Chapter 29 ZONING*
Section 29-21.2 District S-R, scenic roadway area overlay.
(a) Purposes of the Scenic Roadway Area. The S-R
scenic roadway area is intended to
conservation, preservation and enhancement of the scenic, natural and historic
qualities and landscape of scenic roadway areas as well as promoting the
health, safety and
general welfare of the public. The purposes of the district are:
(1) To preserve the scenic character of designated roadways and, where possible,
scenic views from the roadways.
(2) To maintain the natural beauty of the landscape as it currently exists along
(3) To encourage development which is compatible with and, where possible, enhances
(4) To encourage safe and efficient traffic flow along designated scenic roadways
for all modes
(b) General Provisions. The minimum lot width
at the right-of-way line of a designated
scenic road for R-3, R-4, and non-residential zoning districts shall be three hundred (300) feet.
(c) Site Development Regulations. All land and buildings within a scenic
roadway area shall
comply with all regulations of the underlying zoning district and applicable sign regulations
provided they do not conflict with the scenic road overlay design, purpose or intent,
as well as
(1) Underground Utilities. All on-site utilities shall be located underground
unless required by
the utility to be otherwise located.
(2) Vegetative Buffer. The vegetative buffer is hereby defined as the portion
of the site:
a. within seventyfive (75) feet of the centerline of
a local residential street;
b. within eightythree (83) feet of the centerline of
a collector street; or
c. within onehundred (100) feet of the centerline of
an arterial street.
Installed landscaping may be added to the vegetative buffer area to meet screening requirements
defined elsewhere in this chapter. Where building addressing requirements of chapter 24 cannot
be met due to the vegetative buffer or a building's distance from the roadway, the address or
addresses shall be clearly marked at the roadway's edge by the property owner in a manner
acceptable to the director of
Signs. The sign regulations of chapter 23 of this Code shall apply, except where modified
as follows. Only monument signs are allowed. A monument sign is a sign attached directly to the
ground or a base attached directly to the ground and not supported by poles, uprights or braces.
Internal lighting of signs, neon or flashing signs, and roof signs shall not be permitted. All
spotlights and exterior lighting shall be oriented away from adjacent properties and the scenic
(4) Building floodlighting is not permitted in non-residential zoning districts
within the scenic
(5) Minimum driveway spacing. The minimum distance between the center
of driveways onto a
designated scenic roadway
be two hundred twenty (220) feet for any tract, lot or parcel. No
tract, lot or parcel shall have more than two (2) driveways.
(d) Designation Criteria. The following criteria
shall be substantially met before a street is
designated as a scenic roadway:
(1) The street affords the opportunity for the public to enjoy the natural beauty
of hills, valleys,
creek bottoms or vegetation;
(2) The street is adjacent to significant natural landscape elements such as
tree associations, rock formations and old growth trees;
(3) The street offers scenic views or vistas from the roadway;
(4) The street traverses or is adjacent to environmentally sensitive areas such
woodlands, park land or private conservation areas.
(5) In all instances, the proposed scenic roadway shall be comprised of contiguous
sections and have readily identifiable termini such as creeks, bridges, arterial streets or other
prominent physical landmarks.
(e) Designation Procedure. The following procedure
shall be followed in designating scenic
(1) A proposal to designate a scenic roadway may be made by:
a. The city council; or
b. An application to the city council from interested citizens, citizen groups
or a recognized
neighborhood organization; or
c. An application or petition to the city council signed by owners of fifty (50)
percent or more
of all parcels of land with frontage along the proposed scenic roadway segment.
(2) The city council action or citizen petitions must include a statement identifying
set forth in subsection (d) of this section, which support the scenic roadway designation and
setting forth the purposes and intent of such a designation.
(3) City staff shall prepare a report for the planning and zoning commission. The commission
shall hold a public hearing on the scenic roadway designation request. The recommendations of
the planning and zoning commission and the staff report shall be forwarded to the city council,
which will conduct a public hearing to take action on the proposed designation.
Corridor Plan. Following, and within ninety (90) days of designation, the planning and
zoning commission shall initiate a corridor study and planning process, to identify existing
conditions, estimate future land use and transportation infrastructure needs, and work with an
appointed stakeholder advisory group to determine values and preferences regarding scenic
preservation and roadway design within and along the corridor. The corridor plan shall result
the development of goals, objectives, policies and recommendations to guide future land use,
transportation planning, and design decisions.
The city council shall appoint a stakeholder advisory group of up to fifteen (15)
the following composition:
(1) One-third (1/3) shall be residents who live along the
affected scenic road corridor,
including at least one (1) resident property owner.
(2) One-third (1/3) shall be representatives of the general
public, who may be from various
interested citizen groups.
(3) One-third (1/3) shall be officials, including members
of the planning and zoning
commission, environment and energy commission, parks and recreation commission, bicycle and
pedestrian commission, community development support staff, and the city council member from
the affected ward.
City staff shall prepare a report for the planning and zoning commission. The commission
hold a public hearing on the scenic roadway corridor plan. The recommendations of the planning
and zoning commission and the staff report shall be forwarded to the city council. The city
council will conduct a public hearing to take action on the proposed corridor plan.
Roadway Design. Roadway design, including the design of proposed alterations and
improvements as defined in subsection (i), shall be coordinated with the citys capital
improvement project schedule and shall substantially conform to the adopted corridor plan.
Public input shall be collected by the public works department during the design phase.
Timing. Any improvements recommended by the corridor plan should be considered for
inclusion in the citys capital improvement program, which is used to coordinate scheduling,
funding, design, and construction of future capital projects, and is subject to council approval.
Consistency with corridor plan. The design shall be consistent with the goals, objectives,
policies, and recommendations of the corridor plan. Pedestrian and bicyclist facilities and access
management shall also be considered in the roadway design, understanding that design options
that are away from the road may need to be designed to preserve and enhance the scenic quality
of the road.
Stakeholder advisory group. The stakeholder advisory group shall
weigh the level of
service needs of all intended roadway users against S-R district preservation goals in proposing
specific design options for the roadway.
Modifications to city roadway design standards. Modifications to the applicable roadway
design standards should be considered to aid in preserving scenic characteristics of the roadway.
The use of materials that blend into and complement the scenic characteristics of the roadway,
including, but not limited to, stone and timber, should be used for bridges, guard rails, guideposts
and other engineered structures, provided that they meet safety standards set forth in The
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Roadside Design Guide.
Scenic road curves should be retained as much as possible, speed limited, and no curve banking.
Public involvement process. Public involvement during the scenic
roadway design phase
shall consist of regular pre-design stakeholder input meetings, as needed, to fully address design
issues, followed by at least one (1) additional stakeholder input meeting once a preliminary
design has been completed by the public works department. Upon completion of a preliminary
roadway design, city staff shall prepare a report for the planning and zoning commission. The
commission shall hold a public hearing on the proposed design. The recommendations of the
planning and zoning commission and the staff report shall be forwarded to the city council,
which will conduct a public hearing in accordance with the standard public improvement process
set forth in chapter 22 and take action on the proposed roadway design.
Routine Maintenance. The City shall maintain scenic roadways in good
repair and in
passable condition by routine maintenance. However, such routine maintenance shall be
performed in a manner to protect and maintain the scenic characteristics of the roadway to the
For the purposes of this section, the term routine maintenance shall
(1) Road cleaning, including removal of snow or other debris
from the road surface.
(2) Removal of dead, seriously diseased or damaged trees and
branches that pose a threat to
public safety; trimming branches to allow school buses, emergency vehicles, and other vehicles
to pass; (the corridor plan may prohibit larger vehicles from using the road or they may be
limited by the city council to preserve the scenic quality of the road); trimming and removal of
brush and removal of brush and removal of boulders and other obstacles that encroach on the
traveled portion of the road or obstruct established site lines required for safety; necessary
cutting and trimming of brush or trees for utility lines (as established in the corridor plan); and
trimming of brush to enhance and protect scenic views, stone walls, mature trees, and other
scenic characteristics of the scenic road as set forth in its designation.
(3) The correction of road drainage problems, including, but
not limited to, the removal of
trees, shrubs, silt and other material from existing drainage structures, and the replacement of
cross culverts, drains and cross culvert drainage pipes. If correction of the problem involves
removing the vegetative buffer, then this must come before the stakeholder advisory group for
the groups approval and input.
(4) Graveling (or its equivalent) and grading to smooth the
surface of unpaved roads, provided
that the nature and characteristics of the material used on the road surface remains the same or
the surface is restored to a prior passable condition using natural materials such as crushed rock
or native stone or the equivalent.
(5) Repaving, retreatment, or repair of existing paved surfaces,
curbs and gutters, that does not
require the widening of the traveled path or the removal of trees or stone walls or changing the
grade or configuration. For purposes of this subsection, widening of the traveled path
extending the traveled path beyond its width prior to repaving. Periodic edging out to maintain
unpaved shoulders shall be considered routine maintenance if it does not remove the existing
(6) Repair or replacement of existing bridges, guard posts,
rails and other engineered
structures, in accordance with the corridor plan.
(7) Installation of signs, including reflectors, warning,
speed limit, and other roadway signs that
are installed in accordance with standards set forth in the
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control
Alterations and Improvements. Any proposed alteration or improvement
to a scenic
roadway shall follow the public involvement process for roadway design in subsection (g)(5)
above. For the purposes of this section, the terms alteration and improvement
are defined as
any change to the roadway, other than routine maintenance, including the following:
(1) Any change to the width of the traveled path of the right-of-way,
(2) Any change to the alignment, grade or elevation of the
(3) Any change to the nature and characteristics of the material
used on the road surface,
(4) The removal of visible boulders that do not pose a safety
(5) The removal or cutting of trees, shrubs, or other vegetation
within the un-traveled portion of
(6) The installation of new bridges, guard posts, rails and
other engineered structures where no
such structure currently exists, and
(7) The installation of sidewalks, pedways, bike paths, or
) Nonconforming Uses. Any structure, including fences, which was made
by its location in an area designated a scenic roadway area, if damaged or destroyed, may be
rebuilt or replaced, providing such replacement does not exceed the size or height existing when
the scenic roadway area designation became effective. Any rebuilding or replacement shall be
, considering their effect on the scenic road characteristics and
current city standards
would be in conformance with the scenic road characteristics
(Ord. No. 15180,
1, 3-17-97; Ord. No. 15489, § 1, 1-20-98
; Ord. No. 21095, § 13, 9-19-11;
Ord. No. 21375, § 1, 08-06-12; Ord. No. 21746, § 2, 7-15-13)
(Ord. 21746, Amended, 07/15/2013, Prior Text; Ord. 21375, Amended, 08/06/2012, Prior Text; Ord. 21095, Amended, 09/19/2011, Prior Text; 15489, Amended, 01/20/1998, Prior Text; 15180, Amended, 03/17/1997, Prior Text)