A. Purpose. The public services district applies to property used for public and quasi-public community facilities including institutional, public service, and auxiliary uses that are established in response to the civic, cultural, recreational, safety, service and welfare needs of a particular community or of the county. This district is typically applied to property occupied by federal, state and local government uses but may include uses that are operated by nonprofit, public utilities and quasi-public entities. The district implements the county general plan by providing regulations which apply to the use of land for public and community facilities with regard to their location, design, service areas, and range of use so that they will be compatible with adjacent development and uses; will maintain community character; and, will be compatible with and will protect the natural resources and environmental quality of the county.
B. Permitted Uses. The following uses are permitted:
1. Public recreational use that is passive in nature, including but not limited to swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, and like uses.
2. Timber management, grazing, and open spaces.
3. Minor utility uses including telephone, electrical and gas distribution lines and appurtenant facilities not including radio, telephone, and other commercial transmission towers and antennas.
4. Minor water system facilities including distribution lines, wells, and appurtenant facilities not including storage tanks, filtration and/or treatment facilities.
C. Conditional Uses. The following uses shall be permitted only upon issuance of a special use permit:
1. Community recreation facilities including parks, playgrounds, sports facilities, nature centers, fairgrounds, community halls, and recreation centers;
2. Campgrounds, recreation concessions, marinas;
3. Cultural and library facilities;
4. Governmental administrative facilities, government centers and offices;
5. Cemeteries including columbariums, crematoriums, mausoleums, and mortuaries;
6. Educational facilities including schools, offices, field stations, research centers, and experimental stations, and related storage;
7. Essential services including fire and police services, dispatch centers;
8. Radio, telephone, wireless communication and other commercial communication towers, transmission facilities, and antennas;
9. Recycling centers and solid waste facilities and related storage;
10. Wastewater treatment and disposal facilities and related storage;
11. Water systems facilities including water storage tanks, filtration facilities, treatment facilities;
12. Temporary public events;
13. Power transmission facilities, power, and general facilities;
14. Corporation yards;
15. Correctional facilities;
16. Airport, heliport, bus station, parking lot, and other transportation-related facility;
17. Caretaker facilities that are subordinate to the public service use;
18. Site lighting adjacent to any residential zone.
D. Prohibited Uses. The following uses shall be prohibited:
1. Billboards, window signs, and commercial advertising;
2. Manufacturing uses;
3. Retail uses.
E. Development Standards. Property within the public service district shall adhere to the following property development standards:
1. Front, side and rear yard setbacks shall be 20 feet from all property lines;
2. Height limitation shall not exceed 35 feet;
3. Minimum parcel frontage shall be 60 feet;
4. Access to any property shall be by public highway, offer of dedication, or grant of right-of-way or easement assuring public access to the property;
5. One sign may be erected with an aggregate area not exceeding 24 square feet and one pedestrian-oriented sign may be erected not exceeding 15 square feet per site. Directional signs for off-street parking, loading, or handicap facilities may also be erected so long as not to exceed an aggregate total of 12 square feet. Sign lighting may only be provided as directional in nature and shall not be flashing nor be nondirectional;
6. Off-street parking and loading shall be required in proportion to the need for such facilities and shall be based upon employee numbers and potential user numbers and shall be laid out to protect public safety and to insulate surrounding uses from its impact;
7. Building design, site landscaping and screening, and physical site improvements (buildings, lighting plan, signs, parking) shall be submitted as a site plan to the County Planning Department for review and approval to assure that the property development is consistent with and not detrimental to surrounding uses;
8. Property under this district designation, where the public service use of property is between parties or permit from the underlying landowner who may be a public or local agency, must be under the control of the party proposing the public service use and the lease and/or permit or entitlement from the underlying owner must provide sufficient property control and term that commits the property to public service uses during the term of any special use permit issued hereunder. (Ord. 957, eff. 5/20/04)