The following standards shall apply to all new roofed and enclosed buildings and major expansions of similar existing buildings (i.e., expansions that constitute 50% or more of building floor area) in the recreation district. Design standards apply only to the portion of the building or site that is undergoing alteration. (Ord.1405, 2-28-2011)
A. Vertical Facade Articulation: Buildings shall be designed with a base and a top, created by variations in detailing, color, and materials.
1. The base of the building should include elements that relate to the human scale, including doors and windows, texture, projections, awnings, and canopies.
2. Articulated building tops may include varied rooflines, cornice detailing, dormers, gable ends, stepbacks of upper stories, and similar methods.
B. Horizontal Facade Articulation: Facades greater than 40 feet in length shall be visually articulated into smaller intervals of 20 to 40 feet by one or a combination of the following techniques:
1. Stepping back or extending forward a portion of the facade;
2. Variations in texture, materials or details; or
3. Placement of doors, windows, and balconies.
C. Materials: All exterior wall finishes on any building must be one or a combination of the following materials: wood lapsiding or shakes (preferably cedar), face brick, natural or cultured stone, textured pre-cast concrete panels, pre-colored or factory stained or stained on site textured concrete block, stucco, glass, pre-finished metal, fiberglass or similar materials, or cor-ten steel (other than unpainted galvanized metal or corrugated materials). Other new materials of equal quality to those listed may be approved by the Community Development Department.
D. Dimensional Standards: Recreation facilities, excluding trails or pathways, shall be set back 20 feet from property lines abutting residential districts.
E. Four-Sided Building Design: Building design shall provide consistent architectural treatment on all building walls. All sides of a building must display compatible materials, although decorative elements and materials may be concentrated on street-facing facades. All facades shall contain window openings. This standard may be waived by the Community Development Department for uses that include elements such as service bays on one or more facades.
F. Maximum Building Length: Building length parallel to the primary abutting street shall not exceed 200 feet without a visual break such as a courtyard or recessed entry.
G. Special or Object-Oriented Buildings: In some cases, a uniquely designed building may be proposed that is considered outside of these stated Standards due to its purpose, use, design, and/or orientation (e.g. a memorial, special civic function, etc.). If such a building is proposed, then it may be considered independently of these standards and would be subject to final approval by the City Council.
H. Garages Doors and Loading Docks: Loading docks shall be located on rear or side facades and, to the extent feasible, garage doors should be similarly located. Garage doors of attached garages on a building front shall not exceed 50% of the total length of the building front.
I. Waste and Recycling Areas: Trash storage areas shall be enclosed. Enclosure walls shall be of a block or masonry material and designed to match the building where it is located. The enclosure should be accessible, yet located away from main entries and residential uses. Seasonal trash storage areas shall be screened by a solid board-on-board fence and/or approved landscaping.
J. Buffer Strip: All new active uses (including dugouts, sports fields, park shelters, play structures, and other active park uses), maintenance structures, and parking lots, but excluding trails or pathways, shall be separated from residential uses by a minimum 20-foot wide landscaped buffer. A buffer strip that lies between parking lots, maintenance structures, and/or access roads and a residential use shall include screening of headlights to a minimum height of 42 inches, utilizing a combination of native plants, coniferous/deciduous trees, shrubs, solid board-on-board fencing, and/or landscaped berms. A buffer strip that lies adjacent to all other uses shall include sod or a combination of native plants, coniferous/deciduous trees, shrubs, and/or solid board-on-board fencing.
(Ord. 1405, 2-28-2011)