located in a single parking area on the site.

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