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20.01 General Provisions; Consistency with Master Plan; Right to Farm
20.02 Development Permits
20.04 Application Process and Official Filing Date
20.06 Decision by the Director
20.08 Review by Advisory Body
20.10 Review and Decision by Planning Commission
20.100 Public Facilities and Improvement Standards
20.12 Review and Decision by Board of County Commissioners
20.14 Conditional Approval
20.20 Notice Provisions
20.200 Surveys
20.220 Installing Utilities Underground
20.24 Public Hearing Procedures
20.28 Post Decision Proceedings
20.30 Expiration of Approval of Development Permit
20.300 Impact Fees
20.32 Revocation of Permit
20.34 Enforcement
20.38 Board of Adjustment
20.40 Fees
20.400 Development Agreements
20.44 Rounding of Quantities
20.440 Density Bonus Agreements
20.460 Reimbursement Agreements
20.470 Maintenance Districts
20.471 Maintenance District 1 - Monterra
20.50 Floodplain Management
20.500 Transfer Development Rights
20.550 Growth Management
20.560 Building Permit Allocation and Growth Management
20.600 General Provisions
20.602 Pre-application Conference
20.604 Special use permits
20.606 Variances
20.608 Amendment to Master Plan
20.610 Zoning Administration
20.612 Specific Plan
20.614 Design Review
20.618 Sign Permit
20.620 Temporary Use Permit
20.650 Zoning Districts and Standards
20.654 Agriculture and Forestry and Range Districts
20.656 Residential Districts
20.658 Non-Residential Districts
20.660 Use Regulations
20.662 Agricultural, Forest and Range, and Residential Land Use District Specific Standards (Table)
20.664 Agricultural, Forest and Range, and Residential Land Use Specific Standards
20.666 Non-Residential Specific Standards for Permitted, Development Permitted and Special use permit Uses (Table)
20.668 Non-Residential Uses Specific Standards
20.672 Livestock Overlay (LO) Zoning District
20.674 Manufactures Housing (MH) District
20.675 Mixed-use Commercial (MUC) Overlay District
20.676 Planned Development (PD) Overlay District
20.678 Residential Office (RO) Overlay District
20.680 Genoa Historic (GH) Overlay District
20.682 Clustered Residential Subdivision (CR) Overlay
20.685 Gaming District (GD) Overlay
20.690 Property Standards
20.691 Property Maintenance
20.692 Off-Street Parking and Loading
20.694 Landscape Standards
20.696 Sign and Advertising Control
20.698 Nonconforming Uses and Structures
20.700 Applicability and Procedures
20.702 Zoning Districts and Standards
20.703 Tahoe Area Plan Regulations
20.704 General Provisions
20.708 Subdivision Application Procedure and Approval Process
20.712 Parcel Maps
20.714 Division of Agricultural Land for Conservation Purposes
20.716 Division of Land into Large Parcels
20.718 Division of Land for Agricultural Purposes
20.720 Assurance for Completion and Maintenance of Improvements
20.768 Land Readjustment
20.770 Boundary Line Adjustment
20.800 General Provisions
20.810 Administration
20.820 Building Permits
20.830 Site Improvement Permits
20.840 Encroachment Permits
20.900 Numbering Structures and Naming Streets
Effective Date
Table of Ordinances
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County Codes
Title 20 Consolidated Development Code
20.703 Tahoe Area Plan Regulations
20.703.010 Statutory Authority
20.703.020 Purpose
20.703.030 Applicability to land area
20.703.040 Applicability to other regulations
20.703.050 Definitions
20.703.060 Tahoe Zoning Districts
20.703.070 South Shore Area Plan
20.703.080 South Shore Area Plan Development Standards
20.703.090 South Shore Area Plan Permitted, Development Permitted, and Special Use Permitted Uses
20.703.095 Accessory uses
20.703.100 Reserved
20.703.110 Reserved
20.703.120 Reserved
20.703.130 List of primary uses and use definitions
20.703.140 Design standards and guidelines
20.703.150 Parking and loading
20.703.160 Landscape and irrigation plans
20.703.170 Lighting standards
20.703.180 Signage
20.703.190 Scenic quality
20.703.200 Area-wide water quality
20.703.205 Noise
20.703.210 TRPA Code of Ordinances
20.703.220 General provisions
20.703.230 Planning
20.703.240 Land uses
20.703.250 Site development
20.703.260 Growth management
20.703.270 Resource management and protection
20.703.280 Shorezone
20.703.290 Rules and procedures
20.703.300 Authority to condition development permits
20.703.310 Conformity review for an amendment to an Area Plan
20.703.320 Activities requiring TRPA approval
20.703.330 Notification to TRPA and Washoe Tribe of proposed activities
20.703.340 Monitoring
20.703.350 Variances
20.703.360 Appeals

20.703.010 Statutory Authority
Pursuant to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Regional Plan and Code of Code of Ordinances, Chapter 13, Area Plans, the County adopts the following regulations to implement an Area Plan within Douglas County, Nevada. (Ord. 1400, 2013)
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20.703.020 Purpose
    A. The TRPA and Douglas County have found that there is a mutually beneficial need to provide Douglas County, and other local jurisdictions, the option to prepare and implement Area Plans, provided such Area Plans conform with and further the goals and policies of the TRPA Regional Plan.
    B. This chapter establishing an Area Plan, in association with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) approved by the County and TRPA, enables TRPA to transfer limited development permitting authority to the County subject to appeal provisions to the TRPA.   
    C. The development activities delegated to the County within an Area Plan has been found to not have a substantial effect on the natural resources in the Lake Tahoe Region.  Permitting authority as allowed and set forth in an MOU enables TRPA to focus its resources on projects of regional concern, while still maintaining an active and effective oversight role in the implementation of Area Plans. (Ord. 1400, 2013)

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20.703.030 Applicability to land area
    A. The provisions of the Tahoe Area Plan Regulations apply to those lands within Douglas County that are subject to an Area Plan adopted by the TRPA Governing Board.
    B. The boundaries of an adopted Area Plan shall be depicted on the Official Douglas County Zoning Map.  (Ord. 1400, 2013)

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20.703.040 Applicability to other regulations
    A.  All development within the Lake Tahoe Region is required by federal and state law to comply with the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact (Public Law 96-551), Regional Plan, Code of Ordinances, and other provisions of the TRPA.        B. No Area Plan may limit TRPA’s responsibility to enforce the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact, TRPA Regional Plan, and TRPA Code of Ordinances.  
    C. All regulations in the TRPA Code of Ordinances shall remain in effect unless superseded by the provisions of an Area Plan.  
    D. Other chapters and sections of this code, the Douglas County Design Criteria and Improvement Standards (DCDCIS) manual, and TRPA Code of Ordinances apply to the area within a conforming Area Plan only to the extent that a provision meets the purpose and intent of this chapter. 
    E. In case of conflicts between the provisions of this chapter and other code provisions, the most restrictive provision applies. 
    F. All Community Plans and Plan Area Statements shall remain in effect and are subject to the Tahoe Basin Regulations, consisting of Chapters 20.700 through 20.702 of this code, unless superseded by the provisions of an Area Plan subject to this chapter.  (Ord. 1400, 2013)

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20.703.050 Definitions
Definitions of the words used in this chapter are defined in this chapter or contained in the TRPA Code of Ordinances, Chapter 90, Definitions.  In cases where the words are not defined in this chapter or the TRPA Code of Ordinances, refer to the definitions in Appendix A of this code.  The Director has the authority to interpret the words or phrases used in this chapter to give them the meaning they have in common usage and to give this chapter its most reasonable application.  (Ord. 1400, 2013)
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20.703.060 Tahoe Zoning Districts
    A. The following zoning districts have been established to implement an Area Plan within Douglas County:
        1. “T-F” (Tahoe – Forest).  This district is for federal, state, or county lands managed for conservation and passive public recreation purposes.               2. “T-MU” (Tahoe – Mixed Use).  This district is for areas that are targeted for redevelopment and that may include a mix of tourist, recreation, commercial, light industrial, public service, and residential uses         3. “T-MFR” (Tahoe-Multi-Family Residential, maximum density of 15 dwelling units (du)/acre).  This district is for existing and future multi-family housing. 
        4. “T-R” (Tahoe – Recreation).  This district is for private and public recreation areas, such as golf courses, beaches, state parks, and ski resorts.         5. “T-RR” (Tahoe – Resort Recreation). This district is limited to Edgewood Mountain parcels and allows for tourist, commercial and residential uses provided in conjunction with a recreation use.  New development must be the result of development transfers that result in the retirement of existing development.  
        6. “T-SFR-8,000” (Tahoe-Single-Family Residential, 8,000-square foot minimum parcel size).  This district is for existing and future single-family homes.
         7. “T-T” (Tahoe-Tourist). This district is for existing and future tourist oriented uses.
         8. “T-PF” (Tahoe-Public Facility).  This district is for existing and future public facilities.   
    B. The following overlay zoning districts have been established to implement an Area Plan within Douglas County:
         1. HDT (High Density Tourist) Overlay. This overlay district contains existing hotel/casino towers and is targeted for redevelopment in a manner that improves environmental conditions, creates a more sustainable and less auto-dependent development pattern, provides greater access to recreational opportunities, and provides economic opportunities. The district is the appropriate location for the Lake Tahoe Region’s highest intensity development.
         2. TC (Town Center) Overlay. This overlay district is for areas targeted for redevelopment in a manner that improves environmental conditions, creates a more sustainable and less auto-dependent development pattern and provides economic opportunities and future development that will bring environmental gain to the Region.
3. PD (Planned Development) Overlay.  This overlay district contains planned developments approved before December 12, 2012.  All new planned developments within the Lake Tahoe Region are subject to the provisions of Chapter 39, Subdivision, of the TRPA Code of Ordinances and Chapter 20.676, Planned Development (PD) Overlay District, of this code. 
    C. The following shall be depicted on the Official Douglas County Zoning Map: 
        1. Specific and Master Plans. The boundaries of specific and master plans, including the Heavenly Mountain Resort Master Plan (updated in 2007), developed pursuant to Chapter 14, Specific and Master Plans, of the TRPA Code of Ordinances.
        2. TRPA Jurisdictional Boundary.  The TRPA jurisdictional boundary as established by the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact.   (Ord. 1400, 2013)

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20.703.070 South Shore Area Plan
Sections 20.703.080 through 20.703.090 include provisions to implement the South Shore Area Plan.  (Ord. 1400, 2013)
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20.703.080 South Shore Area Plan Development Standards

Development Standards

T-T/HDT Overlay (High Density Tourist District)

T-MU/TC Overlay

(Lower Kingsbury)

T-RR

(Edgewood Mountain Parcel)

T-R

(Edgewood Golf Course and Lodge)

Height (maximum) [1]

197 feet[2] /95 feet

56 feet  

42 feet

42 feet/60 feet [7]  

Density,  Single-Family Residential [8]

1 unit per parcel (parcels less than one acre)

2 units per parcel (parcels greater than or equal to one acre)

Density, Multiple-Family

Residential (maximum) [8]

25 units/acre

25 units/acre

15 units/acre

 

15 units/acre

Density, Multi-person, nursing and personal care, and residential care [8]

25 units/acre

25 units/acre

25 units/acre

25 units/acre

Density, Tourist (maximum) [6] [8]

40 units/acre

40 units/acre

40 units/acre

250 units for site

Density, Recreation [8]

Developed campgrounds - 8 sites /acre

Recreation vehicle sites - 10 sites/acre

Group facilities - 25 persons/acre

Front Yard Setback (feet) [3] [5]

25’ (from Hwy 50)

25’ (from Hwy 50 and S.R.  207)

25’

25’

Rear Yard Setback (feet) [3] [5]

25’ (from Lake Parkway)

25’

25’

25’

Side Yard Setback (feet) [4] [5]

0’

0’

25’

25’

Side Yard Setback, Street Side (feet) [5]

25’ (from Lake Parkway)

25’

25’

25’

Minimum Parcel Size (square feet)

10,000

10,000

20,000

20,000

Land Coverage (maximum)

Per Section 30.4 of the TRPA Code of Ordinances.  High Capability Lands in the T-T/HDT Overlay and

 T-MU/TC Overlay zoning districts may be covered up to 70%.

 

[1] Structures must not project above the forest canopy, ridge lines, or otherwise detract from the viewshed, except as permitted within the T-T/HDT and T-MU/TC Overlay zoning districts.   For structures within the T-MU/TC Overlay zoning district that are over three stories, the findings in Section 37.7.16 of the TRPA Code of Ordinances must be met.  Eighty percent of structures fronting Highway 50 within the T-T/HDT Overlay zoning district shall not exceed 56 feet in height when an existing building or buildings are being replaced within 100 feet of the right-of-way.  See DCDCIS Manual, Part I, Division 7, South Shore Design Standards and Guidelines and TRPA Code of Ordinances for additional height requirements.

[2] Limited to replacement structures, provided, the structures to be demolished and replaced are an existing casino hotel, with existing structures of at least eight stories, or 85 feet of height as measured from the lowest point of natural grade.  Such structures shall also comply with Section 37.7.17 of the TRPA Code of Ordinances.  

[3] Setbacks from major roadways  (Highway 50, S.R. 207, and Lake Parkway) shall be measured from the back of curb line.  All other setbacks shall be measured from property lines.  

[4] Setbacks between structures must conform to International Building Code requirements.

 

[5] Projections, including roof overhangs and eves, porte coheres, decks, stairs and stairway landings, awnings, oriel and bay windows, and canopies, may encroach up to 20 percent into a setback as long as the projection conforms to International Building Code requirements.

 

[6] Bed and breakfast facilities are limited to 10 units/acre; all others are limited to 40 units/acre if less than 10% of the units have kitchens and 15 units/acre if greater than or equal to 10% of the units have kitchens.  The 250 TAUs allowed on the Edgewood Golf Course and Lodge site shall be limited to Special Area (SA) #1 as shown on the Record of Survey Map for Park Cattle Co. recorded in the Official Records of Douglas County as Document No. 34529.

 

[7] The Edgewood Lodge may be constructed to a maximum of 60 feet in height; all other structures shall not exceed 42 feet in height.

 

[8] For mixed-use projects, the density standards contained in this table shall be superseded by the maximum densities calculated in accordance with Section 31.5.2 of the TRPA Code of Ordinances.

(Ord. 1400, 2013)

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20.703.090 South Shore Area Plan Permitted, Development Permitted, and Special Use Permitted Uses
The following list represents those uses in the South Shore Area Plan which are permitted by right (P), require a County Special Use Permit (S), or are prohibited (blank space).  “TRPA” is placed before any use requiring a TRPA review or Special Use Determination.   Uses not listed are prohibited.  Uses listed as permitted may require a Design Review pursuant to Chapter 20.614, Design Review, of this code.  In cases where a TRPA review or Special Use Determination is required, a County Design Review or Special Use Permit shall not be required.  In all cases, the County is responsible for Building Permit and Site Improvement Permit review and approval. 

 

20.703.090 Use

T-T/HDT

T-R

T-RR

T-MU/TC [3]

 

 

.010 Residential

 

 

(A) Employee housing

TRPA-P

S[5]

TRPA-S

P

 

 

(B) Mobile Home Dwelling [1]

 

 

 

P

 

 

(C) Multiple-family dwelling.

TRPA P

S[5]

TRPA-S

P

 

 

(D) Multi-person dwelling

TRPA-S

 

TRPA-S

S

 

 

(E) Nursing and personal care

 

 

 

S

 

 

(F) Residential care

 

 

 

S

 

 

(G) Single-family dwelling (includes condominiums)

TRPA-S [2]

S [2]

TRPA-S [2]

P

 

 

.020 Tourist Accommodation

 

 

(A) Bed and breakfast facilities

 

S[5]

TRPA-S

P

 

 

(B) Hotel, motel, and other transient dwelling units

TRPA-P

S[5]

TRPA-S

P

 

 

(C) Time sharing (hotel/motel design)

TRPA-S

S[5]

TRPA-S

S

 

 

(D) Time sharing (residential design)

TRPA-S

S[5]

TRPA-S

S

 

 

.030 Commercial

 

 

(A) Eating and drinking places

TRPA-P

P

TRPA-P

P

 

 

(B) Nursery

 

 

 

P

 

 

(C) Outdoor retail sales

TRPA-S

 

 TRPA-S

P

 

 

(D) Retail or personal service facility

TRPA-P

P[5]

 TRPA-S

P

 

 

(E) Service stations

TRPA-S

 

 

S

 

 

.040 Entertainment

 

 

(A) Amusements and recreation services

TRPA-P

 S[5]

 TRPA-S

P

 

 

(B) Gaming-non restricted

TRPA-P

 

 

P

 

 

20.703.090 Use (Cont.)

T-T/HDT

T-R

T-RR

T-MU/TC

 

 

(C) Outdoor amusements

TRPA-P

 

 

S

 

 

(D) Privately owned assembly and entertainment

TRPA-S

S[5]

 TRPA-S

S

 

.050 Services

 

(A) Animal services

 

 

 

P

 

(B) Business support services

TRPA-P

 

 

P

 

(C) Health care services

TRPA-P

 

 

P

 

(D) Laundries and dry cleaning plant

 

 

 

S

 

(E) Professional offices

TRPA-P

 

 

P

 

.060 Light industrial [4]

 

(A) Food and kindred products

 

 

 

S

 

(B) Industrial services

 

 

 

S

 

(C) Small scale manufacturing

 

 

 

P

 

.070 Wholesale/Storage

 

 

 

 

 

(A) Storage yards

 

 

 

S

 

(B) Vehicle and freight terminals

 

 

 

S

 

(C) Vehicle storage & parking

TRPA-P

 

 

S

 

(D) Warehousing

 

 

 

P

 

.080 Public service

 

(A) Collection stations

TRPA-S

 

 

S

 

(B) Cultural facilities

TRPA-P

S[5]

TRPA-S

P

 

(C) Day care centers/pre-schools

TRPA-P

S[5]

 

S

 

(D) Government offices and facilities

 

 

 

P

 

(E) Hospitals

 

 

 

S

 

(F) Local assembly and entertainment

TRPA-P

S[5]

 TRPA-S

p

 

(G) Membership organizations

 

 

 

P

 

(H) Post office

TRPA-P

 

 

P

 

(I) Public health and safety facilities

TRPA-P

S

TRPA-S

P

 

(J) Public owned assembly and entertainment

TRPA-S

S

 

S

 

(K) Public utility centers

 

S

 

S

 

20.703.090 Use (Cont.)

T-T/HDT

T-R

T-RR

T-MU/TC

 

(L) Religious assembly

TRPA-S

 

 

S

 

(M) Schools – college

TRPA-S

 

 

S

 

(N) Schools - kindergarten through secondary

 

 

 

S

 

(O) Social service organizations

 

 

 

P

 

(P) Threshold related research facilities

TRPA-S

S[5]

TRPA-S

S

 

.090 Linear public facilities

(A) Pipelines and power transmission

TRPA-S

S

TRPA-S

S

(B) Transit stations and terminals

TRPA-P

S

 

P

(C) Transmission and receiving facilities

TRPA-S

S

TRPA-S

S

(D) Transportation routes [6]

P

P

P

P

.100 Recreation

(A) Beach recreation

 

TRPA-P

 

 

(B) Campground, developed

 TRPA-P

S[5]

TRPA-S

 

(C) Campground, undeveloped

 

S[5]

TRPA-S

 

(D) Cross country ski courses

 

P

TRPA-S

 

(E) Day use areas

TRPA-P

P

TRPA-S

P

(F) Equestrian stables.

 

 

TRPA-S

 

(G) Golf courses

 

P

 

 

(H) Group facilities

 TRPA-P

S

TRPA-S

TRPA-S

(I) Marinas

 

TRPA-S

 

 

(J) Off-road vehicle courses

 

 

TRPA-S

 

(K) Outdoor recreation

concessions

TRPA-P

P

TRPA-P

P

(L) Participant sports facilities

TRPA-P

S

TRPA-P

P

(M) Recreation centers

TRPA-S

 

TRPA-P

P

(N) Riding and hiking trails

TRPA-P

P

TRPA-P

P

(O) Snowmobile courses

 

S[7]

TRPA-S

 

(P) Sport assembly

TRPA-S

S[5]

TRPA-P

S

(Q) Visitor information centers

TRPA-P

 

TRPA-P

P

.110 Resource management

(A) Resource protection, restoration, and management

TRPA-P

P

TRPA-P

P

[1] Mobile home dwellings shall only be allowed within mobile home parks established before December 12, 2012.

[2] Single-family dwellings in Special Area 1 as shown on the Record of Survey Map for Park Cattle Company recorded in the official Records of Douglas County (Document No. 34529) are limited to two or more units, such as a town house or condominium. A special use permit shall only be required if two or more units are being proposed.

[3] Primary uses on the Kahle Community Center site (APN 1318-23-401-005) shall be limited to government offices, public recreation, health care services, health and wellness services (refer to “Retail or personal service facility” definition), and uses considered accessory to a primary use.

[4] Light industrial uses in the T-C/MUC Overlay zoning district (lower Kingsbury area) are only allowed east of Shady Lane.

[5] The following uses outside of Special Area 1 as shown on the Record of Survey Map for Park Cattle Company recorded in the official Records of Douglas County (Document No. 34529) within the T-R zoning district are prohibited: employee housing; multiple-family dwelling; bed and breakfast facilities; hotel, motel, and other transient dwelling units; time sharing (hotel motel design); time sharing (residential design); retail and personal service; amusements and recreation services; privately owned assembly and entertainment; cultural facilities; day-care centers/pre-schools; local assembly and entertainment; threshold related research facilities; campground (developed); campground (undeveloped); and sport assembly.

[6] New transportation routes shall only be allowed if included in the adopted Regional Transportation Plan or Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

[7] Snowmobile courses are prohibited within Special Area 1 as shown on the Record of Survey Map for Park Cattle Company recorded in the official Records of Douglas County (Document No. 345290).

 (Ord. 1400, 2013)

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20.703.095 Accessory uses
Accessory uses may be permitted per Sections 21.3.1. through 21.3.8. of the TRPA Code of Ordinances. (Ord. 1400, 2013)
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20.703.100 Reserved
(Ord.1400, 2013)
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20.703.110 Reserved
(Ord. 1400, 2013)
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20.703.120 Reserved
(Ord. 1400, 2013)
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20.703.130 List of primary uses and use definitions

Use

Definition

Residential

 

Employee housing

Residential units owned and maintained by public or private entities for housing employees.

Mobile home dwelling

A home built entirely in the factory on a non-removable steel chassis that is transported to the building site on its own wheels and was installed prior to June 15, 1976, when the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (commonly known as the HUD Code) went into effect.

Multiple-family dwelling

More than one residential unit located on a parcel. Multiple-family dwellings may be contained in separate buildings such as two or more detached houses on a single parcel, or in a larger building on a parcel such as a duplex, a triplex, or an apartment building. Vacation rentals are included, up to but not exceeding a four-plex, provided they meet the Local Government Neighborhood Compatibility Requirements as defined in the TRPA Code of Ordinances. One detached secondary residence is included.

Multi-person dwelling

A building designed primarily for permanent occupancy by individuals unrelated by blood, marriage, or adoption in other than single-family dwelling units or transient dwelling units.  A multi-person dwelling includes, but is not limited to, facilities such as dormitories and boarding houses, but not such facilities as hotels, motels, and apartment houses.

Nursing and personal care

Residential establishments with in-patient beds providing nursing and health-related care as a principal use, such as skilled nursing care facilities, extended care facilities, convalescent and rest homes, and board and care homes.

Raising domestic animals

The keeping, feeding, or grazing of animals as an avocation, hobby, or school project, secondary to the principal residential use of a property greater than two acres. The use applies to species commonly considered as farm animals, but does not include exotic animals.  Household pets, such as dogs and cats, are included when such animals are being bred for commercial reasons.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Residential care

Establishments primarily engaged in the provision of residential social and personal care for children, the aged, and special categories of persons with some limits on ability for self care, but where medical care is not a major element.  The use includes, but is not limited to, children's homes, halfway houses, orphanages, rehabilitation centers, and self-help group homes.

Single-family dwelling (includes condominiums)

One residential unit located on a parcel.  A single-family dwelling unit may be contained in a detached building such as a single-family house, or in a subdivided building containing two or more parcels such as a town house condominium.  Vacation rentals are included provided they meet the Local Government Neighborhood Compatibility Requirements as defined in the TRPA Code of Ordinances.  A caretaker residence is included.

Summer home

A cabin-type single-family house intended primarily for intermittent vacation use and located in USFS summer home tracts or other remote recreation sites.  Such structures are generally located in areas of restricted winter access.

Bed and breakfast facilities

Residential-type structures that have been converted to or constructed as tourist accommodation facilities where bedrooms without individual cooking facilities are rented for overnight lodging, and where at least one meal daily is provided.  The use does not include "Hotels and Motels," which are defined separately; nor rooming and boarding houses (see "Multi-Family Dwellings").

Hotel, motel, and other transient dwelling units

Commercial transient lodging establishments, including hotels, motor- hotels, motels, tourist courts, or cabins, primarily engaged in providing overnight lodging for the general public whose permanent residence is elsewhere. This use does not include Bed and Breakfast Facilities or Vacation Rentals.

Time sharing (hotel/motel design)

A right to exclusively use, occupy, or possess a tourist accommodation unit of a hotel/motel design without kitchen units, according to a fixed or floating time schedule on a periodic basis occurring annually over a period of time in excess of three years.

Time sharing (residential design)

A right to exclusively use, occupy, or possess a tourist accommodation unit of a residential design with kitchen units, according to a fixed or floating time schedule on a periodic basis occurring annually over a period of time in excess of three years.

Commercial

Eating and drinking places

Restaurants, bars, and other establishments selling prepared foods and drinks for on-premise consumption, as well as facilities for dancing and other entertainment that are accessory to the principal use of the establishment as an eating and drinking place. The use also includes drive-in restaurants, lunch counters, and refreshment stands selling prepared goods and drinks for immediate consumption.

Nursery

Commercial retail and wholesale establishment where plants are grown or stored for transplanting at other sites.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

 

Outdoor retail sales

Retail trade establishments operating outside of buildings on a daily or weekly basis, such as: roadside stands; flea markets; swap meets; seasonal sales involving Christmas trees, pumpkins, or other seasonal items; regular sales of art or handcrafted items in conjunction with community festivals or art shows; and retail sales of various products from individual motor vehicles locations outside the public right-of-way, not including bakery, ice cream, and similar vending vehicles that conduct all sales within the right-of-way and do not stop in any location except on customer demand. Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Retail or personal service facility

An establishment for the retail sale of merchandise or the provision of personal services.  A retail facility includes but is not limited to antique or art shops, clothing, drug, dry good, florist, furniture, gift, building materials, grocery, hobby, mailing services, office supply, package liquor, paint, pet, shoe, sporting, bike or moped, boats, golf carts, snowmobiles, jet skis, automobile parts, books, toy stores, and other miscellaneous retail shopping goods (auto, mobile home and vehicle sales are not included in this definition).  A personal service facility includes facilities primarily engaged in providing services generally involving the care of persons, such as: beauty and barber shops; nail salons; shoe repair shops; saunas and hot tubs; massage services; laundromats (self-service laundries); dry cleaning pick-up stores and small-scale dry cleaners without pick-up and delivery services; clothing rental; dating and escort services; offsite rental of sporting equipment; health and wellness services; minor medical services, and wedding chapels.  The use may also include the accessory retail sales of products related to the services provided.

Service stations

Retail trade establishments primarily engaged in the sale of gasoline, which may also provide lubrication, oil change and tune-up services, and the sale of automotive products incidental to gasoline sales. The use may also include as accessory uses towing, mechanical repair services, car washing and waxing, and trailer rental.  The use does not include storage of wrecked or abandoned vehicles, paint spraying body and fender work, and retail sale of gasoline as an accessory use to food and beverage retail sales when limited to not more than two pumps.

Entertainment

Amusements and recreation services

Establishments providing amusement or entertainment for a fee or admission charge, such as: arcades and coin-operated amusements; billiard and pool halls; bowling alleys; card rooms; clubs and ballrooms that are principal uses rather than being subordinate to an eating or drinking place; dance halls; gymnasiums; health and athletic clubs; ice skating and roller skating facilities; indoor sauna, spa, or hot tub facilities; motion picture theaters; reducing salons; and tennis, handball, racquetball, indoor archery and shooting ranges, and other indoor sports activities.

Gaming-non restricted

Establishments, regulated pursuant to Article VI(d) through (i) of the Compact, that deal, operate, carry on, conduct, maintain, or expose for play any banking or percentage game played with cards, dice, or any mechanical device or machine for money, property, checks, credit, or any representative of value. The use does not include social games played solely for drinks, or cigars or cigarettes served individually, games played in private homes or residences for prizes, or games operated by charitable or educational organizations to the extent excluded by state law.  Restricted gaming is permissible only as an accessory use.

Outdoor amusements

Commercial establishments for outdoor amusement and entertainment such as: amusement parks; theme and kiddie parks; go cart and miniature auto race tracks; ice rinks; and miniature golf courses.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Privately owned assembly and entertainment

Commercially operated facilities for public assembly and group entertainment with a capacity of greater than 300 people, such as: auditoriums; exhibition and convention halls; theaters, meeting halls and facilities for "live" theatrical presentations or concerts by bands and orchestras; amphitheaters; meeting halls for rent; and similar public assembly uses.

Services

Animal services

Establishments primarily engaged in performing services for animals, such as veterinary services, animal hospitals, animal grooming, and pet sitting and overnight boarding services.

Business support services

Service establishments within buildings that provide other businesses with services including maintenance, repair and service, testing, and rental.  This includes establishments such as: outdoor advertising services, mail advertising services (reproduction and shipping); blueprinting, photocopying, and photofinishing; computer-related services (rental, repair, and maintenance); commercial art and design (production); film processing laboratories; and services to structures such as window cleaning, exterminators, janitorial services, and business equipment repair services.

Health care services

Service establishments primarily engaged in furnishing medical, mental health, surgical, and other personal health services such as: medical, dental, and psychiatric offices; medical and dental laboratories; outpatient care facilities; and allied health services. Associations or groups primarily engaged in providing medical or other health services to members are included.  Nursing homes and similar long-term personal care facilities are classified in "Nursing and personal care," and mental health-related services, including various types of counseling practiced by licensed individuals other than medical doctors or psychiatrists or unlicensed individuals, are included under Professional Offices.

Laundries and dry cleaning plant

Service establishments primarily engaged in high-volume laundry and garment services, such as power laundries (family and commercial); garment pressing and dry cleaning; linen supply; diaper service; industrial laundries; and carpet and upholstery cleaners. The use does not include coin-operated laundries or dry cleaning pick-up stores without dry cleaning equipment (see "Retail and personal service facilities").

Professional offices

A place where the following kinds of business are transacted or services rendered: engineering, architectural and surveying; real estate agencies; educational, scientific and research organizations; financial services; writers and artists; advertising agencies; photography and commercial art studios; publishing with offsite printing facilities; broadcasting studios; employment services; off premise concessions (OPC); reporting services; computer services; management, public relations, and consulting services; organizational offices; detective agencies; professional services; attorneys; and counseling services (other than licensed psychiatrists; see "Health Care Services"). Incidental offices are considered accessory uses to a primary use.

Schools - business and vocational

Business and vocational schools offering specialized trade and commercial courses. 

Light Industrial

Food and kindred products

Manufacturing establishments producing or processing foods and beverages for human consumption and certain related products for distribution within the region, such as beverages and liquors processing, and miscellaneous food preparation from raw products.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Industrial services

Service establishments providing other businesses with services, including maintenance, repair, service, testing, publishing, and rental.  This includes establishments such as: welding repair, armature rewinding, and heavy equipment repair, vehicle repair; research and development laboratories, including testing facilities; soils and materials testing laboratories; equipment rental businesses that are entirely within buildings, including leasing tools, machinery and other business item ; and other business services of a "heavy service" nature. Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Recycling and scrap

Establishments engaged in assembling, breaking up, sorting, temporary storage, and distribution of recyclable or reusable scrap and waste materials, including auto wreckers engaged in dismantling automobiles for scrap.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use. The use does not include terminal waste disposal sites, which are prohibited, and temporary storage of toxic or radioactive waste materials.

Small scale manufacturing

Establishments considered to be light manufacturing or cottage industry that produce jewelry, silverware and plated ware; musical instruments; toys; sporting and athletic goods; pens, pencils, and other office and artists' materials; buttons, costume novelties, miscellaneous notions; brooms and brushes; caskets; and other miscellaneous manufacturing industries.  The use also includes artisan and craftsman-type operations that are not home occupations and that are not secondary to on-site retail sales. The use also includes small-scale blacksmith and welding services and the manufacture of trusses.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Wholesale/storage

Storage yards

Service establishments primarily engaged in the outdoor storage of motor vehicles, construction equipment, materials or supplies, fire wood lots, or industrial supplies.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Vehicle and freight terminals

Transportation establishments furnishing services incidental to transportation, such as: freight forwarding services; transportation arrangement services; packing, crating, inspection and weighing services; freight terminal facilities; joint terminal and service facilities; trucking facilities, including transfer and storage; and postal service bulk mailing distribution centers.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Vehicle storage & parking

Service establishments primarily engaged in the business of storing operative cars, buses, or other motor vehicles.  The use includes both day use and long-term public and commercial garages, parking lots, and structures.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use. The use does not include wrecking yards (see "Recycling and scrap").

Warehousing

Establishments primarily engaged in the storage of furniture, household goods, or other commercial goods, such as warehouses and storage or mini-storage facilities offered for rent or lease to the general public. The use does not include warehouse facilities where the primary purpose of storage is for goods for wholesaling distribution.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use. The use does not include terminal facilities for handling freight (see "Vehicle and freight terminals").

Wholesale and distribution

Establishments engaged in the storage of merchandise for sale to retailers; to industrial, commercial, institutional, or professional business users; or to other wholesalers; or acting as agents or brokers in buying merchandise for or selling merchandise to such persons or companies.  The use includes such establishments as: merchant wholesalers; agents, merchandise or commodity brokers, and commission merchants; and assemblers.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Public service

Collection stations

Establishments engaged in the temporary accumulation and storage of recyclable or discarded materials, including toxic and hazardous wastes, which are subsequently transported to recycling centers or solid waste disposal sites for further processing on a regular and consistent schedule. Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Cultural facilities

Permanent public or quasi-public facilities generally of a noncommercial nature, such as art exhibitions, planetariums, botanical gardens, libraries, museums, archives, interpretive centers, and arboretums.

Day care centers/pre-schools

Establishments used for the care of seven or more children residing elsewhere. 

Government offices and facilities

Buildings containing offices or facilities for public or quasi-public entities, including administrative offices, meeting rooms, fire stations and other fire prevention facilities, police and sheriff substations, and animal care and wildlife care facilities. 

Hospitals

Establishments primarily engaged in providing diagnostic services and extensive medical treatment, including surgical and other hospital services. Such establishments have an organized medical staff, inpatient beds, and equipment and facilities to provide complete health care.

Local assembly and entertainment

Facilities for public assembly and entertainment for the local community, not to exceed a capacity of 300 people, such as community centers, meeting halls, and multi-purpose centers.

Membership organizations

Permanent meeting facilities for organizations operating on a membership basis for the promotion of the interests of the members, such as: business associations; professional membership organizations; labor unions and similar organizations; civic, social and fraternal organizations; political organizations; and other membership organizations.  The use does not include country clubs in conjunction with golf courses (see "Golf Courses"); religious organizations ("see Religious assembly"); and lodging (see "Multi-person Dwelling").

Post office

Establishments providing mail service and delivery, such as postal substations and neighborhood delivery centers. 

Power generating

Establishments engaged in the generation of electrical energy for sale to consumers, including hydro facilities, gas facilities, and diesel facilities.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use. Transmission lines located off the site of the power plant are included under "Pipelines and power transmission."  Electrical substations are included under "Public utility centers."

Public health and safety facilities

Facilities operated by public or quasi-public entities for the local protection of the public, such as: satellite highway maintenance and snow removal facilities; water tanks, pumps, wells and related facilities; monitoring facilities; sewage pumps and related facilities; and emergency services. Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Public owned assembly and entertainment

Facilities owned and operated by a public or nonprofit entity for public assembly and group entertainment with a capacity of greater than 300 people, such as: public auditoriums; exhibition and convention halls; civic theaters, meeting halls and facilities for live theatrical presentations or concerts by bands, choirs, and orchestras; meeting halls for rent; community centers; and similar public assembly uses.

Public utility centers

Public and quasi-public facilities serving as junction points for transferring utility services from one transmission to another or to local distribution and service, such as: electrical substations and switching stations; major telephone switching centers; natural gas regulating and distribution facilities; public water system wells, treatment plants and storage; and community wastewater treatment plants and settling ponds.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use. The use does not include office or service centers (see "Professional Offices or Government Offices").

Religious assembly

Religious organization assembly or institutional facility operated for worship or promotion of religious activities, including churches and incidental religious education.  Other establishments maintained by religious organizations, such as full-time educational institutions, hospitals, and other potentially related operations (such as a recreational camp) are not considered a religious assembly and are classified according to their respective activities.

Schools – college

Junior colleges, colleges, universities, and professional schools granting associate arts degrees, certificates, undergraduate and graduate degrees, and requiring for admission at least a high school diploma or equivalent general academic training.

Schools - kindergarten through secondary

Kindergarten, elementary, and secondary schools serving grades up to 12, including denominational and sectarian.

Social service organizations

Public and quasi-public establishments providing social services and rehabilitation services, counseling  centers, welfare offices, job counseling and training centers, or vocational rehabilitation agencies, serving persons with social or personal problems requiring special services and the handicapped and the disadvantaged. The use includes organizations soliciting funds to be used directly for these and related services. The use also includes establishments engaged in community improvement and neighborhood development.

Threshold related research facilities

Public or non-profit research establishments primarily engaged in implementing social, political, and scientific research relating to the Lake Tahoe Environmental Thresholds or the Lake Tahoe ecosystem.  The use includes laboratories, monitoring stations, scientific interpretive centers, research and training classrooms, and related support facilities.  Overnight multi-person facilities, outside storage, and caretaker facilities may be considered as accessory to this use. The use does not include facilities unrelated to threshold-related research, such as: general college administrative offices and classrooms  (see Schools-College); and government administrative offices (see Government offices and facilities); or non- threshold-related research (which may be conducted under the "Professional office" use).

Linear public facilities

Pipelines and power transmission

Transportation facilities primarily engaged in the pipeline transportation of refined products of petroleum, such as: gasoline and fuel oils; natural gas; mixed, manufactured, or liquefied petroleum gas; or the pipeline transmission of other commodities.  The use includes facilities for the transmission of electrical energy for sale, including transmission and distribution facilities.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use. The use does not include offices or service centers (see "Professional offices"); equipment and material storage yards (see "Storage yards"); distribution substations (see "Public utility centers"); and power plants (see "Power generating plants").

Transit stations and terminals

Passenger stations for vehicular and mass transit systems; also, terminal facilities providing maintenance and service for the vehicles operated in the transit system.  The use includes, but is not limited to, buses, taxis, railway, and ferries. Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Transmission and receiving facilities

Communication facilities for public or quasi-public, commercial, and private electronic, optic, radio, microwave, electromagnetic, and photo-electrical transmission and distribution, such as: repeater and receiving facilities, feeder lines, and earth stations for satellite communications for radio, television, telegraph, telephone, data network, and other microwave applications.  The use includes local distribution facilities such as lines, poles, cabinets, and conduits.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.  The use does not include uses described under Broadcasting Studios.

Transportation route

Public right-of-ways that are improved to permit vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle travel.

Recreation

Beach recreation

Recreational use of a beach, supported by developed facilities such as sanitation facilities, parking, picnic sites, and rental services, and nearshore facilities such as multiple-use piers and buoys.  Nearshore and foreshore facilities are included in Chapter 81, Permissible Uses and Structures in the Shorezone and Lakezone, of the TRPA Code of Ordinances.

Boat launching facilities

Recreational establishments that provide boat launching, parking, and short-term trailer storage for the general public. The storage, mooring, and maintenance of boats are included under "Marinas."  Raft launching is included under "Day Use Areas."  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Campground, developed

Land or premises designed to be used and rented for temporary occupancy by campers traveling by motorized vehicle or recreational vehicles, and that contain such facilities as campsites with parking areas, barbecue grills, tables, restrooms, and at least some utilities.

Campground, undeveloped

Land permanently established to be used for temporary occupancy by campers traveling by foot or horse, which may contain tent sites, fire rings, and sanitary facilities, but which does not contain utilities.

Cross country ski courses

Land or premises used as a commercial operation for nordic skiing.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Day use areas

Land or premises, other than Participant Sports Facilities, designated by the owner to be used by individuals or the general public, for a fee or otherwise, for outdoor recreation purposes on a daily basis such as regional and local parks, picnic sites, vista points, snow play areas, rafting facilities, and playgrounds.

Downhill ski facilities

Uses and facilities pertaining to ski areas, including but not limited to: runs, trails, lift-lines cables, chairs, cars, warming huts, care taking quarters, parking, vehicles, day lodges, shops for sale and rental of ski equipment, ski pro shop, first aid stations, ski school facilities and assembly areas, day nurseries, maintenance facilities, lounges, eating and drinking establishments, and other ski oriented shops.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use. Uses and facilities serving non-skiing activities or operating year-round such as tennis courts, swimming pools, hot tubs, restaurants, bars, and retail sales constructed on lands which serve or are utilized in the operation of a ski area shall be considered under the appropriate use classification in the TRPA Code of Ordinances.

Equestrian stables.

Equestrian stables for boarding horses that may be used for sleigh and carriage rides or horseback riding.

Golf courses

An area of land laid out for the game of golf, including driving ranges and putting greens.  A golf course may include accessory uses such as eating and drinking places, clubhouses, and general retail stores.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Group facilities

Establishments that provide overnight accommodations and outdoor recreation to organized groups such as recreational camps, group or organized camps, and religious camps.

Marinas

Establishments primarily providing water-oriented services, such as: yachting and rowing clubs; boat rentals; storage and launching facilities; sport fishing activities, excursion boat and sightseeing facilities; and other marina-related activities, including but not limited to fuel sales, boat pumpout facilities, and boat and engine repair.  Marinas contain water-oriented facilities and structures, which are regulated and defined in Chapter 81.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use. The use does not include condominiums, hotels, restaurants, and other such uses with accessory water-oriented, multiple-use facilities.

Off-road vehicle courses

Areas authorized by the Agency for the use of off-road vehicles including, but not limited to, dirt bike, enduro, hill climbing, or other off-road motorcycle courses. The use also includes areas authorized by the Agency for competitive events utilizing four-wheel-drive vehicles. The use does not include the use of vehicles associated with timber harvest activities on approved skid trails or maintenance vehicles.

Outdoor recreation concessions

Facilities that are dependent on the use of outdoor recreation areas, such as onsite food and beverage sales, onsite recreational equipment rentals, parasailing, rafting, and onsite recreation instruction.  The use also includes outfitter or guide service establishments whose base facilities are located on or near a recreation area, such as horse packing outfitters or snowmobiling outfitters.  Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Participant sports facilities

Facilities for various outdoor sports and recreation including, but not limited to, tennis courts, swim and tennis clubs, ice skating rinks, zip lines, and athletic fields (non-professional). Outside storage or display is included as part of the use.

Recreation centers

Indoor recreation establishments operated by a public or quasi-public agency providing indoor sports and community services, such as swimming pools, multi-purpose courts, weight rooms, and meeting and crafts rooms.

Riding and hiking trails

Planned paths for pedestrian, bike, and equestrian traffic, including trail heads.

Snowmobile courses

Mapped areas, pathways, and trails utilized in, and approved for, commercial snowmobile operations.

Sport assembly

Commercial facilities for spectator-oriented, specialized, sports assembly that do not exceed a 5,000-person seating capacity, such as stadiums, arenas, and field houses.

Visitor information centers

Nonprofit establishments providing visitor information and orientation.

Resource management

Resource protection, restoration, and management

Activities associated with the protection, restoration, and management of timber, wildlife and fishes, open space, vegetation, and watersheds to protect and restore the Lake Tahoe environment.

(Ord.1400, 2013)

 

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20.703.140 Design standards and guidelines
    A. All development under the jurisdiction of the TRPA must comply with the provisions of the DCDCIS manual, unless a stricter provision has been adopted in this section or by the TRPA, including, but not limited to:
         1.  BMPs shall be required pursuant to Section 60.4, Best Management Practice Requirements, of the TRPA Code of Ordinances and as described in the Handbook of Best Management Practices (2012), and as amended.
    B. In order to ensure quality design and bring the South Shore Area Plan into threshold attainment, all future development within the South Shore Area Plan shall be designed to meet the provisions of Part I, Planning Design Criteria, Division 7, South Shore Design Standards and Guidelines, of the DCDCIS manual.  (Ord. 1400, 2013)

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20.703.150 Parking and loading
    A. The number of required parking and loading spaces shall be based on the requirements set forth in Chapter 20.692, Off-Street Parking and Loading, of this code.  In cases where parking and loading standards for a use listed in this Chapter are not addressed in Chapter 20.692, the Director may determine parking requirements based on a similar use or require a parking analysis, pursuant to Subsection B below, to determine minimum parking requirements. 
    B. In lieu of meeting the above requirements in Subsection A, an applicant may prepare and submit a parking analysis including:
        1. A parking demand estimate;
        2. Proposed alternatives to reduce or relax minimum parking standards, which may include:
            a.  Joint use of parking facilities (see Section 20.692.070 of this code)     
            b.  In-lieu payment to meet parking requirements;
            c.  On-street parking (see Section 20.692.050.B.3. of this code)             d.  Free or discounted transit; and 
            e.  Paid parking management; and
        3.  Methods to ensure compliance with alternatives.  
    C. Parking requirements for uses other than single-family dwellings may be reduced 20 percent if a parking analysis indicates public transit service exists within 300 feet of the property and is a viable alternative for the parking reduction.  
    D. Off-site parking locations may be approved if it can be found that it will not violate other TRPA applicable standards.  Such parking must be located within 300 feet of the facility it serves or must be directly connected by transit during the hours of operation.  
    E. Commercial, tourist accommodation, public service, recreation and multi-residential projects must provide, within the project area, snow storage areas of a size adequate to store snow removed from parking, driveway and pedestrian access areas, as required by the Part I, Planning Design Criteria, Division 2, Non-Residential, Section 2.8, Snow Storage, of the DCDCIS Manual.
    F. Bicycle access and racks shall be provided with all commercial, recreation, and multi-family residential projects in accordance with Part I, Planning Design Criteria, Division 2, Non-Residential, Section 2.6, Bicycle Access, of the DCDCIS Manual. (Ord. 1400, 2013)

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20.703.160 Landscape and irrigation plans
Landscape and irrigation plans are required with all non-residential projects and must comply with Chapter 20.694, Landscape Standards, of this code, except when in conflict with a TRPA provision, in which case the TRPA provision applies.  Plant species listed in the TRPA Recommended and Approved Native and Adapted Plants for the Tahoe Basin must be used for lawns and landscaping.  Plant species not found on the TRPA recommended native and adapted plant list may only be used for landscaping as accent plantings.  Such plants must be limited to borders, entryways, flowerbeds, and other similar locations to provide accents to the overall native or adapted landscape design.  (Ord. 1400, 2013)
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20.703.170 Lighting standards
    A. Exterior lighting must be deflected away from all adjacent properties, public streets and public rights-of-way.  Any light source must incorporate a cut-off shield to prevent the light source from being directly visible from areas offsite.  Exterior light sources must be directed downward to avoid sky lighting. 
    B. Exterior lighting must be stationary and not blink, flash, or change intensity. 
    C. String lights, building or roofline tube lighting, and reflective or luminescent wall surfaces are prohibited.  Exterior lighting must not be attached to trees except for the Christmas season, which is between Thanksgiving and March 1 of the following year.
    D. Fixture mounting height must be appropriate to the purpose, but not exceed 15 feet above ground level within 100 feet of residential properties and 25 feet above ground level elsewhere.
    E. Exterior lighting must be used for purposes of illumination only and must not be designed for or used as an advertising display.  Illumination for aesthetic or dramatic purposes of any building or  surrounding landscape utilizing exterior light fixtures is authorized, provided the illuminated area  does not exceed 25 feet above grade on a vertical wall and the light source is shielded from public view.
    F. The commercial operation of searchlights for advertising or any other purpose is prohibited.
    G. Seasonal lighting displays and lighting for special events which conflict with other provisions of this section may be permitted on a temporary basis pursuant to Chapter 22 of the TRPA Code of Ordinances.  (Ord. 1400, 2013)

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20.703.180 Signage
    A. The installation, modification, or replacement of a sign requires review and approval as a project by either TRPA or the County in accordance with Chapter 38, Signs, of the TRPA Code of Ordinances, or substitute sign standards adopted as part of an Area Plan, including the signage standards in the South Shore Design Standards and Guidelines and Subsections F and G below. 
    B. TRPA shall review all signage associated with a project that has not been delegated to the County through an MOU.  The County shall not require a sign permit, pursuant to Chapter 20.618, Sign Permit, of this code, for signage approved by the TRPA. 
    C. For all signage associated with a project delegated to the County through an MOU, the County shall require a sign permit as required by Chapter 20.618, Sign Permit.  
    D. For all non-residential developments containing three or more units, the County shall require a master sign plan to ensure the consistent design of signage throughout a project, pursuant to Section 20.696.375, Master sign plan required, of this code.
    E. In all cases, the County is responsible for the review and approval of Building Permits for signage. 
    F.  Changeable Copy (Readerboard) Signs.  One changeable copy sign is allowed, instead of a freestanding sign, with a project containing a gaming use, service station (gasoline price signs only), theater marquees, recreational and public uses, and institutional uses within the T-MU/TC Overlay and T-T/HDT Overlay zoning districts.  Two changeable copy sign may be permitted as part of a project including both a gaming and theater use. Changeable copy signs include electronic message display signs which display words, symbols, figures, or images that can be electronically or mechanically changed by remote. The message change sequence can be accomplished immediately or by means of fade or dissolve modes.  The maximum speed of a revolution, frame or motion of the electronic message display area may not exceed four cycles per hour.  The electronic message display area must have automatic photocell dimming capabilities based on ambient outside light set at seventy-five percent of full capacity for daytime (full sun) and forty percent for nighttime, or equivalent for other lighting technologies. Certification from the sign contractor that the sign’s light intensity has been factory pre-set not to exceed the limits noted above is required.  In no case shall a changeable copy sign be visible from the shoreline of Lake Tahoe. 
    G. Points of Interest (Wayfinding) and Community Entry Sign. Points of interest (wayfinding) signs and a community entry sign are subject to the following:
        1. Signs identifying special points of interest and a community entry point may be approved as identified in an integrated community facility sign plan, as proposed or amended by the Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and approved by the Board.  The Chamber of Commerce will be responsible for the placement and maintenance of all signs authorized by this section.
        2. The approval of the Board is subject to the following:
              a. Before the installation of any sign structure, the location, size, height, width and general design must be approved by the County as being in conformance with the general purpose of this chapter.  Where applicable, an encroachment permit must be obtained.
            b. The maximum area for a community entry monument sign is 100 square feet and the total sign structure height must not exceed 20 feet measured from the adjacent natural grade.
            c. All signs must have proper access and maintenance easements.                d. Signs along an NDOT right-of-way must be approved by NDOT. (Ord. 1400, 2013)

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20.703.190 Scenic quality
    A.  The County shall require a Scenic Assessment with all project applications requiring a Scenic Assessment, pursuant to Chapter 66, Scenic Quality, of the TRPA Code of Ordinances. 
    B. Prior to approving a project that may potentially affect an identified scenic resource, the County shall find that a project is consistent with applicable recommendations in the Scenic Assessment for preserving or improving the scenic quality of the identified scenic resource.   (Ord. 1400, 2013)

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20.703.200 Area-wide water quality
    A. Area-wide water quality treatments and funding mechanisms may be established in lieu of certain site-specific BMPs, subject to the provisions of Section 13.5.3.B.3., Area-wide Water Quality Treatments and Funding Mechanisms, of the TRPA Code of Ordinances.
      B. The Stateline Stormwater Association, formed by the Stateline Regional Stormwater Treatment Disposal System Agreement (Document No. 405734), is recognized as providing area-wide water quality treatment for properties, subject to the terms of the agreement and applicable Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) perm