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This Section provides standards for Accessory Structures and Uses that are related to residential single-family and multi-family dwelling units (e.g., play yards, pools, storage sheds, etc.) or that are residential in nature (e.g., guest houses, accessory dwelling units, etc.).
(a) Number of Accessory Residential Units. In addition to a single-family or multi-family dwelling unit, a combination of two of the following additional accessory units shall be allowed on parcels less than five acres in size:
(1) Accessory Dwelling Unit. An accessory dwelling unit shall be located on the same parcel as the primary dwelling unit, may be attached to, or located within, or detached from the primary dwelling units, and may be no more than 1,200 square feet in size. Only one accessory dwelling unit shall be allowed per parcel. Additional accessory dwelling units may be allowed on parcels with multi-family dwelling structures pursuant to §84.01.060(g).
(2) Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit. A junior accessory dwelling unit shall be located on the same parcel as the primary dwelling unit and located within the primary dwelling or accessory dwelling unit and may be no more than 500 square feet in size. A junior accessory dwelling unit may include separate sanitation facilities, or may share sanitation facilities with the existing structure. Only one junior accessory dwelling unit shall be allowed per parcel.
(3) Guest House. Guest houses shall be located on the same parcel as the primary dwelling unit and shall be separated from it by at least ten feet. Guest houses shall be for use by temporary guests of the occupants of the primary dwelling unit and shall not be rented or otherwise used as a separate dwelling. Only one guest house shall be allowed per parcel. In the Single Residential (RS) or the Multiple Residential (RM) land use zoning districts on parcels less than two and one-half acres in size, the guest house unit shall not extend in front of the primary structure. The provisions of §84.21.030(i) shall apply to a manufactured home used as a guest house.
(b) Parking. Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter, parking for accessory residential dwelling units shall comply with Chapter 83.11 (Parking and Loading Standards) of this Code.
(c) Carport and/or Garage. Detached carports or garages shall be limited to 1,200 square feet when located on parcels that are less than 20,000 square feet in size.
(d) Other Residential Accessory Structures and Uses. Except in the Mountain Region, structures and uses such as cabanas, tennis courts, ramadas, water towers and wells, swimming pools, storage buildings shall not extend in front of the primary structure where the primary structure faces a street right-of-way. See §83.02.080 (Allowed Projections into Setbacks).
(e) Detached Storage Structures. Parcels that are one acre or less in size shall be limited to only one detached storage structure that exceeds 120 square feet and the storage structure shall not exceed 1,000 square feet. Except in the Mountain Region, detached storage structures shall not extend in front of the primary structure where the primary structure faces a right-of-way.
(f) Freight Containers and Similar Storage-Type Structures.
(1) Freight containers, railroad cars, intermodal containers, and other similar storage-type structures shall be allowed as accessory structures in the RS (Single Residential) or RM (Multiple Residential) land use zoning districts provided that they are compatible with the appearance of the on-site primary structure and the surrounding neighborhood and setting. A Compatibility Determination application shall be approved by the Planning Division of the Land Use Services Department to allow such a structure. Screening such a structure from view from the street or the physical alteration of such a structure, such as painting or otherwise altering the structure, may be considered in the approval of the application. Such railroad car, container or similar storage-type structure shall be placed behind the primary structure and not prominently visible from the street.
(2) Freight containers, railroad cars, intermodal containers, and other similar storage-type structures shall be allowed as accessory structures in the Agriculture (AG) or Rural Living (RL) land use zoning districts provided that they shall be altered, either painted or structurally altered, to appear to be similar to, and compatible with, the appearance of the on-site primary structure and the surrounding neighborhood or to blend in with the surrounding environment. Such railroad car, container or similar storage-type structure shall be allowed provided that the container can be placed behind the primary structure and not be prominently visible from the street.
(g) Animal Keeping. Accessory animal keeping shall be conducted as specified in Chapter 84.04 (Animal Keeping) of this Code.
(h) Exterior Storage. Exterior storage shall be fully and solidly screened and kept below the level of the fence or other screening mechanism. Exterior storage shall comply with Title 3 (Health and Sanitation and Animal Regulations) of the County Code. Screening of exterior storage shall comply with §83.02.060 (Screening and Buffering).
(i) Residential Crop Production. Accessory crop production shall be allowed on parcels of 10,000 square feet or more, with a temporary sales facility for plant or animal products grown on the subject property. The sales facility shall not be larger than 200 square feet in area and shall display produce for sale for no longer than 72 hours in any calendar month. Standards for produce stands are provided in Chapter 84.03 (Agritourism Enterprises) of this Code. This does not include wholesale or retail nurseries.
(j) Private Office. A private office shall be for the sole use of the dwelling unit occupants within a primary structure and shall have no external advertising or signs.
(k) Compatibility. In the RS (Single Residential) and RM (Multiple Residential) land use zoning districts, the appearance of an accessory structure shall be similar to, and compatible with, the appearance of the primary structure and the surrounding neighborhood and setting.
(l) Storage of Firewood. The storage of firewood shall comply with Chapter 84.09 (Firewood Storage) of this Code.
(Ord. 4383, passed - -2020)