MONTEREY COUNTY ZONING

COASTAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN - TITLE 20

20.36 RC (CZ) DISTRICT

20.36.010 PURPOSE.

The purpose of this Chapter is to provide a district to protect, preserve, enhance, and restore sensitive resource areas in the County of Monterey. Of specific concern are the highly sensitive resources inherent in such areas such as viewshed, watershed, plant and wildlife habitat, streams, beaches, dunes, tidal areas, estuaries, sloughs, forests, public open space areas and riparian corridors. The purpose of this Chapter is to be carried out by allowing only such development that can be achieved without adverse effect and which will be subordinate to the resources of the particular site and area.

20.36.020 APPLICABILITY.

The regulations of this Chapter shall apply in all "RC" districts subject to Chapter 20.62 (Height and Setback Exceptions) and Chapter 20.70 (Coastal Development Permits) of this Title.

20.36.030 NONEXEMPT DEVELOPMENT.

The following list shall require a coastal development permit regardless of which category of allowed uses it falls into:

A. Development which will cause a Significant Environmental Impact;

B. Development within the Critical Viewshed as defined by Section 20.145.020.V (Big Sur);

C. Development on slopes of 30% or greater (25% in North County) except as provided for in Section 20.64.230 (C) (2) and (3);

D. Ridgeline Development;

E. Development within 100 feet of mapped or field identified environmentally sensitive habitats;

F. Development with positive archaeological reports;

G. Land divisions;


H. Development of new or expanded agricultural operations if 50% or more of the parcel has a slope of 10% or greater; or where the operation is to occur on soils with a high or very high erosion hazard potential, according to the Soil Conservation Service Soil Survey Manual.

20.36.040 PRINCIPAL USES ALLOWED, COASTAL ADMINISTRATIVE PERMIT REQUIRED IN EACH CASE. (CHAPTER 20.70) UNLESS EXEMPT (Section 20.70.120)

A. Resource dependent educational and scientific research facilities uses, and low intensity day use recreation uses such as trails, picnic areas and boardwalks;

B. Restoration and management programs for fish, wildlife, or other physical resources;

20.36.050 CONDITIONAL USES ALLOWED, COASTAL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT REQUIRED IN EACH CASE. (CHAPTER 20.70) UNLESS EXEMPT (Section 20.70.120)

A. Except in Big Sur dredging, filling, excavation, dams, flood control facilities, dikes levees, revetments, seawalls and cliff retaining walls;

B. Except in Big Sur public utility facilities such as pipe lines, underground and overhead utility extensions, and water tanks, but not including public/quasi-public uses such as schools, fire stations, or parking lots;

C. In Big Sur only hike-in and environmental campsites;

D. Legal nonconforming use of a portion of a structure extended throughout the structure (ZA);

E. Legal nonconforming use changed to a use of a similar or more restricted nature;

F. For State Parks and Fish and Game Reserves, uses subject to State-approved facilities and area management plans;

G. Lot Line Adjustments;

H. Subdivisions;

I. Conditional Certificates of Compliance;

J. Other resource conservation uses of a similar character, density and intensity to those uses listed in this Section determined by the Planning Commission to be consistent and compatible with the intent of this Chapter and the applicable land use plan.


20.36.060 SITE DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS.

A. Minimum Building Site

The minimum building site shall be one acre.

B Structure Height and Setback Regulations

The following structure height and setback regulations apply unless superseded by a structure height limit noted on the zoning map (e.g. "RC/10(24')" would limit structure height to 24 feet), setback requirements when combined with a "B" district, setbacks shown on a recorded final or parcel map, or setback lines on a Sectional District Map.

1. Main Structures

a) Minimum Setbacks

Front: 30 feet

Side: 20 feet

Rear: 20 feet

b) Height

Maximum Height: 30 feet

2. Accessory Structures (Habitable)

a) Minimum Setbacks

Front: 50 feet

Side: 6 feet

Rear: 6 feet

b) Height

Maximum Height: 15 feet

3. Accessory Structures (Non-habitable)

a) Minimum Setbacks

Front: 50 feet


Side: 6 feet on front one-half of property; 1 foot on rear one-half of property.

Rear: 1 foot

b) Height

Maximum Height: 35 feet

4. Accessory structures used as barns, stables or farm outbuildings shall not be less than 50 feet from the front of the property or 20 feet from the side or rear property line or 20 feet from any residence on the property.

C. Minimum Distance Between Structures

Main Structures: 20 feet

Accessory/Main Structure: 10 feet

Accessory/Accessory: 6 feet

D. Building Site Coverage, Maximum: 5%

E. Parking Regulations

All parking shall be established pursuant to Chapter 20.58.

F. Landscaping Requirements

None, except as may be required by condition of approval of a Coastal Administrative Permit or Coastal Development Permit. Natural vegetation shall be retained or restored.

G. Lighting Plan Requirements

None, except as may be required by condition of approval of a Coastal Administrative Permit or Coastal Development Permit.

H. Sign Regulations

Signing for all development shall be established pursuant to Chapter 20.60.

I. Building Site Area

The minimum building site area shall be one acre.


20.36.070 SPECIAL REGULATIONS.

A. Manufactured Dwelling Units

Manufactured dwelling units meeting the standards of Section 20.64.040 are permitted subject to the requirements of any conventional dwelling unit in this Chapter.