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27.30.060 BUFFERS.

(a) C1 districts which adjoin residential districts shall provide buffers as follows:

(1) Front Yards. Parcels fronting on a street, opposite a residential district, wherein 80% or more of the lots, between two intersecting streets, are in a residential district, the commercial parcel shall provide a front yard pursuant to the requirement of the residential district. In a case where multiple residential districts are involved, the most restrictive district standards shall apply.

The extension of a front or side parcel line coinciding with a residential district front parcel line shall provide a front yard pursuant to the requirements of the residential district. The yard shall extend a distance of 25 feet from the residential district parcel line, including the width of intervening alleys, drainage channels, or similar facilities.

(2) Side Yards. Side parcel lines coinciding with a residential district side or rear parcel line, shall provide a side yard pursuant to the requirements of the residential district.

(3) Rear Yards. Rear parcel lines coinciding with a residential district side parcel line shall provide a side yard pursuant to the side yard requirements of the residential district. In a case where multiple residential districts are involved the most restrictive district standards shall apply. Rear parcel lines coinciding with a residential district rear parcel line shall provide a minimum rear yard of 10 feet.

(4) All Yards. Yards shall be unobstructed from the ground level to the sky.

(5) Required Walls or Fences. A solid wall or solid fence is required for parcels abutting residential districts as provided in Section 27.84.030.

(b) Fast-food establishments which sell fast foods shall be separated from each other and from residential districts by at least 100 feet, measured from the nearest parcel lines. Fast food establishments may be closer than 100 feet when located in a shopping center.

(c) Special Districts. Parcels adjacent to the shoreline or an open space district, shall provide a minimum yard of 15 feet.

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