“Base elevation” means the average elevation of the approved topography of a parcel at the midpoint on each of the four sides of the smallest rectangle which will enclose the proposed structure, excluding all eaves and decks. The approved topography of a parcel is the natural topography of a parcel or the topographic conditions approved by the city prior to January 1, 1988, or as approved by a subdivision, short subdivision, binding site plan, shoreline substantial development permit, or SEPA environmental review issued after January 1, 1988. On any lot exhibiting evidence of an unapproved fill, a soils analysis may be required to determine the approved topography. An approved bench mark will establish the relative elevation of the four points used to establish the base elevation.
“Benchmark” means a fixed reference point or object, more or less permanent in character, the elevation of which is known, or to which a nominal elevation can be assigned.
“Caliper” means diameter of a tree trunk measured six inches above the ground.
1. Gross floor area includes: basement space, elevator shafts and stairwell at each floor, mechanical equipment rooms or attic spaces with headroom of seven feet, six inches or more, penthouse floors, interior balconies and mezzanines, and enclosed porches.
2. Gross floor area shall not include: accessory water tanks and cooling towers, mechanical equipment rooms or attic spaces with headroom of less than seven feet, six inches, exterior steps or stairs, terraces, breezeways, and open spaces.
Height, Building. See Chapter 19.22 EMC for how heights are measured.
“Line of sight” with respect to the siting of secure community transition facilities means the maximum unobstructed distance at which it is possible to reasonably visually distinguish and recognize individuals. For the siting of secure community transition facilities, this distance is six hundred feet. However, a distance less than six hundred feet may be considered if the applicant demonstrates that visual barriers exist or can be created that would reduce the line of sight to a distance less than six hundred feet.
“Lot coverage by building” means the amount or percent of the ground area of a lot on which buildings are located. This amount/percent includes all areas which are partially or totally enclosed and covered by a weathertight roof, including any garages, carports, and cantilevered portions of a building which are not above the ground floor of a building, and storage areas covered by a watertight roof even if not fully enclosed. Building coverage does not include eaves, decks, and uncovered porches. Minor portions of panhandle lots and primary access easements shall not be included in the lot area for purposes of calculating building coverage.
“Setback, average” means calculating the average front setback of two adjacent properties. If the property is on the corner, the average setback is the front setback of the adjacent properties. If there are no adjacent properties, then there is no average setback unless otherwise allowed in this code.
Setback, Side (Street). “Side (street) setback” means the required minimum distance between the side lot line abutting the street on a corner lot and any structure, building or use. (Ord. 3774-20 § 5(D) (Exh. 3), 2020.)