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Guidelines for Designing a Commercial Project

Before you begin, check with the staff of the Department of Regional Planning to confirm the following:

  • Is the proposed use consistent with the General Plan?
  • What is the zoning and does it allow the proposed use?
  • Are there any proposed street or alley widenings?
  • Is the project subject to special standards district requirements?

Setbacks

Structures:

  • C-1 adjacent to major or secondary highway.....................20'
  • All other C and M zones.....................................................0'

Detached parking may encroach into setbacks if at least 75' from front property line.

Parking:

  • Adjacent to street...................................................5'
  • Adjacent to A or R zone, for first 50'.....................20'
  • Other......................................................................0'

Height

  • CH, C-1, C-2...........................................................2 stories, max.
  • All other C & M zones............................................13 times buildable area.

Parking

Requirements

  • Retail commercial, medical office bldg.............1 space per 250 sq. ft.
  • Business Professional office (other than medical)........1 space per 400 sq. ft.
  • Restaurant, bars, theaters, health clubs, etc. .....1 space per 3 occupants minimum 10 space per use

Parking Design

  • Standard spaces (90)........................................8 1/2' x 18'
    • Aisle.................................................26'
  • Compact spaces (90)(Maximum 40%)...............8' x 15'
    • Aisle (must be all compact)..............23'
  • Handicap...........................................................1 per 40 spaces
    • 9' x 18' with 5' loading zone adjacent

5' landscaped setback on perimeter parking adjacent to streets with 30" - 42" masonry wall on inside of planter.

No backing directly into street or alley is allowed.

Landscaping

C zones

  • Minimum 10% of entire lot or parcel.

M zones

  • Same requirements as Commercial Projects.

Walls

  • Adjacent to residential or agricultural...............6' masonry wall.
  • Between parking and street.............................30" - 42" masonry wall.

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