A. Minimum Dimensions. The size and dimensions of individual parking stalls shall be eight and one-half feet wide and 18 feet long, and shall include an additional 100 square feet of maneuvering area. Parking areas including more than four stalls of parking shall comply with the parking area dimensions as described in Figure 1 in SMC 14.235.280 and Figure 2 in SMC 14.235.290.
B. Driveway Dimensions. When off-street parking is provided, the access driveway or lane shall be paved and have a minimum width of eight feet. The City Planner shall have the discretionary authority to require driveways to have a minimum of two eight-foot moving lanes when unusual site problems, access for vehicles, or high traffic usage requires such. Driveway widths and construction standards within the public right-of-way shall be determined by the City Engineer. Shared and two-track driveway designs are allowed.
C. Required Access and Fire Lanes. The Fire Marshal shall determine when access for fire lanes shall be required. Such access and fire lanes shall be designed with not less than 25 feet in width, forming a continuous route or loop connecting at both ends with streets, or as stipulated by the Fire Marshal.
D. Required Traffic Control Devices. All traffic control devices, such as parking stripes designating car stalls and directional arrows, shall be completed and installed as shown on the approved plans. Hard-surfaced parking areas shall use paint or similar devices to delineate car stalls and directional arrows.
E. Requirements for Pedestrian Walks. Pedestrian walks shall be required in parking lots of over 10 stalls and shall be for the use of foot traffic only. They shall be delineated in a manner acceptable to the City. When wheel stops or bumper stops are provided, sidewalks may be constructed on grade with the parking lot.
F. Border Barricades. All parking areas and car sales areas that are not separated by a fence or landscaped buffer from any street or alley upon which they abut shall be provided with a suitable concrete curb not less than six inches in height, located not less than four feet from the street or alley. The curb or barrier shall be securely installed and maintained; provided, that no such curb or barrier shall be required across any driveway or entrance to such parking area.
G. Backing into Streets. Parking facilities for all uses shall be so designed that vehicles are not required to back from the parking facility into any street. Such requirement shall be mandatory for all uses except for detached single-family residential uses and vehicles entering local access or collector streets from the driveway of an individual duplex structure.
H. Ingress and Egress Provisions. The City Engineer shall have the authority to fix the location, width and manner of approach of vehicular ingress or egress from a building or parking area to a street and to alter existing ingress and egress as may be required to control street traffic in the interest of the public safety and general welfare.
I. Surfacing. All off-street parking areas and vehicle sales areas, including ingress and egress lanes, shall be paved with a hard-surfaced material that may include permeable concrete or asphalt pavement. Marked, unpaved parking areas are permitted in urban horticulture, parks, open space and public zones, when a professional parking study or other reliable data shows the area will be for parking spaces in excess of those required pursuant to this chapter.
J. Surface Water Runoff. All off-street parking areas and car sales areas shall be graded and drained in order to dispose of surface water runoff, subject to the approval of the City Engineer. All hard-surface areas shall be drained to an approved catch basin within the confines of the lot and disposed of through a drainage system as approved by the City Engineer. The use of low impact development technology in the construction of such areas is encouraged by the City, providing it produces a surface that can be safely walked upon, can be marked to define parking spaces and other necessary information, and has been determined to be as serviceable as conventional asphalt paving.
K. Illumination. All lights provided to illuminate any public parking area, any semi-public parking area, or car sales area permitted by this title shall be arranged so as to direct the light away from any dwelling unit and the public right-of-way.
L. Maintenance of Off-Street Parking Areas. Maintenance of all areas provided for off-street parking shall include removal and replacement of dead and dying trees, maintenance of landscaping grass, shrubs and trees, removal of trash and weeds, and repair of traffic-control devices, signs, light standards, fences, walls, surfacing material, curbs and railings.
M. Tandem Parking. Tandem parking is permitted only for detached single-family residences. (Ord. 2315, 2016; Ord. 2379, 2020)