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In order to allow an overall development that is consistent with the purpose and intent of the S-RP Riverfront Park Special Area Zone as well as its unique location adjacent to the Willamette River and Millrace, the following development standards shall prevail. In the event the development standards here conflict with the general standards of this land use code, the standards provided here supersede any conflicting provisions.

(1) Parking Requirements. The parking requirements for new construction provided here attempt to balance encouragement of use of alternative travel modes with the need for automobile storage; more parking than the minimums specified here may need to be provided. Parking and off-street loading areas shall be designed, laid out, and constructed in accordance with the parking area design, improvements, buffering, and dimensions as specified in EC 9.6420 Parking Area Standards. Required parking shall be determined for each separate occupancy within a building or on a development site. For example, in a combined industrial and office business, parking shall be required for the industrial use at a ratio of one space per 500 square feet and the office portion at one space per 400 square feet. Required parking shall be located within 400 feet of structures to be served unless a greater separation is specifically approved through the master development plan approval process. For that portion of the special area zone located between the Willamette River and the railroad tracks, up to 50 percent of the required parking may be provided north of the Willamette River if approved through the master site plan approval process as outlined in EC 9.3725 S-RP Riverfront Park Special Area Zone Review Procedures. Required parking may be provided through joint use of parking facilities, subject to the requirements of EC 9.6430 Shared Off-Street Parking.

(a) Required parking shall be provided at the following ratios, rounded up to the nearest whole number:

1. Industrial uses – 1 for each 500 square feet of gross floor area.

2. Retail uses – 1 for each 300 square feet of gross floor area.

3. Office uses – 1 for each 400 square feet of gross floor area.

4. University uses – 1 for each 400 square feet of gross floor area.

5. Multiple-family dwellings – 1 for each dwelling unit, plus 1 guest parking space for each 3 units.

(b) Bicycle parking: Bicycle spaces shall be provided as follows:

1. Non-residential uses – the minimum number of spaces shall equal 15 percent of the number of required automobile spaces.

2. Multiple-family dwellings – 1 space per unit.

3. Locking and cover shall be provided for all required spaces.

4. Required spaces shall be located no farther than 2 times the distance between building entrances used by automobile occupants and the automobile parking spaces closest to those entrances.

5. Each required space must be at least 6 feet long and 2 feet wide, with a minimum overhead clearance of 6 feet.

(2) Setback Requirements. Development within the S-RP zone shall comply with the following setbacks:

(a) All structures, parking areas, streets, and access drives shall maintain a minimum setback of 35 feet from the top of the south bank of the Willamette River. A map indicating the location of the top of the south bank is on file with the city’s planning and development department.

(b) All structures, parking areas, streets, and access drives shall maintain a minimum setback of 15 feet from the south side of the bicycle path located (or as to be relocated) adjacent to the top of the river bank. If the setback specified herein requires a greater distance than the 35 feet specified under Section 9.3715(2)(a), the greater distance shall be maintained.

(c) Solar access shall be provided to at least 60 percent of the following designated areas:

1. The south bank of the Willamette River.

2. The bicycle path located (or as to be relocated) adjacent to the top of the river bank.

3. The Autzen Stadium footbridge protection area defined in Section 9.3715(2)(e) below.

4. Active recreation areas defined in the master site plan.

The solar access required herein shall be provided at noon from February 21 to October 21 of any year. If building setbacks necessary to ensure this solar access are greater than would otherwise be required, the greater setback shall be required.

(d) The Millrace shall be maintained as an open channel through the S-RP zone with the following setbacks:

1. No structure, street, access drive, or parking area shall be located adjacent to the east Millrace outfall within the area defined by the bicycle path as it existed on May 11, 1987. This area is indicated on the map referenced in subsection (2)(a) of this section.

2. No structure, street, access drive, or parking area shall be located within 15 feet of the top of the banks of the Millrace in all areas within the S-RP zone except for the area described under EC 9.3715(2)(d)(1) above where a greater setback is required. Except for the east Millrace outfall area described under EC 9.3715(2)(d)(1) above, street or access drive crossings that are needed for circulation may be approved as part of the master development plan.

(e) All structures and parking areas shall maintain a setback of 50 feet on both sides of a straight line between the existing pedestrian underpass under the railroad tracks and the Autzen Stadium footbridge to provide visual linkage between the two structures. This area is indicated on the map referenced in subsection (2)(a) of this section.

(f) Multiple-family dwellings shall have interior yards of not less than 10 feet between buildings, without regard as to the location of the property line, or no interior yards required if the buildings abut or have a common wall, except where a utility easement is recorded adjacent to an interior lot line, in which event there shall be an interior yard of no less than the width of the easement.

(g) Except as provided above, all structures other than multiple-family dwellings shall have no setback requirements.

Public improvements, including pedestrian and bicycle trails, public plazas, and similar amenities, but excluding roads and parking areas, are exempt from the setback requirements specified above.

(3) Required Building Separation and Profile Offsets. All buildings located within 75 feet of the top of the south bank of the Willamette River shall observe the following profile and separation requirements:

(a) The maximum building profile as seen from end to end of the side(s) facing the river shall not exceed 200 lineal feet in total horizontal length.

(b) Any building elevation parallel to the river shall not continue along an uninterrupted, continuous plane for more than 100 feet. For the purpose of this requirement, an uninterrupted, continuous plane is a wall having no variation in exterior surface along its length of more than 5 feet as measured at a perpendicular line from the plane of the wall.

(c) Each building shall be separated by at least 50 feet from an adjoining building, measured parallel to the river.

No building shall have a total horizontal length of more than 300 feet as measured on its longest axis.

(4) Coverage Requirements. Coverage requirements within the S-RP zone shall be as follows:

(a) For that portion of a development site allocated for multiple-family residential use, the maximum permitted coverage by buildings and structures shall be 50 percent.

(b) For that portion of a development site allocated for all uses other than multiple-family residential, at least 40 percent of that portion of the site to be developed shall be landscaped with living plant materials. Natural areas (e.g., along the Millrace or from the top of the bank along with the Willamette River south) may be included in the 40 percent computation. The amount of open space may be reduced to 30 percent if 40 percent of the required parking for the development or phase thereof is provided either below grade, at grade but under a structure, or in a parking structure.

Public amenities such as plazas, pedestrian or bicycle trails, and similar improvements shall be considered open space when computing coverage. When computing coverage within the S-RP zone, structures owned by the Oregon State System of Higher Education and in existence as of May 11, 1987 shall not be included.

(5) Height Limitation. No portion of a structure located within 75 feet of the top of the south bank of the Willamette River shall exceed 45 feet in height above grade (not to exceed 3 stories). There is no height limitation for a structure or a portion thereof outside the area described above.

(6) Signs. Signs within the S-RP zone shall conform to the provisions of EC 9.6670 Central Commercial Sign Standards, except for any area located within 200 feet of the centerline of Franklin Boulevard in which area the provisions of EC 9.6675 Highway Commercial Sign Standards shall apply. No signs facing the river shall be permitted within 75 feet of the top of the south bank of the Willamette River, except identity signs not exceeding 12 square feet in surface area which are not more than 5 feet above grade if ground-mounted or 10 feet above grade if wall-mounted.

(Section 9.3715, see chart at front of Chapter 9 for legislative history from 2/26/01 through 6/1/02.)