§ 1. 1963 Zoning Code site plan review standards.  

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  • Site plan reviews for automobile combination convenience facilities, automobile convenience facilities, automobile wash facilities, convenience food restaurants, food and grocery stores, restaurants (including coffee shops), self-service car washes, service stations, shopping centers and video stores shall be subject to the following standards, and the "Design Guidelines for Site Plan Review."


    Alley access. If the zoning lot is located in a block which contains any residential zoning (R1—R6A and RR) or B1 zoning, alley access shall be allowed only for commercial deliveries, when approved by the city engineer.


    Parking and driveways.


    Screening and landscaping. Screening and landscaping shall be subject to section 540.290 paragraph (4).


    Driveways. Driveways shall conform to the requirements of the city engineer and to the specifications for monolithic concrete sidewalk, concrete driveway, concrete curb, gutter and concrete alley of the department of public works. In addition, no driveways shall be allowed on freeway ramps and combined freeway ramp frontage roads.


    Driveway and parking areas. Driveway and parking areas shall be paved according to section 540.290 paragraph (3). All driveway and parking areas shall be bounded by six-inch by six-inch (6″ × 6″) continuous concrete curb. The curb along parking areas shall be at least two (2) feet clear of any yard or buffer and four (4) feet clear of the frontage property line.


    Bumper stops. Requirement along business- or manufacturing-zoned boundary: Along the property line which abuts other property in said district or property which is zoned other than residential (R1 through R6A and RR), or B1, a bumper stop shall be constructed. The bumper stop shall consist of three-inch by twelve-inch (3″ × 12″) timbers supported by eight-inch by eight-inch (8″ × 8″) posts, eight (8) feet on center, set in concrete, or an approved equal. Where there is no building on the abutting property, a six-inch by six-inch (6″ × 6″) box curb may be substituted for the bumper.


    Landscaping/site design.


    At the boundaries of a B1 or residentially zoned district, a strip not less than five (5) feet wide shall be organically landscaped.


    A minimum of twenty (20) per cent of the lot area, minus the area of the building, must be landscaped in accordance with the criteria stated in the "Design Guidelines for Site Plan Review," available at the planning department.


    In case of hardship, lesser areas than described in (3)(b) above may be landscaped, subject to the provision of enhanced site amenities as indicated in Section E of the "Design Guidelines for Site Plan Review." However, under no circumstances shall less than ten (10) per cent of the lot area minus the building be landscaped.


    The area between the public sidewalk and the private curbs defining the limits of the driveways and the parking areas on the site shall be landscaped.


    On street frontages having business zoning abutting the applicant's zoning lot, the minimum lot width shall be fifty (50) feet. The building shall be located as close to the front lot line as allowed by the ordinance, unless amended by the city planning commission.


    This requirement is a continuous requirement and imposes on business owners the care and maintenance of healthy plants and shrubs.


    Lighting. All exterior lighting used to illuminate open space or light up the exterior of buildings shall be directed away from residential property and public streets in such a way that residential structures shall be shielded from direct rays of light and so as not to exceed an intensity of illumination greater than three (3) footcandles measured at the residence district boundary, or ten (10) footcandles measured at the contiguous street right-of-way line.


    Refuse and litter.


    Refuse. All refuse must be stored in a building, a trash transport (dumpster), or in covered cans. The storage area must be enclosed on all four (4) sides by screening, compatible with the exterior design of the building, not less than two (2) feet higher than the refuse container.


    Litter. Facilities subject to the requirements of this chapter shall regularly inspect their premises from lot line to lot line, all adjacent streets, sidewalks and alleys adjoining their premises and sidewalks and alleys within one hundred (100) feet of such facility for purposes of removing any litter found thereon.

    The provisions of this subdivision shall be enforced by the director of inspections. Upon failure of any facility to comply with the requirements of this section, after seven (7) days written notice to the facility, any costs incurred by the city in cleaning up such litter shall be assessed against the facility that is the source of the litter.


    Exterior appearance. For new or existing, freestanding buildings, all sides of the building not within one foot of an adjoining building shall be uniform in appearance with nonwindow surfaces of the building's primary face fronting on a street. Where a site is within an historic preservation district or other area covered by city council-adopted design guidelines, those guidelines shall be complied with in design of the structure. In a planned unit development, the design shall be similar to the overall design of the development.


    Signs. No sign can be located within fifty (50) feet of a B1 or residential district boundary. One roof sign or freestanding sign per zoning lot is allowed, subject to the zoning regulations for the applicable zoning district. The sign shall not exceed one hundred fifty (150) square feet per face. Signs are also subject further to the requirements of sections 540.70—540.200 of the zoning code.


    Hours of operation. Hours of operation for all facilities shall be as follows:


    In B1—B2S zones: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).


    In B3—B3C, RC, T, and TC zones: 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays).


    B4 to M3 zones: 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. (2:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays).

    Longer hours than those provided above may be requested by applying for a conditional use permit.

    In all zoning districts, operating hours for facilities licensed to sell alcoholic beverages shall be those permitted by the liquor, wine, or beer license and any special late hours food license approved for the facility. Operating hours beyond those permitted by the license(s) may be requested by applying for a conditional use permit.


    Speaker boxes. Speaker boxes designed to communicate from drive-thru's or pump islands shall not be audible on any residential property adjacent to the business. The director of inspections shall order removal of speaker boxes used in connection with the sale of nonpetroleum related products upon proof of two (2) or more convictions within a twelve-month period of violations of the city noise ordinance.


    Site modifications. Modifications, or additions to existing structures, which substantially affect the usage, landscaping, parking and circulation, seating capacity, bulk, or add a drive-thru window, shall be subject to all provisions of section 530.10.


    Compliance. All uses listed in section 530.10 shall be reviewed for compliance with all of the provisions of this ordinance, except when located in an existing building which shares a common wall(s) with other buildings and is located within five (5) feet of the front lot line or where the planning commission determines that because of the physical constraints of the site, strict adherence to all of the standards would be impractical, the planning commission shall require conformance with the standards of paragraphs (5)(a), (7), (8) and (9) of this section and such other portions of the standards as the planning commission deems practically and economically feasible.


    Car wash bays. Every automobile service station which operates one or more car wash bays or any freestanding car wash shall build and erect a six-foot high solid fence between its property and any residentially used property.


    Comprehensive plan. The planning commission shall also make a finding that the proposed use is consistent with the objectives and policies of the city's comprehensive plan. If inconsistent, it may be denied.


    Enforcement. The facility shall be constructed or improved according to the plans approved by the planning commission. Thereafter, there shall be no alterations affecting the bulk, capacity, approved appearance, or site layout without approval of the planning commission.


    Site plan review procedures. Any person having a legal or equitable interest in land may file an application for site plan review on a form approved by the zoning administrator. Application procedures for site plan review shall be as specified in Chapter 525. The city planning commission shall hold a public hearing on each complete application for site plan review, as provided in Chapter 525. The planning commission shall make findings as to whether the site plan complies with each and every condition as set forth in this section. All findings and decisions of the planning commission concerning site plan review shall be final, subject to appeal to the city council as specified in Chapter 525.


    Compliance deadline.


    Presently existing facilities in use on the date of final passage of this ordinance (10-23-87) shall be permitted to operate as a nonconforming use in accordance with the provisions of sections 531.20 through 531.110. Such nonconforming status shall become unlawful on October 31, 1993.


    Prior to April 30, 1992, the zoning administrator shall investigate the status of all automobile related facilities as to length of continuous operation and determine which ones would become unlawful on October 31, 1993. Appeals from the determination of the zoning administrator shall be pursuant to Chapter 525.

    (Code 1960, As Amend., § 251.300; 80-Or-083, § 1, 4-25-80; 87-Or-204, § 1, 10-23-87; 88-Or-096, § 1, 5-13-88; 88-Or-207, § 1, 10-28-88; 89-Or-036, 2-10-89; 90-Or-201, § 1, 7-27-90; 93-Or-038, § 1, 3-19-93; 95-Or-024, § 1, 2-10-95; 95-Or-176, § 1, 12-29-95; 96-Or-040, § 1, 4-26-96; 99-Or-124, § 2, 11-11-99)

    Note— Formerly § 530.10.