Section 602.00 - Neighborhood Commercial District (NC)
[Last amended 7/9/98, Ord. 648]
The purpose of the NC District is to provide limited convenience commercial services for a
specific residential market area outside urban growth boundaries. This district is intended to
maintain the service function of rural hamlets in the county; or to locate a present foreseeable
demand for small-scale, local convenience centers in an area where access, traffic-turning
movement and off-street parking can be provided in a convenient and economic manner. The
size of such centers shall reflect real market demand in the residential areas to be served and
the spacing of such centers shall be commensurate with the spacing of existing centers and
arterial or collector intersections. In areas adjacent to Highways 99W and 18, the layout and
design of such centers shall ensure that the view from the highway and rural atmosphere of the
county are not impaired and that the scale and service requirements of the facilities do not have
an adverse impact on, unduly compete with, or place any unusual service demands on nearby
602.02 Permitted Uses
In the NC District, the following uses shall be permitted subject to the standards and limitations
set forth in subsection 602.07 and pursuant to Section
1101 for site design review:
602.03 Conditional Uses
- Automobile service station;
- Automobile repair garage;
- Drive-in restaurant, restaurant, or refreshment stand;
- Food store, maximum floor area of two thousand (2,000) square feet;
- Dwelling in conjunction with a permitted use. Site design review is not required for the
dwelling; [Amended 7/9/98, Ord. 648]
- Accessory uses;
- Temporary structures as may be required during construction of an authorized
permanent structure. Such temporary structure shall be removed upon final inspection
of the permanent structure by the Building Inspector.
- Community or municipal water supply system;
- Community or municipal sewer system; and
- Signs, pursuant to the sign provisions set forth in Section
In the NC District, pursuant to the Type B application procedure as set forth in Section
1301, and subject to the conditional use review criteria listed
in Section 1202, and subject to Section
1101 for site design review and any other applicable criteria
established by this ordinance, the following uses may be allowed conditionally:
602.04 Similar Uses
- Home occupation, subject to the standards and limitations set forth in Section
- Operations conducted for the exploration of oil, natural gas or geothermal resources,
subject to the requirements in subsection 404.10;
- Utility facility, subject to Section 1101 for site design
Any use not specifically listed as a permitted or conditional use in this district that is similar in
character, scale and performance to the permitted uses specified in subsection
602.02 may be allowed as a similar use, subject to the provisions of
Section 1206, and pursuant to the Type A application procedure set
forth in Section 1301.
602.05 Prohibited Uses
Uses of land and water not specifically mentioned in this section, and not allowed as a similar
use, are prohibited in the NC District.
602.06 Nonconforming Uses
Nonconforming uses found in the NC District are subject to the nonconforming use provisions
of Section 1205 as well as any other applicable provisions of this
602.07 Standards and Limitations
In the NC District, the following standards and limitations shall apply:
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- Dwelling Density.
Not more than one (1) dwelling shall be permitted on any parcel.
- Size and Dimension.
- Minimum Parcel Size. The minimum parcel size for any use shall be 20,000
square feet, except the minimum parcel size for a planned unit development
shall be two (2) acres.
- Depth-to-Width Ratio. The maximum depth-to-width ratio for any newly-created
parcel shall be 3:1.
- Front Yard. The minimum front yard setback shall be thirty (30) feet, except that
the minimum setback for all yards for signs shall be five (5) feet.
- Side and Rear Yard. The minimum side and rear yard setbacks shall be ten (10)
feet, except as follows:
- An accessory structure not more than fifteen (15) feet in height, at least
sixty (60) feet from a road and at least ten (10) feet from any dwelling,
may be located a minimum distance of three (3) feet from the property
line in a side yard or rear yard.
- A swimming pool may be located in a required rear yard, provided it lies
a minimum of five (5) feet from the rear property line.
- Fences, walls and hedges may be permitted in any required yard or along the
edge of any yard, subject to the clear-vision area requirements of subsection
602.07(F). [Amended 7/9/98, Ord. 648]
- Parcel Coverage.
The maximum parcel coverage shall be appropriate to the use, subject to Section
1101 for site design review.
Before a dwelling may be established on any parcel as provided in this section, the
parcel shall have a legal, safe and passable means of access by abutting at least twenty
(20) feet either directly upon a public road, or by a private easement which is at least
thirty (30) feet in width for its entire length and which also abuts upon a public road for
at least thirty (30) feet. Nothing in this section shall be construed to vary or waive the
requirements for creation of new access contained in any Land Division Ordinance
legally adopted by Yamhill County.
- Clear-Vision Areas.
A clear-vision area shall be maintained on the corner of any parcel at the intersection of
any two of the following: County roads, public roads, private roads serving four or more
parcels, and railroads. A clear-vision area shall contain no sight-obscuring structures
or plantings exceeding thirty (30) inches in height within a triangle formed by the lot
corner nearest the intersection, and the two points twenty (20) feet from this corner as
measured along the parcel lines adjacent to the intersecting rights-of-way. Trees
exceeding this height may be located such that their branches extend into this triangle,
provided they are maintained to allow at least twelve (12) feet of visual clearance within
the triangle below the lowest hanging branches.
- The maximum building height for any dwelling shall be thirty-five (35) feet;
- The maximum building height for all other structures shall be forty-five (45) feet; and
- Appurtenances usually required to be placed above the roof level and not
intended for human occupancy such as spires, belfries, cupolas, antennas,
water tanks, ventilators, chimneys and wind generators are not subject to the
height limitations of this ordinance.
- Off-street Parking.
Off-street parking and loading requirements for any use in the NC District shall be as
provided in Section 1007.
The following uses have been approved as similar uses in the NC district:
- axle and hitch assembly shop
- beauty salon
- farm equipment sales
- furniture sales
- lumber sales
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