This Section identifies yard, lot area, building size, and building type and height requirements in each zoning district.



A. The building height limits established in each zoning district shall not apply to the following list of items, except that no such structural element shall exceed forty (40) feet in total height or exceed the maximum height of the building by more than five (5) feet, whichever is greater, except by conditional use permit.

1. Belfries

2. Chimneys or flues

3. Church spires

4. Cooling towers

5. Cupolas and domes which do not contain usable space

6. Flag poles

7. Public monuments

8. Necessary mechanical and electrical appurtenances

9. Water towers

10. Antennas and antenna support structures as regulated by Section 1226 of this Ordinance.

B. Modifications to the site grading of a lot may not be undertaken as a means of achieving increased building height, unless approved by the City Council.



A. Buildings in all zoning districts shall maintain a high standard of architectural and aesthetic compatibility with surrounding properties to insure that they will not adversely impact the property values of the abutting properties or adversely impact the community's public health, safety and general welfare.

B. Exterior building finishes shall consist of materials comparable in grade and quality to the following:

1. Brick

2. Natural stone

3. Decorative concrete block

4. Wood, provided the surfaces are finished for exterior use and wood of proven exterior durability is used, such as cedar, redwood, cypress

5. Glass curtain wall panels

6. Stucco

7. Steel lap siding and soffit, fascia, and trim pieces

8. Fiber cement lap or panel siding and soffit, fascia, and trim pieces

9. Other materials as determined by the City Council.



Except as provided below, no lot, yard or other open space shall be reduced in area or dimension so as to make such lot, yard or open space less than the minimum required by this Ordinance. No required open space provided about any building or structure shall be included as part of any open space required for another structure.

A. The following shall not be considered as encroachments on yard setback requirements.

1. Cantilevers up to ten (10) feet in width, chimneys, flues, leaders, sills, pilasters, lintels, ornamental features, cornices, eaves, gutters, and the like, provided they do not project more than two and one-half (2-1/2) feet into a required yard.

2. Terraces, steps, decks, uncovered porches, stoops or similar features provided they do not extend above the height of the ground floor level of the principal structure or to a distance less than twenty-five (25) feet from a side yard and rear lot lines, or more than five (5) feet into a required front yard. No encroachment shall be permitted in existing or required drainage and utility easements.

3. In rear yards, recreational equipment, arbors and trellises, and air conditioning or heating equipment not exceeding established State noise levels, provided they are at a distance of ten (10) feet from any lot line. No encroachment shall be permitted in existing or required drainage and utility easements.

B. Required Side or Rear Yard Reduction. A required yard on a lot may be reduced by a conditional use permit if the following conditions met:

1. The reduction of setback requirements is based upon a specific need or circumstance which is unique to the property in question and which, if approved, will not set a precedent which is contrary to the intent of this Ordinance.

2. Property line drainage and utility easements as required by the City's Subdivision Ordinance are provided and no building will occur upon this reserved space.

3. The reduction will work toward the preservation of trees or unique physical features of the lot or area.

4. If affecting a north lot line, the reduction will not restrict sun access from the abutting lots.

5. The reduction will not obstruct traffic visibility, cause a public safety problem and complies with Section 1216.05 of this Ordinance.

6. The conditions of Section 1204.02.F of this Ordinance are considered and satisfactorily met.



A. A one story dwelling shall contain not less than one thousand five hundred (1,500) square feet of usable ground floor area exclusive of open porches, garages and breezeways.

B. A story and one-half or two story dwelling shall contain not less than one thousand (1,000) square feet of usable ground floor area exclusive of open porches, garages and breezeways.



All single family detached dwellings shall:

A. Be constructed upon a continuous perimeter foundation that meets the requirements of this Ordinance and Uniform Building Code.

B. Shall not be less than forty (40) feet in length and not less than twenty-five (25) feet in width over that entire minimum length. Width measurements shall not take account of overhang and other projections beyond the principal walls. Dwelling shall also meet the minimum floor area requirements as set out in this Ordinance.

C. Have an earth covered, composition, shingled or tiled roof.

D. Receive a building permit. The application for a building permit in addition to other information required shall indicate the height, size, design and the appearance of all elevations of the proposed building and a description of the construction materials proposed to be used. The exterior architectural design of a proposed dwelling may not be so at variance with, nor so similar to, the exterior architectural design of any structure or structures already constructed or in the course of construction in the immediate neighborhood, nor so at variance with the character of the surrounding neighborhood as to cause a significant depreciation in the property values of the neighborhood or adversely affect the public health, safety or general welfare.