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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
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20.220 Installing Utilities Underground
20.24 Public Hearing Procedures
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20.30 Expiration of Approval of Development Permit
20.300 Impact Fees
20.32 Revocation of Permit
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20.38 Board of Adjustment
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20.400 Development Agreements
20.44 Rounding of Quantities
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20.471 Maintenance District 1 - Monterra
20.50 Floodplain Management
20.500 Transfer Development Rights
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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
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Title 20 Consolidated Development Code
20.900 Numbering Structures and Naming Streets
20.900.010 Purpose
20.900.020 Definitions
20.900.030 Duplication or similar road names
20.900.040 Naming new roads
20.900.050 Changing existing road names
20.900.060 Notification of road names
20.900.070 Address numbering-General provisions
20.900.080 Address numbering system
20.900.090 Changing address numbers
20.900.100 Notification of address assignment or change
20.900.110 Administrative appeals of address designations or road names
20.900.120 Appeal hearing
20.900.130 Regulation of display
20.900.140 Display requirements
20.900.150 Enforcement

20.900.010 Purpose
The purpose of this chapter is to establish a uniform county-wide system of assigning addresses and street names to facilitate locating buildings in order to protect the public health and safety by enabling a quicker response time by police, fire, ambulance, and other emergency services, and to provide for more efficient delivery of county services, such as building inspections, property tax administration, data collection, property mapping and other county affairs, and to provide for efficient parcel delivery, common carriers, and mail delivery systems in Douglas County by: 
    A.  Creating a coordinated system with standards and regulations, as written in the Address Numbering and Road Naming Guide, for the naming of public and private roads. 
    B.  Creating a formal numbering system with standards and regulations, as written in the Guide for assigning addresses. 
    C.  Providing for notification of interested parties of assigned new road names and address numbers, and address changes. 
    D.  Providing minimum standards and regulations for display of addresses and road signs. 
    E.  Providing for the enforcement of this ordinance. 
    F.  Provide for an appeal process. (Ord. 1185, 2006; Ord. 802, 1998; Ord. 641, 1994; Ord.129, 1962)
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20.900.020 Definitions
    A.  "Address": A combination of a set of numbers and a road name, including if applicable, a directional prefix (N, S, W, E), base name, and road type (St., Ln., Dr., Ci., Ct., etc.) 
    B.  "Address appeals board": The body that has the responsibility to hear and decide the appeal of any address designation, which is not resolved administratively by the community development department, planning division. 
    C.  "Address number": A set of numbers. 
    D.  "Guide": The Address Numbering and Road Naming Guide in the Douglas County Design Criteria and Improvement Standards. 
    E.  "Private road": Any road, street, avenue, court, circle, lane, drive, way, route, boulevard, cul-de-sac, and any other applicable designation which affords a means of travel and vehicular access to abutting property, and is not maintained by the county or a GID. 
    F.  "Road": Any vehicular way which is a state, county, or municipal roadway, or is shown on an approved and recorded plat, or is a private road that serves more than two existing lots 
    G.  "Road name": The proper name of a road, including any prefix or general suffix. 
    H.  "Structure": Anything constructed, erected or placed with a fixed location on the ground and includes, but is not limited to, dwellings, houses, mobile homes, businesses, and buildings, which may have need or cause to have an address. (Ord. 1185, 2006)
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20.900.030 Duplication or similar road names
A road may not be given a road name which duplicates the road name of any other road in the county or which is the same or similar in spelling or pronunciation to an existing road within the Douglas County emergency services dispatch area. See the Guide for details and guidelines. (Ord. 1185, 2006)
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20.900.040 Naming new roads
A property owner or developer must submit an application for approval of proposed road names on an application form provided by the planning division, along with a map showing the layout and extent of the proposed roads. Upon receipt of a road name application and map, the planning division will forward the application to the emergency services and GIS departments for review and approval. The planning division must notify the applicant of acceptance or rejection of the proposed names along with the rationale for the decision to reject a name. All road names being created through the land division process must be approved before the submittal of a final land division map. Redesign of the project’s circulation pattern will require a resubmittal of the application to assure conformance to the street naming standards and regulations. The planning division may provide the applicant a list of existing road names for the convenience of the applicant.
An official name must be given to a private road and approved by the emergency services and GIS departments when: 
    A.  The private road services two or more residences, or 
    B.  The location or length of the private road is such that for safety and emergency purposes, it is more appropriate to name the private road than to assign addresses from the main road. (Ord. 1185, 2006)
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20.900.050 Changing existing road names
It is the intent of this chapter to discourage the practice of changing existing road names, except in situations where: 
    A.  Two identical or similar road names exist. 
    B.  In other circumstances that clearly make the accurate dispatching of emergency vehicles impractical. 
    C.  When one road has two commonly used names. 
    D.  Where portions of what appears to be the same road has two or more names 
    E.  Where road construction has resulted in the extension of a road to another road so that both roads are joined in a manner that both roads may be considered one road.
Individuals who desire a road name change may submit an application obtained from the planning division. A completed application and any applicable fees must be submitted to the planning division for approval. A road name change must be reviewed and may be recommended for approval by the emergency services and GIS departments. The planning division must notify the applicant of acceptance or rejection of the proposed name change with the rationale for the decision if the name change is rejected. Before recommending a change in a road name, the GIS department and emergency services must consider the official road name as recorded on plats and deeds of adjacent property as the most accurate historical name of the road in question. The primary consideration in determining the single road name when two or more names are commonly used is using the name causing the least disturbance to existing legal documents. The road name, which results in the fewest number of address changes, may also be considered. (Ord. 1185, 2006)
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20.900.060 Notification of road names
The planning division must notify interested persons whenever a road is named for the first time, and whenever an existing road name is changed. 
    A.  When roads or road right-of ways are named as part of the process of approving a tentative map or final map, the record in the recorder’s office will be sufficient notice. 
    B.  When roads, other than roads in section A, are named for the first time, or existing street names are changed, written notice must contain: 
        1.  The new road name. 
        2.  The former road name, if applicable. 
        3.  A structure's new address and description of the location of the structure. 
        4.  The extent of the road to which the road name is to be applied. 
        5.  A map when required the planning division.
    C.  Notices must be sent to the following entities or persons: 
        1.  The respective local government body. 
        2.  The planning division, community development department. 
        3.  Emergency services, 911 dispatch. 
        4.  U.S. Post Office. 
        5.  The assessor’s office. 
        6.  All utilities providing service to the area. 
        7.  Residents, occupants, and owners who will have an address on the road being named. In cases where an existing address is changed, the planning division must send an address correction notification to each resident, owner, or occupant with an affected address on the road, within ten business days by mail, or personal delivery. If rental property, the owner is responsible for notifying the tenant. (Ord. 1185, 2006)
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20.900.070 Address numbering-General provisions
The number system consists of base lines from which all individual property numbers will be established. The numbers increase progressively from the base lines at a rate of approximately one number per 25 lineal feet of property street-frontage. Even numbers are (generally) assigned to all properties on the north and west tending sides of all streets and odd numbers are assigned to all properties along the south and east tending sides of streets. In order to determine the proper number for a particular location, a proportion of the distance between fixed adjacent numbers on either side or to the noted one hundred series divisions must be made, with a basic relation to the distance factor applied. (Ord. 1185, 2006; Ord. 802, 1998; Ord. 129, 1962)
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20.900.080 Address numbering system
The address numbering system is structured as follows: 
    A.  There will be a baseline which is the south section line of Sections 1 through 6 of the respective Townships of Douglas County (T11 N, R20 E; through T11 N, R23 E). In both directions from this baseline, address numbers must be evenly spaced, 200 per mile, so that when following a northerly-southerly road one reaches address number 200 when arriving at the next section line north or south. The address numbers will continue in the same manner by 200 whole numbers for each section of each township. 
        1.  There will be a meridian line which is the west section line of sections 4, 9, 16, 21, 28, and 33 of the respective Townships of Douglas County (T14 N, R19 E; through T12 N, R19 E). East from this meridian line, address numbers must be evenly spaced, 200 per mile, increasing as you move away from the meridian. The address numbers will continue in the same manner by 200 whole numbers for each section of each township. 
        2.  West of the meridian line is the Lake Tahoe Basin area of Douglas County. Addresses in the Lake Tahoe Basin area do not follow the addressing grid. Addresses do need to follow the guidelines of sequential order, nonduplication, etc. 
        3.  Even numbers must be on the westerly and northerly sides of roads, odd numbers must be on the easterly and southerly sides of roads. 
        4.  Roads, which do not travel due north and south or meander, must be numbered as a north-south road if the major portion of the road when first recorded within Douglas County runs north-south. Once a north-south road has address numbers assigned to structures then that road will always be considered a north-south road. 
        5.  Roads, which do not travel due east and west or meander, must be numbered as an east-west road if the major portion of the road when first recorded within Douglas County runs east-west. Once an east-west road has address numbers assigned to structures then that road will always be considered an east-west road. 
        6.  Address numbers will be assigned so they run consecutively starting at the baseline or meridian line so that numbers are not out of sequence. Consideration will be given to addresses across the street to maintain sequence. See Guide for details and guidelines. 
    B.  Upon determination of the planning division, address numbers in common use prior to the adoption of this ordinance may continue to be used if: 
        1.  The existing address numbers run consecutively in the same direction as the county address system for that side of the base and meridian line where the two systems mesh. 
        2.  The system is definable and can be administered and maintained for future construction of structures. (Ord. 1185, 2006; Ord. 802, 1998; Ord. 129, 1962)
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20.900.090 Changing address numbers
It is the intent of this chapter to discourage the practice of changing existing addresses, or address numbers that are already in use, except:     
    A.  If the existing address number is not in sequence or does not run consecutively in the same direction as the county address system. 
    B.  If the existing number is such that the assignment of address numbers for new structures is not practical and in keeping with the requirements. 
    C.  When a new road is constructed or recognized, which results in the most appropriate address for a structure to be on the new road rather than the original road, for example, where a structure is previously on land locked property, then a new road is built to service it. 
    D.  If it is determined that an address needs to be changed for safety and emergency purposes. (Ord. 1185, 2006)
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20.900.100 Notification of address assignment or change
The applications for new addresses or change of address must be submitted to the planning division. The planning division may change addresses when an address is a duplication, is not in sequential order, or otherwise violates the house numbering system plan.     
    A.  The planning division will assign new addresses. 
    B.  Before a construction permit may be issued, the planning division must assign addresses using the change of address or new address request form. The applicant will be provided with a completed copy of the form containing the assigned address number and street name. 
    C.  The building division may not issue a construction permit until after an address number has been issued for the proposed structure except when it is not possible for an address to be issued until after the location of the building is clearly marked. 
    D.  When an existing address number is changed, the planning division must send an address correction notification form to each resident, owner, or occupant with an affected address, within ten business days by mail, or personal delivery. If the address of rental property is changed, the owner is responsible for notifying the tenant. (Ord. 1185, 2006)
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20.900.110 Administrative appeals of address designations or road names
Whenever any address, address number, or road name is changed pursuant to this chapter or the original address is issued pursuant to this chapter, any person who is affected by the action has the right to appeal the address designation. 
    A.  Initial review. 
        1.  All complaints or appeals of any address designation must be first submitted to the planning division on a form as prescribed by that division. The forms will be made available to the public at no cost and must contain, at a minimum, the following information: 
            a.  The appellant's name and mailing address. 
            b.  Relationship to the address in dispute. 
            c.  The contested address. 
            d.  Reason for the complaint or appeal. 
    B.  The planning division must review the address in question to determine whether an error has occurred and whether the address designation is in compliance with this chapter. The planning division is authorized to administratively remedy any errors discovered and notify the affected property owners. 
    C.  Within 10 working days of receipt, the planning division must review the address designation with the emergency services coordinator and any other agencies necessary to review the implications of the appeal on safety and emergency services and either grant or deny the appeal. 
    D.  Written notification of their review and decision must be mailed to the appellant within five working days of the decision. (Ord. 1185, 2006)
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20.900.120 Appeal hearing
    A.  The planning commission serves as the appellate body for address numbering and road naming appeals denied or not resolved by the planning division. The appeal must follow the procedure set out in section 20.28.020. 
    B.  The planning commission must conduct all appeal hearings in conformity with section 20.28.020. (Ord. 1185, 2006)
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20.900.130 Regulation of display
The building official has exclusive overall administrative and coordination responsibility to administer the display of addresses and road signs. The building official has the authority to withhold or revoke any permits, including a certificate of occupancy permits, if any portion of this chapter is not complied with, or if an individual intentionally removes an address or road sign after a permit has been issued. (Ord. 1185, 2006)
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20.900.140 Display requirements
    A.  Address numbers: 
        1.  All structures must bear a distinctive address number assigned by the county and in accordance with this chapter. The address number must be in block or script, and of contrasting or reflected color to their background. Address numbers must be at least four inches in height for residential properties, and at least six inches in height for commercial properties. 
        2.  The owner of any structure must place on the street front of the structure, the assigned address number. Numbers on structures must be displayed in a manner that is plainly visible and legible from a vehicle traveling on the roadway. 
        3.  When a building is located or set back from the roadway, or the view of building is obstructed by trees, shrubs, or another building, the address number must be displayed in one of the following manners: 
            a.  The owner of the premises may place or display the numbers on a post or supporting structure of suitable strength and construction adjacent to the driveway of the premises provided that it is not located within the right-of-way. 
            b.  Mailboxes may be used provided that the view of both sides of the mailbox is not obstructed by other mailboxes or newspaper delivery boxes. The use of mailboxes is subject to the regulations of both the post office and the governmental organization which maintains the road. 
            c.  Decorative displays will be allowed as long as all the visibility requirements are met. 
            d.  Directional signs may be used for any structure located off the main road or that requires specific knowledge to locate.
        4.  The manner of address display must not be in conflict with zoning regulations concerning the location and size of signs. 
    B.  Road signs: 
        1.  New roads must have permanent road signs posted within thirty days of the date of approval given by the planning division and before any permits are issued by the building official. Road signs for private roads are the responsibility of the owners residing on the private road and the road signs must match the signs used by on public roads for placement and height, and must display the road name on both sides. 
        2.  The property owners are required to maintain private road signs and addresses, including replacement of damaged or missing letters or numbers, repainting, and installation of replacement signs for those that are damaged or destroyed. 
        3.  The official colors for county road signs are green with white lettering. The official colors for private road signs are blue with white lettering. If the property owner has a mailbox at the road, the address can also be posted on the mailbox for delivery purposes. Posting of an address on a mailbox does not meet the requirements of this section. (Ord. 1185, 2006; Ord. 802, 1998; Ord. 129, 1962)
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20.900.150 Enforcement
It is a misdemeanor for any person to violate any provision of this chapter. (Ord. 1185, 2006; Ord. 802, 1998; Ord. 129, 1962)
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