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Rear lot line

That boundary of a lot which is most distant from and is most nearly parallel to the front lot line. When a lot borders a body of water or stream beyond the ordinary high water mark, the rear lot line shall be considered to be the ordinary high water mark.

Reasonable use

The minimum to which a property owner is entitled under applicable state and federal constitutional provisions, including takings and substantive due process.


A change in zoning boundaries upon the zoning map, which is an official part of these zoning regulations.


Leisure-time activities that can either be active or passive. Active recreation includes, but is not limited to, such activities as swimming, boating, tennis, fishing, and soccer, which may sometimes require equipment and take place at a prescribed place. Passive recreation includes activities that involve relatively inactive or less energetic activities such as walking, sitting, reading, picnicking, and card, board, or table games.

Recreational facility

Land and/or structures used for active or passive recreation.

Recreational vehicle (RV)

A vehicle with or without motor power designed for temporary occupancy as a residence. This definition includes motor homes, travel trailers, campers, and the like. Recreational vehicles are prohibited from use as permanent dwelling units in all zoning districts established by this title.

Recreational vehicle (RV) park

Land under single ownership or control, designed and improved to accommodate the temporary parking of two or more recreational vehicles with associated common facilities such as showers and waste disposal areas. The term shall include campgrounds when designed to accommodate recreational vehicles, but does not include land zoned and used for the storage, display or sale of recreational vehicles. Includes land uses specified in NAICS Industry Group No. 721211.

Recycling center

A collection and processing point for nontoxic, recoverable substances that can be reprocessed for the manufacture of new products.

Regional transit authority facility

A transit facility served by one or more transit agencies with light rail, commuter rail, express bus, or bus rapid transit services. The facility may also have a park and ride.

Regional utility corridor

A right-of-way tract or easement other than a street right-of-way which contains transmission lines or pipelines for utility companies. Right-of-way tracts or easements containing lines serving individual lots or developments are not regional utility corridors.

Religious institution

An organization, which was granted tax exempt status by the federal Internal Revenue Service, where religious services are conducted; including accessory uses, such as religious education, reading rooms, assembly rooms, and residences for nuns and clergy; but excluding facilities for training of religious orders; includes uses located in NAICS Industry No. 81311.


The actual removal or causing the effective removal through damaging, poisoning, root destruction or other direct or indirect actions resulting in the death of vegetation.

Repair and maintenance services

Establishments that restore machinery, equipment, and other products to working order. These establishments also typically provide general or routine maintenance (i.e., servicing) on such products to ensure they work efficiently and to prevent breakdown and unnecessary repairs. Includes land uses specified in NAICS Industry Group No. 811.

Research and development

Conducting an original investigation undertaken on a systematic basis to gain new knowledge (research) and/or the application of research findings or other scientific knowledge for the creation of new or significantly improved products or processes (experimental development). Techniques may include modeling and simulation. Includes land uses specified in NAICS Industry Group No. 5417.

Research facility

An activity whose primary focus involves investigation and experimentation in the natural, physical, or social sciences. It typically involves a small amount of product development or assembly space and products testing, and supporting office space. Related administrative and corporate functions are incidental and subordinate to the primary research and development activities.


A building or structure, or portion thereof, which is designed for and used to provide a place of abode for human beings. “Residence” includes the term “residential” as to the type or intended use of a building.

Residential sleeping suite

A unit that provides multiple rooms or spaces for up to five residents, includes provisions for sleeping and can include provisions for living, eating, sanitation, and kitchen facilities.

Residential use

Land designated in the city’s comprehensive plan and development regulations for buildings consisting of residential dwelling units. A residential use may be located on improved, vacant, or unimproved land.


A commercial establishment operated for preparing, cooking, and serving meals, with the serving of beverages as incidental thereto.

Retail store

A permanent establishment engaged in selling goods or merchandise to the public for personal or household consumption, irrespective of the nature of the business, unless specifically excluded or differentiated as a different use. This definition may include department stores and retail shops, whether as an independent establishment or as part of a larger development, but excludes vehicle sales, outdoor retail sales, eating and drinking establishments, and taverns, among others.

Retirement housing

Any form of congregate housing designed to provide for the particular needs of the elderly, seniors, or the physically disabled, who may have functional limitations due to age or physical impairment, but are otherwise in good health. Residents of such housing can maintain an independent or semi-independent lifestyle and do not require more intensive care as provided in a nursing or convalescent home. For the purposes of this definition, “elderly” or “senior” typically means persons fifty-five years of age or older. Design features may include but are not limited to wide doors and hallways and low counters to accommodate wheelchairs, support bars, specialized bathrooms and common dining, recreation or lounge areas. This definition shall not be construed to include facilities to house persons under the jurisdiction of the superior court or the Board of Prison Terms and Paroles.


An amendment or change of zoning district on the official zoning map. See also “amendment.”

Right-of-way use permit

The authorization by which the city grants permission to a service provider to enter and use the right-of-way at a specific location for the purpose of installing, maintaining, repairing, or removing identified facilities.


Land acquired or dedicated for public roads and streets but does not include:

A. Land dedicated for roads, streets, and highways not opened and not improved for motor vehicle use by the public;

B. Structures, including poles and conduits, located within the right-of-way; or

C. Federally granted railroad rights-of-way acquired under 43 U.S.C. 912, and related provisions of federal law, that are not open for motor vehicle use.


A structure covering any portion of a building or structure, including the projection beyond the walls or supports.

Routine vegetation management

Tree trimming or pruning and ground cover management undertaken by a person in connection with the normal maintenance and repair of property.

(Ord. 033/2022 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 024/2022 § 4; Ord. 013/2019 § 2)