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A. Purpose. The purpose of the PSO overlay is to distinguish between those areas that have been largely developed under the subdivision code, and those areas which, due to the undeveloped nature of the property, sloping topography, or the existence of vegetation or natural hazards, are more suitable for development under Performance Standards.

B. Applicability. This chapter applies to properties located in the Performance Standards Option Overlay (PSO) as depicted on the Zoning Map. All developments in the PSO overlay, other than partitions and development of individual dwelling units, shall be processed under this chapter. The minimum number of dwelling units for a Performance Standards Subdivision within residential zoning districts is three.

C. Permitted Uses. In a PSO overlay, the granting of the application shall be considered an outright permitted use, subject to review by the Planning Commission for compliance with the standards set forth in this ordinance and the guidelines adopted by the City Council.

D. Development Outside PSO-Overlay. If a parcel is not in a PSO overlay, then development under this chapter may only be approved if one or more of the following conditions exist.

1. The parcel is larger than two acres and is greater than 200 feet in average width.

2. That development under this chapter is necessary to protect the environment and the neighborhood from degradation which would occur from development to the maximum density allowed under subdivision standards, or would be equal in its aesthetic and environmental impact.

3. The property is zoned R-2, R-3 or CM.

4. The property is developed as a cottage housing development consistent with the standards in section 18.2.3.090. (Ord. 3147 § 6, amended, 11/21/2017)

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