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Title 17C
Chapter 17C.122
Section 17C.122.080

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.122 Center and Corridor Zones

Section 17C.122.080 Floor Area Ratios (FAR)

To determine the allowed gross floor area of all buildings or structures allowed on a site, the FAR in the Table 17C.122.080-1 is multiplied by the area of the lot.


TABLE 17C.122.080-1
Basic Allowable FAR by Use
Nonresidential 0.5 0.2 0.5 0.2 [2]
Residential 1.0 0.5 1.0 0.5 1.0
Combined 1.5 0.7 1.5 0.7 1.0
Maximum FAR by Use with Public Amenities
Nonresidential 3.0 3.0 1.0 0.8 [2]
Residential [5] [5] 2.0 1.5 1.5
Combined 3.0 [1, 5] 3.0 [1, 5] 3.0 [1] 2.3 [1] 1.5 [1]
[1] Except as allowed by SUPERBONUS!
[2] In the CC4 zone the FAR for all nonresidential uses may not be greater than the FAR for the residential uses located on the same parcel. Nonresidential uses are limited to a maximum of three thousand square feet per parcel.
[3] The basic allowable FAR is permitted by complying with basic development guidelines and standards through a ministerial process. If development projects incorporate specified and described public amenities allowing bonus FAR, the FAR may be increased up to the maximum through a ministerial process intended to ensure that the each amenity both satisfies its design criteria and serves a public purpose in the proposed location. In issuing permits for projects requesting bonus FAR, the planning director may request a recommendation from the design review board before a building permit is issued. Amenities provided must be associated with the use for which the FAR increase is sought. Proposed public amenities shall have a public benefit that is appropriate considering the FAR increase being achieved.
[4] Exceptions.
     A. Hotels and motels (including bed and breakfast inns) are considered residential uses for the purpose of FAR.
     B. Exclusions from floor area calculations:
         1. Floor area dedicated to parking.
         2. Elevators, staircases, escalators and mechanical spaces.
         3. Exterior decks, porches and arcades open to the air.
         4. Floor area dedicated to public amenities.
[5] There is no maximum amount of residential FAR that can be achieved by the public amenity bonus system.

Date Passed: Monday, December 14, 2009

Effective Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ordinance C34530 Section 13