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Title 20 Consolidated Development Code
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20.01 General Provisions; Consistency with Master Plan; Right to Farm
20.02 Development Permits
20.04 Application Process and Official Filing Date
20.06 Decision by the Director
20.08 Review by Advisory Body
20.10 Review and Decision by Planning Commission
20.100 Public Facilities and Improvement Standards
20.12 Review and Decision by Board of County Commissioners
20.14 Conditional Approval
20.20 Notice Provisions
20.200 Surveys
20.220 Installing Utilities Underground
20.24 Public Hearing Procedures
20.28 Post Decision Proceedings
20.30 Expiration of Approval of Development Permit
20.300 Impact Fees
20.32 Revocation of Permit
20.34 Enforcement
20.38 Board of Adjustment
20.40 Fees
20.400 Development Agreements
20.44 Rounding of Quantities
20.440 Density Bonus Agreements
20.460 Reimbursement Agreements
20.470 Maintenance Districts
20.471 Maintenance District 1 - Monterra
20.50 Floodplain Management
20.500 Transfer Development Rights
20.550 Growth Management
20.560 Building Permit Allocation and Growth Management
20.600 General Provisions
20.602 Pre-application Conference
20.604 Special use permits
20.606 Variances
20.608 Amendment to Master Plan
20.610 Zoning Administration
20.612 Specific Plan
20.614 Design Review
20.618 Sign Permit
20.620 Temporary Use Permit
20.650 Zoning Districts and Standards
20.654 Agriculture and Forestry and Range Districts
20.656 Residential Districts
20.658 Non-Residential Districts
20.660 Use Regulations
20.662 Agricultural, Forest and Range, and Residential Land Use District Specific Standards (Table)
20.664 Agricultural, Forest and Range, and Residential Land Use Specific Standards
20.666 Non-Residential Specific Standards for Permitted, Development Permitted and Special use permit Uses (Table)
20.668 Non-Residential Uses Specific Standards
20.672 Livestock Overlay (LO) Zoning District
20.674 Manufactures Housing (MH) District
20.675 Mixed-use Commercial (MUC) Overlay District
20.676 Planned Development (PD) Overlay District
20.678 Residential Office (RO) Overlay District
20.680 Genoa Historic (GH) Overlay District
20.682 Clustered Residential Subdivision (CR) Overlay
20.685 Gaming District (GD) Overlay
20.690 Property Standards
20.691 Property Maintenance
20.692 Off-Street Parking and Loading
20.694 Landscape Standards
20.696 Sign and Advertising Control
20.698 Nonconforming Uses and Structures
20.700 Applicability and Procedures
20.702 Zoning Districts and Standards
20.703 Tahoe Area Plan Regulations
20.704 General Provisions
20.708 Subdivision Application Procedure and Approval Process
20.712 Parcel Maps
20.714 Division of Agricultural Land for Conservation Purposes
20.716 Division of Land into Large Parcels
20.718 Division of Land for Agricultural Purposes
20.720 Assurance for Completion and Maintenance of Improvements
20.768 Land Readjustment
20.770 Boundary Line Adjustment
20.800 General Provisions
20.810 Administration
20.820 Building Permits
20.830 Site Improvement Permits
20.840 Encroachment Permits
20.900 Numbering Structures and Naming Streets
Effective Date
Table of Ordinances
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Title 20 Consolidated Development Code
20.01 General Provisions; Consistency with Master Plan; Right to Farm
20.01.010 Title
20.01.020 Purpose
20.01.030 Conformance with master plan
20.01.040 Enactment
20.01.050 Interpretation, conflict and severability
20.01.060 Saving provision
20.01.070 Effect of this title on approved development permits, development permits currently being processed, and new applications for development permits
20.01.080 Interpretation of language
20.01.090 Similar use determination
20.01.100 Right to farm
20.01.110 Enforcement authority

20.01.010 Title
This title shall be known and may be cited in all proceedings as the Douglas County Development Code. (Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 390, 1981; Ord. 167, 1968)
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20.01.020 Purpose
The board of county commissioners finds and declares that this title is adopted to promote the public interest, health, safety, morals, convenience and general welfare; to reduce traffic congestion and hazards in the streets; to preserve recognized values of historic and community appearance, charm and character; to provide light and air for all buildings; to safeguard and enhance property values; to avoid undesirable concentrations of population; to prevent overcrowding of land; to facilitate adequate provision of transportation, water, sewage, schools, park and other facilities and services; and to provide the economic and social advantages gained from a comprehensively planned use of land resources. (Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 641, 1994; Ord. 495, 1989; Ord. 353, 1980; Ord. 167, 1968)
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20.01.030 Conformance with master plan
This title and the official zoning map of the county, as adopted, are declared to conform to the master plan of the county pursuant to the provisions of chapter 278, NRS. (Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 641, 1994; Ord. 167, 1968)
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20.01.040 Enactment
To promulgate the Douglas County Master Plan, this title is adopted and made effective as of November 21, 1996, Ordinance 96-763, and as amended by Ordinance 984 effective October 25, 2001. (Ord. 984, 2001; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 641, 1994; Ord. 353, 1980; Ord. 167, 1968)
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20.01.050 Interpretation, conflict and severability
    A.  In their interpretation and application, the provisions of this title shall be held to be the minimum requirements for the promotion of the public health, safety, morals, convenience and general welfare. These regulations shall be construed broadly to promote the purposes for which they are adopted. 
        1.  Public provisions. These regulations are not intended to interfere with, abrogate, or annul any other ordinance, rule or regulation, statute or other provision of law except as provided in these regulations. Where any provision of these regulations imposes restrictions different from those imposed by any other ordinance, rule or regulation of the county, or other provision of law, the provision which is more restrictive or imposes higher standards shall control. 
        2.  Private provisions. Private easements, covenants, conditions and restrictions of record are not enforced by the county except as specifically provided by agreement of Douglas County
    B.  If any part or provision of these regulations or the application of these regulations to any person or circumstances is adjudged invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the judgment shall be confined in its operation to the part, provision, or application directly involved in the controversy in which the judgment shall be rendered and it shall not affect or impair the validity of the remainder of these regulations or the application of them to other persons or circumstances. The board hereby declares that it would have enacted the remainder of these regulations even without any such part, provision, or application which is judged to be invalid. (Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 641, 1994; Ord. 390, 1981; Ord. 353, 1980; Ord. 167, 1968)
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20.01.060 Saving provision
The provisions of this title shall not be construed as abating any action now pending under, or by virtue of, prior existing land development regulations, or as discontinuing, abating, modifying, or altering any penalty accruing or about to accrue, or as affecting the liability of any person, firm, or corporation, or as waiving any right of the County under any chapter or provision existing at the time of adoption of these regulations, or as vacating or annulling any rights obtained by any person, firm, or corporation, by lawful action of the county except as shall be expressly provided for in these regulations.

The provisions of this title notwithstanding, in the Lake Tahoe Basin every structure housing gaming under a nonrestricted license which existed as a licensed gaming establishment on May 4, 1979, or whose construction was approved by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) affirmatively or deemed approved before that date is recognized as a permitted and conforming use and as complying with and conforming to all of the regulations prescribed in this title. Any existing or approved structure and associated structures may be repaired, reconstructed, altered and rebuilt or replaced in whole or in part to a size in accordance with the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact. Alteration, rebuilding or replacement shall, if required, comply with the provisions of this title including applicable building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and fire codes. (Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 390, 1981)
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20.01.070 Effect of this title on approved development permits, development permits currently being processed, and new applications for development permits
    A.  Approved development 
        1.  Development to which an application for design review, special use permit, variance, tentative parcel map, final parcel map, tentative subdivision map, final subdivision map, tentative land division map or final land division map has been finally approved and which approval remains valid on the effective date of this title shall remain valid unless such approval expires by the terms of the approval or in accordance with chapter 20.30. Development which has been granted approval may be built in accordance with the development standards in effect at the time of approval, provided that the approval is valid at the time building permits are issued and that the approval is subject to any time limits imposed pursuant to this title; further provided that any subsequent applications for a development permit required by this title prior to issuance of and including a building permit and certificate of occupancy shall be processed in accordance with the procedures established by this title for the processing of such development permit. 
        2.  No provision of this title shall require any change in the plans, permit expiration, construction or designated use of any structure for which a building permit has been issued prior to the effective date of this title or any subsequent amendment. 
        3.  Any reapplication for an expired development permit must meet the standards in effect at the time of reapplication.
    B.  Projects in process. Development for which an application for a development permit has been accepted as complete, but which has not been granted final approval by the appropriate designated official prior to the effective date of this title, shall be subject to the land use regulations, standards for approval, and other requirements in effect at the time the application was deemed complete; provided that any subsequent application for a development permit required by this title prior to issuance of and including a building permit and certificate of occupancy shall be processed in accordance with the procedures established by this title for the processing of such development permit. If approved, the development may be built in accordance with the development standards in effect at the time of application, provided that any design review filed subsequent to the issuance of a special use permit or reapplication for an expired permit must meet the standards for approval in effect at the time of application. This provision shall not apply to any application for a master plan amendment or zoning map amendment. 
    C.  New applications. If no application for a development permit has been accepted as complete and the development has received no more than approval of a master plan map amendment or a zoning map amendment prior to the effective date of this title, pending and subsequent applications for development approval shall be subject to all requirements, standards and procedures set forth in this title. (Ord. 801, 1998; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 674, 1994; Ord. 641, 1994; Ord. 628, 1994; Ord. 599, 1993; Ord. 497, 1989)
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20.01.080 Interpretation of language
In the event this title requires interpretation, the director may make the interpretation or refer the matter to the planning commission for action, except as otherwise provided. (Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 641, 1994; Ord. 353, 1980; Ord. 167, 1968)
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20.01.090 Similar use determination
The director may authorize a use not specifically listed within a zoning district if it is determined that the use is similar to other uses permitted in the zoning district provided that the use is not specifically listed in another zoning district, pursuant to section 20.610.060 (Zoning administration–determination on unlisted uses). (Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.01.100 Right to farm
It is the declared policy of Douglas County to conserve, protect, enhance, and encourage agricultural operations within the county. Further, it is the intent of the county to provide proper notification of the county’s recognition of agriculture’s right to farm.
Where non-agricultural land uses, and especially residential developments, extend into agricultural areas or exist side-by-side, agricultural operations have often become the subject of nuisance complaints. As a result, agricultural operations are sometimes forced to cease or curtail operations and many others are discouraged from making investments in farm improvements to the detriment of adjacent agricultural uses and economic viability of the county’s agricultural industry as a whole. It is the purpose of this chapter to protect agricultural resources and to reduce the loss to the county’s agricultural lands by limiting the circumstances under which agricultural operations may be considered a nuisance. This chapter is not to be construed as in any way modifying or abridging any provision of NRS relative to nuisances, but rather is only to be utilized in the interpretation and enforcement of the provisions of this code and county regulations.
The further purpose of this code section is to promote a good neighbor policy between farmers, ranchers and residents by advising purchasers and users of property adjacent to or near agricultural operations of the inherent potential problems associated with proximity to agricultural operations, including but not limited to the sounds, odors, dust and chemicals that may accompany agricultural operations so that these purchasers and users will understand the inconveniences that accompany living side-by-side with agricultural uses and will be prepared to accept the problems as the natural result of living in or near rural areas.
The right to farm purposes shall be furthered through the following: 
    A.  No existing or future agricultural operation or any of its appurtenances conducted in a manner consistent with proper and accepted standards on agricultural land shall become or be a nuisance, for purposes of all chapters of this code, provided that the agricultural operation complies with all chapters of this code and provided that the provisions of this section shall not apply whenever a nuisance results from the negligent or improper operation of any agricultural operation. 
    B.  Douglas County shall cause to be mailed to all property owners of real property within the county with the annual tax bill the following notice: “Douglas County has declared it a policy to protect and encourage agricultural operations. If your property is located near an agricultural operation, you may at some time be subject to inconvenience or discomfort arising from agricultural operations. If conducted in a manner consistent with proper and accepted standards, these inconveniences and discomforts do not constitute a nuisance for purposes of the Douglas County Code.” 
    C.  When giving notice required by NRS, a person who is selling real property which is near an agricultural operation shall disclose in writing to the prospective purchaser the notice contained in paragraph B above. 
    D.  Where a discretionary development permit, including but not limited to subdivision and special use permit, is sought on or adjacent to lands zoned to permit agricultural operations, the discretionary permit shall include a condition requiring the recordation of a deed restriction to notify any present or future owners, users and tenants of the notice contained in paragraph B above.     
    E.  The county may require the developer to install or permit the installation of signs to notify prospective purchasers and users that adjacent or nearby lands are being used for agricultural purposes and that those interests are protected by law. (Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.01.110 Enforcement authority
    A.  It is the duty of the director or his authorized representative to enforce all of the provisions of this chapter. 

    B.  It is unlawful for any person to interfere with the director or his authorized representative in the performance of his duties. (Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 641, 1994; Ord. 329, 1980; Ord. 167, 1968)
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