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Title 20 Consolidated Development Code
20.668 Non-Residential Uses Specific Standards
20.668.010 Accessory dwellings
20.668.020 Airport related facilities
20.668.030 Bed and breakfast
20.668.040 Campgrounds
20.668.050 Day care center
20.668.060 Drive-through uses
20.668.065 Home Occupations
20.668.070 Large group care or group home
20.668.080 Multi-family housing – MFR zone
20.668.085 Multi-family housing – MUC zone
20.668.090 Open or subsurface mining
20.668.100 Personal storage facility (mini-storage)
20.668.110 Recreational vehicles
20.668.120 Recycling facilities for reusable domestic containers
20.668.130 Major or minor vehicle service center or convenience store with gasoline sales (service stations or gas stations)
20.668.135 Independent congregate senior living community.
20.668.140 Service station conversions
20.668.150 Adult characterized businesses
20.668.160 Vehicle sales
20.668.170 Stationary tank storage (above ground)
20.668.180 Telecommunications sites
20.668.190 Telecommunications facilities
20.668.200 Wind energy conversion system, commercial
20.668.210 Wind energy conversion system, commercial use test site
20.668.220 Wind energy conversion system, micro
20.668.230 Wind energy conversion system, small
20.668.240 Special Occasion Home
20.668.250 Craft Foods or Alcoholic Beverages
20.668.270 Indoor Gun Range
20.668.280 Heliport

20.668.010 Accessory dwellings
Accessory dwellings within non-residential zoning districts shall be constructed or utilized in compliance with the following standards: 
    A.  Accessory dwellings within non-residential zoning districts must be accessory to a primary permitted use on the same parcel. 
    B.  Except as provided in paragraph C, below, an accessory dwelling shall be limited to no more than 1,000 square feet of livable area. 
    C.  A person may utilize an existing residential structure, regardless of size, as an accessory dwelling in a non-residential zoning district provided that at least 25 percent of the total floor area is utilized for a permitted non-residential use within that zoning district. 
    D.  No more than one accessory dwelling is permitted on any parcel or lot. 
    E.  The accessory dwelling shall be provided with one off-street parking space in addition to that required for the primary on-site use. No variance or minor exception may be filed to allow parking within the required front-yard setbacks. 
    F.  Where the accessory dwelling is proposed on a parcel served by an individual well, the applicant shall submit a letter or other evidence that service is approved by the state engineer. (Ord. 1182, 2006; Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.668.020 Airport related facilities
    A.  Airport and aviation uses permitted in the airport district are: 
        1.  Aeronautical facilities as shown on the approved airport layout plan; 
        2.  Aircraft charter, including sight-seeing, and rental; 
        3.  Aircraft maintenance, repair, salvage, painting, upholstering and sales; 
        4.  Aircraft operations, including but not limited to takeoffs, landings, taxiing, preflight engine run-ups and related activities; 
        5.  Aerial photography services; 
        6.  Aircraft storage including tie-downs, shelters, and hangars; 
        7.  Aviation clubs; 
        8.  Avionics sales and repair; 
        9.  Banner towing; 
        10.  Buildings and facilities associated with management and operation of the airport; 
        11.  Cargo transport (aircraft with gross takeoff weights of less than 30,000 pounds for single wheel, 50,000 pounds for multiple); 
        12.  Drainage and utility systems and access roads supporting operation of the airport; 
        13.  Flight training (powered, sailplane, and helicopter), except commercial airline or transport training centers; 
        14.  Offices, facilities and storage yards for public and quasi-public agencies; 
        15.  Manufacturing of aircraft or aircraft components; 
        16.  Pipeline and power line patrol; 
        17.  Retail aircraft fuel, lubricant, and part sales; 
        18.  Retail pilot supply sales; 
        19.  Re-manufacturing of aircraft components; 
        20.  Temporary housing for emergency personnel; 
        21.  Accessory uses when associated with a principal permitted use. Permitted accessory uses are: 
            a.  Car rental agencies with up to ten rental vehicles; 
            b.  Caretaker’s quarters; 
            c.  Classrooms; 
            d.  Gift shop; 
            e.  Kitchens and sleeping quarters associated with corporate flight centers up to 500 square feet which are designated for short-term occupancy (less than 24 hours); 
            f.  Lounges and bars provided they are associated with a restaurant and represent no more than 25 percent of the gross floor area of the restaurant; 
            g.  Newsstands; 
            h.  Offices; 
            i.  Flight simulators; 
            j.  Parking lots; 
            k.  Pilots lounges; 
            l.  Rest rooms; 
            m. Snack bars and restaurants (up to 60 seats); and 
            n.  Storage of materials necessary to the operation of the primary use, including but not limited to short-term storage of hazardous materials, provided that all storage is screened from public rights-of-way;
        22.  Other uses which are determined by the planning commission to be similar to and compatible with those listed above provided that the determination is made in writing and upon review and recommendation by staff through an ordinance amendment.
    B.  Uses permitted subject to a special use permit are: 
        1.  Aviation uses which may produce unacceptable environmental or operational effects, or which may be of a scale requiring the attachment of special operational standards and conditions including the following: 
            a.  Aerial applicator uses (“crop dusters”); 
            b.  Aeronautical research; 
            c.  Aviation mechanics school; 
            d.  Cargo transport using aircraft with gross takeoff weights of 30,000 up to 50,000 pounds; 
            e.  Flight training, commercial airline and transport training facilities 
            f.  Museums with an aeronautical theme; 
            g.  Scheduled passenger service; 
            h.  Other aeronautical uses not listed above which are determined to be similar to and compatible with those identified uses; and 
            i.  Parachute and other similar schools including offices, classrooms and training facilities;
        2.  Aviation supporting uses including, but not limited to hotels, motels, conference facilities, campgrounds, RV parks, stand alone restaurants, gasoline sales or service stations (automotive), and car rental agencies with greater than ten rental vehicles; 
        3.  Uses listed in subsection A.21, above, where not associated with any principal use; 
        4.  Uses which derive more than 25 percent of their gross annual income from sales or services which are not aviation related. Uses may include, but are not limited to: 
            a.  Manufacturing processing, assembly fabrication, warehousing, and research or experimental laboratories; 
            b.  Administrative and executive offices when associated with a permitted use; 
            c.  Offices and commercial establishments which provide services or consultation to other permitted uses, excluding retail uses intended to serve the general public;
        5.  Other uses which are compatible with aviation uses, and which would produce revenue to support operation of the airport.
    C.  Prohibited uses are: 
        1.  Residential uses other than those specifically permitted; 
        2.  Uses which might impair visibility through the creation of smoke, dust or steam; 
        3.  Uses which produce light emissions which might interfere with pilot vision; 
        4.  Uses which could produce electrical emissions which would interfere with aircraft communication systems or navigational equipment; 
        5.  Uses which would penetrate Federal Aviation Regulations Part 77, Surfaces Defined for the Airport, unless an aeronautical study determines that the use would not be an obstruction; and 
        6.  Uses which would penetrate critical areas of navigational aids. 
    D.  Standards for permitted uses. 
        1.  Signs. The Douglas County sign ordinance shall apply to all uses within the airport zone except where a specific provision to the contrary is provided in this chapter. Each business facing a private or public street shall be permitted one wall sign and one freestanding sign, with a maximum height of seven feet, for each street frontage. Total surface area for each sign must not exceed 200 square feet and is calculated at 1.25 times the linear width of the structure facing the street (i.e. 100 feet X 1.25 = 120 square feet of signage). Freestanding signs shall be limited to a maximum area of 50 square feet. 
            a.  For those businesses, except rental storage hangars, which provide aviation or aviation-support services, additional signage is permitted in accordance with the following provisions: 
                i.  A maximum of two signs are permitted for each habitable structure accessing an airport taxiway. 
                ii.  Each sign must be wall-mounted and may be illuminated, internally or externally. 
                iii.  For each structure, the applicant must identify a principal frontage and a secondary frontage. Principal frontages are permitted a maximum 100 percent of the allowable area provided below, while secondary frontages are permitted a maximum 50 percent of the allowable area. The following schedule shall apply to all such signs: 
            b.  The sign area shall not exceed a ratio of two times the linear frontage of the wall in which the sign is to be located. 
            c.  The sign may not exceed 75% of the width of the wall in which the sign is to be located. 
            d.  Individual letters on the sign may not exceed 40 inches in height. 
            e.  Self service fuel dispensing facilities are allowed one additional pole-mounted, illuminated sign not to exceed 50 square feet for each self service fuel facility with a maximum height of the lesser of 20 feet or 2 feet less than penetrating Federal Aviation Regulation Part 77.
            f.  Businesses providing rental storage hangars are permitted one sign for each bank or group of hangars in accordance with the following schedule: 
                i.  The total sign area may not exceed 50 square feet. 
                ii.  The sign may not exceed 75 percent of the width of the wall in which the sign is to be located. 
                iii.  Individual letters on the sign may be no larger than 18 inches in height.
            g.  No signs are permitted beyond the building restriction line except for airfield signs meeting Federal Aviation Administration standards with county approval. 
            h.  As part of an overall sign program, the county or its assignee may permit the construction of airport entrance identification signs subject to the following requirements: 
                i.  The total sign area is not to exceed 50 square feet; 
                ii.  Total height of the sign and structure is not to exceed ten feet in height; 
                iii.  Signs may only be constructed at public entrances to the airport and must be located on county owned property outside of the public right-of-way. 
                iv. The sign must include reference to the Douglas County airport; however, the signs may also include a listing of those uses or businesses accessible from the street. Any business identification signage shall be of uniform size and may not exceed six square feet in sign area.
        2.  Landscaping. Non-aviation or aviation-supporting uses must provide landscaping as part of the development plan. The percentage required shall be consistent with that required under the landscape ordinance. Because of the unique characteristics of the airport and leaseholds, a portion of the required landscaping may be relocated to common areas and entrances of the Douglas County airport. Additionally, at the discretion of the operations manager, the developer may pay an in-lieu fee for that portion of the landscaping which would be transferred. Aviation uses must landscape those portions of their leasehold which face a street. No landscaping is required on those portions of the leasehold accessible by aircraft. The areas required to be landscaped shall meet the following: 
            a.  Landscape planter areas located adjacent to streets must not be less than 15 feet in width. 
            b.  Landscape planter areas located along side yards, outside of aircraft operations areas, must be a minimum five feet in width. 
            c.  All other landscape planters must be a minimum four feet in width.
        3.  Outside storage. Outside storage must be minimized. All outside storage must be suitably screened from surrounding areas by walls, plantings or other barriers as specified under the design review approval. 
        4.  Fencing and gates. Fencing and gates shall be constructed to the extent necessary to restrict access to the airfield to the satisfaction of the operations manager. 
        5.  Lighting. Exterior lighting shall be installed in a manner to prevent any nuisance or hazard to adjoining uses, traffic on public streets or aircraft operations. All light fixtures shall be of a “shoe-box” variety which directs light to the ground and limits dispersion of light. No unshaded light source will be permitted. 
        6.  Off-street parking. Parking shall be provided in accordance with chapter 20.692. Each use shall have sufficient parking available to serve the uses conducted on its leasehold. No on-street parking may be counted toward required off-street parking. Automobile parking is permitted within a hangar while the aircraft normally stored in the hangar is in use. Parking requirements for aviation-supporting uses shall be based upon the most similar use as contained in this title. Where adopted standards do not establish a specific standard, the parking requirement shall be established by the planning commission following consultation with the director and operations manager. The required number of loading spaces shall be determined as part of the design review process. To the extent feasible, loading activities are to be located at the rear of the building or screened from public view. 
        7.  Aircraft parking. All aviation uses must provide sufficient space on the leasehold for parking and staging of aircraft using the facility. 
        8.  Building height. No building or structure within the airport zone may exceed 45 feet in height. Additionally, no building or structure may penetrate the Federal Aviation Regulations Part 77, Imaginary Surfaces, defined for the Douglas County airport unless an aeronautical study has determined that the structure would not constitute an obstruction. 
        9.  Leasehold area. The minimum leasehold size is one-half acre, with the exception of aircraft storage hangars which may be less than one-half acre provided the performance criteria which follow are met. All uses must have a lot of sufficient size to encompass all elements of their operation, including buildings, storage, auto parking, aircraft storage, staging of aircraft, and parking of service vehicles, such as fuel trucks. 
        10.  Yards. No setbacks from leasehold lines are required, except to accommodate required landscaping or to meet setbacks designated on the approved airport layout plan. For the purposes of building regulations, that portion of a leasehold adjacent to a taxiway shall be treated as if the taxiway was a public street. 
        11.  Taxiways. Lease holders shall be responsible for constructing, paving and maintaining any taxiways necessary to connect their leasehold to public taxiways. The location and design of these taxiways must be approved by the director and the operations manager.
    E.  Compliance with chapter 20.614 (Design Review). 
        1.  In order to insure consistency with the purpose of the district and compatibility of uses, the airport layout plan, development standards, conditions of any applicable special use permit approval, any new construction or substantial alteration of an existing use must comply with the provisions of chapter 20.614, design review. (Ord. 1002, 2002; Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 691, 1995)
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20.668.030 Bed and breakfast
See section 20.664.030. (Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.668.040 Campgrounds
    A.  Applicability. 
        1.  All existing trailer parks duly licensed in the county on the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter shall be considered as conforming in all respects with the provisions of this chapter. An existing, conforming trailer park may request to replace or construct improvements or replace units for health and safety reasons that may not be otherwise allowed in the park’s zoning district. The improvements or replacement units cannot change the type of use or the number of units in the park. The permit for the work may be issued on written approval of the director. 
        2.  All individual trailers not in conformance with this chapter shall be removed within a period of one year.
    B.  Campground requirements. Each campground shall be constructed and operated under the provisions of this chapter and shall provide for the following: 
        1.  A location on a well-drained, properly graded site, free from hazards, unusual noises, probability of flooding or erosion. Soil, ground water, drainage, rock formations and topography shall not create undue hazards to property or endanger the health and safety of the occupants; 
        2.  A single area of not less than two acres; 
        3.  Direct vehicular access to an improved public street or width and construction suitable to traffic requirements of the property served; 
        4.  Landscaping or fencing designed to screen the street and adjoining properties, as approved through special use permit approval; 
        5.  Every space shall be clearly defined and abut a driveway or other clear area with unobstructed access to an interior road. Recreational vehicles shall be parked in spaces so that there will be a minimum of 15 feet between units and so that none will be less than 20 feet from exterior boundary of the park; 
        6.  Interior access roads providing for continuous forward movement, connecting with a street or highway, and having a minimum width of 20 feet for a one-way street system and 30 feet for a two way pattern. All driveways shall be hard surfaced with A/C paving, well marked in daylight and lighted at night with at least the equivalent of a 100 watt lamp for each 100 feet; 
        7.  A centrally located common area for recreation, in the amount of at least 200 square feet per individual trailer space; 
        8.  An accessible, adequate, safe and potable supply of water capable of furnishing a minimum of 150 gallons per day per trailer space. Furthermore, fire flows shall be provided as required by the county fire marshal. The development of an independent water supply to serve the campground shall be made only after express approval has been granted by the state health department. Where a public supply of water of such quality is available connection shall be made to it and its supply shall be used exclusively; 
        9.  Each campground shall be provided with toilets, baths or showers and other sanitation facilities as follows: 
            a.  Toilet facilities for men and women in either separate buildings at least 20 feet apart or in the same building separated by a soundproof wall, consisting of not less than one flush toilet, one shower or bathtub and one washbasin for each sex, for every ten dependent trailer spaces. Each toilet, wash basin or bathtub shall be in a private compartment with a door to insure privacy and one full set of sanitary facilities for each sex shall be the minimum requirement for each dependent park regardless of its size; 
            b.  Service buildings housing toilet facilities shall be moisture-proof, permanent structures, complying with all the applicable laws regulating construction and equipment. They shall be well lighted at all times and the floors shall be of water-impervious materials sloping to a floor drain connecting with the sewage system;
        10.  Trash enclosures per the standards set forth in the design criteria and improvement standards manual; 
        11.  Sufficient number of three-quarter inch faucets of non-freezing types shall be so located and installed to reach all trailer spaces with a 50-foot garden hose extension. Two 50-foot lengths of dry, unfrozen hose shall be located on the premises for immediate use; 
        12.  All sites and site improvements shall be harmoniously and efficiently organized in relation to topography, shape and building location, with full regard to use and appearance and advantages of view, trees and other site features; 
        13.  All service buildings and the grounds of the trailer park shall be maintained in a clean, sightly condition and kept free of any condition that will constitute a menace to the occupants or general public; 
        14.  Sewage and waste from all sources shall be discharged into a public wastewater treatment facility; 
        15.  Each space shall provide: 
            a.  An electrical outlet supplying at least 110 volts to each space which is grounded and weatherproof and in compliance with all state and local codes; 
            b.  A minimum space of 1,000 square feet which shall be at least 25 feet wide;
        16.  Each park constructed, operated and licensed, shall be limited solely and only to recreational vehicles, and shall not be converted or used as a manufactured home park without full compliance of all requirements governing manufactured home parks.
    C.  Permittee. Registration and sanitation duties.
Each campground permittee, under the terms of this chapter, shall perform faithfully the following: 
        1.  Keep and maintain a register in duplicate of all trailers and occupants located within the park at all times. This register shall contain: 
            a.  Name of each occupant; 
            b.  License number, as well as the state issuing the license, make, model and year of each trailer, recreation vehicle and motor vehicle parked or stored; 
            c.  Dates of arrival and departure of each trailer, recreation vehicle and motor vehicle; 
            d.  A register shall be available at all times for inspection by law enforcement officers and others whose duties require such information. One copy shall accompany each quarterly payment, the other shall not be destroyed for a period of one year following date of departure;
        2.  Maintain the park in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition at all times, and see that the provisions of this chapter are adhered to and enforced; 
        3.  Occupancy limited to a transient basis. (Ord. 1035, 2003; Ord. 801, 1997; Ord.763, 1996)
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20.668.050 Day care center
See section 20.664.050. (Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.668.060 Drive-through uses
    A.  Pedestrian walkways should not intersect the drive-through drive aisles, but where they do, they shall have clear visibility, and they must be emphasized by enriched paving and striping. 
    B.  Drive-through aisles shall have a minimum 14 foot width on curves and a minimum 11 foot width on straight sections. 
    C.  Drive-through aisles shall provide sufficient stacking area behind menu board to accommodate a minimum of five cars. 
    D.  All service areas, rest rooms and ground mounted and roof mounted mechanical equipment shall be screened from view. 
    E.  Landscaping shall screen drive-through or drive-in aisles from the public right of way and shall be used to minimize the visual impact of the menu board sign and directional signs. 
    F.  Drive-through aisles shall be constructed with (PCC) concrete. 
    G.  Drive-through aisles shall be setback from the ultimate curb face a minimum of 20 feet. 
    H.  One menu board per drive-through lane or customer order display (speaker post) may be permitted and shall be a maximum of 30 square feet in size, with a maximum height of seven feet, and shall face away from the street. A maximum of two menu boards shall be permitted for any drive-through use. A menu board is not calculated as part of the total sign area for the parcel. 
    I.  Drive-through uses within an integrated shopping center shall have an architectural style consistent with the theme established in the center. The architecture of any drive-through must provide compatibility with surrounding uses including but not limited to form, materials, colors, and scale. Structure plans shall have variation in depth and angle to create variety and interest in its basic form and silhouette. Articulation of structure surface shall be encouraged through the width of openings and recesses which create texture and shadow patterns. Structure entrances shall be well articulated and project a formal entrance through variation of architectural plane, pavement surface treatment, and landscape plaza. 
    J.  No drive-through aisles shall exit directly onto a public right-of-way. (Ord. 953, 2001; Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.668.065 Home Occupations
    Home occupations may be permitted as an accessory use to a principal residential use in all zoning districts based on the following standards:
        
A.     The premises upon which the home occupation is conducted shall be the residence of the person conducting the home occupation.
        
B.      Home occupations shall be conducted entirely within the dwelling unit or the accessory structure with the exception of incidental storage of vehicles or trailers.  No vehicles or trailers shall be visible nor shall noise be audible, or otherwise noticeable, from adjoining properties.
        
C.     The home occupation shall not exceed 25% of the gross floor area of the principal residence.
        
D.     No dwelling shall be built or altered in such a manner as to change the residential character and appearance of the dwelling, or in such a manner as to cause the structure to be recognized as a place where a non-residential use is conducted. There shall be no entrance or exit specifically provided or marked on the dwelling for the conduct of the home occupation.
        
E.      No signs relating to the home occupation shall be allowed. Customers or clients may come to the residence, however, only on an appointment basis.
        
F.      No one other than a resident of the dwelling shall be employed at the premises in the conducting of the home occupation, with the following exception:
            1)       For parcels located in the RA-5, RA-10, A-19, and FR-19/40  zoning districts, in addition to the resident employees, three additional employees may be employed at the residence. These provisions do not preclude a business owner, such as a general contractor, from having additional employees provided that those employees do not come to the residence for business purposes.
        
G.     No equipment or process shall be used which creates visual or audible electrical or mechanical interference in any radio or television receiver or other device outside the dwelling unit structure, or causes fluctuations in the line voltage outside the dwelling unit structure. 
        
H.     The home occupation shall not include activities that are objectionable due to glare, dust, fumes, odor, vibration or noise noticeable beyond the property line.
        
I.       The home occupation shall not include electrical or mechanical equipment which is not normally found in a residential structure, and no equipment found on the premises shall cause a change in the fire safety or occupancy classification of the dwelling unit.
        
J.      The home occupation shall not interfere with the maintenance of any required parking spaces including those located within a garage or carport.    
        
K.      No vehicles, trailers or construction equipment, except those normally incidental to a residential use shall be parked so as to be visible from a public right-of-way. The home occupation shall not cause, involve or result in the outside storage of construction materials including, but not limited to electrical material, plumbing material or lumber. 
        
L.      The home occupation shall not involve the use or on-site storage of chemicals, flammable materials, or other hazardous materials except as may be permitted by the Uniform Fire Code.
        
M.     The home occupation shall not generate vehicular traffic or vehicular parking which degrades or is otherwise detrimental to the residential nature of the neighborhood.
        
N.     If the home occupation is to be conducted in a rental unit, the business owner must obtain permission from the property owner. 
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     No home occupation shall involve automobile repair, body work, upholstering or similar automobile-related activity, nor shall it involve the handling, packaging or processing of food products except as allowed in cottage food operations as defined and regulated under Nevada Revised Statute Chapter 446. 
        
P.      Home occupations for mobile businesses may be permitted, provided that the mobile business is operated pursuant to the following  conditions of operation: 
            
1)       The mobile business must comply with all applicable requirements of any agency with regulatory or permitting authority over the conduct of that business.
            2)        Any automotive-related services shall be limited to cleaning, detailing, and minor replacement or repair to glass or accessory parts; no mobile business operating under a home occupation shall be permitted to conduct auto repair, auto body or engine work, except on an emergency roadside repair basis.
            3)              No work shall be conducted on county-owned property, including parks, parking lots, or public rights-of-way.  (Ord. 1411, 2014; Ord. 1374, 2012)
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20.668.070 Large group care or group home
See section 20.664.090. (Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.668.080 Multi-family housing – MFR zone
See section 20.664.120. (Ord. 1137, 2006; Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.668.085 Multi-family housing – MUC zone
See section 20.664.125. (Ord 1137, 2006; Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.668.090 Open or subsurface mining
A. Applicability requirements.
1. Requirements for special use permits. Unless exempted by provisions of this chapter, an approved special use permit as provided in chapter 20.604 shall be required for all surface mining operations in all zoning districts in which surface mining is allowed, and shall be required for the expansion or substantial change of operation of any surface mine for which such expansion or changes have not been thereby approved, including any operation which meets the definition of a “nonconforming use” pursuant to chapter 20.698.
2. Requirements for reclamation plans. A reclamation plan shall be required for all surface mining operations where permitted.
3. Exemptions.  A reclamation plan shall not be required for any of the following activities:
a. Excavations or grading conducted for farming or on-site construction or for the purpose of restoring land following a flood or natural disaster;
b. Prospecting for, or the extraction of, minerals for non-commercial purposes in total amounts of less than 1,000 cubic yards per parcel per year;
c. Surface mining operations that are required by federal law in order to protect a mining claim, if such operations are conducted solely for that purpose;
d. Emergency excavations or grading by the county or its agent for flood control purposes;
e. Any other surface mining operations which the director determines to be of an infrequent nature and which involve only minor surface disturbances.
B. Applications for special use permits for surface mining operations and reclamation plans.
1. In addition to the special use permit application required in chapter 20.604; all applications for a special use permit for surface mining operations shall contain the surface mining and reclamation application supplement required by the planning division.
2. As many copies of a reclamation plan application as may be required shall be submitted in conjunction with all applications for special use permits for surface mining operations. 
3. Applications shall include the necessary environmental review information prescribed by the planning division.
C. Performance standards for reclamation plans.
1. All new or revised reclamation plans shall address the environmental impacts of the project, including but not limited to wildlife habitat, backfilling, re-grading, slope stability, re-contouring, erosion control, re-vegetation, drainage, agricultural land reclamation, equipment removal, stream protection, topsoil salvage, tailing and mine waste management and maintenance.
2. Douglas County may impose additional performance standards developed either in review of individual projects, as warranted, or through the formulation and adoption of county-wide performance standards on any new reclamation plan or modification to a previously approved reclamation plan.
D. Phasing of reclamation.
1. Phasing of reclamation.  Reclamation activities shall be phased with respect to the phasing of the mining operation and shall be initiated at the earliest possible time on those portions of the mined lands that will not be subject to further disturbance.
2. Interim reclamation may also be required for mined lands that have been disturbed and will be disturbed again in future operations if it is determined to be necessary to ensure the success of final reclamation or for health and safety purposes. Reclamation may be done on an annual basis, or in stages compatible with continuing operations, or on completion of all excavation, removal, or fill as approved by the county. Each phase of reclamation shall be specifically described in the reclamation plan and shall include: the approximate length of time for completion of each phase; all reclamation activities required; criteria for measuring completion of specific reclamation activities; and estimated costs as provided in subsection 20.664.090.F (Financial assurances for reclamation plans). The county shall approve the reclamation schedule.
3. Annual reports. Surface mining operators shall submit annually a status report to the planning division on the anniversary date of the special use permit.
4. A copy of the final approved reclamation plan shall be kept on-site at all times.
E. Findings for approval.  
In addition to the findings for approval special use permits contained in chapter 20.604, approval for surface mining operations shall include a finding that the project complies with the provisions of federal and state law.
1. For reclamation plans, the following findings shall be made by the board prior to approval:
a. That the reclamation plan and potential use of reclaimed land pursuant to the plan are consistent with this chapter and the county’s master plan;
b. That through operations and implementation of the reclamation plan, all significant adverse impacts on lands to be reclaimed as a result of the surface mining operations are mitigated to the maximum extent feasible;
c. That the land or resources to be reclaimed will be restored to a condition that is compatible with the surrounding environment;
d. That the reclamation plan and potential use of reclaimed land pursuant to the plan are consistent with any applicable air quality or water quality resource plan or that suitable off-site development will compensate for related disturbances to resource values existing after reclamation is completed;
e. The reclamation plan will restore the mined lands to a usable condition which is adaptable for alternative land uses consistent with the master plan, the surface owner, and any other applicable plan or element.
F. Financial assurances for reclamation plans.
1. In order to ensure that reclamation will proceed in accordance with the approved reclamation plan, the county shall require as a condition of approval one or more forms of security which will be released upon satisfactory performance. The applicant shall post security in the form of a surety bond, irrevocable letter of credit from an accredited financial institution, a certificate of time deposit as part of an approved trust fund, or other method acceptable to the county. Financial assurances shall be made payable to Douglas County.
2. Financial assurances shall be required to ensure compliance with elements of the reclamation plan including but not limited to re-vegetation and landscaping requirements; restoration of wildlife habitat; protection of archaeological sites; restoration of water bodies and water quality; slope stability and erosion and drainage control, disposal of hazardous materials; and other mitigation measures. Financial assurances for such elements of the reclamation plan shall be monitored by the planning division.
3. Financial assurances shall not be released until the reclamation has been completed in accordance with the approved reclamation plan to the satisfaction of the director.
4. The amount of financial assurances shall be based upon the estimated costs of reclamation for each year in the reclamation plan, including any irrigation and maintenance of reclaimed areas as may be required. Cost estimates shall be prepared by a licensed engineer or other qualified professionals retained by the operator; the estimates shall be approved by the county engineer. Financial assurances may be based upon estimates including but not necessarily limited to the volume of earth moved (cubic yards) for each year or phase of reclamation. Financial assurances to ensure compliance with re-vegetation, restoration of wildlife habitat, and any other applicable element of the reclamation plan shall be based upon cost estimates that include but may not be limited to labor, equipment, materials, mobilization of equipment, administration, and reasonable profit by a commercial operator other than the permittee.
5. In projecting the costs of financial assurances, it shall be assumed without prejudice or insinuation that the surface mining operation could be abandoned by an operator and, consequently, the county or state may need to contract with a third-party commercial company for mobilization and reclamation of the site.
6. Where reclamation is accomplished in annual increments, the amount of financial assurances required for any one year shall be adjusted annually and shall be adequate to cover the full estimated costs for reclamation of any land projected to be in a disturbed condition from mining operations by the end of the following year. The estimated costs shall be the amount required to complete the reclamation on all areas that will not be subject to further disturbance, and to provide interim reclamation, as necessary, for any partially excavated areas in accordance with the reclamation plan. Financial assurances for each year shall be released upon successful completion of reclamation (including any maintenance required) of all areas that will not be subject to further disturbance and upon the operator filing additional financial assurances for the succeeding year. Financial assurances for all subsequent years of the operation shall be handled in the same manner.
7. Financial assurances for reclamation that is accomplished in multiple-year phases shall be handled in the same manner as described for annual reclamation.
8. If a change of ownership occurs, the existing financial assurance remains in force until a replacement financial assurance is approved by the lead agency.
G. Inspections.
1. The department shall arrange for inspection of a surface mining operation within six months of receipt of the annual report required in subsection D.3, above, to determine whether the surface mining operation is in compliance with the reclamation plan.
2. In no event shall less than one inspection be conducted in any calendar year. The inspections may be made by a state-registered geologist, state-registered civil engineer, state-licensed landscape architect, state-registered forester, or other qualified specialist who has not been employed by the mining operation in any capacity during the previous 12 months, as selected by the director. The director shall, within 30 days of completion of the inspection, notify the mining operator that the inspection has been conducted and shall forward a copy of the inspection notice and any supporting documentation to the mining operator. The operator shall be solely responsible for the reasonable cost of such inspection.
H. Time limit for commencement of a special use permit for surface mining operations.
The conditions of approval of the special use permit shall include time limits for commencement of operations and continuance thereof, in the absence of which, the permit will lapse.
I. Modifications to reclamation plan.
Requests for modifications of approved reclamation plans shall be processed in the same manner as original applications for reclamation plan reviews unless they are determined to be minor modifications. Applications for minor modifications may be submitted in connection with the following, as long as it is not incompatible with existing conditions or plans:
1. To allow the minor re-contouring of final topography, providing slope stability is maintained and substantiated; effecting no more than 10 percent of the site;
2. To allow minor modification or addition of site access;
3. To allow a minor substitution in the reclamation plan, provided it does not substantially alter the intended end use described in the approved reclamation plan;
4. To allow minor technological or administrative changes in methods used to achieve reclamation;
5. To allow measures to be taken which will ensure or maintain public safety (e.g. fences, gates, signs, or hazard removal) provided it does not substantially alter the intended end use described in the approved reclamation plan;
6. To allow minor modifications to a previously approved phasing plan.
J. Violations and penalties.
If the director, based upon an annual inspection or otherwise confirmed by an inspection of the mining operation, determines that a surface mining operation is not in compliance with this section, the applicable permit or the reclamation plan, the county shall initiate revocation procedures of the special use permit.
K. Section fees.
The county shall establish fees as it deems necessary to cover the reasonable costs incurred in implementing this section, including but not limited to processing of applications, annual reports, inspections, monitoring, enforcement and compliance.
L. Special development and performance standards.
1. Required signage. The outer boundaries of all property used for quarrying operations, involving the extraction and processing of rock, sand, gravel, decomposed granite, clay or similar materials shall be posted with signs carrying the message “QUARRY ZONE” in letters not less than four inches in height, and in letters not less than one inch in height, the message “This property may be used for the extraction and processing of rock, sand, gravel, decomposed granite, clay and similar materials, by Douglas County Code.”
a. These signs shall be posted not more than 500 feet apart, with signs placed at each change in direction of the boundary lines of the property and displayed in such manner as to give reasonable notice to passers-by of the message contained thereon.
2. All mining and quarrying operations, rock crushing plants and aggregate dryers shall be established and operated in accordance with the following standards:
a. All equipment and premises employed in conjunction with any of the uses permitted shall, insofar as is practicable and feasible, be constructed, operated and maintained so as to suppress noise and vibration which are or may be injurious or annoying to persons living in the vicinity.
b. All private roads shall be kept wetted while being used or shall be treated with an approved dust palliative or hard-surfaced and maintained so as to prevent the emanation of dust.
c. All private access roads leading off any public street or highway onto property used for any purpose permitted in this zone shall be paved, with asphalt or concrete surfacing not less than three inches in thickness, for the first 50 feet of the access road.
d. No excavation or production from an open pit quarry shall be permitted which creates a slope steeper than one foot horizontally to one foot vertically.
e. No excavation or production shall be permitted nearer than 50 feet from the project boundary.
f. No production shall be permitted nearer than 50 feet to any lot line of adjoining property unless the written consent of the owner in fee of the property is first secured and recorded in the county recorder’s office.
g. Prior to the start of any quarry operations, the outer boundaries of the entire property shall be continuously enclosed by a six-foot-high fence. Where adjacent to a public street or residentially zoned area, required fencing shall be a view obstructing fence, wall or landscaped berm. Elsewhere, the fence may be constructed of chain link, provided however that the reviewing authority may, without notice or hearing, grant a modification to the provisions of this subsection where:
i. The property is located in the bed or flood channel of a wash or water course and fencing would be impractical; or
ii. Topographic features; location factors or other conditions create an unnecessary hardship or unreasonable situation making it impractical to require compliance with the fencing requirements contained in this subsection.
h. All uses permitted which are not conducted within an enclosed building shall confine all operations on the property to the hours between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except in cases of public emergency, or such reasonable or necessary equipment or building repairs as are required to be made.
i. Before commencing operation in any quarry the owner or operator shall secure insurance, to the extent of two million dollars ($2,000,000), against liability in tort arising from the production, activities or operations incident thereto conducted or carried on under or by virtue of any law or ordinance, and such insurance shall be kept in full force and effect during the period of such operations.  (Ord. 1492, 2017; Ord. 801, 1997; Ord.763, 1996)
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20.668.100 Personal storage facility (mini-storage)
Mini-storage facilities shall, at a minimum, be constructed in the following manner: 
    A.  The minimum site area shall be 20,000 square feet. 
    B.  On-site lighting is required and shall be stationary and directed away from adjoining properties and public rights-of-way. 
    C.  The site shall be completely enclosed with either a six-foot-high solid decorative masonry wall or security fencing with a minimum of eight foot dense landscaping, except for points of ingress and egress (including emergency fire access) which shall be properly gated. Any gate shall be maintained in good working order and shall remain closed except during business hours. 
    D.  No business activity shall be conducted other than the rental of storage spaces for inactive storage use. 
    E.  Unless otherwise permitted, all storage shall be located within a fully enclosed structure.     
    F.  No flammable or otherwise hazardous materials shall be stored on-site. 
    G.  Residential quarters for a manager or caretaker may be provided in the development. 
    H.  The development shall provide for two parking spaces for the manager or caretaker, and a minimum of one parking space per 75 units located adjacent or in a close proximity to the manager’s quarters for customer parking. 
    I.  Aisle width shall be a minimum of 30 feet between buildings to provide unobstructed and safe circulation. 
    J.  Every parcel with a structure shall have a trash receptacle on the premises. The trash receptacle shall comply with adopted community development department standards and be of sufficient size to accommodate the trash generated. The receptacles shall be screened from public view on at least three sides by a solid wall six feet in height and on the fourth side by a solid gate not less than five feet in height. The gate shall be maintained in working order and shall remain closed except when in use. The wall and gate shall be architecturally compatible with the surrounding structures. 
    K.  Storage facilities located adjacent to residential districts shall have their hours of operation restricted to 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays. (Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.668.110 Recreational vehicles
See section 20.664.140. (Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.668.120 Recycling facilities for reusable domestic containers

    A.  Any recycling facility must obtain a permit from the county and is subject to review by the county prior to commencing operation. Any facility will be permitted solely at the county’s discretion and authority to displace competition and in compliance with the terms of any applicable franchise agreement. 
    B.  Recycling facilities may be subject to permit review in all commercial and industrial land use district according to the following schedule: 

Type of facility

Districts permitted

Permit required

Reverse vending machine

All commercial and industrial

Permitted

Small collection

All industrial

Minor design review

Large collection

All industrial

Special use permit

Light processing

LI, GI

Special use permit

Heavy processing

GI

Special use permit


    C.  The standards for recycling facilities are as follows: 
        1.  Reverse vending machines located within a commercial structure as long as the use does not require additional parking spaces for recycling customers, and is permitted in all commercial and industrial land use districts subject to compliance with the following standards: 
            a.  Shall be installed as an accessory use to a commercial use which is in full compliance with all applicable provisions of this code, and shall not obstruct pedestrian or vehicular circulation;
        2.  Small collection facilities located within applicable commercial and industrial land use districts shall be subject to design review, and comply with the following standards: 
            a.  Shall be installed as an accessory use to an existing commercial use which is in full compliance with all applicable provisions of this code; 
            b.  Shall be no larger than 500 square feet and occupy no more than five parking spaces not including space that will be periodically needed for removal of materials or exchange of containers; 
            c.  Shall be set back behind the front building line of the furthest building located on-site, and shall not obstruct pedestrian or vehicular circulation: 
            d.  Shall accept only glass, metals, plastic containers, papers and reusable items; 
            e.  Shall not use power-driven processing equipment except for reverse vending machines; 
            f.  Shall use containers that are constructed and maintained with durable waterproof and rustproof material, covered when site is not attended, secured from unauthorized entry or removal of material, and shall be of a capacity sufficient to accommodate materials collected and collection schedule; 
            g.  Shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary manner free of litter and any other undesirable materials, including mobile facilities; 
            h.  Collection containers, site fencing, and signs shall be of a color and design that is compatible with and harmonizes with the surrounding uses and neighborhood; 
            i.  Containers shall be clearly marked to identify the type of material which may be deposited; the facility shall be dearly marked to identify the name and telephone number of the facility operator and the hours of operation and display a notice stating that no material shall be left outside the recycling enclosure of containers; 
            j.  Signs may be provided as follows: 
            k.  Recycling facilities may have identification signs with a maximum of 15 percent per side of a structure or 16 square feet, whichever is less. In the case of a wheeled facility, the side will be measured from the ground to the top of the container; 
                i.  Signs shall be consistent with the character of their location; and 
                ii.  Directional signs, consistent with section 20.696.100, bearing no advertising message may be installed with the approval of the director if found necessary to facilitate traffic circulation or if the facility is not visible from the public right-of-way;
            l.  The facility shall not impair the landscaping required by chapter 20.694 (Landscaping standards) for any concurrent use; 
            m.  No additional parking space shall be required for customers of a small collection facility located at the established parking lot of the primary use. One space will be provided for the attendant, if needed; 
            n.  Small collection facilities may be subject to landscaping and screening as determined by the review authority; and 
            o.  Shall maintain adequate refuse containers for the disposal of non-hazardous waste.
        3.  A large collection facility which is larger than 500 square feet, or on a separate parcel not accessory to a “primary” use, which has a permanent structure is permitted in the industrial land use districts, subject to a special use permit and the following standards: 
            a.  The facility does not abut a parcel designated or planned for residential use; 
            b.  The facility shall be screened from the public right-of-way, within an enclosed structure; 
            c.  Structure setbacks and landscape requirements shall be those provided for the land use district in which the facility is located; 
            d.  All exterior storage of material shall be in sturdy containers which are covered, secured, and maintained in good condition and screened in accordance with this title. 
            e.  Queuing for a minimum of six vehicles shall be provided outside the parking and drive aisles for the site. 
            f.  Four parking spaces for employees plus one parking space for each commercial vehicle operated by the recycling facility shall be provided on-site; 
            g.  Adequate refuse containers for the disposal of non hazardous waste shall be permanently maintained on-site.
        4.  Light processing facilities and large processors shall be permitted in the industrial land use districts subject to a special use permit and the following standards: 
            a.  The facility does not abut a parcel designated or planned for residential use; 
            b.  The facility shall be screened from the public right-of-way, within an enclosed structure; 
            c.  Structure setbacks and landscape requirements shall be those provided for the land use district in which the facility is located; 
            d.  All exterior storage of material shall be in sturdy containers which are covered, secured, and maintained in good condition and screened in accordance with this title; 
            e.  Queuing for a minimum of six vehicles shall be provided outside the parking and drive aisles for the site; 
            f.  Four parking spaces for employees plus one parking space for each commercial vehicle operated by the recycling facility shall be provided on-site; 
            g.  Adequate refuse containers for the disposal of non hazardous waste shall be permanently maintained on-site; and 
            h.  No dust, fumes, smoke, vibration or odor above ambient level shall be detectable from adjacent residentially designated parcels. (Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996)

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20.668.130 Major or minor vehicle service center or convenience store with gasoline sales (service stations or gas stations)
Vehicle service centers and convenience stores with gasoline sales shall comply with the following standards: 
    A.  A maximum of two service stations shall be permitted at each intersection. 
    B.  The minimum parcel size shall be 15,000 square feet, with a minimum street frontage of 100 feet on each street. 
    C.  All activities and operations shall be conducted entirely within an enclosed structure, except as follows: 
        1.  The dispensing of petroleum products, water and air from pump islands; 
        2.  The provision of emergency service of a minor nature; 
        3.  The sale of items from vending machines which must be placed next to the main structure in a designated area not to exceed 32 square feet, and which must be screened from public view from the right-of-way; 
        4.  Liquid propane gas dispensers and tanks.
    D.  Pump islands shall be located a minimum of 20 feet from a street property line. However, a canopy or roof structure over a pump island may encroach up to ten feet within this distance. Additionally, the cashier location shall provide direct visual access to the pump islands and the vehicles parked adjacent to the islands. 
    E.  There shall be no more than two points of ingress and egress to any one street. 
    F.  There shall be a minimum distance of 30 feet between curb cuts along a street frontage. 
    G.  No driveway may be located closer than 35 feet to the curb return. 
    H.  The width of a driveway may not exceed 36 feet at the sidewalk. 
    I.  On-site parking shall be provided at one space for each pump island, plus one space for each service bay. 
    J.  Unenclosed storage of motor vehicles is prohibited.    
    K.  No vehicles may be parked on sidewalks, parkways, driveways or alleys. 
    L.  No vehicle may be parked on the premises for the purpose of sale. 
    M.  No used or discarded automotive parts or equipment, or disabled, junked or wrecked vehicles may be located in any open area outside the main structure for a period not to exceed 72 hours. 
    N.  All light sources, including canopy, perimeter, and flood, shall be energy efficient, stationary and shielded or recessed within the roof canopy so that the service station shall be indirectly visible and light is deflected away from adjacent properties and public rights-of-way. Lighting shall not be of such a high intensity as to cause a traffic hazard or adversely affect adjoining properties. 
    O.  Where the service station adjoins property in a residential land use district, a six-foot-high decorative masonry wall shall be constructed at the time the station requires a permit for the on-site improvement or modification. Materials, textures, colors and design of the wall shall be compatible with on-site development and adjoining properties. When the wall reaches the established front-yard setback line of a residentially designated lot abutting or directly across an alley from the service station, it shall decrease to a height of 30 inches. 
    P.  Restroom entrances visible from adjacent properties or public rights-of-way shall be concealed from view by planters or decorative screening. 
    Q.  All parking, loading, circulation aisles, and pump island bay areas shall be constructed with (PCC) concrete. 
    R.  A sign with the service station logo is permitted on up to three sides of the pump island canopy, provided that the area of each sign is no more than two square feet. (Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 167, 1968)
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20.668.135 Independent congregate senior living community.
See section 20.664.157. (Ord. 1279, 2009)
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20.668.140 Service station conversions
A structure originally constructed as a service station and which is proposed for conversion to another allowable use shall require upgrading and remodeling for such items as, but not limited to, removal of all gasoline appurtenances, removal of canopies, removal of pump islands, removal of gas tanks, removal of overhead doors, additional street improvements or modification of existing improvements to conform to access regulations, exterior remodeling, and any additional standards as required by this code. (Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.668.150 Adult characterized businesses
    A.  Adult characterized businesses are defined in section 5.36.010. 
        1.  Development standards. In addition to all other conditions and restrictions which may be imposed by statute, ordinance or regulation, the following location requirements shall apply to adult characterized businesses in those zones where they are allowed. 
        2.  An adult characterized business that is the subject of an application that desires to locate in Douglas County in an area other than the Tahoe Basin Planning Area shall not be located within a 1,000-foot radius of any of the following: 
            a.  The property boundary of a church, college, university, public or private elementary or secondary school, any residential district, a public park, publicly owned meeting facilities or the property line of a lot used or designated for residential use; or 
            b.  The 1,000 foot radius shall extend from the perimeter limits of the property that is the subject of the application without regard to intervening structures or objects. 
            c.  An adult characterized business shall not be located within 250 feet of another adult characterized business. 
        3.  In the Tahoe Basin Planning Area, adult characterized businesses are restricted to the Stateline Community Plan Area as defined by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. (Ord. 990, 2001; Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 378, 1981)
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20.668.160 Vehicle sales
Vehicle sales dealerships, new or used, in the county must conform with the intent of this code and shall enhance and promote the image of the county. All dealerships must be constructed in the following manner: 
    A.  The minimum site area shall be 15,000 square feet; 
    B.  All parts and accessories shall be stored within a fully enclosed structure; 
    C.  Service and associated car storage areas shall be completely screened from public view; 
    D.  All loading and unloading of vehicles shall occur on-site and not in adjoining streets or alleys; 
    E.  All vehicles associated with the business shall be parked or stored on-site and not in adjoining streets and alleys; 
    F.  An adequate on-site queuing area for service customers shall be provided. Required parking spaces may not be counted as queuing spaces; 
    G.  No vehicle service or repair work shall occur except within a fully enclosed structure. Service bays with individual access from the exterior of the structure shall not directly face or front on a public right-of-way; (Ord. 801, 1997; Ord.763, 1996; Ord. 284, 1978)
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20.668.170 Stationary tank storage (above ground)
See section 20.664.160. (Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.668.180 Telecommunications sites
See section 20.664.170 for specific standards. (Ord. 871, 1999)
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20.668.190 Telecommunications facilities
See section 20.664.180 for specific standards. (Ord. 871, 1999)
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20.668.200 Wind energy conversion system, commercial
A commercial wind energy conversion system with a total system height of more than 400 feet and that is intended to produce electricity to sell for consumption. 
    A.  A special use permit is required for all commercial wind energy conversion systems. 
    B.  Commercial wind energy conversion systems may be permitted in the PF zoning district. 
    C.  Total system height must not exceed 400 feet. 
    D.  The minimum setback for a property line which separates two distinct owners is equal to the total system height. 
    E.  The minimum setback is 2,500 feet from any master plan designated receiving area and any existing residence and 1,000 feet from any public right-of-way. 
    F.  The blade diameter must not exceed 200 feet. 
    G.  The tower, or any of its parts, may not be located in or on a drainage, utility or other established easement. 
    H.  Compliance with FAA regulations regarding structure height and lighting. 
    I.  If a wind system is not used for one year to generate electricity or the permit has expired, the system must be removed and the property restored to its previous condition within 120 days. 
    J.  Wind turbines must be approved by a wind certification program which is recognized by the American Wind Energy Association. 
    K.  Compliance with Douglas County adopted International Building Code. 
    L.  Utility notification: A wind energy system may not be installed until evidence has been given that the utility company has been informed of the customer's intent and written permission granted to install an interconnected customer-owned generator. Off-grid systems shall be exempt from this requirement.     
    M.  The noise levels generated by a WECS must comply with chapter five, noise section, of the 2006 Master Plan. 
    N.  Climbing apparatus- Any climbing apparatus must be located at least 12 feet above the ground, and the tower must be designed to prevent climbing within the first 12 feet. 
    O.  The colors of materials used in the construction of the tower must be muted and visually compatible with the surroundings. 
    P.  The applicant must have a Nevada Fish and Wildlife biologist professional conduct a species list study of the proposed site and extending one mile beyond the property lines of the subject parcels. (Ord. 1215, 2007)
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20.668.210 Wind energy conversion system, commercial use test site
Electrical equipment, wind sensors, communication devices, towers, guy wires and anchors, and other associated controls to measure, monitor and report wind speed, wind direction and other wind related data.     
    A.  A temporary use permit is required for commercial wind energy conversion system test sites. 
    B.  Test sites maybe permitted in the PF zoning district. 
    C.  Test towers must not exceed 200 feet in height. 
    D.  The minimum setback is 750 feet from any property line and 500 feet from any public road right-of-way. 
    E.  No rotor blade is permitted under a wind energy conversion system, commercial use test site temporary use permit. 
    F.  Test site equipment may not be located in or on a drainage, utility or other established easement.     
    G.  Compliance with FAA regulations regarding structure height and lighting. 
    H.  Temporary use permits for test site shall expire 24 months after construction, the test site equipment must be removed and the property restored to its previous condition prior to the expiration of the temporary use permit.     
    I.  Compliance with Douglas County adopted International Building Code. 
    J.  The noise levels generated by a WECS must comply with chapter five, noise section, of the 2006 Master Plan. 
    K.  Climbing apparatus- Any climbing apparatus must be located at least 12 above the ground, and the tower must be designed to prevent climbing within the first 12 feet. (Ord. 1215, 2007)
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20.668.220 Wind energy conversion system, micro
See section 20.664.220
(Ord. 1313, 2010; Ord. 1215, 2007)
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20.668.230 Wind energy conversion system, small
See section 20.664.230.
(Ord. 1313, 2010; Ord.1215, 2007)
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20.668.240 Special Occasion Home
A Special Occasion Home must meet the following standards:
    
A.  Only owner-occupied single-family detached dwellings may apply for a Special Use Permit to operate a Special Occasion Home;
    
B.  The owner must demonstrate that he primary residence and/or accessory structures on the property have historic character that reflect the cultural and architectural history of Douglas County;
    
C.  The Special Occasion Home must comply with all building and fire codes, including ADA requirements;
    
D.  Special occasions may include but not be limited to, weddings and receptions; civic, business, corporate and religious or other retreats and seminars; and
    
E.  Private homes used for events organized by non-profit or charitable organizations are exempt from these regulations.  (Ord. 1381, 2013)
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20.668.250 Craft Foods or Alcoholic Beverages

    A. Craft foods or alcoholic beverages, large.
1. Facilities located within the General Commercial or Tourist Commercial zoning district must provide a development plan which demonstrate the compatibility of accessory support uses to the primary craft food or beverage use and its relationship to the surrounding area.  The development plan must include a site plan and layout, architectural design of buildings, pedestrian connectivity to primary and support uses, connections to and use of public spaces, and any buffering measures such as increased setbacks, landscaping and/or wall(s) to mitigate noise and light impacts when adjacent to residential districts.
2. Production areas within these facilities that are located in the General Commercial or Tourist Commercial zoning district are limited to 40,000 square feet which may include assembling, bottling, distilling, processing, and warehousing.
3. At least three public commercial accessory support uses must be included on-site if all or part of the establishment occurs in the General Commercial or Tourist Commercial zoning district.  On-site includes contiguous parcels within a commercial or industrial complex.
4. Public commercial accessory support retail uses or personal service uses may include but not be limited to, product tasting area, food service and/or catering, production education and/or museum, indoor or outdoor special events, special tours or other public facing functions.
5. Facilities with approved development plans with shared or common elements such as access, driveways, parking, and pedestrian connections can be located on contiguous separate parcels under the same ownership.
6. Facilities must be properly licensed and in compliance with NRS Chapters 369 and 597 and DCC Chapter 5.08.
7. All establishments must be in conformance with County adopted Building and Fire Codes.
8. Food Establishments must obtain an annual Environmental Health Permit.  
    B. Craft foods or alcoholic beverages, small.
       1. Production areas within these facilities that are located in any of the allowed Commercial zoning districts are limited to 10,000 square feet which may include assembling, bottling, distilling, processing, and warehousing.
        2. At least one public commercial accessory support use must be included if all or part of the establishment occurs in a Commercial zoning district.
        
3. Public commercial accessory retail uses or personal service uses may include but not be limited to, product tasting area, food service and/or catering, product education and/or museum, indoor or outdoor special events, special tours or other public facing functions.
        4. All primary and accessory uses associated with this commercial use must be located on the same parcel.
        5. Facilities must be properly licensed and in compliance with NRS Chapters 369 and 597 and DCC Chapter 5.08.
        6. All establishments must be in conformance with County adopted Building and Fire Codes.
        7. Food Establishments must obtain an annual Environmental Health Permit.  (Ord. 1402, 2014)

 

 

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20.668.270 Indoor Gun Range

An Indoor Gun Range muse meet the following standards:
A. The use may not produce exterior noise in excess of 65 decibels when measured at the property line.  If the use is in a multi-use building, the noise in the neighboring spaces may not exceed 45 decibels when measured in the interior space.  To the extent that the County must utilize a third party to verify noise levels, the Indoor Gun Range owner will be responsible for the cost of the third party review.
B. The use must incorporate bullet containment to the satisfaction of the Building Official so as to ensure that bullets will not penetrate walls, ceilings, or floors.  To the extent that the County must utilize a third party to verify this standard is met, the Indoor Gun Range owner will be responsible for the cost of the third party review.  
C. The use must utilize total metal jacket or plated bullets so as to minimize lead vapors, and the building space must be properly ventilated to the satisfaction of the Building Official.
D. Prior to commencement of the use, a complete fire life safety inspection of the proposed space and building shall be conducted by the Fire District to ensure conformance with all applicable fire life safety requirements.  As part of this inspection, the Indoor Gun Range owner shall advise the Fire Marshall of intended location and anticipated amount of ammunition storage.
E. The business owner must demonstrate to the County Sheriff possession of a Federal Fire Arms License.  The employees of Indoor Gun Range must submit to a background check conducted by the Sheriff’s office, and the Sheriff must find it to be acceptable for the employee to work at the range.  The cost of the Federal Firearms License and the cost of the FBI fingerprinting must be paid by the Indoor Gun Range owner.  
(Ord. 1419, 2014)


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20.668.280 Heliport
Heliports in the Light Industrial zoning district shall be utilized in compliance with the following standards.
A. The heliport is an accessory use to the primary use of land.
B. The primary use of land is an industrial use.
C. The helicopter landing area will be for occasional use only, with a limited frequency of use determined by the Special Use Permit.
D. Only the property owner will utilize the heliport, customers will not.
E. All arrivals and departures will be announced on radio utilizing a frequency as determined by the Douglas County Airport Manager.
F. There will be no commercial flights to/from the facility.
G. There will be no refueling at the facility.
H. Aircraft will be FAA certified, and the facility will be operated in compliance with FAA standards.  (Ord. 1424, 2014)

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