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18A.40.540 Required Findings – Planned Development District.
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A PDD shall only be granted after the Hearing Examiner has reviewed the proposed use and has made written findings that all of the standards and criteria set forth below have been met or can be met subject to conditions of approval:

A. The PDD is consistent with the comprehensive plan; and

B. The PDD, by the use of permitted flexibility and variation in design, is a development practice that results in better urban design features than found in traditional development. Net benefit to the City may be demonstrated by one or more of the following:

1. Placement, type or reduced bulk of structures, or

2. Interconnected usable open space, or

3. Recreation facilities, or

4. Other public facilities, or

5. Conservation of natural features, or

6. Conservation of critical areas and critical area buffers beyond, or

7. Aesthetic features and harmonious design, or

8. Energy efficient site design or building features, or

9. Use of low impact development techniques;

C. The PDD results in no greater burden on present and projected public utilities and services than would result from traditional development and the PDD will be served by adequate public or private facilities including streets, fire protection, and utilities; and

D. The perimeter of the PDD is compatible with the existing land use or property that abuts or is directly across the street from the subject property. Compatibility includes but is not limited to size, scale, mass and architectural design of proposed structures; and

E. Landscaping within and along the perimeter of the PDD is superior to that required by LMC 18A.50.425 and 18A.50.430, and landscaping requirements applicable to specific districts contained in LMC 18A.50.430, and enhances the visual compatibility of the development with the surrounding neighborhood; and

F. At least one major circulation point is functionally connected to a public right-of-way; and

G. Open space within the PDD is an integrated part of the project rather than an isolated element of the project; and

H. The design is compatible with and responds to the existing or intended character, appearance, quality of development and physical characteristics of the subject property and immediate vicinity; and

I. Roads and streets, whether public or private, within and contiguous to the site comply with guidelines for construction of streets; and

J. Streets and sidewalks, existing and proposed, are suitable and adequate to carry anticipated traffic within the proposed project and in the vicinity of the proposed project; and

K. Each phase of the proposed development, as it is planned to be completed, contains the required parking spaces, open space, recreation space, landscaping and utility area necessary for creating and sustaining a desirable and stable environment. [Ord. 651 § 28, 2016.] (Ord. 651 § 28, 2016.)

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