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   (a)   Purpose and intent. It is the purpose of the townhouse/cluster ("R2") district to provide a specific zone for the development of row houses and townhouses on unique patterned lots clustered around a common access road or cul-de-sac.
   (b)   Uses. In the townhouse/cluster ("R2") district, no building or land shall be used and no building shall be hereafter erected, reconstructed, altered or enlarged, nor shall a certificate of occupancy be issued, except in accordance with the use tables in Chapter 4, Articles 6 and 8 and the supplemental use standards of Chapter 5.
   (c)   Property development standards. Property in R2 may be developed to the property development standards defined in the "R1" district. The minimum dimension of lots and yards and the height of buildings in the townhouse/cluster ("R2") district shall be as shown in the accompanying table. See division (d)(3) below.
Townhouse/Cluster (“R2”) District
Townhouse/Cluster (“R2”) District
Open space
15% minimum
Units per acre
Maximum number of 24 units per acre on average, unless located in a “C” or “D” district where authorized density shall apply.
Maximum façade length
Maximum building façade length of 250 feet
Front yard*
None required
Side yard*
   Interior lot
5 feet minimum adjacent to street
   Corner lot**
10 feet minimum adjacent to both streets
35 feet maximum (refer to Development Standards, § 6.100, Height)
Bldg. separation
10 feet minimum
*   May be subject to projected front yard (see Chapter 6, Development Standards, § 6.101(f), Yards).
**   May be subject to other front, side and rear yard setback requirements (see Chapter 6, Development Standards, § 6.101(d), Yards).
      (1)   Carports/porte cocheres – allowed in side, rear and front yard in certain circumstances. (See Chapter 5, Supplemental Use Standards, § 5.301 Accessory Buildings on Residential Lots, and § 6.101 Yards.)
      (2)   Fences – Two feet high in public open space easement, eight feet high behind front yard. (See Chapter 6 Supplemental Use Standards Fences for fence requirements for fences allowed for residential dwellings.)
      (3)   Facade – materials and appearance. See Chapter 6 Development Standards, § 6.507 Single-Family Residential Design Districts.
   (d)   Other development standards. Development in the townhouse/cluster (“R2”) district may be subject to a variety of general development standards in Chapter 6 , and the following provisions:
      (1)   Signs. On-premises signs subject to the following:
         a.   An unilluminated nameplate bearing the family name of the occupants residing in the residence not to exceed one square foot in area.
         b.   An unilluminated sign for those uses permitted that are not residential. The sign shall not exceed 30 square feet in area, shall be no higher than six feet above grade, and shall be placed a minimum of ten feet behind the property line. Such sign shall not be placed within 20 feet of drives providing ingress and egress to the property.
      (2)   Parking. Two spaces per dwelling unit, located behind the front building line, except for limited local streets or private access easements, where four spaces shall be required, located behind the front building line or may be provided within the development. For nonresidential uses, see Chapter 6 Development Standards, Article 2 Off Street Parking and Loading, § 6.200.
      (3)   Residential design standards. A site plan for residential development is required.   
         a.   General. Under this provision, townhouses, rowhouses or the clustering of residential units may be permitted where such units cluster around a common access road or feed from a loop or cul-de-sac and provided that such development shall conform to the following regulations regarding buildings and structures.
         b.   Plat required. Such properties shall be platted showing the following, if applicable:
            1.   Public streets.
            2.   Private streets and private access.
            3.   Private open space and open space easements.
            4.   Utility easements.
            5.   Public parks.
            6.   Pedestrian walkways and bicycle trails.
            7.   Lot, block and addition name.
         c.   Open space.
            1.   The open space, exclusive of paved areas, parking spaces and patios, must be not less than 15 percent of the total lot area.
            2.   Provisions, such as a homeowner's association, shall be instituted to provide maintenance for all common open space.
         d.   One building per lot. Each residential building shall be located on a separately platted lot.
         e.   Maximum building façade length. Building face shall not exceed a maximum of 250 feet.
         f.   Development plan.
            1.   Unless setbacks are shown or described on the plat, a development plan must be submitted showing the proposed setbacks on each lot.
            2.   Adjustments in the development plan that change the setbacks from one lot to another will not be accepted without a written release from all property owners involved in the adjustment. When amendments are accepted, the original development plan must be withdrawn in its entirety.
            3.   A development plan shall be reviewed as a site plan under the requirements of § 6.506, unified residential development. (See also § 5.302, accessory uses in unified residential development.)
      (4)   Landscaping and buffers. Nonresidential uses may require landscaping or buffers. See Chapter 6 Development Standards, Article 3 Landscaping, Buffers, and Urban Forestry, § 6.300.
      (5)   Reconstruction of nonconforming accessory buildings. A nonconforming accessory building that is damaged by fire, the elements, or other cause beyond the control of the owner may be repaired or reconstructed in the same rear and side yard setbacks provided the construction is limited to the identical footprint (replacement of the foundation is allowed); the building is the same design, height and roof pitch (use of different material is allowed) and the owner or an agent obtains a building permit to repair the structure within six months after the damage date. The owner shall have the burden of proof to establish the damage date.
      (6)   Garage/carport. No more than one garage and one carport or porte cochere shall be allowed per residential unit on a single residential lot, unless the additional garages or porte cocheres are an integral part of the main residential structure with the same roofline and driveway as the residential structure.
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(Ord. 20159-04-2012, § 1 (Exh. A), passed 4-3-2012; Ord. 21672-03-2015, § 2, passed 3-3-2015, eff. 3-19-2015)