Residential Zoning Districts

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Residential Zoning Districts

The residential zone districts contained in this section are established and intended to provide a comfortable, healthy, safe, and pleasant environment in which to live. The specific purpose and intent of the residential zoning districts is as follows:

RH - Rural Holding

The Rural Holding (RH) district is established to preserve and protect lands which are currently rural in character, environmentally-sensitive, or being used for agricultural purposes. The district is intended to act as a “holding zone” for land not yet ready for urban development. Low density residential uses are allowed, and are typically served by on-site water and wastewater facilities. The minimum lot area for development is five (5) acres in size and the maximum residential density is one (1) unit per five (5) acres except in an approved a Conservation Subdivision.

SF-2 - Single Family Residential-2

The SF-2 district is established as a district in which the principal use of land is existing single-family detached residential development at a low density. The regulations of this district are intended to discourage any use that would substantially interfere with the development of single-family detached dwellings and that would be detrimental to the quiet residential nature of the district. Complementary uses customarily found in residential zone districts, such as community facilities, religious institutions, and parks and playgrounds are also allowed. The minimum lot area for development is twenty thousand (20,000) square feet and the maximum density allowed is two (2) dwelling units per acre, except where a Conservation Subdivision is approved in accordance with this Ordinance (see Section 7-200).

SF-3 - Single Family Residential-3

The SF-3 district is established as a district in which the principal use of land is single-family detached residential development at a moderate density. The regulations of this district are intended to discourage any use that would substantially interfere with the development of single-family detached dwellings and that would be detrimental to the quiet residential nature of the district. Complementary uses customarily found in residential zone districts, such as community facilities, religious institutions, parks and playgrounds, and elementary schools, are also allowed. The minimum lot area for development is fourteen thousand (14,000) square feet and the maximum density allowed is three (3) units per acre.

SF-4 - Single Family Residential-4

The SF-4 district is established as a district in which the principal use of land is single-family residential development. Complementary uses customarily found in single-family residential zone districts, such as community facilities, religious institutions, parks and playgrounds, and elementary schools are allowed uses in the SF-4 district. The minimum lot area for development is nine thousand (9,000) square feet, and the maximum residential density allowed is four (4) units per acre.

SF-5 - Single Family Residential-5

The SF-5 district is established as a district in which the principal use of land is single-family detached dwellings, with two- to four-family dwellings permitted as special exception uses. The regulations of this district are intended to encourage diverse functioning neighborhoods which include various types of residential development, limited neighborhood-serving non-residential uses, and customary complementary uses. Complementary uses customarily found in residential zone districts, such as community facilities, religious institutions, parks and playgrounds, elementary schools, and middle schools are also allowed. The minimum lot area for development is seven thousand five hundred (7,500) square feet and the maximum residential density allowed is five (5) units per acre. Live/work dwellings and upper story dwellings over a street-level nonresidential use may be included at densities of eight (8) units an acre.

SF-8 - Single Family Residential-8

The SF-8 district is established as a district in which the principal use of land is single-family detached development at moderate to high densities in recognition of the historic development patterns within neighborhoods in Old Town. The SF- 8 district shall only be established in Old Town. The district allows all forms of residential dwelling unit types (except individual mobile homes or Mobile Home Parks), as well as neighborhood-serving commercial uses with residential integrated above street-level, subject to area minimums and location controls. The regulations of this district are intended to discourage any use that would substantially interfere with infill and redevelopment in the district. Complementary uses customarily found in residential zone districts, such as community facilities, religious institutions, parks and playgrounds, and schools, are also allowed. The minimum lot area for development is five thousand (5,000) square feet, the minimum lot width is fifty (50) feet, and the maximum residential density allowed is eight (8) dwelling units per acre. Live/work dwellings and upper story dwellings over a street-level non-residential use are allowed at densities of ten (10) units per acre.

MF-8 - Multi-Family-8

The MF-8 district is established and intended to encourage a wide range of medium density housing types, especially multiple family development, even though single-family detached, single-family attached, townhouses, and two- to four-family dwellings are also allowed to meet the diverse housing needs of City residents. Neighborhood commercial and complementary uses customarily found in residential zone districts, such as schools, community facilities, religious institutions, and parks and playgrounds are encouraged. The minimum lot area for single-family detached dwellings is five thousand (5,000) square feet, and the minimum lot width is sixty (60) feet. The maximum residential density allowed is eight (8) dwelling units per acre. Buildings including street-level non-residential uses may include residential units at a density of up to ten (10) units per acre.

MF-15 - Multi-Family-15

The MF-15 district is established and intended to encourage a wide range of medium to high density housing types, especially multiple family development, even though single-family detached, single-family attached, townhouses, and two- to four-family dwellings are also allowed to meet the diverse housing needs of City residents. Neighborhood commercial and complementary uses customarily found in residential zone districts, such as schools, community facilities, religious institutions, and parks and playgrounds are encouraged. The minimum lot area for single-family detached dwellings is five thousand (5,000) square feet. The maximum residential density allowed is fifteen (15) dwelling units per acre. Buildings including street-level non-residential uses may include residential units at a density of up to twenty (20) units per acre.

MHP - Mobile Home Park

The MHP District is established and intended to provide for mobile and manufactured homes in a park setting designed to create an environment of residential character. The minimum size for a mobile home park development in the MHP District is four (4) acres. The park shall be enclosed with a six- (6) foot high wooden fence or masonry wall whenever it is adjacent to a different zone district classification. Complementary uses customarily found in residential zone districts, such as community facilities and religious institutions are also allowed. The maximum residential density allowed is seven (7) dwelling units per acre. Applications for amendments to the Official Zone District Map for the MHP district shall be prohibited.