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A. Every new off-street parking or loading space shall have adequate means of ingress from and egress to a street or alley that is designed and paved in accordance to adopted city standards. Every required off-street parking or loading space shall be independently accessible, except where tandem parking spaces are allowed. Access to off-street loading spaces shall be provided on private property.

B. The internal layout of off-street parking and loading spaces, driveways, aisles and maneuvering areas shall be clearly marked according to city standards.

C. Parking spaces for people with disabilities shall be provided and designed in accordance with Title 24 of the California Administrative Code and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. These parking stalls shall be allowed to be counted as part of the total number of parking spaces required for the use or building.

D. Off-street parking and loading facilities shall be arranged so as to prevent encroachments upon street rights-of-way, adjacent properties, and landscaping areas required pursuant to Chapter 17.61 of this code. In approving the design of said parking and loading facilities the approving authority shall consider the maneuvering, standing and storage of vehicles, and layout of the facilities, and may require the use of curbing, bumper or wheel guards, or other such devices as necessary to ensure compliance with this section.

E. Freight and merchandise loading docks or loading areas shall not be visible from any public street. Landscaped buffers and/or walls shall be used to screen these areas from public view.

F. For all multiple-family projects, driveways shall not exceed a width of thirty feet (top-to-top) or the minimum width necessary for two-way travel as determined by the traffic engineer.

G. Driveways crossing sidewalks shall be arranged, to the extent practical, to minimize the width and frequency of curb cuts, and conflicts with pedestrian and transit movements as determined by the traffic engineer.

H. Every off-street parking or loading facility and access thereto shall be suitably graded, paved, drained, and maintained according to standards adopted by the city engineer. Whenever corrosive materials are loaded or unloaded, docks, driveways, off-street loading and parking areas shall be concrete or equivalent as required by the city engineer.

I. New off-street parking facilities, or additions or alterations to existing off-street parking facilities shall be subject to approval pursuant to Chapter 17.08 of this code.

J. No area credited as all or part of a required off-street parking space shall also be credited as all or part of a required off-street loading space, or used for off-street loading. No area credited as all or part of a required loading space shall also be credited as all or part of a required off-street parking space, or used for off-street parking.

K. In no event shall any parking required and provided pursuant to Section 17.58.010 through 17.58.110 be situated in such way that vehicles entering the parking area be allowed to back onto any street or thoroughfare in order to leave said property, except as follows.

1. This provision shall not apply to any single-family residence in an area zoned residential.

2. On streets which have not been designated by the traffic authority as arterial or collector streets, the traffic authority is granted the power to permit backing onto such streets for multiple-family projects containing four units or less on a site that is not part of a multiple-family subdivision project where such backing will not adversely affect traffic, and the design, width and function of the driveway is similar to a single-family residential driveway use.

L. Neither the area of a required side yard abutting a street nor the required front yard shall be used for off-street parking or drive aisles required by this code except as allowed in Section 17.58.050(M). In the P zone, off-street parking shall be setback a minimum of ten feet along all street frontages.

M. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 17.58.110, the area of a required front yard or street side yard in an R-2, R-3 or R-4 zone may be encroached to the extent of four feet for off-street parking required by this chapter, subject to the following limitations and conditions:

1. The encroaching parking space must be an extension of and parallel to a row of parking containing two or more spaces;

2. The prohibition against backing onto streets contained in Section 17.58.050(K) shall apply;

3. On corner lots or lots at intersecting streets, no such encroachment is permitted in a sixty-foot corner cutoff area as measured along the intersecting street curb-lines as extended;

4. Any landscaping or walls required by subsection N of this section in the encroached area or the sixty-foot corner cutoff area must be approved by the city traffic engineer.

N. Where the parking area or lot, including driveways, drive aisles, delivery areas, and loading and unloading areas, is adjacent to property zoned residential, it shall be separated by a continuous solid wall of masonry construction a minimum height of six feet as measured from highest adjacent grade and by a continuous landscaped strip at least seven feet in width; however, this landscape strip shall not be required for projects containing four units or less in any R-2, R-3, or R-4 zone and not adjacent to any single-family residential zone except to satisfy minimum shading requirements in Section 17.61.030(H). Additionally, where common, shared, or joint use of parking or drive aisles exist or will occur between residentially and/or commercially zoned properties and such is recorded according to Section 17.58.080, the wall and landscape separation shall not be required. Any wall located within or along the front yard setback shall not exceed a height of four feet.

O. All delivery, loading and solid waste operations shall be subject to the provisions of Section 17.08.140(G).

P. Within the “central district” and properties zoned C-B and C-C, any off-street freight loading area located within fifty feet of any residential zoned or developed property shall be completely enclosed within a building if such freight loading is used between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. (Ord. 4521 § 10, 2008)