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A. Types of uses. For the purposes of this chapter, there are four kinds of use:

1. A permitted (P) use is one that is permitted outright, subject to all of the applicable provisions of this title.

2. A limited (L) use is permitted outright providing it is in compliance with special requirements, exceptions or restrictions.

3. A conditional use (C) is a discretionary use reviewed through the process set forth in Chapters 20.245 and 20.210 VMC, governing conditional uses and decision-making procedures, respectively.

4. A prohibited use (X) is one that is not permitted in a zoning district under any circumstances.

5. Uses may also be subject to restrictions and standards set forth in the Water Resource Protection Ordinance (VMC Title 14).

B. Use table. A list of permitted, limited, conditional, and prohibited uses in the industrial zoning districts is shown in Table 20.440.030-1.

Table 20.440.030-1. Industrial Zoning Districts Use Table

USE

OCI20

IL1

IH

ECX27

RESIDENTIAL

Household Living

L2

L2

L2

L28

Group Living

P21/X

X

X

P21/X

Home Occupation

L3

L3

L3

L3

HOUSING TYPES

Single Dwelling, Attached

L2

X

X

L28

Single Dwelling, Detached

X

X

X

X

Accessory Dwelling Units

X

X

X

X

Duplexes

L2

X

X

L28

Multi-Dwelling Units

L2

L2

X

L28

Existing Manufactured Home Developments

X

X

X

X

Designated Manufactured

X

X

X

X

New Manufactured Homes

X

X

X

X

CIVIC (Institutional)

Basic Utilities

P

P

P

P

Colleges

X

X

X

C

Community Centers

P

X

P

P

Community Recreation

L24

P

X

L24

Cultural Institutions

X

P

X

P

Day Care

- Child Care Center

L4

L4

X

L4

- Adult Day Care

P

P

X

P

Emergency Services (except ambulance services)

P

P

P

P

Medical Centers

C

X

X

P

Parks/Open Space

- Neighborhood Parks

P

P

P

P

- Community Parks

P

P

P

P

- Regional Parks

C

C

C

C

- Trails

P

P

P

P

Postal Service

X

P

P

X

Religious Institutions

X

X

X

X

Schools

X

X

X

X

Social/Fraternal Clubs

X

X

X

X

Transportation Facility

P/X26

P

P

P/X26

Park & Ride Facilities

Surface

X

L31

L31

X

Structure

L31

L31

L31

L31

COMMERCIAL

Commercial and Transient Lodging

X

X

X

P

Eating/Drinking Establishments

L

L5

L5

L6

Entertainment-Oriented

- Adult Entertainment

X

L7

L7

X

- Indoor Entertainment

X

X

X

X

- Major Event Entertainment

X

X

X

X

Artisan Small Scale Manufacturing

X

X

X

P

General Retail

- Sales-Oriented

L

L6

L/C6

L6

- Personal Services

L

L6

X

L6

- Repair-Oriented

L

L6

X

L6

- Bulk Sales

X

X

X

X

- Outdoor Sales

X

X

P

X

Motor Vehicle Related

- Motor Vehicle Sales/Rental

X

X

X

X

- Motor Vehicle Servicing/Repair

X

L8

L8

X

- Vehicle Fuel Sales

X

X

L8

L8, 29

- EV Basic Charging Stations (accessory and stand-alone)

P

P

P

P

- EV Rapid Charging Stations (accessory and stand-alone)

P

P

P

P

- EV Battery Exchange Stations

P

P

X

P

Office

- General

P

P

L/C9

P

- Medical

P

P

X

P

- Extended

P

P

X

P

Marina (See also VMC 20.760)

X

C

X

X

Non-Accessory Parking

C10

L10/X

X

L30

Self-Service Storage

P 35

P 35

X

X

INDUSTRIAL

Industrial Services

P

P

P

P

Manufacturing and Production

P

P11

P11

P

Railroad Yards

X

X

P

X

Bulk Crude Oil storage and handling facilities

X34

X34

X34

X34

Petroleum/Oil Refineries

X

X

X

X

Research and Development

P

P

C

P

Warehouse/Freight Movement

X

L12

P

X

Waste-Related

X

X

P22/X

X

Wholesale Sales

P

L12

X

X

Major Utility Facilities

X

X/P32

L33

X

OTHER

Agriculture/Horticulture

X

P

P

X

Airport/Airpark

X

L19

P

X

Animal Kennel/Shelters

X

L17

L17

X

Cemeteries

X

X

C

X

Detention & Post Detention Facilities

X

C/X13

C14

X

Dog Day Care

L15

L15

L15

L15

Heliports

C

C

C

C

Medical Marijuana Cooperatives

X

X

X

X

Recreational Marijuana Retail

X

X

X

X

Recreational Marijuana Growing or Processing

X

L36

L36

X

Mining

C18

C18

C18

C18

Rail Lines/Utility Corridors

P/X23

P

P

P/X23

Wireless Communication Facilities

L16

L16

L16

L16

1Due to the unique character and combination of uses in the Columbia Business Center area, uses existing prior to March 11, 2004, on parcels zoned IL in the Columbia Business Center may be altered, expanded or replaced regardless of use limitations in Table 20.440.030-1.

2In the OCI zone, multi-family housing allowed above ground floor only as specified by VMC 20.430.060(B)(2). In all industrial zones, one caretaker residence permitted per use.

3Subject to the conditions in Chapter 20.860 VMC, Home Occupations.

4Child care centers allowed as a Limited (L) use, subject to a Type II procedure. Child care centers are permitted in order to provide service for those employees working in the IL district, subject to provisions in Chapter 20.840 VMC, Child Care Centers.

5If within an industrial building, these uses shall consume no more than 10 percent of the building’s total gross square footage. If freestanding, they shall be considered together with the rest of the project and shall consume no more than 10 percent of the site’s total gross square footage.

6These limited uses, separately or in combination, may not exceed 20 percent of the entire building square footage within a development complex. No retail uses shall exceed 40,000 gross square feet (gsf) per building or business; retail uses greater than 40,000 gsf but less than 60,000 gsf require conditional use review.

7Subject to provisions in Chapter 20.820 VMC, Adult Entertainment.

8Subject to provisions in VMC 20.895.070, Motor Vehicle Fuel Sales and Repair.

9Offices not accessory to a permitted use may not exceed 40,000 gsf; offices greater than 40,000 gsf but less than 60,000 gsf require conditional use review.

10In the OCI zone, nonaccessory surface parking is conditionally permitted on brownfields where subsurface environmental constraints effectively preclude other uses, provided such development complies with applicable local, state and federal environmental standards. In the IL zone, nonaccessory surface parking is permitted, and nonaccessory structured parking is prohibited. In the ECX zone, nonaccessory structural parking only shall be permitted.

11Electroplating and related uses not permitted.

12Permitted as limited use provided all activities, except outdoor storage of materials, are wholly contained within building(s).

13 Secure Community Transition Facilities as per Chapter 20.150 VMC are prohibited.

14In addition to other detention and post-detention facilities, Secure Community Transition Facilities are allowed by conditional use permit, subject to criteria set forth in VMC 20.855.020(B)(6)(a).

15 Subject to provisions in Chapter 20.850 VMC, Dog Day Care.

16Subject to requirements in Chapter 20.890 VMC, Wireless Telecommunications Facilities.

17Subject to provisions in VMC 20.895.020, Kennels/Shelters.

18 Surface mining is only allowed by conditional use on sites of 20 acres or larger which are adjacent to existing mining operations. Reclamation activity for existing mining operations approved by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is a permitted use in any nonresidential zoning district.

19Allow airport/airpark related activities such as hangars, air cargo, and warehousing, pilot schools, aircraft sales and repairs, aviation clubs, and museum in the Light Industrial District (IL). New airports/airparks are prohibited.

20All uses locating the OCI zone shall comply with the special use limitations of VMC 20.440.040(C) and 20.440.050(A). Development agreements in existence on the effective date of the ordinance codified in this section shall control the uses and development standards of the affected properties. In order to protect the investments made in reliance upon such agreements, improvements made or site plans approved consistence with these agreements shall not be deemed nonconforming.

21Existing legally established group living uses are permitted. New group living is prohibited.

22Ten-day hazardous waste handling and transfer facilities, excluding facilities handling radioactive or high explosive materials, are allowed, provided such facilities: (a) do not repackage waste (except as necessary to address damaged or improper packaging); (b) are located at least 200 feet from any residential zoning district; and (c) do not store hazardous wastes (except for “universal wastes,” as that term is defined in Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Part 273) for more than 10 days.

23Prohibited within 200 feet of a residential zone.

24Subject to provisions of VMC 20.895.040, Community Recreation and Related Facilities.

25The language for this footnote has been deleted.

26Transportation facilities are permitted except for large or land-intensive facilities such as water taxi and ferry stations.

27All uses locating in the ECX zone shall comply with Chapter 20.690 VMC, Section 30 Employment Center Plan District. Development agreements in existence on the effective date of this ordinance shall control the uses and development standards of the affected properties, unless property owners choose differently as provided under VMC 20.690.030. In order to protect the investments made in reliance upon such agreements, improvements made or site plans approved consistent with these agreements shall not be deemed nonconforming.

28In the ECX zone, multi-family housing is allowed above ground floor only; and one caretaker residence permitted per use.

29Vehicle fuel sales is limited to one operation within the Section 30 Plan District

30The language for this footnote has been deleted.

31See VMC 20.430.040(E), Park and Ride Facility Development Standards.

32Major Utility Facilities are prohibited with the exception that sewer treatment plants and lagoons are allowed outright.

33Biomass and coal energy generating plants are prohibited on Heavy Industrial zoned properties within the Vancouver City Center Subarea and Hough Neighborhood Association boundaries located west of Lincoln Street and east of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks.

34Existing bulk crude oil storage facilities including vested projects as of July 18, 2016, are prohibited to expand the amount of crude oil storage.

35Subject to requirements and standards within the Miscellaneous Special Use Standards for Self-Service Storage, pursuant to VMC 20.895.100.

36Subject to compliance with Chapter 20.884 VMC, Marijuana Businesses.

(Ord. M-4325 § 3, 2020; Ord. M-4289 § 4, 2019; Ord. M-4288 § 5, 2019; Ord. M-4255 § 9, 2018; Ord. M-4254 § 3(FF), 2018; Ord. M-4187 § 8, 2016; Ord. M-4170 §§ 3, 4, 2016; Ord. M-4147, 2015; Ord. M-4071 § 5, 2014; Ord. M-4057 § 2, 2013; Ord. M-4035 § 5, 2012; Ord. M-4034 § 15, 2012; Ord. M-4024 § 9, 2012; Ord. M-4002 § 8, 2011; Ord. M-3959 § 28, 2010; Ord. M-3931 § 16, 2009; Ord. M-3930 § 7, 2009; Ord. M-3922 § 25, 2009)

Code reviser’s note: Ord. M-4147, Amended, 12/07/2015, Effective 01/07/2016 AMC Correction; ACM, Amended, 12/02/2009, Renumber footnote 31; ACM M-3874, Amended, 03/19/2008, Footnote 22 was changed. Deleted other references.