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Guidelines for Designing a Residential 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 widening?
  • Is the project subject to special standards district requirements?

Setbacks

Structures & Parking:

  • R-1, R-2, R-A, A-1, A-2..........................20' front, 5' side, 15' rear
  • R-3, R-4...................................................15' front, 5' side, 15' rear
  • Lots less than 50' wide...........................Side may be 10% of which, 3' min.

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

Height

  • R-1, R-A, A-1, A-2...................................35 ft
  • R-2, R-3...................................................35 ft.
  • R-4............................................................13 times buildable area

Parking

Requirements

  • Single family residence (including detached
    and attached condominiums).....................................2 covered spaces
  • Duplex.............................................................................3 covered, 1 uncovered
  • Apartments (per unit)
    • 2 bedroom or larger.................................................1 1/2 covered, 1/2 uncovered
    • 1 bedroom or smaller..............................................1 1/2 covered
    • For projects with 10 units or more (including
      condominium projects with 10+ units).................1 guest for each 4 unit

Parking Design

  • Standard spaces (90)................................8 1/2' x 18'
  • Turning radius (back-up space).................26'
  • Tandem.......................................................8 1/2' x 36'

No compact parking is allowed.
Backing into alley is allowed if garage is 26 ft. from far side of alley.

Building Separation

  • Between 2 primary structures.........................10 ft.
  • Between primary & accessory structures.......6 ft.

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