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Staff Report (For Possible Action): Ordinance Introduction - Bill No. ________ Case No. TXT17-00005 (Mortensen-Garson Overlay Planning Area 3 Zone Change) Ordinance amending the Reno Municipal Code Title 18, “Annexation and Land Development,” Chapter 08, “Zoning,” Section 18.08.406(i), entitled “Mortensen-Garson Overlay District,” modifying certain figures and tables as necessary to facilitate base zoning map amendments from Industrial Commercial (IC) to Arterial Commercial (AC) on ±15.9 acres; Hotel Casino (HC) to Arterial Commercial (AC) on ±18.1 acres; and Hotel Casino (HC) to Single Family Residential – 9,000 square feet (SF9) on ±3.3 acres together with other matters properly related thereto. The ±37.3 acre site is generally located immediately south of Interstate 80 southeast of the intersection of Boomtown Garson Road and Blue Heron Circle.

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Recommendation and Proposed Motion

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council refer Bill No. ________  for a second reading and adoption.

 

Proposed Motion: I move to refer Bill No. ________  for a second reading and adoption.

Staff Report Formal Body

Summary:  This is a request to amend Reno Municipal Code Title 18, “Annexation and Land Development,” Chapter 08, “Zoning,” Section 18.08.406(i), entitled “Mortensen-Garson Overlay District,” modifying certain figures and tables as necessary to facilitate base zoning map amendments from Industrial Commercial (IC) to Arterial Commercial (AC) on ±15.9 acres; Hotel Casino (HC) to Arterial Commercial (AC) on ±18.1 acres; and Hotel Casino (HC) to Single Family Residential – 9,000 square feet (SF9) on ±3.3 acres; together with other matters properly relating thereto. The ±37.3 acre site is generally located immediately south of Interstate 80 southeast of the intersection of Boomtown Garson Road and Blue Heron Circle.

 

The Planning Commission recommends Council approve the requested text amendment by ordinance.

 

Background:  At the October 4, 2017, Planning Commission public hearing, the applicant’s representative provided an overview of the request and confirmed that a change from Hotel Casino (HC) to Arterial Commercial (AC) has the potential to reduce the overall daily trips on the local streets. Staff concurred with the applicant’s presentation and noted that the corresponding text amendment to the Mortensen-Garson overlay zone is required as the established zoning is also identified in code. Accordingly, the Planning Commission opened the text amendment and zone change items concurrently. One comment card was received in opposition and two residents spoke in favor of the request. No one else spoke for or against the proposal.

 

Advisory Commission Vote:  Four in favor; None opposed; Two absent; One Recused.

 

Financial Implications:  None at this time.

 

Legal Implications:  None at this time.

 

Findings:

 

Staff Comment: The purpose of this amendment is to facilitate a corresponding base zone change request.  There are no changes to development standards or maximum allowable commercial acreage or dwelling units.  Changes are limited to representation of zoning distribution within the MGOD as evaluated under zoning map amendment criteria and are consistent with the goals, policies and land use compatibility standards in the Mortensen-Garson Neighborhood Master Plan element.

 

Amendments to Text of Title 18: In order to adopt an amendment to the text of Title 18, the Planning Commission and City Council shall find the following:

 

(1)               Text amendments shall be in substantial conformance with the statement of purpose and intent of this Title 18, as set forth in RMC 18.02.103.

 

(2)               Text amendments shall be in substantial conformance with the master plan.

 

Section 18.02.103. Purpose and intent.

 

It is the intent of the city council that Title 18 serves to:

 

(a)              Promote the public health, safety, morals, convenience, and general welfare;

 

              (b)              Promote, preserve, and protect environmental quality as a critical element in Reno's quality of life and encourage the wise use of natural resources;

 

              (c)              Conserve and enhance the architecture, history, pedestrian-orientation, mixed use and urban character of the Downtown Reno Regional Center Overlay District, and promote its role as regional government, civic, entertainment, and tourist center;

 

(d)              Conserve and enhance the character of Reno's established residential neighborhoods through mitigation of adverse factors, promotion of a balanced mix of housing types, and through appropriately scaled and planned infill development;

 

(e)              Encourage innovative and quality residential development so that growing demand for housing may be met by greater variety in type, design, and layout of dwellings, and by conservation and more efficient use of open space ancillary to such dwellings;

 

(f)              Encourage quality, nonresidential development that preserves and protects the character of the community, including its natural landscape, and that minimizes objectionable noise, glare, odor, traffic, and other impacts of such development, especially when adjacent to residential uses;

 

(g)              Facilitate adequate provision of transportation, water, sewage, electricity, gas, communications, schools, parks and other public requirements; and

 

(h)              Provide the economic and social advantages gained from a comprehensively planned use of land resources.

 

 

Ordinance or Resolution

 

ORDINANCE AMENDING THE RENO MUNICIPAL CODE TITLE 18, “ANNEXATION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT,” CHAPTER 08, “ZONING,” SECTION 18.08.406(i), ENTITLED “MORTENSEN-GARSON OVERLAY DISTRICT,” MODIFYING CERTAIN FIGURES AND TABLES AS NECESSARY TO FACILITATE BASE ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS FROM INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL (IC) TO ARTERIAL COMMERCIAL (AC) ON ±15.9 ACRES; HOTEL CASINO (HC) TO ARTERIAL COMMERCIAL (AC) ON ±18.1 ACRES; AND HOTEL CASINO (HC) TO SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL – 9,000 SQUARE FEET (SF9) ON ±3.3 ACRES TOGETHER WITH OTHER MATTERS PROPERLY RELATED THERETO. THE ±37.3 ACRE SITE IS GENERALLY LOCATED IMMEDIATELY SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80 SOUTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF BOOMTOWN GARSON ROAD AND BLUE HERON CIRCLE.

 

SPONSORED BY:  RENO CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

 

THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RENO DO ORDAIN:

 

              SECTION 1.  Chapter 18.08 of the Reno Municipal Code is hereby amended by adding certain wording to and deleting certain wording from Section 18.08.406, the same to read as follows:

 

Section 18.08.406. - Neighborhood Planning Area Overlay Districts.

(a)              WUNP West University Neighborhood Planning Area Overlay District.

(1)              Applicability.

a.              Except where noted, these standards apply to development on all parcels within the West University Neighborhood Plan which have the master plan designations of (1) University Regional Center and Transit Corridor, excluding those parcels included in the University of Nevada Regional Center Plan, and (2) Traditional Neighborhood, as set forth in the West University Neighborhood Plan, an element of the City of Reno Master Plan.

b.              Development on lands within the West Seventh Street Business Corridor shall comply only with the district-specific use standards stated in subsection (2) below.

c.              These standards shall not apply to work on the site which involves parking lots, fences, landscape walls, interior renovations, uncovered or covered patios, or any other improvements that do not expand the building footprint or change the roof pitch.

d.              These standards shall not apply to properties owned by the University of Nevada, Reno.

(2)              District-specific use standards. The following modifications to the citywide Summary Land Use Tables in Section 18.08.201 apply within the following applicable districts of the West University Neighborhood Plan:

 

 

a.              Supplemental use standards for the Traditional Neighborhood Plan District:

1.              Animal clinics, shelters, hospitals and boarding kennel are prohibited in the NC Zoning District;

2.              Art galleries are allowed in conjunction with a residential use, subject to approval of a special use permit, in the SF6, MF14, MF21 and MF30 Zoning Districts;

3.              Car wash facilities are prohibited in the NC Zoning District;

4.              Cluster developments are prohibited in the SF6 Zoning District;

5.              Commercial child care facilities are prohibited in the SF6, MF14, MF21 and MF30 Zoning District;

6.              Convents and monasteries are allowed, subject to approval of a special use permit, in the SF6, MF14, MF21 and MF30 Zoning Districts;

7.              Fitness centers are prohibited in the MF21 and MF30 Zoning Districts;

8.              Fraternity and sorority houses are prohibited in the MF21 Zoning District;

9.              In-home child care (7—12 children) facilities are prohibited on lots less than 10,000 square feet in the SF6 and MF14 Zoning Districts;

10.              Libraries are allowed, subject to approval of a special use permit, in the SF6, MF14, MF21 and MF30 Zoning Districts;

11.              Mini-warehouses are prohibited in the SF6 and MF14 Zoning Districts;

12.              Multi-family developments are prohibited in the SF6 Zoning District;

13.              Museums are allowed, subject to approval of a special use permit, in the SF6, MF14, MF21 and MF30 Zoning Districts;

14.              Night clubs are prohibited in the NC Zoning District;

15.              Private dorms are prohibited in the MF21 and MF30 Zoning Districts;

16.              Gas stations are prohibited in the NC Zoning District;

17.              Showrooms are prohibited in the NC Zoning District;

18.              Single-family, condominium, townhouse and multi-family developments are allowed in the NC Zoning District and are not required to be located on above-ground floors or be accessory to a nonresidential use;

19.              Video arcades are prohibited in the NC Zoning District.

b.              Supplemental use standards for the University Regional Center and Transit Corridor Plan District:

1.              Automobile and truck sale and mobile home, RV, boat and trailer sale or rental facilities are prohibited in the AC and CC Zoning Districts;

2.              Automobile rental facilities are prohibited in the AC Zoning District;

3.              Drive-through facilities are prohibited in the AC and CC Zoning Districts;

4.              Multi-family developments are prohibited in the AC, CC and NC Zoning Districts unless the multi-family use is confined to above ground floor levels of multi-story buildings and nonresidential uses are located on the ground floor;

5.              Multi-family developments in excess of 30 units per acre are allowed in the MF30 Zoning District;

6.              Rental stores with outdoor storage and truck rental facilities are prohibited in the AC and CC Zoning Districts;

7.              Single-family, attached/condominium/townhouse developments are prohibited in the AC, CC and NC Zoning Districts unless the residential use is confined to above ground floor levels of multi-story buildings and nonresidential uses are located on the ground floor;

8.              Restaurants with alcohol service are allowed in the MF30 Zoning District on properties fronting on Virginia Street, Center Street, Sierra Street, Ninth Street and Eighth Street;

9.              Restaurants without alcohol service are allowed in the MF30 Zoning District;

10.              Single room occupancy facilities are allowed in the AC and CC Zoning Districts.

c.              Supplemental use standards for the West Seventh Street Business Corridor:

1.              Drive-though facilities are allowed in the NC Zoning District on properties fronting on Keystone Avenue and within the block bounded by I-80, Keystone Avenue, West Seventh Street and Alvaro Street.

(3)              Exemption from General Infill Development Standards. Provisions established by Section 18.12.303 for residential infill development do not apply to the West University Neighborhood Planning Area Overlay District.

(4)              District-specific standards for development of Single-Family or Two-Family Residences.

a.              Front setbacks.

1.              Structures shall be constructed so that the front setback is within the range of the front setbacks for the two nearest structures on either side of the new structure on the same side of the street (see Figure 18.08-19);

THE SETBACK RANGE FOR THE SUBJECT SITE IS BETWEEN 8' AND 20'.

2.              In the case of new construction on a corner lot, the front setback may not be outside of the range of the front setbacks of the nearest single or two-family structures located within 100 feet of the new structure as on the same side of the street (see Figure 18.08-20).

THE SETBACK RANGE FOR CORNER LOTS IS ESTABLISHED BY THE SETBACKS OF STRUCTURE WITHIN 100' ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE STREET.

3.              If the allowable front setback range is less than five feet, development with front setbacks up to five feet outside of the allowable range shall be allowed if the administrator finds that significant site features, such as trees, will be preserved or existing development on the site prevents placement of the proposed structural expansion within the allowable front setback range.

b.              Permitted setback encroachments for expansions. Expansion of the footprint or exterior modifications to structures more than 50 years old shall be allowed to encroach on required rear setback(s) or a front setback for lots with two front yards, if the administrator finds the expansion or modifications comply with Chapter 18.18 of this title, as applicable, concerning historic preservation and the building code in effect in the city, and as may be amended, concerning fire protection.

c.              Maximum building coverage on parcel. A building or combination of buildings, including any covered rear or side porch or stairs, but excluding any balcony, driveway, walkway, uncovered deck, or covered front porch must not cover more than 40 percent of the lot area; however, development of structures listed in the city's Register of Historic Places, may cover 50 percent of the lot area.

d.              Roofs. A minimum of 80 percent of the building footprint must be covered by a roof with a minimum pitch of 4:12. Flat roofs are not allowed on any building section. Roof pitch will be evaluated from a plan view perspective.

e.              Front door orientation. The front door of the dwelling closest to the street must face a street.

f.              Motor vehicle access.

1.              If the site is served by an alley, access for motor vehicles must be from the alley, not from a street frontage (see Figure 18.08-21). Access from a street frontage shall be allowed to continue upon approval of a structural addition if the structural addition is less than 500 square feet and access was previously achieved from a street frontage.

2.              When access is from a street frontage, the maximum driveway width in front of a building is 12 feet for properties with garages or carport openings less than 12 feet and 20 feet for properties with garages and/or carport openings equal to or greater than 12 feet.

3.              Excluding driveways, parking is not allowed in front setback areas and in areas between a front property line and a building.

4.              When parking is provided in a garage or carport and the garage door(s) or carport opening faces a street, garage and carport opening areas must not be more than 30 percent of the length of the building elevation that faces the street except when detached garages are located on or within five feet of a rear yard setback line.

g.              Buildings.

1.              Modifications to any structure on a parcel which increases the building footprint or construction of new structures shall include two of the following:

i.              The exterior finish is constructed with materials compatible with the existing main structure building materials. The new materials shall be either identical or similar to the original building materials. For example, details of synthetic siding should match that of traditional wood siding.

ii.              Contemporary interpretations of architectural features such as trim, fenestration, window frames, dormers, columns, gables, decorative wood or metal work found on the existing main structure are used.

iii.              The roof pitch is the same or within the range of the roof pitches on the existing main structure.

2.              If the height of a proposed structure would exceed the height of an existing building that faces the street on the same lot, the rear and side-yard setbacks shall be increased by five feet for every eight feet that the new structure exceeds the height of the existing building.

(5)              District-specific standards for development of Multi-Family Residential containing three or more dwelling units.

a.              Setbacks. Multi-family development on half-blocks that contain parcels zoned either single-family residential or multi-family residential of 14 units or less is subject to the following setback standards.

1.              Structures shall be constructed so that the front setback is within the range of the front setbacks for the two nearest structures on either side of the new structure on the same side of the street (see Figure 18.08-19).

2.              In the case of new construction on a corner lot, the front setback may not be outside of the range of the front setbacks of the nearest single or two-family structures located on the same side of the street (see Figure 18.08-20).

3.              If the allowable front setback range is less than five feet, development with front setbacks up to five feet outside of the allowable range shall be allowed if the administrator finds that significant sites features, such as trees, will be preserved or existing development on the site prevents placement of the proposed structural expansion within the allowable front setback range.

b.              Roofs. A minimum of 80 percent of the building footprint must be covered by a roof with a minimum pitch of 4:12. Flat roofs are not allowed on any building section. Roof pitch will be evaluated from a plan view perspective.

c.              Motor vehicle access.

1.              If the site is served by an alley, access for motor vehicles shall be from the alley, not a street frontage (see Figure 18.08-21). Access from a street frontage shall be allowed to continue upon approval of a structural addition if the structural addition is less than 500 square feet and access was previously achieved from a street frontage.

2.              When access is from a street frontage, the maximum driveway width is 12 feet for properties with garages or carport openings less than 12 feet and 20 feet for properties with garages and/or carport opening equal to or greater than 12 feet.

3.              Excluding driveways, parking is not allowed in front setback areas and in areas between a front property line and a building.

d.              Buildings.

1.              Modifications to any existing structure on a parcel which increases a building footprint or construction of new structure shall include two of the following:

i.              The exterior finish is constructed with materials compatible with the existing main structure building materials. The new materials shall be either identical or similar to the original building materials. For example, details of synthetic siding should match that of traditional wood siding.

ii.              Contemporary interpretations of architectural features such as trim, fenestration, window frames, dormers, columns, gables, decorative wood or metal work found on the existing main structure may be used.

iii.              The roof pitch on an addition or new structure shall be the same or within the range of the roof pitches on the existing main structure.

2.              For every 35 feet of building length facing a street, each story shall have an individual dwelling entrance, private balcony, or patio. Each required balcony or patio shall be at least six feet wide and four deep, accessible from an interior room, and unenclosed except ground level patios may be enclosed by a six-foot fence.

3.              Dwelling and main entrances shall be delineated by the use features such as recesses, additional detailing, overhangs, columns, and change in volume and form (see Figure 18.08-22).

IF A SITE IS SERVED BY AN ALLEY, ACCESS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES MUST BE FROM THE ALLEY NOT FROM A STREET FRONTAGE.

4.              If entrances to all units do not face a street, a main entrance shall be provided which includes either a covered front porch at least nine feet wide and six feet deep or an arcade which has the following characteristics (see Figure 18.08-23):

i.              Is between six feet and ten deep;

ii.              Extends the length of the building to which it is attached;

iii.              Intersects with an on-site pedestrian path and individual unit entrances or stairwells;

iv.              Is at least 14 feet in height;

v.              Contains openings of not less than six feet in width;

vi.              Is at least 25 percent solid but no more than 50 percent solid;

vii.              Is open to the air on three sides; and

DWELLING ENTRANCES MUST BE CLEARLY DELINEATED BY THE USE OF RECESSES, ADDITIONAL DETAILING, OVERHANGS, COLUMNS, AND CHANGE OF VOLUME AND FORM.

viii.              Has no blocked street facings or end openings, in part or in full, with walls, glass, lattice, glass block or any other material.

IF ENTRANCES TO ALL UNITS DO NOT FACE A STREET, A MAIN ENTRANCE OR AN ARCADE MUST BE PROVIDED.

e.              On-site pedestrian path. A hard-surface path of not less than four feet in width shall be provided to a building entrance from each street frontage or from a street corner.

f.              Gathering space. If a project has six or more units, there shall be a gathering space which:

1.              Has at least 100 square feet provided for each street the project faces;

2.              Is visible from the street(s) for which it was provided;

3.              Corresponds to at least 50 percent of the required usable open space for the project, as required in Section 18.12.103(i) and

4.              Contains one of the following amenities for each 100 square feet:

i.              Bench or other seating;

ii.              Tree which is not included in the minimum landscape requirements;

iii.              Kiosk;

iv.              Water feature such a pond or a fountain;

v.              Landscape planter or planning bed of at least 20 square feet; or

vi.              Fixed recreational apparatus.

g.              Residential buffers.

1.              The building height for a 15-foot portion of a lot abutting a parcel zoned single-family is limited to the maximum building height allowed by the single-family residential zoning district (see Figure 18.08-24).

2.              The building height for a 15-foot portion of a lot abutting a parcel zoned multi-family residential, 14 units or less is limited to the maximum building height allowed by the multi-family residential, 14 units or less zoning district.

3.              A five-foot landscape area shall be installed along any lot line that abuts a parcel zoned single-family or multi-family residential, 14 units or less.

(6)              District-specific standards for development of nonresidential uses and residential units with nonresidential use on the ground-floor.

a.              Front zero lot-line setbacks are required when:

1.              A structure on one of the abutting parcels on the same side of the street is built to the zero-lot line; or

2.              In the case of new construction on a corner lot, the nearest existing commercial structure located within 100 feet of the new structure on the same side of the street is built to zero-lot line.

b.              Roofs.

1.              A minimum of 80 percent of the building footprint must be covered by a roof with a minimum pitch of 4:12; or

2.              Be flat with either a decorative parapet that surrounds the building and is at least 18 inches in height or have three distinct roof planes with a minimum 18-inch overhang over the two other planes.

c.              Ground floor windows. Windows shall be at least 50 percent of the length and 25 percent of the area of all exterior ground level building walls within 20 feet of a street lot line, sidewalk, plaza or other public open space (see Figure 18.08-25). Ground floor walls are equal to all exterior wall area up to nine feet above the finished grade. This requirement does not apply to the walls of parking garages and residential units. Required window areas must be either windows that allow views into working areas or lobbies, pedestrian entrances or display windows set into the wall. Display cases attached to the outside of the wall do not qualify. The bottom of the windows shall be no more than four feet above the adjacent exterior grade.

d.              Ground floors. Ground floor shall be visually distinct from upper levels by:

1.              A cornice above the ground level;

2.              An arcade;

3.              Changes in material or texture; or

4.              A row of clerestory windows on a building's street facing elevation.

e.              Corner reinforcement. The structure with the greatest ground level square foot area shall be within ten feet of both street lot lines on at least one corner on corner lots where two sidewalks or public pedestrian ways meet.

THE BUILDING HEIGHT FOR A 15-FOOT PORTION OF A LOT ABUTTING AN SF OR MF14 ZONING DISTRICT DEVELOPED WITH SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES IS LIMITED TO THE BUILDING HEIGHT OF THE LESSER INTENSITY RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICT.

GROUND FLOOR WALLS MUST HAVE WINDOWS THAT PROVIDE VIEWS INTO BUILDING OR DISPLAY ITEMS.

f.              Parking. Parking is not permitted between a building and a street unless a property is bound by two or more roadways, has parking between the building and street on no more than one street frontage, and contains a ten-foot landscaped area between the street and the parking area which is in addition to the minimum landscape area requirements.

g.              Residential buffers.

1.              The building height for a 15-foot portion of a lot abutting a parcel zoned single-family is limited to the maximum building height allowed by the single-family residential zoning district (see Figure 18.08-24).

2.              The building height for a 15-foot portion of a lot abutting a parcel zoned multi-family residential, 14 units or less is limited to the maximum building height allowed by the multi-family residential, 14 units or less zoning district.

3.              A ten-foot wide landscaped area shall be installed along any lot area which abuts residentially zoned parcels.

h.              On-site pedestrian path system. The development shall include on-site pedestrian path systems that:

1.              Provide direct pedestrian paths from all adjacent streets or street corners to main entrances, ground level stairwells, and elevator landings;

2.              Connect all buildings, bicycle and parking areas, recreational areas, and gathering spaces;

3.              Are hard-surfaced;

4.              Are at least four feet wide;

5.              Are clearly identifiable, through the use of elevation changes, speed bumps, different paving material, or by other similar methods, but not striping, where the pedestrian path crosses driveways, parking areas, and loading areas;

6.              Are raised or separated from automobile travel lanes by raised curbs with curb ramps, bollards, landscaping or other physical barrier when parallel and adjacent to an automobile travel lane.

(7)              On-premises advertising display. On-premises advertising display shall not be internally illuminated when visible from residentially zoned properties within 600 feet of the display.

(b)              PL Plumas Neighborhood Residential Core Planning Area Overlay District.

(1)              Applicability. This zoning district's standards shall apply to properties in the Plumas Neighborhood Residential Core Area, as identified in Figure 18.08-1 in Section 18.08.101(k)(2).

(2)              Height limitation. The maximum height shall be 25 feet, with a maximum of two stories.

(3)              Architectural treatment. New primary structures shall have a minimum roof pitch of four-foot rise in 12-foot run.

(4)              Off-street parking. No off-street parking spaces shall be permitted between the front façade of any primary building and an adjacent street.

(c)              MQ McQueen Neighborhood Planning Area Overlay District.

(1)              Applicability. This zoning district's standards shall apply to properties in the McQueen Neighborhood Plan.

(2)              Freeway Corridor development standards. If any portion of a property is within this 500 feet of the Interstate 80 right-of-way line, these standards will apply to new development:

a.              Development shall be clustered away from the freeway. Buildings shall be setback a minimum of 30 feet from the freeway right-of-way line. Landscaped and irrigated buffers with a minimum width of ten feet and one tree every 30 linear feet shall be provided between development and the freeway. Blank wall building façades adjacent to the freeway are prohibited.

(3)              Hillside Development Standard. Within the McQueen Neighborhood, any development that meets the definition of hillside development as outlined in Chapter 18.12, Article XVI (Hillside Development) will be required to meet the following:

a.              Open view fencing will be required for yards that face open space areas, and drainageways.

(d)              GF Greenfield Neighborhood Planning Area Overlay District.

(1)              Applicability. This zoning district's standards shall apply to the plan area identified in the Greenfield Neighborhood Plan.

(2)              GFSF Greenfield Single-Family District.

a.              Applicability. These standards shall apply to all properties designated as GFSF in the Greenfield Neighborhood Plan.

b.              Land uses.

1.              Permitted land uses shall be:

i.              Single Family, detached; and

ii.              Accessory Dwelling Unit.

2.              Permitted land uses with the approval of a special use permit:

i.              Child Care Center, as accessory use only;

ii.              Churches/House of Worship;

iii.              Utility Box/Well House, Back-up Generator, Pumping Station or Booster Station;

iv.              Utility Installation other than listed; and

v.              Communication Facility, Equipment Only

c.              Accessory buildings.

1.              Shall not be located closer than three feet to any main building on the same lot;

2.              One of the following:

i.              If the building is 120 square feet or less in size and has a building height of seven feet or less, and the highest point of the roof does not exceed ten feet, the minimum side and rear setback will be five feet; or

ii.              If the building is greater than 120 square feet in size or over seven feet in building height, or the highest point of the roof exceeds ten feet, the minimum side and rear setback will be ten feet;

3.              Shall not exceed two stories or 25 feet in building height as defined in this title; and

4.              Shall not occupy more than 1,200 square feet of any lot nor be located in the front yard area.

d.              Setbacks. Minimum setbacks shall be:

1.              Front: 30 feet.

2.              Side: 12 feet.

3.              Rear: 30 feet.

e.              Height limitation.

Two stories.

f.              Required area and width. A one acre minimum area with a 120-foot average width is required. Lots that are less than one acre in size at the time of enactment of these regulations shall be considered to conform to these standards. Existing lots that do not meet the minimum lot size/average lot width shall not be further divided/reduced in size and/or width.

g.              Parking. One off-street parking space is required per bedroom.

h.              Fencing. Open rail fencing of five feet or less in height may be erected on the lot line in front yards, except within 20 feet of the primary driveway.

(3)              GFPO Greenfield Professional Office District.

a.              Applicability. These standards and regulation shall apply to all properties designated GFPO in the Greenfield Neighborhood Plan.

b.              Land uses.

1.              Permitted land uses shall be:

i.              Single Family, detached; and

ii.              Accessory Dwelling Unit.

2.              Permitted land uses with the approval of a site plan review (SPR):

i.              Medical Facility, Day Use only; and

ii.              Office, Other than listed;

3.              Permitted land uses with the approval of a special use permit:

i.              Utility Box/Well House, Back-up Generator, Pumping Station or Booster Station;

ii.              Utility Installation other than listed; and

iii.              Communication Facility, Equipment Only.

c.              Setbacks. Minimum setbacks shall be:

1.              Front: 20 feet.

2.              Side: Ten feet.

3.              Rear: 15 feet.

d.              Maximum building height. Main buildings shall not exceed two stories or 35 feet whichever is greater.

e.              Required parcel width. No parcel may be less than 100 feet wide.

f.              Minimum office development.

1.              The minimum parcel size is one acre.

2.              In the case of business condominiums and business common interest communities, where the pre-project parcel and building size meets the minimum parcel size and setbacks of the GFPO Zoning District, deviations in parcel size as necessary to effectuate the business condominium or business common interest community are allowed when consistent with the purpose and intent of Chapters 18.08 and 18.10.

3.              The maximum building footprint coverage, including all buildings and accessory structures, excluding covered patio areas, gazebos, enclosed trash receptacles, and enclosed utilities, is 25 percent of the gross parcel area.

g.              Building separations. There shall be a minimum separation of 20 feet between buildings on the same parcel.

h.              Traffic generation. Traffic generation shall not exceed 25 average daily trips per 1,000 square feet of gross floor space.

i.              Parking. Chapter 18.12, Article XI (Off-Street Parking and Loading) is applicable to off-street parking in the Professional Office Zoning District with the following exceptions:

1.              No more than 30 percent of required parking shall be permitted in the front yard of a building;

2.              No surface parking spaces shall be located within 50 feet of the Plumas Street right-of-way;

3.              Parking in excess of five percent of the amount required by Article XI's requirements regarding parking is prohibited;

4.              Excess parking shall not be counted toward future development needs; and

5.              A minimum of ten percent of the required parking for two-story structures shall be enclosed within the structure or located within a detached garage.

j.              Minimum landscape area. A minimum of 30 percent of the site shall be landscaped in accordance with Chapter 18.12, Article XII (Landscaping and Screening) with the following exceptions:

1.              A maximum of 20 percent of the required landscape area may be decorative hardscape, such as, decorative sidewalks, walkways, fountains, and covered patio areas;

2.              The first 15 feet adjacent to any exterior property line of a development shall contain 50 percent evergreen and 50 percent deciduous trees and within these ratios there shall be the following mixes:

i.              There shall be a mix of 50 percent six-foot tall trees, 25 percent eight-foot tall trees, and 25 percent ten-foot tall evergreen trees;

ii.              There shall be a mix of 50 percent two-inch caliper trees and 50 percent three-inch caliper deciduous trees;

iii.              A minimum of one tree shall be planted for every 250 square feet of landscape area; and

iv.              Six shrubs shall be planted for each tree. The shrubs shall be a minimum 50 percent five-gallon or larger and 50 percent one gallon or larger with a minimum of 50 percent of all required shrubs evergreen.

k.              Landscaping of yards.

1.              Front yards shall be landscaped except for curb cuts, sidewalks, and driveways; and

2.              Side and rear yards must be landscaped except for sidewalks and driveways.

l.              Sign regulations. On-premise signs are allowed with the following exceptions:

1.              No signs shall be allowed on Plumas Street;

2.              Signs shall only face or front onto Moana Lane;

3.              Heights of monument signs shall be limited to an overall height of six feet including pedestals;

4.              Only indirect lighting is allowed;

5.              Sign lights shall be turned off daily between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.;

6.              Sign design shall be compatible with and complementary to the building architecture; and

7.              No other signs whatsoever shall be allowed.

(e)              SE Southeast Neighborhood Planning Area Overlay Zoning District.

(1)              Applicability. This zoning district's standards shall apply to the areas specified in the Southeast Neighborhood Plan.

(2)              District-specific standards.

a.              Conformities.

1.              Any existing land uses legally established prior to the adoption of the SENP zoning overlay district are allowed to continue to operate and expand.

2.              Expansion of existing and legally established uses at the time of the adoption of this ordinance, that are not allowed by the SENP zoning overlay district shall require a special use permit (SUP) if the proposed development expands the site, building or business area by more than 100 percent.

3.              Any expansion of existing land uses that were non-conforming prior to the plan and are still non-conforming in the SENP zoning overlay district, shall apply for a special use permit (SUP) to expand.

4.              Changing land use from one non-conforming land use to another non-conforming land use is not allowed.

b.              Land uses. The following additional land uses are permitted with the approval of a special use permit (SUP) for areas zoned CC (Community Commercial):

1.              Cluster development;

2.              Farm;

3.              Hospital, Acute and Overnight Care;

4.              Hotel (without Non-restricted Gaming Operation);

5.              Indoor Manufacturing, Processing, Assembly or Fabrication;

6.              Maintenance, Repair or Renovation Business;

7.              Single Family, detached;

8.              Single Family, Zero Lot-Line;

9.              Sports Arena, Stadium, or Track

10.              Warehousing/Distribution Center;

11.              Welding Repair, as an accessory use;

12.              Wholesale of Construction Materials; and

13.              Wholesale of Products Manufactured or Assembled On-Site.

c.              The following additional land uses are permitted with the approval of a site plan review (SPR) for areas zoned CC (Community Commercial):

1.              School, Primary (Public or Private).

d.              Setbacks.

1.              For parcels zoned SF6 the rear yard setback is 15 feet; and

2.              For parcels zoned SF6 the minimum lot size is 5,000 square feet.

(f)              WANP Wells Avenue Neighborhood Planning Area Overlay District.

(1)              General applicability. These standards shall apply to all development within the WANP boundaries The overlay contains two layers of applicability, as described below. Regulations applicable to parcels with the Urban Residential/Commercial or Public Facility land use designation shall be limited to those contained in the underlying zoning regulations.

(2)              General standards. The following standards shall apply to all parcels located within the boundaries of the WANP, with the exception of those designated as Urban Residential/Commercial or Public Facility.

a.              Parking requirements. Off-street parking shall be provided as follows:

Wells Avenue-Mixed Use (WA-MU) restaurant, bar and retail uses:

These uses shall demonstrate compliance with the "Minimum Downtown Reno Regional Center Requirement As Defined In 18.08.101" column of Table 18.12-8: Off-Street Parking Requirement Table. Provided parking shall not exceed the Minimum City-Wide Requirement of Table 18.12-8.

Wells Avenue-Mixed Use (WA-MU) non residential uses excluding restaurant, bar and retail uses:

Building permits for the establishment of these uses shall demonstrate compliance with the "Minimum City-Wide Requirement" column of Table 18.12-8: Off-Street Parking Requirement Table. A 50% reduction may be granted by the administrator. Provided parking shall not exceed the Minimum City-Wide Requirement of Table 18.12-8.

 

Parking for existing structures issued a building permit before April 1, 2017 shall be determined by the property owner.

Residential Uses

Minimum # of On-Site Parking
Spaces Required

1 bedroom or studio unit

1 space/residential unit

2 bedroom unit

1.25 spaces/residential unit

3 or more bedroom unit

1.75 spaces/residential unit

Senior citizen housing

0.5 per bedroom plus 1 per employee for the largest shift

Guest parking

1 space per 9 dwelling units

 

b.              On-street parking. Up to 50 percent of the required off-street parking, may be substituted with on-street parking, subject to Section 18.12.1103.

c.              Building orientation. Primary buildings shall be oriented towards and accessed from the front yard and street with the main entrance located on the front façade of the building.

d.              Prohibited materials.

1.              The following building materials shall be prohibited as primary building materials when used in their traditional form (e.g., a commercial or industrial "warehouse" context); however, the creative incorporation of these or similar materials in a non-traditional form is permitted.

i.              Sheet metal siding;

ii.              Tilt-up concrete panels; and

iii.              Smooth-faced gray concrete block.

(3)              General residential standards.

a.              Applicability.

1.              The following standards shall apply to all parcels located within the boundaries of the following land use designations, as defined on the Land Use Framework Map contained in the Wells Avenue Neighborhood Plan.

i.              Mixed-Residential 14 (MR-14);

ii.              Mixed-Residential 30 (MR-30); and

iii.              Mixed-Use Residential (MUR).

b.              Compatibility findings. The Compatibility Findings contained in Section 18.12.303(d) of the City's Code shall be replaced by the Architectural Character standards that follow.

Figure 18.08-26: Wells Avenue Neighborhood Plan General Residential Architectural Character

c.              Architectural Character. Due to the wide range of architectural styles found in the neighborhood's residential areas (Figure 18.08-26), the use of one or more specific architectural styles is not mandated. However, infill development and major renovations to existing structures shall be designed to complement the established framework of the neighborhood in terms of its streetscape quality, block pattern, and overall urban neighborhood character (Figure 18.08-27). These general residential standards are not intended to promote the replication of historic styles found in the neighborhood, but rather to encourage a range of architectural styles that reflect the diversity of the neighborhood.

Figure 18.08-27: Examples of Infill Development - These examples (Denver, CO) demonstrate respect for the established neighborhood framework while still incorporating a range of architectural styles. This is accomplished through the use of similar setbacks, continuation of established streetscape character and compatible height and building massing.

Figure 18.08-28: Multi-family Housing Design - Multi-family units on an interior lot articulated so as to appear as separate homes from the street (left), Multi-family building designed to appear as a large single-family home (right).

d.              Building massing and form.

1.              Multi-family buildings shall incorporate one of the following techniques:

i.              façades of multi-family buildings developed on combined lots on the interior of the block (not on a corner) shall be articulated so that they appear from the street to be separate homes. This shall be accomplished by "stepping back" the front façade a minimum of ten feet at the traditional side yard setback to provide a visual transition along the street frontage (Figure 18.08-28).

ii.              Multi-family buildings of four units or less shall be designed so that the massing and use of exterior materials gives each building the appearance of a large single-family home. This includes duplexes (Figure 18.08-28), but is not intended to apply to townhomes in which the unique individualism of each unit is expressed.

e.              Relationship to surrounding development.

Figure 18.08-29: Relationship to surrounding Development - Building height and mass should be graduated so that new structures have a comparable scale with existing structures.

1.              Blocky, multi-story building forms devoid of articulation or architectural features shall be prohibited. Infill homes (single-family or multi-family) that exceed the height of adjacent existing homes by one or more stories in height and/or are significantly larger in terms of their overall mass shall provide a transition using at least two of the following techniques (Figures 18.08-29 and 18.08-30):

i.              Graduating building height and mass in the form of building step-backs a minimum of ten feet in depth, or other techniques, so that new structures have a comparable scale with existing structures;

ii.              Orienting windows, porches, balconies, and other outdoor living spaces away from the shared property line to protect the privacy of adjacent residents where applicable;

iii.              Installing canopy trees 20 feet on center within the side yard to help break up the appearance of the taller structure. Trees must be installed to the satisfaction of the city's landscape architect;

iv.              Utilizing a roof pitch and overhang similar to that of the adjacent structures; or

v.              Utilizing dormers and sloping roofs to accommodate upper stories for major renovations and new construction.

Figure 18.08-30: Relationship to Surrounding Development 2 - Use of required techniques to ensure compatibility of infill development with existing neighborhood context.

2.              In order to satisfy the above standard, one of the following techniques for alley homes shall be provided:

i.              A graduated building height and mass in the form of building step-backs a minimum of ten feet in depth, or;

ii.              Similar techniques, so that the new structure has a comparable scale with the existing home located along the primary street frontage.

f.              Maximum building length. The maximum allowable building length of a multi-family building shall be 80 feet (Figure 18.08-31).

Figure 18.08-31: Maximum Allowable Length of a Multi-family Building.

g.              Garage and parking location and design.

1.              Aside from driveways, off-street parking is prohibited within the front yard setback.

2.              Required parking shall be provided behind the primary structure and/or on-street.

3.              Garages shall be oriented towards and accessed from the alley or detached from the primary structure and located in the rear yard, as traditionally found in this area of the neighborhood (Figure 18.08-32).

4.              Surface parking lots shall be internalized in building groupings and located away from street frontages.

5.              When access to a rear garage or surface parking is provided from a street frontage, the maximum driveway width within the front and side yard setback is 12 feet.

Figure 18.08-32: Residential Garage Design - Garages should be oriented towards and accessed from an alley (left) or detached from the primary structure and located in the rear yard, as traditionally found in this area of the neighborhood (right).

h.              Building variety.

1.              For new construction, no one housing type shall occupy more than 40 percent of the total length of a block face (Figure 18.08-33).

2.              Development parcels encompassing more than two and one-half acres, shall incorporate a minimum of two housing types. Development parcels larger than five acres shall incorporate a minimum of three housing types.

3.              The following housing types may be used to satisfy the above building variety standards:

i.              Duplexes;

ii.              Townhomes;

iii.              Apartments;

iv.              Condominiums; or

v.              Single-family homes.

Figure 18.08-33: Building Variety - No one housing type shall occupy more than 40% of the total length of a block face.

i.              Architectural Character - Renovation Guidelines.

1.              The renovation of homes within the Wells Avenue Neighborhood constructed prior to 1950 should be conducted in accordance with the following guidelines.

Windows

i.              The character, proportion, size, and general appearance of original windows should be preserved during renovation.

ii.              Original window openings should not be enclosed, enlarged, or otherwise modified.

iii.              Replacement windows should have a similar appearance as the original window's design in terms of their materials, dimension, profile, and finish; however, improving energy efficiency should also be considered.

Materials

iv.              Original building materials should be repaired rather than replaced to the maximum extent feasible.

v.              To the maximum extent feasible, original masonry building materials should not be altered or otherwise covered with new building materials, such as stucco or vinyl siding, or painted.

Architectural Detailing

vi.              Character-defining features that are original to the home, such as stone retaining walls, steps, and foundations should be preserved to the maximum extent feasible.

vii.              Enclosure of or other significant alterations to decks or balconies that were not originally enclosed should be prohibited.

(4)              Single-Family Land Use Designation (SF).

a.              Applicability. The following standards shall only apply to parcels designated as SF on the Land Use Framework map contained within the Wells Avenue Neighborhood Plan. Design Standards for the SF designation are intended to preserve the predominantly detached, single-family character of the area.

b.              Prohibited uses. The following lists of prohibited uses modify to the citywide Summary Land Use Tables in Section 18.08.201 shall apply to all parcels located within the SF area of the Wells Avenue Neighborhood Plan:

1.              Multi-family;

2.              Single-family attached/condominium townhouse;

3.              Single-family zero lot-line;

4.              Mobile home subdivisions;

5.              Mini-warehouses.

6.              Convenience store.

c.              Maximum building height. Maximum building height shall be two stories or 30 feet.

d.              Maximum driveway width. Maximum driveway width within the front and side yard setback is 20 feet.

e.              Maximum building coverage. Maximum allowable building coverage for areas designated SF by the Wells Avenue Neighborhood Plan shall not exceed 20 percent above that of the existing lot or 30 percent, whichever is less.

f.              Garage design.

1.              Garages that protrude towards the street in front of the primary façade of the primary structure shall not be permitted. Garage doors on all front loading (street oriented) garages shall be either (Figure 18.08-34):

Figure 18.08-34: Garage Design - (Left) Garage recessed beneath a second floor bay; (Right) Garage recessed a minimum of ten feet behind the front façade.

i.              Recessed a minimum of ten feet behind the front façade of the dwelling portion of the structure (including side-loading garages) or a front porch that is a minimum of five feet wide by eight feet long, or

ii.              Recessed a minimum of two feet beneath a second floor bay.

2.              Length. Front-loading (street oriented) garage doors shall not comprise more than 40 percent of the total length of the front façade (Figure 18.08-35).

Figure 18.08-35: Garage Length - Front-loading (street-oriented) garage doors shall not comprise more than 40% of the total length of the front facade.

g.              Transitions.

1.              New, multi-story homes and major renovations to existing homes shall incorporate a transition in height and scale (Figure 18.08-36) through two or more of the following techniques:

i.              "Stepping-down" to meet the approximate height of the adjacent structure. Step-downs shall be a minimum of ten feet in depth.

ii.              Utilizing dormers and sloping roofs to accommodate upper stories for major renovations and new construction.

iii.              Utilizing a roof pitch and overhang similar to that of the adjacent structures.

iv.              Installing canopy trees 20 feet on center within the side yard to help break up the appearance of the taller structure. Trees must be installed to the satisfaction of the city's landscape architect.

Figure 18.08-36: SF Transition

(5)              WANP - Mixed-Residential 14 Land Use Designation (MR-14).

a.              Applicability. The following standards shall only apply to parcels designated as MR-14 on the Land Use Framework map contained within the Wells Avenue Neighborhood Plan, with the exception of those designated as Public Facility. Design Standards for the MR-14 area are intended to allow for the accommodation of a range of residential housing types through infill and redevelopment while protecting the traditional, single-family character of the area.

b.              Prohibited uses. The following list of prohibited uses modify the citywide Summary Land Use Tables in Section 18.08.201 and shall apply to all parcels located within the MR-14 area of the Wells Avenue Neighborhood Plan:

1.              Mobile home parks and subdivisions

2.              Mini-warehouses

3.              Convenience store

c.              Maximum building coverage.

1.              Maximum allowable building coverage shall be 45 percent (Figure 18.08-38).

2.              Maximum allowable building coverage may be increased to 65 percent if height is limited to one and one-half stories or 30 feet.

Figure 18.08-37: Three alternative lot configurations that comply with the Maximum Building Coverage of 45%—Lot A illustrates a single-family home and detached garage; Lot B illustrates a multi-family building on a combined lot with a shared rear garage; Lot C illustrates a single-family home with an alley home incorporated in the rear yard.

d.              Maximum building height. Maximum building height shall be two stories or 35 feet.

(6)              WANP - Mixed-Residential 30 Land Use Designation (MR-30).

a.              Applicability. The following standards shall apply to all parcels designated as MR-30 on the Land Use Framework map contained within the Wells Avenue Neighborhood Plan. Design Standards for the MR-30 area are intended to allow for the accommodation of a range of residential housing types through infill and redevelopment while protecting the traditional neighborhood character of the area.

b.              Prohibited uses. The following list of prohibited uses modify the citywide Summary Land Use Tables in Section 18.08.201 and shall apply to all parcels located within the MF-30 area of the Wells Avenue Neighborhood Plan:

1.              Mobile home parks.

2.              Mini-warehouses.

3.              Copy center.

4.              Financial institution.

5.              General personal services.

6.              General retail store or commercial use.

7.              Laundry. Drop off/pickup.

8.              Convenience store.

c.              Maximum building coverage.

1.              Maximum allowable building coverage shall be 50 percent (Figure 18.08-38).

2.              Maximum allowable building coverage may be increased to 70 percent if height is limited to 35 feet and the required minimum side yard setback is increased from ten feet to 12 feet.

Figure 18.08-38: MR-30 Building Coverage - Three alternative lot configurations that comply with the Maximum Building Coverage of 50%—Lot A illustrates a single-family home and attached rear garage; Lot B illustrates a multi-family building on a combined lot with a shared rear garage; Lot C illustrates a single-family home with an alley home incorporated in the rear yard.

d.              Maximum building height. Maximum building height shall be three stories or 45 feet.

(7)              WANP - Wells Avenue Mixed-Use (WA-MU) Land Use Designation.

a.              Applicability. The following standards shall apply to all parcels designated as WA-MU on the Land Use Framework map contained within the Wells Avenue Neighborhood Plan, with the exception of those designated as Public Facility. Design Standards for the WA-MU area are intended to reinforce its distinction as a pedestrian-oriented "main street" that serves the neighborhood and the surrounding community.

b.              Permitted/prohibited uses. The following modifications to the citywide Summary Land Use Tables in Section 18.08.201 shall apply to all parcels located within the WA-MU area of the Wells Avenue Neighborhood Plan:

The following uses shall be prohibited:

1.              Auto repair garage and paint and body shop;

2.              Automobile and truck sales and mobile home, RV, boat and trailer sales or rental;

3.              Building landscape material/lumber yard;

4.              Laboratory;

5.              Indoor gun range;

6.              Commercial stables or riding academy;

7.              Motels;

8              Food processing/wholesale;

9              Mini-warehouse; and

10.              Truck rentals.

The following principal uses shall be permitted by right:

1.              Restaurant with Alcohol Service.

2.              Restaurant without Alcohol Service.

The following principal uses shall be permitted with a Special Use Permit:

1.              Drive-through facility.

2.              Convenience store.

c.              Maximum building height. Maximum building height shall be three stories or 45 feet.

d.              Maximum building footprint. The maximum footprint for a single-use commercial building shall be 30,000 square feet.

e.              Building placement. Buildings shall be "built to" the back of the sidewalk or the supplemental zone (if one is approved) as described in subsection j. "Supplemental Zone."

f.              Building massing and form. New developments that are significantly larger than adjacent existing development in terms of their height and/or mass, as determined by the administrator, shall provide a development transition using an appropriate combination of the following techniques:

1.              Wrapping the ground floor with a building element or integrated architectural feature (e.g., pedestrian arcade) that is the same height as the adjacent structure; or

2.              Graduating building height and mass in the form of building step-backs or other techniques so that new structures have a comparable scale with existing lots (Figure 18.08-39); and

3.              Orienting porches, balconies, and other outdoor gathering areas away from the shared property line to protect the privacy of adjacent residents where applicable.

Figure 18.08-39: Use of graduated height and mass - Establishes a transition between new development and existing development.

g.              Building transparency. General: A minimum percentage of the total area of each ground floor building façade which faces a street, plaza, park, or other public space, shall be comprised of transparent window openings to allow views of interior spaces and merchandise, to enhance the safety of public spaces by providing direct visibility to the street, and to create a more inviting environment for pedestrians. Minimum percentages vary according to use as follows:

1.              Wells Avenue:

  Non-Residential and Mixed Uses: Forty percent minimum

  Residential Uses: Twenty-five percent minimum.

2.              Non-Wells Avenue:

  Non-Residential Uses: Thirty-five percent minimum.

  Residential Uses: Twenty percent minimum.

3.              Measuring transparency: For the purposes of the above standard, all percentages shall be measured using elevation views of the building plan and "ground floor" shall be measured from floor plate to floor plate (Ground floor heights are assumed to be a minimum of ten feet).

4.              Ground floor windows: The following standards shall apply to all ground floor windows:

  Non-residential uses: Glazing on all ground floor windows shall be transparent.

  Residential uses: Glazing on ground floor windows shall be transparent to allow views into common hallways, foyers, or entryways, but may be translucent or opaque when necessary to protect the privacy of ground-floor spaces used for dwelling purposes.

  Black or mirrored glass is prohibited.

h.              Street Tree/Furniture Zone. A continuous street tree/furniture zone a minimum of eight feet in width shall be provided adjacent to the curb (Figure 18.08-40). Street trees shall be provided in accordance with Section 18.12.1204. In addition, the zone is intended for the placement of street furniture, street lights, waste receptacles, fire hydrants, traffic signs, newspaper vending boxes, bus shelters, bicycle racks, public utility equipment, and similar site elements.

Figure 18.08-40: Relationship between street tree/furniture zone, sidewalk, and optional supplemental zone.

i.              Sidewalks. A continuous sidewalk shall be provided adjacent to the Street Tree/Furniture Zone that is a minimum of eight feet in width. The sidewalk shall remain unobstructed by any permanent or nonpermanent element for a minimum width and height of eight feet.

j.              Supplemental Zone (optional). A supplemental zone may be provided at the option of the applicant between the street-facing façade line and the required clear zone. Supplemental zones shall be a maximum of 20 feet in width. The following elements may be located within a supplemental zone:

1.              Accessory outdoor dining, provided that the dining area is separated from the sidewalk by planters, shrubs, or ornamental metal fencing with a maximum height of 42 inches;

2.              Landscaping;

3.              Plazas, urban parks, or other outdoor gathering spaces;

4.              Incidental display and sales; and

5.              Terraces provided they have a maximum finished floor height of 24 inches above the sidewalk grade and shall be surrounded by a guardrail that meets city specifications.

k.              Spillover lighting.

1.              Lighting standard: Lighting from a non-residential or mixed-use property shall not create greater than 0.50 foot candle of spillover light at an adjacent residentially zoned property line.

2.              Redirecting/screening of light sources: All sources of light, including security lighting, illuminated signs, vehicular headlights and other sources shall be directed away from adjacent residentially-zoned properties or screened so that the light level stated in standard i. (above) is not exceeded.

3.              Height of light sources: Light fixtures and standards shall not exceed 20 feet in height.

l.              Pedestrian amenities.

1.              Pedestrian amenities required: A minimum of 25 percent of the required landscaped area of the site shall be devoted to pedestrian amenities that are visible and accessible from Wells Avenue.

2.              Approved pedestrian amenities: Pedestrian amenities used to satisfy the above standards shall include three or more of the following:

  Benches or seating areas;

  Raised landscape planters;

  Decorative trash receptacles;

  Historic markers as provided in accordance with a property's acceptance on a local, State, or National historic register;

  Outdoor dining area;

  Shade structures;

  Public art (e.g., sculptures, murals, water elements, carvings, frescos, mosaics, and mobiles);

  Decorative transit shelters as approved by RTC and the city; or

  Similar features to the satisfaction of the zoning administrator.

3.              Location of pedestrian amenities: Pedestrian amenities shall be located in the supplemental zone (if one is provided) or within the Street Tree/Furniture Zone, as appropriate.

m.              Signage.

1.              Materials.

  Signs shall be constructed of durable materials that are compatible with the building that they serve. The use of cardboard, fabric, scrap wood, and other non-durable materials is prohibited.

Figure 18.08-41: Range of preferred signage types.

2.              Prohibited signs: The following signs shall be prohibited:

  Temporary hand-painted or hand-written signs; and

  Reader board, electronic reader board and video display signs.

3.              Preferred signage types (Figure 18.08-41).

  All sign design shall be complimentary to the style of the building on which it is placed and be an integral part of the building façade and shall be oriented to pedestrians with legible and easy to read messages.

  The creative use of symbols or other images indicative of the use contained within the building in the design of signs is strongly encouraged.

  The use of permanent window signs or hanging signs is encouraged to reinforce the pedestrian-oriented scale of the Wells Avenue Corridor. Window signs shall not exceed ten percent of the window area. Hanging signs shall not exceed 24 inches in height and three feet in length. All signs projecting from the building shall not exceed six square feet and shall be located between eight and 12 feet in height.

4.              Number of signage types.

  No more than two distinct signage types (e.g., window sign and a hanging sign) shall be permitted per single tenant building.

n.              Parking.

1.              Shared parking is recommended for commercial, residential and mixed use development to maximize available parking. Shared parking may be considered and granted by the administrator based on submittal of a parking study justifying alternative parking rates.

2.              A convenient and safe pedestrian access shall be provided from parking/transit areas to the building entrances.

3.              All bicycle parking spaces, as required by this Code, shall be located adjacent to the building or inside the building.

(8)              WANP - Mixed-Residential (MUR) Land Use Designation.

a.              Applicability. The following standards shall only apply to parcels designated as MUR on the Land Use Framework map contained within the Wells Avenue Neighborhood Plan, with the exception of those designated as Public Facility. The character of the MUR is currently defined by a mix of retail shops, offices, and single-family homes. Single-family homes have been converted to non-residential uses over time, contributing to the quaint, residential character of this area. Design standards are intended to reinforce the distinction between the MUR area and the more commercial character of the WA-MU area.

b.              Prohibited uses. The following uses are prohibited within the MUR area:

1.              Auto repair garage/paint and body shop;

2.              Automobile, truck, mobile home, RV, boat, and trailer sales and/or rental;

3.              Building landscape material/lumber yard;

4.              Laboratory;

5.              Drive-through facility;

6.              Indoor gun range;

7.              Commercial stables or riding academy;

8.              Tennis courts;

9.              Motels;

10.              Food processing/wholesale; and

11.              Mini-warehouse.

d.              Maximum building coverage.

1.              Maximum allowable building coverage shall be 40 percent (Figure 18.08-42).

2.              Maximum building coverage may be increased to 60 percent if height is limited to 35 feet.

Figure 18.08-42: Three alternative lot configurations that comply with the Maximum Building Coverage of 40%—Lot A illustrates a single-family home with a detached rear garage; Lot B illustrates a multi-family/office/retail building on a combined lot with a shared rear garage; Lot C illustrates a single-family home or office/retail business with an alley home incorporated in the rear yard.

Figure 18.08-43: Preferred signage types along Vasar.

Building Height:

Maximum building height shall be three stories or 45 feet.

e.              Signs.

1.              General.

  Signs shall be designed to reflect the residential scale and appearance of the Mixed-Use Residential area (Figure 18.08-43).

  The creative use of symbols or other images indicative of the use contained within the building in the design of signs is strongly encouraged.

2.              Materials.

  Signs shall be constructed of durable materials that are compatible with the building that they serve. The use of cardboard, fabric, scrap wood, and other non-durable materials is prohibited.

3.              Prohibited signs. The following signs shall be prohibited:

  Temporary hand-painted or hand-written signs;

  Reader board, electronic reader board and video display signs; and

  Internally lit cabinet signs (individual letters and symbols on a sign may be internally lit.)

4.              Maximum height.

  The maximum freestanding sign height shall be six feet.

(g)              Reserved.

(h)              CCAN Country Club Acres Neighborhood Planning Area Overlay District.

(1)              Applicability: This zoning district's standards shall apply to properties located within the Country Club Acres Neighborhood Plan.

(2)              CCAN/RD Country Club Acres Neighborhood Plan/Residential District.

a.              Land uses.

1.              The following land uses shall be prohibited:

i.              Accessory Dwelling Units;

ii.              Mini-Warehouse;

iii.              Mobile Home Subdivisions;

iv.              Multi-Family;

v.              Single Family, attached Condominium/Townhouse; and

vi.              Single Family, Zero Lot Line.

b.              Setback requirements. In addition to those setback requirements contained in the Reno Municipal Code Title 18, the following shall prevail:

1.              Maximum building coverage is 40 percent, which includes the primary residential structure and all detached structures.

(i)              Mortensen-Garson Overlay District.

(1)              Applicability. The MGOD encompasses the plan areas as defined in the Western Gateway Regional Center Plan and the Mortensen-Garson Neighborhood Plan on approximately 2,723.9 acres as illustrated in Table 18.08-46 and Figure 18.08-44.

TABLE 18.08-46 PARCEL DATA

APN's

Total
Acreage

 

APN's

Total
Acreage

038-090-34

±563.29 ac

 

038-190-14

±491.69 ac

038-090-61

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

038-200-05

 

038-100-12

 

 

038-200-11

 

038-100-19

 

 

 

 

038-100-26

 

 

038-260-15

 

038-100-27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

038-120-03

 

 

 

 

038-120-08

 

 

038-010-05

±999.78 ac

038-120-10

 

 

 

 

038-120-12

 

 

038-100-10

 

038-120-13

 

 

038-100-11

 

038-120-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

038-830-02

 

038-132-25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

038-430-02

 

 

 

 

038-430-03

 

 

 

 

038-430-04

 

 

038-030-10

±669.23 ac

038-430-20

 

 

 

 

038-430-21

 

 

038-120-04

 

038-430-22

 

 

 

 

038-430-24

 

 

038-190-37

 

038-430-28

 

 

 

 

 

FIGURE 18.08-44: VICINITY MAP

(2)              Uses. Uses permitted within each zoning district shall be those identified in Reno Municipal Code with the exception of the following uses which shall be prohibited:

a.              Auto repair garage, paint and body shop (does not include quick lube or vehicle maintenance associated with service station);

b.              Single room occupancy;

c.              Adult business;

d.              Towing and impound yard;

e.              Blood plasma donor center

f.              Outdoor manufacturing, processing, assembly or fabrication;

g.              Outdoor storage;

h.              Salvage or reclamation products (indoors);

i.              Tattoo parlor, body painting and similar uses;

j.              Laundry, self service;

k.              Theaters (in AC and IC only - allowed in HC);

l.              Crematoriums; or

m.              Billboards

(3)              Land Use Plan. Zoning for the plan area was developed in the Mortensen-Garson Development Standards Handbook and adopted into Reno Municipal Code as base zoning established on parameters outlined in Tables 18.08.47 and 18.08.48. Adjustments to the total numbers and types of development allocated to each planning area may only be made as allowed in Section 18.08.406(h)(15) entitled "Administration/Amendments."

TABLE 18.08.47 DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL BY LAND USE DESIGNATION

Designation

Abbreviation

Acreage

Large Lot Residential

LLR1

±31

Single-family Residential (15,000 sq. ft.)

SF15

±26

Single-family Residential (9,000 sq. ft.)

SF9

±473 476.3

Single-family Residential (6,000 sq. ft.)

SF6

±523

Multifamily (14 units per acre)

MF14

±13

Industrial Commercial

IC

±152 136.1

Public Facility

PF

±14

Hotel Casino

HC

±78 56.6

Arterial Commercial

AC

±51 85

Neighborhood Commercial

NC

±15

Open Space

OS

±1,344

 

 

 

 

TABLE 18.08.48 RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL BY PLANNING AREA

Planning Area

Residential Land Use Designation

Dwelling Units

Planning Area 1

Single-family (SF6)

676 units

Planning Area 2

Single-family (LLR1)

13 units

 

Single-family (SF6)

270 units

 

Multifamily (MF14)

242 units

Planning Area 3

Single-family (LLR1)

14 units

 

Single-family (SF15)

76 units

 

Single-family (SF9)

943 units

 

Single-family (SF6)

594 units

 

Multifamily (MF14)

172 units

 

(4)              Traffic studies. Each development application will include a traffic analysis identifying the roadway improvements necessitated by that particular development. This will assure that improvements are planned to coincide with the need to maintain level of service C, with the exception of freeways and freeway ramps.

a.              Trip reduction. In order to facilitate trip reduction, a park and ride facility will be provided when determined feasible by the City of Reno and Regional Transportation Commission (RTC). Such a facility will be placed at the southern end of the employment center located south of I-80. RTC has indicated that 50 parking spaces will be adequate for this facility. An area of approximately 6,000 square feet should accommodate this facility.

A temporary parking area will be provided prior to construction of the fire station at this location. With construction of the fire station, a permanent parking area will be provided if warranted.

b.              Connection to Somersett. Access from Planning Area 1 to the east (i.e. Somersett) shall be limited to emergency access only. In no way shall this preclude pedestrian or bicycle access.

c.              Traffic studies for individual projects shall evaluate the cumulative impacts of development.

d.              Traffic studies for Planning Area 1 will include an assessment of impacts to the on-ramp for the Highway 40/I-80 interchange.

(5)              Hillside Development.

a.              Purpose. The purpose of this subsection is to regulate hillsides in a manner different from regulation of flat terrain. This subsection establishes provisions for developing, preserving and protecting hillsides and ridgelines with the intent of protecting the public health, safety and welfare by:

1.              Minimizing use of slopes subject to instability, erosion, landslide, flood hazards or drainage problems;

2.              Minimizing the careless alteration of and disruption to the natural topography and landscape;

3.              Providing safe and adequate vehicular and pedestrian access to and within hillside areas, including emergency access;

4.              Establishing stormwater runoff and erosion control techniques to minimize adverse water quality impacts resulting from non-point runoff;

5.              Encouraging innovative grading techniques and building design which respond to the hillside terrain and natural contours of the land;

6.              Minimizing impacts on existing trees and vegetation which reduce erosion, stabilize steep hillsides, enhance visual quality, protect water quality and preserve critical water-shed recharge areas;

7.              Encouraging the transfer of density to avoid hazardous areas and to protect environmentally sensitive and open space areas; and

8.              Minimizing impacts on prominent ridgelines, significant viewsheds, canyons and visually prominent rock outcroppings which reflect the visual value and scenic character of hillside areas.

b.              Applicability. The provisions set forth in this subsection shall apply as follows:

1.              Hillside and Ridgeline Development. This article applies to all new development that requires tentative maps or special use permits by the City of Reno and containing slopes in excess of 15 percent or greater on 20 percent or more of the site.

c.              Application requirements and procedures. In place of the application requirements found in the Hillside Development article of Reno Development Code, the following submittals shall be required for all hillside development:

1.              Site analysis. A site analysis, prepared by a qualified engineer, planner, landscape architect or architect shall be submitted. This analysis shall provide the basis for assessing the opportunities and constraints of the site for development and shall be in the form of a design standards handbook incorporating both textual and graphical representations of the requested action. At a minimum, a site analysis shall indicate:

i.              Major topographic conditions including ridgelines, ravines canyons and knolls;

ii.              Preliminary geological conditions including major rock outcroppings, slide areas and areas underlain with faults that have been active during the Holocene epoch of geological time;

iii.              Preliminary soil conditions including soil type, expansiveness, slumping, erodibility and permeability;

iv.              Significant surface hydrological conditions including natural drainage courses, perennial streams, floodplains, wetlands and ponding area;

v.              The location and types of significant vegetation including known rare and endangered plant species and general plant communities;

vi.              Habitat areas for rare or endangered animal species;

vii.              Preliminary viewshed analysis including cross sections of views to and from the development site from all major roadways within one mile of the project site, and from major focal points on the project site;

viii.              How the development responds to the unique conditions of the hillside and;

ix.              A slope analysis, submitted on a topographic map with contour intervals of at least five feet for planning purposes. This analysis shall indicate the location and amount of land included within the following slope categories, tabulated in acres;

0—15 percent

15—20 percent

20—25 percent;

25—30 percent; and

Greater than 30 percent.

2.              Developable area map. A developable area map, prepared pursuant to the following subsection entitled "Determination of Developable Area."

3.              Constraint and mitigation analysis. A detailed analysis of how the identified constraints will be mitigated and incorporated into the project's design.

4.              Detailed contour analysis. A topographic map with more or less detailed contour intervals may be required by the zoning administrator for design purposes.

d.              Determination of developable area. To determine the location and amount of land suitable to support development, a developable area analysis is required on a hillside property.

1.              Purpose. The purpose of identifying the developable area of a hillside is to designate those areas suited for development and construction as evidenced by soils, geotechnical, biological and hydrological investigations and studies. A developable area analysis is required to ensure that the proposed project complies with the intent, standards and requirements of the MGOD.

2.              Developable area map. The developable area analysis shall be in the form of a developable area map; shall be drawn at a scale appropriate to the project; shall identify the location and amount of total land area suitable for development pursuant to the standards outlined in "Determination of Developable Area" (below); and shall be prepared by a qualified engineer, planner, landscape architect or architect.

3.              Determination of developable area. Areas considered less suitable for development include:

i.              Slopes greater than 30 percent, based on a slope analysis;

ii.              Areas of landslides or landslide potential;

iii.              Areas underlain with faults that have been active during the Holocene epoch of geological time;

iv.              Habitat area of known rare or endangered plant or animal species; and

v.              Significant streams, ravines and drainageways.

4.              Exceptions. Development shall be permitted within areas of a hillside property considered less suitable for development by the zoning administrator due to extenuating circumstances, provided the applicant can demonstrate that:

i.              The purpose of this article will not be compromised;

ii.              Unstable slopes proposed for development will be sufficiently stabilized;

iii.              Areas of landslide or landslide potential proposed for development will be stabilized;

iv.              Earthquake resistant structures will be constructed on development sites proposed on potential earthquake areas;

v.              Areas of rare and endangered animal or plant habitat proposed for development will be relocated and mitigation measures adhered to; and

vi.              Significant ridgelines, rock outcroppings, canyon and landforms will be protected to the greatest extent possible.

e.              Protected open space areas. Any portion of a hillside development which has been deemed unsuitable for development pursuant to this subsection shall be designated as permanent open space and shall be subject to the following provisions:

1.              Permitted uses. Uses permitted within the permanent open space areas shall be those that are directly related to the open space function of the land, are necessary to provide community services, or are necessary for the health, safety or welfare of the public. The following uses and facilities shall be permitted in the permanent open space area:

i.              Paved and unpaved pedestrian, equestrian and bicycle paths and trails;

ii.              Outdoor recreational uses and facilities such as skiing, fishing, boating, swimming, horseback riding, nature observation, community parks and picnic areas;

iii.              Roads, bridges and culverts for vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists or equestrians used to provide access to permitted open space uses or to developable areas;

iv.              Installations, maintenance and operation of typical utilities; and

v.              Dams, swales, detention ponds and impoundments areas, wetlands and wetlands mitigation sites, and other structures necessary to prevent flooding and erosion and to protect water quality.

2.              Land restriction. A deed restriction, easement, offer of dedication, or other conveyance describing limitations placed on the permanent open space areas of the property shall be recorded concurrent with the issuance of a development permit. The restriction shall include provisions for the management and maintenance of the property. Where appropriate, open space shall be dedicated to a public agency.

f.              Site development standards. This subsection sets forth development standards to address the physical and technical conditions unique to hillside and ridgeline property within the MGOD. In case of conflict between the provisions of this subsection and those of any other portion of Reno Municipal Code, the provisions of this subsection shall prevail unless otherwise determined by the director of community development, city engineer, or designated staff from the appropriate fire protection agency.

1.              Building location. The following standards are intended to encourage compatibility between development and the existing hillside and vegetation character:

i.              Structures should be located on the natural slope of the land rather than on man-made pads and terraces;

ii.              Structures should be located in such a manner so as to retain or enhance views, particularly views from public places as identified in the required viewshed analysis and individual residential dwelling units;

iii.              Development clusters shall be permitted, where appropriate, to preserve natural features, reduce grading and impervious surface area, increase usable open space areas, and preserve views of the hillsides;

iv.              The character and profile of the hillside should be preserved by using existing disturbed areas for building envelopes rather than undisturbed areas; and

v.              For projects with multiple buildings, structures should be sited in staggered arrangements and height variation to minimize a "walled" effect.

2.              Building design. The following standards are intended to encourage building design that is compatible to the character of hillsides and ridgelines and minimize alteration of the natural landforms:

i.              Split-pad and stepped foundations will be used where appropriate;

ii.              The use of decks and small patios shall be encouraged to reduce the amount of grading;

iii.              Structures shall be designed to blend into the natural character of the hillside by reducing the visual bulk through landscaping, terraced building forms and height variations; and

iv.              A series of smaller, visually distinct roofs, specifically pitched, gabled and hipped roofs, shall be encouraged to reflect the visual diversity of the natural hillsides.

3.              Building height. Buildings shall not exceed the maximum allowable height standards established for the zoning district in which the structure is located.

4.              Yards. The following standards are intended to ensure sloped yards are adequately maintained by the dwelling unit physically and visually accessing them:

i.              Cut or fill slopes should be designed such that they are visible from the residence on the property in which they are located. This will encourage property owners to stabilize, maintain and treat slopes to prevent erosion.

ii.              Slopes adjacent to a roadway should be designed and maintained in a uniform manner.

iii.              To promote creative site planning design, residential yard requirements and building placement standards may be reduced by the zoning administrator with a tentative map or special use permit provided the applicant can demonstrate that the reduction:

  Does not diminish solar access to the primary living space or yard area of an adjoining residence;

  Does not block views from adjoining lots and streets beyond that which would have occurred without the reduced yard allowance; and

  Is consistent with the natural hillside character.

5.              Parking and sidewalks. The following standards are intended to ensure safe and adequate access to residential hillside development areas and to minimize the width of hillside roadways where feasible and as appropriate:

i.              On lots fronting a street with on-street parking prohibited on both sides of the street, one additional off-street parking space shall be provided per unit;

ii.              The width of a driveway at curb cut shall not exceed 24 feet, and the distance between two or more curb cuts on the same property shall be at least 20 feet;

iii.              To reduce the number of curb cuts, amount of grading impervious surface area, and site disturbance, use of common driveways shall be encouraged by the zoning administrator, provided that a common easement maintenance agreement is secured; and

iv.              Tandem parking may be permitted by the zoning administrator provided that the applicant can demonstrate that such configuration will reduce the amount of grading.

6.              Lot configuration. The following standards are intended to ensure platting of new lots which reflect the natural character of hillside properties:

i.              Stable and sufficiently usable areas of land for development shall be provided for each lot;

ii.              Building envelopes, disturbed areas and areas to remain undisturbed for each created lot shall be shown on the tentative and final maps;

iii.              Reasonably safe and adequate access from public streets without requiring massive grading or substantial vegetation removal shall be required for each created lot; and

iv.              Lot patterns which offer a variety of configurations shall be encouraged.

7.              Fences and walls. The following standards are intended to minimize the visual effect of excessive fencing and retaining walls in hillside and ridgeline development:

i.              Multiple retaining walls shall be separated horizontally by a distance equal to at least the height of the lower retaining wall and include appropriate landscaping between walls (see also the Community Design subsection standards below), and;

ii.              A series of smaller retaining walls shall be encouraged rather than one large, uninterrupted wall.

8.              Significant natural features. Significant natural features shall be protected and preserved where appropriate and feasible including, but not limited to, ridgelines, canyons, ravines, streams and creeks, natural drainages and rock outcroppings.

9.              Open space and recreational trails. Open space areas and recreational trails provided as part of a hillside development shall be consistent with Figure 18.08-48.

g.              Grading and drainage standards. This section sets forth development standards for grading of hillside and ridgeline properties.

1.              Grading. These grading standards are applicable to hillside and ridgeline development only if a special use permit for grading is required pursuant to Reno Municipal Code. The following standards are intended to preserve natural topographic features, foster resource preservation and minimize degradation of the visual character of hillsides:

i.              Grading shall relate to the natural topography with the natural topography maintained to the greatest extent possible. Mass grading in areas of 30 percent or greater slope shall be avoided unless associated with necessary access, utilities or is in an isolated area not a part of a larger hillside, or significant ridgeline;

ii.              Where alteration to the natural topography is necessary, graded slopes shall be contoured to provide a smooth and gradual transition of grading and natural slopes, while maintaining the basic character of the terrain;

iii.              Standard pad grading or terracing which results in grading outside the building footprint and access area shall be discouraged;

iv.              Grading of knolls, ridgelines or toes of slopes shall be rounded to conform with the natural grades and to provide a smooth transition to the natural slope;

v.              Grading shall create varying gradients in order to avoid a "manufactured" appearance;

vi.              Grading in environmentally sensitive habitat areas shall occur only when necessary to protect, maintain, enhance or restore the habitat; and

vii.              A slope stability and scarring mitigation plan, certificated by the project engineer, shall be reviewed and approved by the zoning administrator prior to initiation of grading.

2.              Drainage and erosion control. All hillside development shall satisfy current Reno Municipal Code for drainage and erosion control.

h.              Vegetation preservation and restoration standards. This section sets forth development standards to ensure maximum preservation and restoration of existing trees and vegetation on hillsides and ridgelines, reduce damage from sediment and runoff, improve wildlife habitat, and retain the desirable qualities of hillsides.

1.              Existing native trees and vegetation. Existing native trees and vegetation shall be retained and integrated into the site development plan to the maximum extent feasible so as to maintain the natural surface drainage system, protect and preserve ecological communities, and enhance the natural scenic and visual quality.

2.              Disturbed areas. Where existing trees or plants have been removed from hillside or ridgeline properties, the following standards shall apply;

i.              Existing vegetation shall not be destroyed, removed or disturbed more than 15 days before grading is scheduled to begin; and

ii.              All graded or disturbed area, exposed slopes and areas of soil or land form disturbance not designated for development shall be revegetated and replanted immediately after grading in order to mitigate adverse visual impacts, improve soil conditions, minimize erosion and stabilize necessary cut and fill slopes with plant roots.

i.              Street standards. This subsection sets forth development standards to ensure streets and roadways are adequate for serving the unique conditions of hillside areas.

1.              Applicability. Street standards for hillside and ridgeline properties shall be subject to the provisions of Reno Municipal Code, and be in accordance with a detailed geotechnical engineering investigation that provides recommendations for the following:

i.              Design of cut and fill slopes;

ii.              Design of roadway drainage systems;

iii.              Protection of slopes from erosion;

iv.              Pavement and structural design; and

v.              Construction procedures and methods to be used during site grading and roadway construction.

2.              Standards waiver. The street standards in Reno Municipal Code, Street Design Standards, may be modified for hillside development if the geotechnical investigation indicates that other roadway cross sections are more suitable for the proposed development. Any modifications to the standards must be designed in accordance with Reno Municipal Codes and to the satisfaction of the zoning administrator, city engineer and staff from the appropriate fire protection agency.

j.              Fire safety standards. This section sets forth development standards to minimize the potential of fire spread and ensure fire safety to hillside areas through the provision of adequate water supply and sources, fuel breaks and fire-resistant landscaping.

1.              Water provisions. The applicant shall demonstrate that adequate fire line water supply, flow and pressure are available and consistent with standards established by the appropriate fire protection agency, and that all applicable fire hydrant requirements have been fulfilled.

2.              Building materials. Fire retardant roofing and decking shall be required.

3.              Fuel breaks. Fuel breaks shall be provided to reduce the risk of spread of wildfire and the opportunity of ignition, and to assure emergency access to the hillside development. The fuel breaks shall be established around all buildings and community facilities, and at appropriate intervals and locations within a hillside development in order to provide safer access for fire fighting and to reduce the rate of fire spread, as follows:

i.              The perimeter of all buildings shall be cleared of underbrush and excess vegetation;

ii.              Lot size and building placement shall allow adequate clearance of hazardous flammable vegetation; and

iii.              Fuel breaks shall allow safe access for fire-fighting personnel and equipment.

4.              Fire-resistant planting. In high-risk fire areas, the following standards shall apply:

i.              Existing fire-resistant and fire-retardant plants shall be retained where feasible;

ii.              The use of fire-resistant and fire-retardant plants shall be encouraged, and the use of highly flammable plants shall be prohibited;

iii.              New trees shall be planted at least 15 feet from existing and proposed structures. Where this setback is infeasible due to yard requirements or other physical constraints, the use of fire-resistant trees shall be required;

iv.              Trees shall be pruned such that no dead branches or foliage extend lower than six feet above finished grade within ten feet of a chimney; and

v.              Yard areas shall be regularly maintained to remove excessive dry wood, debris, weeds and other highly flammable materials.

(6)              Significant hydrologic resources.

a.              Purpose. The purpose of this subsection, Significant Hydrologic Resources, is to regulate development activity within and adjacent to perennial streams to ensure that these resources are protected and enhanced. This subsection establishes standards for use of land in "critical stream zone buffer areas" and "sensitive stream zone buffer areas" preserving and protecting perennial streams to implement a policy of "no net loss" of significant hydrological resource size, function and value. The purpose of requiring perennial stream buffer areas is to recognize that many uses directly adjacent to a hydrologic resource may compromise the integrity of the resource through various negative features endemic to the specific use. Negative activities in the buffer areas may impact the quality or quantity of the existing hydrology, soil characteristics, vegetation communities or topography thereby jeopardizing the resource's functions. The intent of these regulations is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by:

1.              Preserving, protecting and restoring the natural functions of existing perennial streams in Washoe County;

2.              Reducing the need for the expenditure of public funds to remedy or avoid flood hazards, erosion, or other situations caused by inappropriate alterations of streams;

3.              Ensuring the natural flood control functions of perennial streams including, but not limited to, stormwater retention and slow-release detention capabilities are maintained;

4.              Ensuring stormwater runoff and erosion control techniques are utilized to stabilize existing stream banks, reduce downstream sediment loading, and ensure the safety of people and property;

5.              Ensuring the natural water quality functions of perennial streams including, but not limited to, pollution filtering, groundwater recharge, nutrient storage, nutrient recycling capabilities, and sediment filtering capabilities are not impacted by existing and proposed developments;

6.              Encouraging common open space to avail hazardous or environmentally sensitive areas, protect important habitat and open space areas, and minimize impacts on groundwater recharge areas;

7.              Establishing buffer areas around all significant hydrological resource areas to ensure the resource is not jeopardized or degraded by adjacent offsite development activity;

8.              Ensuring a no net loss of value, acreage and function of each different significant hydrological resources is adhered to; and

9.              Identifying, establishing and managing perennial streams as mitigation sites for destroyed or degraded hydrological resources.

b.              Applicability. The provisions set forth in this subsection shall apply as follows:

1.              Area of applicability: The provisions of this subsection shall apply to the properties identified on Figure 18.08-45, Significant Hydrologic Resources. All new development that requires permitting or review by the city shall be reviewed for compliance with the significant hydrologic resource standards contained herein.

FIGURE 18.08-45 SIGNIFICANT HYDROLOGIC RESOURCES
 

2.              Relationship to other restrictions. The requirements established in this subsection are not intended to repeal, abrogate, supersede or impair any existing federal, state or local law, easement, covenant or deed restriction. However, if this article imposes greater or more stringent restrictions, the provisions of this article shall prevail. Specifically, if an applicant also acquires authorization under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the applicant shall meet any greater or more stringent restriction set forth in this article in addition to and independent of the restrictions of such permit.

3.              Application of this article to the Truckee River. The provisions of this article do not apply for development along the Truckee River.

4.              Impact on land use designations. The provisions of this subsection shall neither be used as justification for changing a land use designation nor be used to reduce the development density or intensity otherwise allowed by the land use designation of the property, subject to the provisions and limitations of the section.

c.              Perennial streams buffer areas. Perennial stream buffer areas are established to provide adequate setbacks and land use controls to ensure water quality functions of each perennial stream are not jeopardized through development activity. To limit significant impacts adjacent to hydrological resources, two buffer areas are hereby established - the "critical stream zone buffer area" and the "sensitive stream zone buffer area". All proposals to develop uses within the critical stream zone buffer area and/or the sensitive stream zone buffer area shall submit a site plan with precise dimensions depicting the boundary line for the buffer areas.

1.              Critical stream zone buffer area. The critical stream zone buffer area shall be all land and water surface within 30 feet from the centerline of the perennial stream. The centerline of the stream shall be determined by either survey from a licensed surveyor or by determination of the thalweg (i.e. the line connecting points of maximum water depth) from a topographic survey, or appropriate USGS 7.5 minute topographic map covering the site.

2.              Sensitive stream zone buffer area. The sensitive stream zone buffer area shall be all land and water surface between the critical stream zone buffer area boundary of 30 and 150 feet from centerline or thalweg of the perennial stream.

d.              Critical stream zone buffer area development standards. All development in the critical stream zone buffer area shall be subject to the following standards:

1.              Allowed uses. Uses allowed within the critical stream zone buffer area are limited to those uses necessary for providing community services such as managing and conserving natural resources, and providing recreational and educational opportunities, including:

i.              Weed control consistent with state and local laws.

ii.              Mosquito abatement consistent with state and local laws.

iii.              Conservation or preservation of soil, water, vegetation, fish and other wildlife habitats.

iv.              Outdoor recreation activities such as fishing, bird watching, hiking and swimming.

v.              Education and scientific research including, but not limited to, water quality monitoring and stream flow gauging.

vi.              Maintenance of an existing public or private road, driveway, structure or facility, including drainage facilities, water conveyance structures, dams, fences, trails, and any public or private utility facility used to provide transportation, electric, gas, water, telephone, telecommunication, or other including individual service connections. Written notice shall be provided to the zoning administrator at least 15 days prior to the commencement of work, and all impacts to the critical stream zone buffer area are minimized and disturbed areas are immediately restored to their natural state.

vii.              Landscape improvements and maintenance of native vegetation is allowed within an established critical stream zone buffer area including the pruning of trees and the removal of dead vegetation and debris. Ornamental landscaping that would require fertilizer of pesticide applications for growth and maintenance is not permitted within the critical stream buffer zone area.

viii.              Landscaping area requirements in accordance with Reno Municipal Code may be satisfied by using the natural, undisturbed or restored critical stream zone buffer area to county towards the required area to be landscaped for new residential, civic, commercial, industrial or agricultural use types. Parking and loading areas on the developed portion of the site shall continue to require landscaping.

ix.              Continuation of existing agricultural operations such as the cultivation and harvesting of hay or pasturing of livestock, or change of agricultural practices such as the relocation of an existing pasture fence, which has no greater impact on perennial stream water quality.

x.              Perimeter fencing on a property boundary with a valid building permit pursuant to approval by the zoning administrator to ensure that obstruction to stream flows has been avoided.

2.              Permitted uses requiring a planning commission approved special use permit. Subject to the regulatory zone in effect for the property establishing the uses, the following use types may be permitted in the critical stream zone buffer area pursuant to a special use permit being issued by the City of Reno according to the provisions of the Reno Municipal Code, Special Use Permits, and this subsection. Any construction in the critical stream buffer zone area will require submission of a grading plan showing compliance with applicable best management practices as defined by the City of Reno to minimize stream bank and stream bed erosion. The grading plan shall also be designed to prevent construction drainage and materials from increasing sedimentation impacts to the stream environment and to minimize impervious surfaces.

i.              Construction or enlargement of any public or private roads, driveway, structure or facility including drainage facilities, water conveyance structures, dams, trails and any public or private utility facility used to provide transportation, electric, gas, water, telephone, telecommunication or other services.

ii.              Civic Use Types. Civic uses such as a nature center, active recreation, passive recreation and safety services use types may be permitted in the critical stream zone buffer area.

3.              Prohibited uses. Due to the incompatible nature of certain uses (i.e. ground disturbance, untreated water discharge, hazardous materials, chemical contamination, scale of use, traffic, etc.) and the potential negative impacts on the perennial stream and adjoining critical stream zone buffer area, all new construction and development uses not listed in either the allowed or permitted portions of this subsection shall not be established in the critical stream zone buffer area.

i.              Residential, civic, commercial, industrial and agricultural use types. All new residential, civic, commercial, industrial, and agricultural use types not listed as allowed or permitted uses are prohibited in the critical stream zone buffer area. Specifically prohibited industrial uses include:

  Aggregate facilities—Permanent.

  Aggregate facilities—Temporary.

  Energy production.

  General industrial—Heavy.

  Inoperable vehicle storage.

  Mining operations.

  Salvage yards.

  Wholesaling, storage and distribution—Heavy.

ii.              Parking and ornamental landscaping. All new parking and ornamental landscaping areas to fulfill the minimum requirements for new residential, civic, commercial, industrial or agricultural use types shall be prohibited in the critical stream zone buffer area.

iii.              Fences. In order to prevent livestock from destroying the stream bank slope, all new perpendicular-oriented fences shall be prohibited in the critical stream zone buffer area. Fencing that is parallel to the stream and is designed to keep livestock from access to the water and stream bank may be permitted after review and approval by the zoning administrator.

e.              Sensitive stream zone buffer area development standards. All development in the sensitive stream zone area shall be subject to the following standards:

1.              Allowed uses. All allowed uses within the critical stream zone buffer area are also allowed in the sensitive stream zone buffer area. Additional allowed uses in the sensitive stream zone buffer area include:

i.              Single-family, detached residential uses with the approval of a tentative map. All related accessory uses associated with the single-family residence requiring a building permit. Attached or detached accessory dwelling may also be erected within the sensitive stream zone buffer area with the approval of a tentative map. New building structures such as storage sheds and gazebos that, due to their minimum floor area, do not require a building permit may also be erected within the sensitive stream buffer area.

ii.              Landscaping area requirements in accordance with Reno Municipal Code, including ornamental landscape planting, may be satisfied by using the sensitive stream zone buffer area to count towards the required area to be landscaped for new residential, civic, commercial, industrial or agricultural use types. Parking and loading areas on the developed portion of the site shall continue to require landscaping.

iii.              New fencing, constructed in accordance with Reno Municipal Code.

2.              Permitted uses requiring a planning commission approved special use permit. Subject to the regulatory zone in effect for the property establishing the uses, all new use types may be permitted in the sensitive stream zone buffer area pursuant to a special use permit being issued by the City of Reno. The special use permit requirement is also applicable to construction or enlargement of any public or private roads, driveway, structure or facility including drainage facilities, water conveyance structures, dams, trails, and any public or private utility facility used to provide transportation, electric, gas, water, telephone, telecommunication or other services. New residential, commercial and industrial subdivisions processed with a tentative subdivision map, shall not require the concurrent processing of a special use permit, as long as the "Special Review Considerations" of this subsection (below) are addressed in the tentative subdivision map review. Any construction in the sensitive stream zone buffer area will require submission of a grading plan showing compliance with applicable best management practices as defined by the City of Reno to minimize stream bank and streambed erosion. The grading plan shall also be designed to prevent construction drainage and materials from increasing sedimentation impacts to the stream environment and to minimize impervious surfaces.

3.              Prohibited uses. Due to the incompatible nature of certain uses (i.e. ground disturbance, untreated water discharge, hazardous materials, chemical contamination, scale of use, traffic, etc.) and the potential negative impacts on the perennial stream and adjoining sensitive stream zone buffer area, the following uses shall not be established in the sensitive stream zone buffer area;

i.              Aggregate facilities—Permanent.

ii.              Aggregate facilities—Temporary.

iii.              Energy production.

iv.              General industrial—Heavy.

v.              Inoperable vehicle storage.

vi.              Mining operations.

vii.              Salvage yards.

viii.              Wholesaling, storage and distribution—Heavy.

f.              Special review considerations. In addition to the findings required by Reno Municipal Code, Special Use Permits, prior to approving an application for development in the critical stream zone buffer area or the sensitive stream zone buffer area, the record at the planning commission shall demonstrate that the following special review considerations are addressed:

1.              Conservation of topsoil;

2.              Protection of surface water quality;

3.              Conservation of natural vegetation, wildlife habitats and fisheries;

4.              Control or erosion;

5.              Control of drainage and sedimentation;

6.              Provision for restoration of the project site to predevelopment conditions;

7.              Provision of a bonding program to secure performance of requirements imposed; and

8.              Preservation of the hydrologic resources, character of the area and other conditions as necessary;

g.              Modification of standards. Modification of standards, including interpretation of the applicability of the standards in this subsection, shall be set forth as follows:

1.              Appeals for errors. The city council shall hear and decide appeals when it is alleged there is an error in any requirement, decision or determination. Appeals shall be processed under the provision of Reno Municipal Code, Appeals.

2.              Special exceptions. The city council shall hear and decide requests for special exceptions from the requirements of this subsection. In passing upon such applications, the city council shall consider all technical evaluations and all relevant requirements, factors and standards specified in the MGOD and shall also consider the following provisions:

i.              The potential degradation of the stream environment.

ii.              The danger to life and property due to flooding or erosion damage.

iii.              The loss of critical habitat.

3.              Issuance of special exception. Special exceptions shall only be issued when in compliance with the provisions of this section and the city council finds:

i.              A showing of good and sufficient cause such as renovation, rehabilitation or reconstruction of the stream environment; or

ii.              A determination that failure to grant the special exception would result in exceptional hardship to the applicant, such as deprivation of a substantial use of property and that the granting of a special exception will not result in degradation of the stream environment.

4.              Extent of special exception. Special exceptions shall only be issued upon a determination that the special exception is the minimum necessary to afford relief.

5.              Conditions of special exceptions. Upon consideration of the factors set forth in this section and the purpose of this subsection, the city council may attach such conditions to the granting of special exceptions as it deems necessary to further the purpose of this article.

h.              Wetlands. Preliminary wetland delineations for the properties included in the MGOD have been prepared by JBR Environmental Consultants, Inc., and Huffman and Associates, Inc. These studies have been included in Supporting Studies Book 2, associated with the Mortensen-Garson Development Standards Handbook. Figure 18.08-46 depicts the general location and extent of potential wetlands and potential Waters of the U.S. within the project boundaries.

Each tentative map, parcel map and special use permit must show the wetlands and waters of the U.S. Wetlands within the project will be protected and mitigated according to Reno Municipal Code, Wetlands and Stream Environments. Wetlands will be avoided and retained as open space unless the location of the wetland and or the physical characteristics of the site necessitate modification of a wetland. In this instance, the wetland must be replaced at a minimum 2:1 ratio of as required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, whichever is more restrictive.

FIGURE 18.08-46: WETLANDS MAP

(7)              Ridgelines. Figure 18.08-47 defines the significant ridgelines that are found within the MGOD. Development immediately adjacent to these ridgelines shall provide the following treatments to minimize visual impact to I-80:

a.              Minimum structure setback of 45 feet from the ridgeline; or

b.              Single story building height limitation and landscape treatments consisting of the use of existing or additional evergreen trees and shrubs for screening of structures. Landscaping shall consist of plant material that is either identical or similar to existing plant material; or

c.              Structures stepped into the hillside and landscape treatments consisting of the use of existing or additional evergreen trees and shrubs for screening of structures. Landscaping shall consist of plant material that is either identical or similar to existing plant material.

FIGURE 18.08-47: RIDGELINES

(8)              Edge matching. New development adjacent to the existing developments of Blue Heron, Verdi Bluffs and Canyon Ranch Estates subdivisions shall provide an edge density and lot size for edge lots equal to or less dense than the above-referenced subdivisions, or shall provide an open space buffer equal to at least one lot depth of the above-referenced subdivisions. This standard in no event requires an edge lot size of buffer in excess of one acre in size.

(9)              Exterior lighting. The purpose of this section is to provide outdoor lighting standards that will improve safety, minimize glare and light trespass, and conserve energy for businesses and the residents of the Verdi area. Lighting will vary from larger scale roadway lighting to more intimate pedestrian scale lighting. Lighting will be used to create mood and reinforce the character of distinct areas within the project. Lighting will also be designed to be minimal, from the perspective of nurturing "dark sky" in most project areas. Lighting will be designed according to City of Reno standards and modified for the nurturing of "dark skies", to the approval of the city.

a.              Light. All exterior light sources shall be located and installed in such a way as to prevent spillover lighting onto adjoining properties. All light fixtures shall be located, aimed or shielded so as to minimize light trespass across property boundaries. Where applicable, all commercial installations shall utilize house-side shielding to minimize light trespass on residential properties. The following provisions shall apply to all existing and proposed development:

1.              Any lighting facilities shall be so installed as to reflect away from adjoining properties. Covers must be installed on all lighting fixtures and lamps must not extend below the bottom of the cover.

2.              Light standard in or within 100 feet of residential zones shall not exceed 12 feet in height. Additional standard height may be permitted by the City of Reno Zoning Administrator provided such lights are a sharp cutoff lighting system.

3.              No permanent rotating searchlights shall be permitted in any regulatory zone, except that an administrative permit may be issued by the Reno Zoning Administrator for a period not to exceed three days for a temporary search light. The administrative permit shall be limited to a maximum of three times in any one calendar year.

b.              Shielding. Full Cutoff lighting is strongly recommended. Where Full Cutoff fixtures are not utilized, acceptable outdoor light fixtures shall include those which:

1.              Are provided with internal and/or external glare control louvers and installed so as to minimize uplight and offsite light trespass, and

2.              Are installed and maintained with aiming angles that permit no greater than five percent of the light emitted by each fixture to project above the horizontal.

c.              Lighting design. The style and intensity of lighting shall consider not only function and appearance, but shall reflect the existing character of surrounding areas and shall replicate natural light as much as possible.

d.              Glare. Reflected glare on nearby buildings, streets or pedestrian areas shall be avoided by incorporating overhangs and awnings, using non-reflective building materials for exterior walls and roof surfaces, controlling angles or reflection, and placing landscaping and screening in appropriate locations.

e.              Reduced lighting levels. Lighting levels shall be reduced to security levels within 60 minutes after the close of business or the end of the business activity.

f.              General lighting standards.

1.              Lighting levels should be limited to effect "dark skies";

2.              Fixture scale and illumination levels will be consistent with the specific use;

3.              Fixtures will employ cutoff features, refractors, or housing shields to eliminate lighting spillover onto adjoining uses where the light would be a nuisance; and

4.              Use energy efficient lighting design.

g.              Streetlighting.

1.              Locate streetlights to provide safe illumination of roadways and to minimize glare. At a minimum, streetlights will be located at all intersections, pedestrian crossings, bus stops, and traffic circles;

2.              The scale and spacing of streetlights will reflect the street hierarchy;

3.              Care will be taken to ensure the project's street lighting is unobtrusive and optimized to afford views of the night sky;

4.              Streetlights will be submitted for approval and inclusion in the Sierra Pacific Power Company streetlight program prior to approval of the applicable Final Map; and

5.              Streetlights will have individual photocontrol units.

h.              Pedestrian lighting. Pedestrian lighting will reflect the level of activity intended for the specific area. Higher light levels are appropriate in intensive use areas such as hotel casino, shopping districts or plazas. Low light levels are appropriate in more natural areas. Where little or not light will be provided in adjacent areas, low lighting levels will be used to prevent "blind spots" at the interface between lit and unlit areas.

i.              Residential lighting standards.

1.              Exterior fixtures mounted on buildings will be no higher than the line of the first story eave or, where no eave exists, no higher than 12 feet above finished grade and shall be shielded to reduce spillover on adjacent properties.

j.              Commercial lighting standards.

1.              Commercial area lighting will coordinate with the associated building architecture;

2.              Building lighting will clarify pedestrian routes and highlight building entries;

3.              At a minimum, commercial areas will provide parking lot lighting and lighting at all pedestrian routes;

4.              Building lighting will be integrated with the architectural design of the building with no exposed bulbs;

5.              Building illumination and architectural lighting will be indirect in character. Overhead down lighting or interior illumination, which spills outside is encouraged. Architectural lighting will accent and animate the building in addition to providing functional lighting for safety;

6.              Service area lighting will be contained within the service area boundaries and enclosure walls;

7.              Locate lighting fixtures to reduce shadow or interference from trees and other objects in the landscape;

8.              Parking lot lights will clarify vehicular and pedestrian circulation routes; and

9.              Parking lot light standards will not exceed 25 feet in height unless the zoning administrator determines that a higher light standard will result in an overall reduction in lighting impact.

(10)              Parks and trails. Figure 18.08.48 depicts the parks and trails plan of the MGOD and shall be implemented with tentative maps and special use permits. Trails in addition to those shown in Figure 18.08-48 may be required with tentative maps. The MGOD shall include:

a.              Public access through the MGOD to connect with U.S. Forest Service lands to the south and north of the Overlay District;

b.              A 30-foot wide trail shall be established along the entirety of the Steamboat Ditch within the MGOD. This trail will be dedicated or easement granted, as determined by the City with the first tentative map in Planning Area 3;

c.              Five Trailheads to be generally located as follows:

1.              At the southern edge of Planning Area 1 to access the trail network through the Planning Area 1 and provide access to the Bull Ranch Road trailhead proposed within the Somersett PUD;

2.              At the north end of Planning Area 2, providing pedestrian access to a trail that currently extends to the Truckee River;

3.              At the northern edge of Planning Area 3 adjacent to Steamboat Ditch;

4.              At the southeast edge of Planning Area 3 adjacent to USFS land; and

5.              At the southwest edge of Planning Area 3 adjacent to Steamboat Ditch and an existing trail.

d.              Trails will be designed to address their physical setting, intensity of use and proposed interconnection to offsite trails.

e.              Minimum of six parking spaces will be provided at each trailhead. Trailhead parking lots shall be designed such that no home will lie within 75 feet of any parking lot.

f.              Pedestrian and bicycle access will be provided within the Business Park (IC) area located along the southwest portion of Planning Area 3.

g.              Three parcels in Planning Area 2 (APN's 038-100-10, 11 & 12) will be dedicated to the City of Reno with the first Final Map associated with Planning Area 1.

FIGURE 18.08-48: PARKS & TRAILS PLAN

h.              Three new parks shall be constructed and shall be open to the public. Parks shown are approximately three to five acres in size, for a minimum total of 15 acres. Exact park details including size, timing, location and amenities/features to be included in each park will be subject to the approval of the director of parks, recreation and community services and the community development director. Specific size and location of parks will be shown with individual tentative maps. Smaller pocket parks maintained by a Homeowner's Association may be built to supplement the parks shown on Figure 18.08-48. Timing of construction and details of park tax crediting may be addressed in parks agreements between the property owner and the city. Unless an alternate timeframe is approved by the director of parks, recreation and community services and the community development director, park land shall be dedicated as follows:

1.              Park 1—With the first final map for residential development in Planning Area 1.

2.              Park 2—With the first final map for any development adjacent to the park site.

3.              Park 3—With the first final map for any development adjacent to the park site.

(11)              Community design. The following community design standards have been established to compliment the character of the Verdi community.

a.              Building height. Figure 18.08-49 depicts properties that will have unique height limitations.

Parcel A—Two stories.

Parcel B—40 feet.

Parcel C—110 feet.

Parcel D—35 feet.

FIGURE 18.08-49: BUILDING HEIGHT

b.              Access.

1.              Other than gated emergency or utility maintenance access as may be required by the City of Reno, no development adjacent to Blue Heron/Belli Ranch subdivisions or Verdi Bluff may create anew roadway that connects to these existing subdivision.

2.              All existing access to USFS lands shall be maintained during construction and upon completion.

3.              Motorized access to USFS lands will be provided in the locations generally shown on Figure 18.08-48, Parks and Trails Plan.

c.              Grading. For residential development abutting Blue Heron/Belli Ranch and Verdi Bluff, the following grading standards shall apply:

Grading for subdivision improvements, special use permits or other discretionary approvals or building permits shall:

1.              When grading occurs adjacent to an existing residence, fills shall not be placed within an area that exceeds a projected slope or four to one (4:1) for a distance of 40 feet from the common property line. Refer to Figure 18.08-50, Typical Setback at Existing Residence.

2.              Be limited on cut slopes to equal to, or steeper than, three to one (3:1) and may include a rockery or manufactured masonry retaining wall with a maximum height of eight feet. If necessary, one additional retaining wall set back eight feet from the west wall will be allowed.

Or,

3.              If the applicant proposes cuts, fills or slopes in excess of the standard, the applicant shall address compatibility with adjacent lots and visual impacts to the community and proposed design criteria, landscaping and buffering to mitigate impacts of adjacent property owners and the community's scenic character. The mitigation shall be reviewed by the zoning administrator prior to any ground-disturbing activities.

FIGURE 18.08-50: TYPICAL SETBACK AT EXISTING RESIDENCE

d.              Fencing (see also the Hillside Development portion of MGOD). The following shall apply to all residential areas within the MGOD:

1.              Each tentative map application shall include a fencing plan detailing the type, materials and location of all fencing proposed within the project; and

2.              Fencing adjacent to all open space shall be limited to "open view fencing".

3.              Solid fencing shall be minimized while still providing for privacy within individual lots.

e.              Wildlife corridors. Wildlife corridors for each planning area will be identified with the first tentative map for each planning area. Wildlife corridors will be developed in consultation with Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW) and will include:

1.              Creation of as much open space as possible next to culverts;

2.              Establishment of continuous corridors;

3.              Creation of natural rock check dams to create natural water resources consistent with hydrologic considerations with approval by the City of Reno and NDOW;

4.              Landscaping in or near corridors will place a priority on use of native vegetation species. Secondary priority will be given to those non-native species that provide good wildlife habitat and food value;

5.              Areas adjacent to or within these corridors that are disturbed during development shall be restored to as natural a condition as possible by utilizing native plant species; and

6.              Minimal fencing or fencing that allows wildlife to pass.

f.              Community character. The architectural character of the existing Verdi area may best be described as "varied". The following design standards will apply to the MGOD:

1.              Residential development:

i.              Varied setbacks;

ii.              Mix of building heights;

iii.              Mix of larger and smaller houses;

iv.              Curvilinear streets and culs-de-sac; and

v.              Use of natural elevation changes.

2.              Business Park located at the southwest edge of Planning Area 3:

i.              Architectural Development Standards will be approved by Reno City Council prior to issuance of the first building permit for the Business Park;

ii.              Architectural treatments will include earth tones compatible with the natural setting, use of non-reflective materials, extensive use of native landscape, vehicle parking screened from the west, and freestanding signs limited to monument type signage; and

iii.              Building height will be limited to two stories.

(12)              Schools. The land use plan within the Mortensen-Garson Development Standards Handbook identifies a ten acre elementary school site located in Planning Area 3 and is reflected in the adopted base zoning as Public Facility zoning. This exact site will be identified with the first final map in Planning Area 3 with the aid of Washoe County School District. This site will be offered for purchase by Washoe County School District at the current acquisition price for a period of five years from the approval of the overlay district. The following standards will apply to schools within the MGOD;

a.              The developer will be responsible for installing safety/school zone signage;

b.              Development of the elementary school site shall assure separate access for buses and parent drop-off areas; and

c.              Washoe County School District reserves the right to require school sites with tentative maps.

(13)              Utilities. A preliminary water plan was prepared by Capital Engineering for the MGOD. As identified in the preliminary plan, surface water shall provide the primary source of water supply. Groundwater shall supplement the surface water supply in peak times and as approved by the State Water Engineer. The city shall require the water supplier to follow the plan above.

Community water systems will be extended to the property lines in those areas adjacent to the existing subdivisions of Blue Heron and Verdi Bluff.

(14)              Fire services. The 2.9 acre public facility site located in Planning Area 3 will be dedicated to the City of Reno with the first final map in Planning Area 3.

(15)              Administration/amendments.

a.              Amendments. The base zoning for each parcel in the MGOD will be consistent with the designations and standards of the Reno Municipal Code Title 18.06. The maximum density for each property may only exceed or change from those shown in and Table 18.08-47 and 48 and implemented through adopted base zoning, consistent with the following:

1.              The total amount of development resulting from any change in density shall not exceed 3,000 dwelling units and 300 commercial acres cumulatively for all the properties in the MGOD.

2.              No density increases are permitted along the exterior of the property for the areas immediately adjacent to Verdi Bluff, Blue Heron and the Canyon Ranch Estates unless the zoning/land use designations on these abutting properties are increased.

3.              Density increases by a maximum of ten percent may be approved by the zoning administrator or through the tentative map and/or special use permit process.

4.              Density increases of up to 25 percent may be allowed subject to a public hearing process with a tentative map or special use permit provided the planning process includes a review of any such application by the Verdi Township CAB and Northwest NAB.

5.              Density increases beyond 25 percent will require a zoning map amendment application and be processed in the same manner as the original overlay district or development standards handbook (i.e. procedures established in the Settlement Agreement).

6.              Properties owned by Boomtown and zoned HC may be converted to AC and still be considered consistent with this overlay provided such rezoning occurs through the City of Reno zoning amendment public hearing process.

b.              Archaeological studies. Tentative maps will include archaeological surveys.

c.              Verdi Township Citizens Advisory & Northwest Neighborhood Advisory Board Review. All tentative maps, special use permits or zone change applications shall be presented to the Verdi Township Citizen's Advisory Board and the Northwest Neighborhood Advisory Board for comment prior to City of Reno public hearing.

d.              Project management. At the City's discretion, the developers of the project will fund a project inspector.

(Ord. No. 5431, § 2, 2-25-03; Ord. No. 5478, § 1, 6-16-03; Ord. No. 5591, § 1, 9-8-04; Ord. No. 5702, § 1, 5-13-05; Ord. No. 5957, § 3, 7-11-07; Ord. No. 6037, § 2, 6-25-08; Ord. No. 6039, § 2, 7-16-08; Ord. No. 6054, § 3, 9-10-08; Ord. No. 6108, § 2, 6-24-09; Ord. No. 6137, § 1, 2-10-10; Ord. No. 6171, § 17, 1-19-11; Ord. No. 6285, § 5, 3-13-13; Ord. No. 6324, § 6, 4-16-14; Ord. No. 6428, § 1, 4-12-17)

 

SECTION 2:  Should any section, clause, or provision of this Ordinance be declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unconstitutional or invalid, that decision shall not affect the validity of the ordinance as a whole or any part thereof other than the part declared to be unconstitutional or invalid.

 

SECTION 3.  This Ordinance shall be in effect from and after its passage, adoption and publication in one issue of a newspaper printed and published in the City of Reno.

 

SECTION 4.  The City Clerk and Clerk of the City Council of the City of Reno is hereby authorized and directed to have this Ordinance published in one issue of the RenoGazette Journal, a newspaper printed and published in the City of Reno.

 

PASSED AND ADOPTED this       day of                 ,       , by the following vote of the Council:

 

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              APPROVED this           day of                                           ,      .

 

 

 

 

                                                                

MAYOR OF THE CITY OF RENO

 

ATTEST:

 

 

 

                                                                         

CITY CLERK AND CLERK OF THE CITY

COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RENO, NEVADA

 

 

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