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7.11.01 Parking Plan Approval Required. Plans for all parking lot facilities, including parking garages, must be submitted to the Zoning Administrator for review and for compliance with the provisions of this article and such other pertinent ordinances of the city. Such plans must show the number of spaces and arrangements of parking aisles, location of access points onto adjacent streets, provisions for vehicular and pedestrian circulation, location of sidewalks and curbs on or adjacent to the property, utilities, location of shelters for parking attendant, locations of signs, typical cross sections of pavement, including base and subbase, proposed grade of parking lot, storm drainage facilities, location and type of lighting facilities, and such other information or plans as the circumstances may warrant.
7.11.02 Size of Off-Street Parking Areas. For the purposes of this article, one parking space for one surface parking facility must be a minimum of nine feet wide and 18 feet long. One parking space for structured parking facilities (parking garages) must be a minimum of 8.5 feet wide and 16 feet long. Parking space dimensions are exclusive of access drives or aisles. All parking spaces must have a vertical clearance of at least seven feet.
7.11.03 Width of Access Drives.
(A) All off-street parking areas must be laid out with the following minimum aisle or access drive widths:
(1) 90 degree (perpendicular) parking, 22 feet (either one- or two-way circulation only);
(2) 60 degree (angle) parking, 15 feet (one-way circulation only);
(3) 45 degree (angle parking), 12 feet (one-way circulation only);
(4) 30 degrees (angle parking), 11 feet (one-way circulation only);
(5) 0 degree (parallel parking), 12 feet (one-way circulation).
(B) When any combination of these types of parking is used (facing the same aisle), the most restricted aisle or access drive width requirements will prevail. In addition, a two-foot overhang is permitted on the external sides of a parking area.
(C) If the width of the parking space is increased (over 8.5 feet), the drive aisle width may be decreased proportionally (two foot width in drive aisle per one- foot increase in space width, except that a drive aisle for two-way traffic may not be decreased below 20 feet in width and a drive aisle for one-way traffic may not be decreased below 11 feet in width).
7.11.04 Access to Off-Street Parking Spaces.
(A) Each required parking space must be connected with a dedicated, improved public right-of-way by means of aisles or access drives. The parking area must be so designed to ensure that all maneuvering into and out of each parking space must take place entirely within property lines of lots, garages, or storage areas.
(B) All parking areas for multi-unit residential, commercial, industrial or mixed-use (residential and nonresidential) uses must have a protective wall or bumper blocks around the perimeter of the parking area and must be so designed that all vehicles leaving the facility will be traveling forward to approaching traffic.
(C) All such parking areas must be effectively screened on each side adjoining or fronting on any property situated in an RR, RS, or RU zone in accordance with § 8.01.Ground cover shrubs and trees must be located and maintained so as to not interfere with vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the property or with sight distance clearance at entrances and exits.
7.11.05 Landscaping. Vehicular use area landscaping must be provided in accordance with § 8.02.
7.11.06 Lighting. Any lighting used to illuminate off-street parking areas may not glare on any right-of-way or adjacent property.
7.11.07 Paving of Off-Street Parking Areas.
(A) All off-street parking areas must be paved with asphalt concrete or Portland cement concrete.
(B) Alternative hard surface paving systems, including decorative pavers, may be approved, provided that the system and materials used will have the same or greater load-bearing strength as asphalt concrete or cement concrete.
(C) The Zoning Administrator may allow parking lots to be paved with gravel (only) for a period of up to six months to allow settling when such lot is constructed on a former building site, or when weather conditions prevent immediate paving with a hard surface. Under no circumstances may a parking lot be used for more than six months without being paved in accordance with the above requirements.
(D) An access drive serving a single-family residential dwelling may be paved with gravel, provided that the following criteria are met:
(1) The property is located in a residential zone;
(2) The subject property is not a flag lot;
(3) The front setback depth is more than 100 feet; and
(4) Any subsequent subdivision of property creating front yards of less than 100 feet in depth will require such drives to be paved with asphalt concrete or Portland cement concrete.
(Ord. O-37-06, passed 8-15-06)