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(a) HABITABLE SPACE (ROOM). Space in a structure for living, sleeping, eating or cooking. Bathrooms, toilet compartments, closets, halls, storage or utility space, and similar areas, are not considered habitable space.
(b) HALF STORY. See STORY, HALF.
(c) HARDSCAPE. Landscaping elements, other than plant materials, consisting of components such as decorative rock, boulders, masonry work, woodwork, stone walls, decorative concrete or brick patios, tile paths, wooden decks and wooden arbors. HARDSCAPE does not include paving for driveways or parking of vehicles.
(d) HAUL ROAD. See SURFACE MINING OPERATIONS.
(e) HAZARDOUS AREA. An area subject to or containing elements that pose a potential threat to life or property. Flood plains, earthquake fault zones, nuclear or chemical waste disposal sites, or areas of inherently unsafe soil conditions are examples.
(f) HAZARDOUS EXCAVATION, MINING. An unattended pit, shaft, portal or other surface opening that, if not secured by covering, fencing, or have access restricted by gates, doors, or other reasonable means, presents a threat to the physical safety of the public.
(g) HAZARDOUS FIRE AREA. Any land that is covered with grass, grain, brush, or forest, whether privately or publicly owned, that is so situated or is in such an inaccessible location that a fire originating upon the land would present an abnormally difficult job of suppression or would result in great and unusual damage through fire or resulting erosion.
(h) HAZARDOUS MATERIAL. A material or waste or combination of materials and wastes, that because of its quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical, or infectious characteristics may either:
(1) Cause, or significantly contribute to, an increase in mortality, serious irreversible illness or incapacitating reversible illness; or
(2) Pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, disposed of, or otherwise managed.
(i) HAZARDOUS WASTE. Means either of the following:
(1) A waste, or combination of wastes, that because of its quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical, or infectious characteristics may either:
(A) Cause, or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating reversible, illness.
(B) Pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, or disposed of, or otherwise managed.
(2) A waste that meets any of the criteria for the identification of a hazardous waste adopted by the State Department of Health Services in compliance with Health and Safety Code § 25141.
(3) Includes, but is not limited to, RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) hazardous waste.
(4) Unless expressly provided otherwise, the term HAZARDOUS WASTE shall be understood to also include extremely hazardous waste and acutely hazardous waste.
(j) HAZARDOUS WASTE OPERATION OR FACILITY. (See Land Use Tables.) A hazardous waste operation or facility includes the following.
(1) SPECIFIED HAZARDOUS WASTE FACILITIES. Off-site facilities that accept wastes from more than one generator. A facility must have carefully engineered and designed means for acceptance, storage, and treatment of the wastes as well as trained personnel operating the site.
(2) TRANSFER AND STORAGE FACILITIES. Facilities that collect small quantities of hazardous waste and store them until it is economical to transfer the wastes to a treatment or disposal site.
(3) TREATMENT FACILITIES. Facilities that alter the chemical form, toxicity, or volume of a waste. They do this generally through the use of one of the following processes:
(A) Destruction or detoxification to transform a hazardous waste into a material safe for disposal;
(B) Concentration or volume reduction to facilitate the safe handling and disposal of hazardous components; and
(C) Immobilization to isolate the hazardous components from the environment.
(4) TRANSPORTABLE TREATMENT UNITS (TTUS). Temporary mobile facilities that treat hazardous waste at the site of generation.
(5) INCINERATION FACILITIES. Facilities that burn some wastes such as organic liquids and solids that cannot be reclaimed economically or are technically difficult to treat. Incinerators destroy the waste, leaving a small hazardous waste residue. They can be developed as on-site or off-site facilities and are often used in hospitals to burn infectious wastes.
(6) SOLIDIFICATION and STABILIZATION. The two most common methods of immobilizing hazardous wastes, and involve changing a liquid to a solid or altering the characteristics of a solid to immobilize the contaminants. A variety of materials are used including cement, lime, and polymeric materials. This method is used for wastes that cannot be recycled, treated or destroyed. Often, wastes undergo several treatment methods; solidification or stabilization is usually the last method applied in a treatment train.
(7) RECYCLING FACILITIES. Facilities that process hazardous wastes so that they may be reclaimed, used or reused. See RECYCLING FACILITY.
(8) RESIDUALS REPOSITORY. A hazardous waste facility or part of a facility that is permitted to accept for land disposal only non-liquid, treated hazardous waste (as defined in Health and Safety Code § 25179.3(l)). Non-liquid means non-liquid and containing less than 50 moisture by weight as determined in compliance with the Code of Regulations § 67425.
(9) LAND DISPOSAL.
(A) Disposal of hazardous wastes on or into the land, including, but not limited to, landfill, surface impoundment, waste piles, deep-well injection, land spreading, and co-burial with municipal garbage.
(B) Treatment of hazardous wastes on or in the land, such as neutralization and evaporation ponds and land farming, where the treatment residues are hazardous wastes and are not removed for subsequent processing or disposal within one year.
(C) Storage of hazardous wastes on or in the land, such as waste piles and surface impoundments, other than neutralization and evaporation ponds, for longer than one year.
(k) HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN (HWMP). The primary planning document for the management of hazardous waste in San Bernardino County prepared in compliance with Health and Safety Code §§ 25135 et seq. The HWMP was adopted by the Board of Supervisors and approved by the California Department of Health Services in February 1990.
(l) HEATING OPPORTUNITIES, PASSIVE OR NATURAL. The ability to orient or site any structure, including a dwelling on its lot in order to take optimum advantage of natural solar heating capabilities. Structures should wherever possible orient their longest/largest axis from east to west and include special treatment of the south facing wall.
(m) HEAVY PROCESSING FACILITY. See RECYCLING FACILITY.
(n) HEIGHT. See § 83.02.040 (Height Measurement and Height Limit Exceptions).
(o) HIERARCHY OF SPACE. Defined areas for public space (e.g., streets), community space (e.g., common open space, play areas, communal laundry, community center, etc.), and private space (e.g., individual units and private open space).
(p) HIGHEST ADJACENT GRADE. See FLOOD HAZARD.
(q) HISTORIC STRUCTURE. See FLOOD HAZARD.
(r) HISTORICAL LANDMARK AND STRUCTURE. (See Land Use Tables.) An individual structure or group of structures on a single lot, a site, an area, a district, or combination thereof, having a special historical, architectural, cultural, or aesthetic value.
(s) HOLIDAY LIGHTING. See LIGHTING, OUTDOOR.
(t) HOG RANCH. Any premises used for the raising or keeping of ten or more weaned animals.
(u) HOME OCCUPATION. (See Land Use Tables.) Any occupation customarily conducted entirely within a dwelling by its inhabitants, the purpose being incidental to the use of the dwelling for dwelling purposes. These uses are regulated in Chapter 84.12 (Home Occupations).
(w) HOST HOME. See BED AND BREAKFAST INN.
(x) HOSPITAL. See MEDICAL SERVICES, HOSPITAL.
(y) HOTEL. (See Land Use Tables.) An establishment that provides guest rooms or suites for a fee. Access to units is primarily from interior lobbies, courts, or halls. Related accessory uses may include conference and meeting rooms, restaurants, bars, and recreational facilities. Guest rooms may or may not contain kitchen facilities for food preparation (i.e., refrigerators, sinks, stoves, and ovens). Hotels with kitchen facilities are commonly known as extended stay hotels. A hotel operates subject to taxation under Revenue and Taxation Code § 7280. Note: A residential care facility is not a HOTEL , or vice versa.
(aa) HOUSING, CARETAKER. See CARETAKER HOUSING.
(bb) HOUSING, GROUP. (See Land Use Tables.) See GROUP HOUSING.
(cc) HYDROCOLLAPSIBLE SOILS. See SOIL.
(dd) HYDROZONE. A portion of the landscaped area that contains plant material with similar water needs/requirements. A hydrozone may be an irrigated or non-irrigated area.
(ee) HYDROZONE PLAN. A plan that outlines all the separate hydrozone areas created by planting material within the landscaped areas, both irrigated and non-irrigated.
(Ord. 4011, passed - -2007; Am. Ord. 4136, passed - -2011; Am. Ord. 4189, passed - -2012; Am. Ord. 4230, passed - -2014; Am. Ord. 4341, passed - -2018)