Buildings and Construction
Outdoor storage-One and two-family dwellings.
15.52.180 Outdoor storage--One and two-family dwellings. A. No property owner or occupant shall allow the placement, storage, installation or construction of any item, object or structure on any property zoned or used for a single-family or two-family residence except as specifically and explicitly permitted by this section. The following items, objects or structures are permitted:
1. Any item, object or structure permitted under the applicable provisions of Title 17, Zoning, of this code, in full compliance with the authorizing provision. The intent of this subsection is to permit only those items specifically permitted under the applicable zoning district regulations or the applicable accessory use regulations.
2. Authorized trash containers stored and maintained in compliance with the requirements of Chapter 8.16 of this code.
3. Firewood, not to exceed one cord, neatly stacked; provided that such storage shall not occur at any location on the property that is closer to a street than the nearest primary wall surface of the residence. For the purposes of this section, "primary wall surface" shall mean any exterior wall surface of the residence that is visible from the street and not perpendicular to the street, but excluding porches, carports and minor building projections such as fireplaces or bay windows.
Two cords of firewood, stored as described above, may be administratively approved by the Chief Codes Administrator. Application for administrative approval shall be made in writing. The Chief Codes Administrator shall cause the property listed on the application to be inspected, and shall request comment on the application from adjoining property owners or residents. Any individual may appeal the Chief Codes Administrator’s decision directly to the City Council.
4. Motorhomes and trailers lawfully parked on private property shall be parked or stored no closer than fourteen feet from any asphalt surface of an adjacent public right-of-way, and no closer than four feet from any part of a public sidewalk.
5. Piles of dirt, gravel, landscaping materials, and other similar materials may be stored on any portion of land for a period not to exceed thirty days.
B. Any item, object or structure not specifically authorized in subsection (A)(1), (2), (3), (4) or (5) of this section must be located within a fully enclosed structure, or within the back yard and substantially screened from view from any adjacent property. The public officer may approve mature landscape materials as an acceptable screen if he/she determines that it provides the substantial equivalent of approved fence or wall materials. materials for a fence or wall shall be of a type, material and quality compatible with the immediate neighborhood, as determined by the public officer and the property maintenance board of appeals. Such screening shall be constructed and maintained in accordance with applicable city codes and shall be adequate to prevent substantial viewing of the enclosed objects from any place within the adjacent property or any structure located on that property.
C. Notwithstanding any other applicable provisions, permitted items, objects or structures shall occupy no more than twenty percent of the allowable outside storage area. In measuring the area occupied by such items, objects or structures to determine if the permitted twenty percent is exceeded, a rectangle shall be constructed to include all points where any such item, object or structure is located, and the area shall be calculated to include all that area within the rectangle. This method of calculating area shall not apply to those items specifically authorized in subsection (A)(1), (2), (3), (4) or (5) of this section. (Ord. 2674 ;Ord. 2379 1(part), 1998