For the purpose of this ordinance, certain terms and words are hereby defined. Words used in the present tense shall include the future; the singular number shall include the plural and the plural shall include the singular; the word “building” shall include the word “structure,” the word “lot” shall include the word “plot”; the word “may” is permissive and the word “shall” is mandatory, further, the word “or” shall mean “either” and the word “and” shall mean “in conjunction with.” Zone shall mean district.
The condition of two (2) adjoining properties having a common property line or boundary including cases where two (2) or more lots adjoining only a corner or corners, but not including cases where adjoining lots are separated by a street or alley.
Access or Access Way
A road within one (1) mile of the grading site, designated on the approved grading plan, and used during grading, for the transport of grading equipment, hauling of fill and other equivalent traffic to and from the grading site.
A land area measuring forty three thousand five hundred sixty (43,560) square feet.
The process of taking specific and intentional actions to re-establish natural processes, vegetation, and habitat of an ecosystem. ((O)11-01, Enacted, 02/16/2011)
The condition of being near to or close to, but not necessarily having a common dividing line (e.g., two (2) properties that are separated only by a street or alley shall be considered as adjacent to one another).
Adjusted Gross Acreage
An abbreviation for the Airport Environs Zone as established by the Compatible Use Zone Map.
A structure designed and constructed to only house farm implements, hay, grain, poultry, live-stock, or other horticultural products. This structure shall not be a place of human habitation or a place of employment where agricultural products are processed, treated, or packaged; nor shall it be a place used by the public.
An airborne vehicle capable of carrying at least one (1) person and shall include, but not be limited to, airplanes, helicopters, rotorcraft, gliders, hang-gliders, motorized or non-motorized balloons, dirigibles, and blimps.
An area which is used, or is intended to be used, primarily for the takeoff and landing of aircraft and any appurtenant areas which are used, or intended to be used, for airport buildings or facilities, including open spaces, taxiways and tie-down areas, hangars and other accessory buildings.
A public way, which affords only a secondary means of vehicular access to abutting property and is not intended for general traffic circulation. An alley line shall mean the centerline of an alley right-of-way as determined by the Town Engineer.
Amateur Radio Operator
A Federally licensed member of the amateur radio service, which is a voluntary, noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
A change in the wording, context, or substance of this code, an addition or deletion or a change in the district boundaries or classification upon the district map which imposes any regulation not heretofore imposed or removed or modifies any such regulations heretofore imposed.
A service providing for the care and well-being of animals or pets, which may include veterinary services (including ancillary short-term boarding and lodging), pet grooming, and the sale of pets and pet-related products.
The movement or the optical illusion of movement of a design, or pictorial segment, including the movement of any illumination or the flashing or varying of light intensity.
A system of poles, panels, rods, reflecting discs or similar devices used for the transmission or reception of radio frequency signals. Any device, including DBS satellite dishes, used to receive signals from direct broadcast satellites (DBS); multi-channel multi-point distribution providers (MMDS); and television broadcast stations (TVBS).
An antenna with its supports placed directly on the ground.
Written notice by the Town accepting the design, progress or completion of work.
The most current plan which bears the authorized signature of review and acceptance by the Town.
Approved Testing Agency
A testing lab equipped to perform and certify the tests required by this code and whose testing operations are controlled and monitored by a civil engineer.
Lighting designed primarily to illuminate an area of a development and may coincidentally illuminate one (1) or more sign faces.
An establishment for the display and/or sale of fine art, crafts, photography, or other art-related work.
An individual generally recognized by critics and peers as a professional, full-time practitioner of the visual arts, as judged by the quality of that professional practitioner’s body of work, education, experience, past commissions, exhibition record, publications, and production of artwork. ((O)14-02, Amended, 01/15/2014; (O)08-23, Enacted, 12/03/2008)
Arts and Culture Use
A use providing display or collection of historical, artistic, literary, and/or scientific, or other similar objects for public appreciation, including museums or art galleries. Cultural uses may include an ancillary restaurant or gift shop.
Assisted Living Home
A dwelling unit used as a primary residence for ten (10) or fewer residents who receive supervisory care services, personal care services or directed care services on a continual basis. ((O)15-16, Enacted, 11/08/2015)
Monies or third party agreement with an agency authorized to do business in the State of Arizona guaranteeing the performance on the installation of all required improvements.
Structural roof components, of the same type and color of roofing material, that joins, ties or connects one structure to another. ((O)18-15, Enacted, 10/03/2018)
Average Cross Slope
See “Financial Services.”
An establishment possessing a series 6 or series 7 liquor license and primarily serving alcoholic beverages to the public for consumption on the premises.
Base Zoning Dwelling Count
The portion of a building underground and having at least one-half (1/2) of its height measured from its floor to its ceiling below grade. A basement shall be counted as a story if the vertical distance from grade to its ceiling is more than two (2) feet.
Bicycle Parking Facility
A structure that provides temporary placement for bicycles.
A facility designed for temporary storage of an entire bicycle and its components and accessories and to provide protection against inclement weather, the extreme heat of the desert climate, and theft. The facility may include bicycle lockers, check-in facilities, monitored parking, restricted access parking, or other means which provide the above level of security as approved by the Planning and Zoning Administrator.
The facility provides a stationary object enabling the operator to lock the bicycle frame and both wheels with a user-provided U-shaped lock or a cable and lock.
Bicycle Parking Space
An area designated within a facility for the use of an individual bicycle.
Boardinghouse or Lodging House
The selective removal of vegetation.
A structure for the shelter, housing, or enclosure of persons, animals, chattels, or property of any kind with the exception of doghouses, play houses and similar structures. Each portion of a building separated by dividing wall or walls without openings may be deemed as a separate building for the purpose of issuing building permits.
The vertical distance of a structure.
Slopes Less Than Six Percent
Slopes Greater Than Six Percent
Building Height Contour Line
An antenna that is attached to the walls of, or integrated into, buildings, religious institution steeples, cooling towers, elevator bulkheads, parapets, penthouses, fire towers, tanks, and water towers, or other structures. ((O)07-33, Amended, 09/19/2007)
A portion of a building which has a single finish floor elevation.
The lineal distance of the building space occupied by the particular business projected to a straight line parallel to the face of the building in which the main entrance into that particular business is located.
See “Vehicle Wash.”
An accessory building or portion of a main building with one (1) side totally open and one (1) or more partially open sides designated or used for the parking of motor vehicles. Enclosed storage facilities may be provided as part of a carport.
A parcel of land or structure dedicated to, and at least a portion of which is being used for, the interment of human or animal remains. A cemetery may include crematories, mausoleums, and columbaria.
A letter, number, logo (as defined in this Chapter) or symbol.
The substantial removal of vegetation by manual or mechanical means.
An establishment used for the creation, development and/or broadcast of radio or television programs or products, not including towers or communication facilities.
Conceptual Architectural Design Plan
The conceptual architectural elevations prepared in accordance with this Code and an element of the conceptual design review process. ((O)11-15, Enacted, 05/18/2011)
Conceptual Design Review
The concurrent review and approval process for conceptual site plan, conceptual landscape plan, conceptual public artwork plan and conceptual architectural plan by Town staff, the Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Town Council. ((O)17-05, Amended, 06/07/2017; (O)11-15, Enacted, 05/18/2011)
Conceptual Design Review Submittal
The conceptual design review submittal package consisting of the conceptual site plan, conceptual landscape plan, conceptual architectural design plan and the conceptual public art plan submittals. ((O)11-15, Enacted, 05/18/2011)
Conceptual Public Artwork Plan
Conceptual Site Plan
An affirmative action by the Board of Adjustments, Planning and Zoning Commission or Town Council indicating that approval will be forthcoming upon satisfaction of certain specified stipulations. ((O)17-05, Amended, 06/07/2017; (O)11-15, Amended, 05/18/2011)
Conditional Use Permit
See “Use Permit.”
An estate in real property consisting of an undivided interest in common in a portion of said real property together with the right of exclusive occupancy of a unit located thereon.
The use and management of land to eliminate waste and maximize efficiency of use while yielding the highest sustainable benefit to present generations and maintaining the natural resources in such a state that they remain biologically viable and they can provide for the benefit of future generations. ((O)11-01, Enacted, 02/16/2011)
An easement delineating an area that will be kept in its natural state.
All documents required for construction that depict all elements of the final layout and design at construction-level detail. The construction drawings include the final site plan based on the approved conceptual site plan, as well as the native plant preservation, salvage and mitigation plan and landscape, irrigation, and buffer yard plans, final public art plans, final architecture plans, building plans and improvement plans. ((O)11-15, Enacted, 05/18/2011)
A convenience use store less than seven thousand five hundred (7,500) square feet where food and drink, which may include packaged alcoholic beverages, are sold primarily for consumption off premises.
1. Gas stations
4. Vehicle (car) washes
A fence-type structure consisting of vertical posts and horizontal members and so constructed that seventy-five percent (75%) or more of the vertical surface is open. Chain link or other similar types of wire fences are not intended to be included in this definition and shall be classified as a fence or wall.
An exterior covered structure attached to a building, including associated roof eaves or overhangs, that is supported by posts or columns and is open on three (3) sides. ((O)18-15, Enacted, 10/03/2018)
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
A multidisciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design. The environ- mental design should encourage desirable behavior and functionality. CPTED emphasizes surveillance, access control, and definition of ownership. ((O)11-05, Enacted, 04/20/2011)
A prehistoric or historic site or object having historical, architectural, archaeological, or community importance, including artifacts, records, and material remains related to such property or resource. ((O)11-01, Enacted, 02/16/2011)
Cultural Resource Professional
An archaeologist, architect, architectural historian or historian who meets the minimum professional qualifications established by the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards. ((O)11-01, Enacted, 02/16/2011)
Cultural Resources Survey
An activity with the purpose of locating and identifying cultural resources without causing any disturbance of the ground. ((O)11-01, Enacted, 02/16/2011)
Custom Home Subdivision
Vertical removal of earthen material.
Dangerous Activity, Hazard or Obstruction
A public or private establishment providing care and supervision for five (5) or more children not related to the proprietor.
Is a conveyance of fee simple or property rights to Oro Valley or another public agency.
Density-Based Land Uses
Those land uses of a residential nature.
A black or brown shiny crust on rocks, which consists mainly of iron and manganese oxides.
The complete two (2) stage process of development review, including all elements, requirements, reviews, approvals and processes related to conceptual design review and final design review by the Planning and Zoning Commission, staff and Town Council. ((O)17-05, Amended, 06/07/2017; (O)11-15, Enacted, 05/18/2011)
An individual, firm, corporation, partnership, association, syndication, trust or other legal entity, or representative thereof, that files the application and initiates proceedings for the development of land in accordance with the provisions of Sections 22.5 and 22.9 and the developer need not be the owner of the property.
A physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one (1) or more of a person’s major life activities, impairs their ability to live independently or a record of having such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment, but such term does not include current use of, nor addiction to, a controlled substance.
A building or establishment with a series 18 liquor license that produces distilled spirits, as defined by the Arizona State Liquor Board, including brandy, whiskey, rum, tequila, cognac or other similar spirits.
A designed invert that collects site drainage and directs it to a point of discharge.
A use which has a drive-thru lane as a functional component of the business.
A building, or portion thereof, designed exclusively for residential purposes.
An unforeseen event requiring prompt action.
To go into or over a specified line such as a setback. ((O)18-15, Enacted, 10/03/2018)
Plans, profiles, cross sections, and other required details for the construction of public improvements prepared by a registered engineer in accordance with the approved preliminary plat and in compliance with standards of design and construction approved by the Town Council.
Entertainment at Bars, Restaurants or Private Clubs
An activity intended for entertainment, including live musicians, disc jockeys, musical or artistic performances, etc.
The sum of the areas of the permit holder’s land to be graded, including the building envelope, accessory buildings, and areas of related parking, driveways, swimming pools, walls and other accessory structures, but excluding individual sewage disposal systems.
Environmentally Sensitive Lands
Lands that contribute to the aesthetic character of the immediate area, such as unique or heavy plant, tree or cacti growth or species, including, but not limited to, those lands restricted by additional overlay districts.
Environmentally Sensitive Open Space (ESOS)
Equipment Building or Structure
The wearing away of the ground surface as a result of the movement of wind, water or ice.
A condition placed on land development requiring dedication of infrastructure and/or real property that is necessary to serve a proposed development and is imposed on a parcel of land for the purpose of mitigating the anticipated negative impacts and infrastructure needs created by the development.
The mechanical, manual, blasting, or other such means for removal of earth material.
The result of causing something to be open to view.
A person living alone, up to but no more than ten (10) persons unrelated to each other by blood, marriage or legal adoption, living together in a dwelling unit existing solely as a single housekeeping unit, with common access to all living, eating, kitchen and storage areas within the dwelling unit.
An area used for the production of farm products.
The vertical addition of earthen material.
A woven or non-woven water-permeable material generally made of synthetic products, such as polypropylene, used in stormwater management and erosion and sediment control applications to trap sediment or prevent the clogging of aggregates by fine soil particles.
Final Design Review
The review and approval process for construction drawings, including final site plan and/or final plat, and subject to approval by Town staff and Town Council for final plats. ((O)11-15, Enacted, 05/18/2011)
Final Plat Approval
An establishment providing management or exchange of money, assets or other fiduciary services, including banks, credit unions, savings and loans, mortgage and/or title companies.
A place or building where exercises and related activities are performed for the purpose of weight control and/or physical fitness.
A fabric, banner, or bunting containing distinctive colors, patterns, or symbols, used as a symbol of a government, political subdivision, or other entity.
The relatively flat areas or low lands adjoining the channel of a watercourse, or areas where drainage is or may be restricted by manmade structures which have been or may be covered partially or wholly by floodwater.
Floor Area Ratio
A use engaged in the production of food products.
A use engaged in the production of food products intended for consumption off premises for sale directly to individual consumers.
See “Mobile Food Unit.” ((O)18-14, Amended, 10/03/2018)
A structure which is not attached to any other structure or portion of a structure. Structures, which are linked by pedestrian walkways, are deemed to be freestanding. Freestanding shall also apply to sole uses on an individual parcel.
All property on one (1) side of a street between two (2) intersecting streets (crossing or terminating) measured along the line of the street, or, if the street is a dead end, then all of the property abutting on one (1) side between an intersecting street and the dead end of the street, including property fronting on a cul-de-sac.
Full Cutoff (FCO) Light Fixture
A light fixture which is installed or designed to emit no direct uplight above the horizontal.
An establishment engaged in the preparation and/or burial of the dead, including funeral chapels, crematoriums, and mortuaries.
See “Vehicle Storage Facility.”
A facility other than a miniature golf course for the playing of golf at which there may be a clubhouse including restrooms and locker rooms. A golf course may provide additional services customarily furnished, such as swimming, outdoor recreation and related retail sales that may include a restaurant and cocktail lounge if approved as a part of the required use permit.
Golf Safety Net
A structure made of netting material supported by vertical poles, which is erected for the purposes of protecting life and property from errant golf balls.
A use engaged in providing services to the general public and recognized as a political subdivision of the State, including City or Town agencies, emergency services, fire services, school districts, etc.
The elevation of the ground surface, paving, or sidewalk.
The actual, current ground surface before the issuance of a grading permit.
Grading Permit Conditions
An establishment primarily engaged in the sale of food products including packaged goods, produce and meat products, which may include on-site food preparation such as bakeries, delis and other related services.
Gross Floor Area
Is the sum of the gross areas of the several floors of a building or buildings, measured from the exterior faces of exterior walls or from the centerlines of walls separating two (2) buildings. Gross floor area shall not include:
a. Underground parking space
b. Uncovered steps
c. Exterior balconies
Gross Land Area
The area of a parcel of land excluding all streets and alleyways in existence at the time the development plan is submitted. Those portions of such parcels which subsequently may be designated as streets or alleyways, whether dedicated or not, shall be included in the determination of gross land area.
The removal of trees and other large plants including their roots.
A ranch that provides lodging and activities to guests.
The place or type of site where a plant or animal naturally or normally grows and lives.
Illumination produced by recessing a light source inside a hollow character with an open back or within the mounting surface. An outline glow around the characters is created by this light reflecting off the background to which the characters are attached.
Health Studio or Health Spa
See “Personal Services.” ((O)06-06, Amended, 04/19/2006)
An area that is used or intended to be used for the landing and takeoff of helicopters and may include any or all of the areas of buildings which are appropriate to accomplish these functions.
A building that exceeds thirty (30) feet in height as defined herein.
Hillside Conservation Area
Hillside Development Zone
An area providing additional regulations for hillside development.
Hillside Development Zone Subdivision
Hillside View Conservation Area
The visually significant slopes and ridges of the site designated as environmentally sensitive open space. Visually significant slopes and ridges are identified by the Scenic Resources category of the ESL regulations. ((O)11-01, Enacted, 02/16/2011)
Business or commercial activity that is conducted from property zoned for residential use. ((O)16-11, Amended, 09/07/2016)
A facility for the general and emergency treatment of human ailments with bed care including a sanitarium or clinic. ((O)15-16, Amended, 11/08/2015)
An establishment that offers temporary lodging in rooms, for less than one (1) month (30 days), that has interior common corridor access to rooms, may include a restaurant and accessory uses and services, including, without limitation, newsstands, gift shops, and similar incidental uses conducted entirely within the principal building.
An establishment providing repair or maintenance of residential goods or properties including appliance repair shop, pest prevention services, etc.
Human remains, including human skeletal remains, cremations, and/or ceremonial objects and funerary objects.
A report designed to show the effects of surface water on a specific area.
A use which creates difficulty for pilots to distinguish between navigational lights or markers and other lights.
A street, sewer, electric, gas and water utilities, drainage and flood control facilities or any other improvement or structure including all necessary engineering, construction, and inspection costs for the same for which the Town of Oro Valley may ultimately assume responsibility for maintenance and operation.
Incidental Retail Item
An item customarily subordinate or directly related to the operation of a mobile food unit. ((O)18-14, Enacted, 10/03/2018)
An element of a project that is an aesthetic or functional part of a structure or design. The integrated element is not intended to appear as an added or attached feature of the overall project. ((O)18-08, Enacted, 05/16/2018)
Canals, laterals, ditches, conduits, gates, pumps, and allied equipment necessary for the supply, delivery, and drainage of irrigation water and the construction, operation and maintenance thereof.
An underground watering system, which consists of heads, valves, pipes, etc., used for the sole purpose of sustaining and promoting plant life.
Land Division, Minor
A division of improved or unimproved land for the purpose of financing sale or lease, whether immediate or future, into one (1) or more lots, not including any division of land defined as “subdivision.”
A combination of trees, shrubs, flowers, or other horticultural elements, decorative stonework, paving, screening or other architectural elements designed to enhance the visual amenity of a property and/or to provide a screen to mitigate any objectionable aspects that may detrimentally affect adjacent land.
The portion of the measurable light distribution that extends beyond the property line.
See “Park, Linear.” ((O)11-05, Enacted, 04/20/2011)
A period of time exceeding seven (7) days.
A parcel of land created by a legal subdivision bounded on all sides by property lines of sufficient size to meet minimum zoning requirements for use, coverage, area, setbacks, and other areas as required by this code, with legal access to a public street.
See “Net Lot Area.”
Lot, Depth of
The horizontal distance between the front and rear lot lines.
The lines which form the boundary of a lot.
The line that is opposite and most distant from the front lot line.
Lot of Record
A lot that is a part of a subdivision, the plat of which has been recorded in the office of the Pima County Recorder; or parcel of land, the deed of which is recorded in the office of the County Recorder.
The width of the lot determined as follows:
a. If the side property lines are parallel, the shortest distance between these side lines;
b. If the side property lines are not parallel, the width of the lot shall be the length of a line at right angles to the axis of the lot at a distance equal to the required front or rear building setback line, whichever is the lesser. The axis of a lot shall be a line generally perpendicular to the fronting street, which divides the lot into two (2) equal parts.
A unit of light output from a source; used to measure the amount of light emitted by lamps.
The complete lighting assembly, not including the support assembly.
The replacing or repairing of a part of a sign made unusable, unsafe or unattractive by ordinary wear, tear or damage beyond the control of the owner or the repainting of an existing sign without changing the wording, location, composition or color of said sign.
A structure, transportable in one (1) or more sections, which, in the traveling mode, is eight (8) feet or more wide or forty (40) feet or more in length, or when erected on site, is three hundred twenty (320) or more square feet, and which is built on a permanent foundation and contains plumbing, heating, air cooling, and electrical systems.
The fabricating or assembling of materials into finished or partially finished products by hand or by the use of machinery.
An establishment whose primary business is the manufacturing of parts or materials into finished or partially finished products. These may include scientific analysis, laboratory or other similar uses.
Healthy, full-bodied trees with a shape characteristic of the species and of the following minimum sizes:
Ten (10)- to twelve (12)-foot height by six (6)- to eight (8)-inch wide; or two (2)-inch single trunk caliper; or one (1) inch average trunk caliper for multiple trunk trees; or eight (8)-foot trunk height for palms.
All devices, appliances, and apparatus involved in the maintenance of environmental conditions within a building or recreational structure, such as a swimming pool or spa. Mechanical equipment shall include HVAC units, air conditioners, pool heaters, pool filters, and pool circulation pumps, amongst others.
Designated Caregiver Cultivation Location
An enclosed facility, that does not exceed two hundred fifty (250) square feet of cultivation space, where a designated caregiver, as defined by A.R.S. Section 36-2801(5), cultivates marijuana if the designated caregiver’s registry identification card provides that the designated caregiver is authorized to cultivate marijuana. ((O)10-13, Enacted, 10/27/2010)
A not-for-profit entity, defined in A.R.S. Section 36-2801(11), that acquires, possesses, cultivates, manufactures, delivers, transfers, transports, supplies, sells or dispenses marijuana or related supplies and educational materials to cardholders. ((O)10-13, Enacted, 10/27/2010)
Dispensary Off-Site Cultivation Location
Qualifying Patient Cultivation Location
An enclosed facility, that does not exceed fifty (50) square feet of cultivation space for each location, where a qualifying patient, as defined by A.R.S. Section 36-2801(13), cultivates marijuana if the qualifying patient’s registry identification card states that the qualifying patient is authorized to cultivate marijuana. ((O)10-13, Enacted, 10/27/2010)
An establishment providing medical care and/or treatment to patients.
An establishment providing medical care and/or treatment to patients for one (1) or more nights, including hospitals or surgery centers.
An establishment providing medical care and/or treatment to patients who are released and do not remain overnight, including urgent care facilities.
Mezzanine or Mezzanine Floor
An intermediate floor placed in any room.
Minor Land Division
A division of improved or unimproved land for the purpose of financing sale or lease, whether immediate or future, into one (1) or more lots. A minor land division shall not include any division of land defined as a “subdivision.”
Mobile Food Unit
A food establishment that is licensed by this State, that is readily movable and that dispenses food or beverages for immediate service and consumption and other incidental retail items as defined in this section. ((O)18-14, Amended, 10/03/2018)
A structure, transportable in one (1) or more sections, which, in the traveling mode, is eight (8) feet or more in width or forty (40) feet or more in length, or when erected on site is three hundred twenty (320) or more square feet and which is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling.
Mobile Home Park
Mobile Home Space
An unoccupied home intended for use as a representation for homebuyers of a particular home product.
A word describing uses and activities other than the business name.
The observation after commencement of a disturbance to determine if archaeological resources exist in an area or, when such resources are known to exist, the observation, recording, and incidental recovery of site features and materials to preserve a record of the affected portion of the site. Monitoring is applicable in locations where sites or features may occur but are generally not expected to be of such importance, size or complexity as to require lengthy work or project delays for archaeological investigations.
A facility used exclusively for wireless communication facility mounts and is self-supporting with a single shaft of steel, concrete or wood. This does not include flagpoles.
A building or group of buildings containing guest rooms or dwelling units, some or all of which have a separate entrance leading directly from the outside of the building, with the garage or parking space located on the lot and designed, used or intended wholly, or in part, for the accommodation of automobile transients. Motel includes motor court, motor lodge and tourist court, but not a mobile home park.
Multiple Tenant Commercial Building
A structure that houses or is intended to house a variety of separate commercial activities.
Net Floor Area
Net Lighting Acre
An acre of the remaining ground area after deleting all portions for proposed and existing public and private street rights-of-way within a development, parcel, or subdivision. If there are any E1 lighting zones on the property, then they shall also be excluded from the calculations of net lighting acre.
Net Lot Area
A building or land, lawfully occupied by a use at the time of passage of this code or code amendment, that does not conform after passage of this code or code amendment with the use regulations of the district in which it is located.
Non-Density-Based Land Uses
Those land uses of a non-residential nature.
Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic Radiation (NIER)
Is electromagnetic radiation primarily in the visible, infrared, and radio frequency portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
The purpose for which a building, or part thereof, is used or intended to be used.
A building or part thereof, designed, intended or used for the practice of a profession, including medical, the carrying on of a business, the conduct of public administration, or, where not conducted on the site thereof, the administration of an industry, but shall not include a retail commercial use, any industrial use, financial institution, place of amusement, or place of assembly.
An area meant to provide a natural or garden environment.
The landscaped or natural open space between the right-of-way line of a dedicated street and any perimeter structure(s) within the development except that this space may extend between structures or between a structure and a side property line to a depth of not more than one-half (1/2) the width of the opening.
An area improved through the harmonious combination of natural desert growth with the introduction of trees, shrubs, and groundcover the purpose of which is to enhance the visual and aesthetic quality of any structure or development.
A natural, completely undisturbed, desert area.
An arrangement of merchandise sold on the property in such a way to give special prominence and designed to attract buyers. ((O)16-10, Enacted, 09/07/2016)
Outdoor Light Fixture
An outdoor illuminating device, outdoor lighting or reflective surface, lamp or similar device, permanently installed or portable, used for illumination. Such devices include, but are not limited to:
a. Parking lot lighting
b. On-site circulation lighting
c. Building and structural lighting
d. Landscape lighting
e. Recreational lighting
f. Product display area lighting
g. Building overhangs and open canopies
h. Security lighting
The supply, stock of merchandise, materials or similar items accumulated in an area outside of the business. ((O)16-10, Enacted, 09/07/2016)
Outdoor Type Business
A business, all or most of whose activities are conducted, or items displayed, in an open area.
A zoning district that provides supplemental regulations to be applied in addition to those of the original zone, or provides for density transfers, or for coordinated development of several uses and shall include the Hillside Development Zone, Planned Residential Development District, and Planned Area Development District. Any applicable regulations superimposed by the Floodplain Management Code shall be in addition to the requirements of this zoning code.
The person or persons holding title by deed to land or holding title as vendees under land contract or holding any other title of record.
An area of land designated and used for recreation purposes.
A park that has a much greater length than width.
An area of land designated and used by the public for active and/or passive recreation.
The aisle on which vehicles are allowed access to the individual parking stalls and are characterized by slow speeds and high turning movements.
A public or private land area designed and used for off-street parking.
A parking area for the private use of the owners or occupants of the lot on which the parking area is located; this does not include parking on sidewalks or streets; this does include “reserved” designations.
A parking area available to the public, with or without compensation, used to accommodate clients, customers, employees, guests, or visitors.
A lightweight fabric or other material, whether or not containing a message of any kind, suspended from a rope, wire, or string, designed to attract attention.
An establishment where individual services are provided, including, but not limited to, barber shops, salons, health/day spas including massage, dry cleaners and laundromats (not including industrial cleaners), and teaching studios.
A non-hooved animal generally recognized as a domestic household animal.
Planning and Zoning Commission
A place where young trees and/or other plants are raised for transplanting or for sale.
A map of a subdivision:
a. Final Plat shall mean a map of all or part of a subdivision providing substantial conformance to an approved preliminary plat prepared by a registered civil engineer or a registered land surveyor in accordance with Section 22.9.D of this code.
See “Day care.”
In the context of the environmentally sensitive lands conservation system, the attempt to maintain land in its current condition to protect the area from negative human influence. ((O)11-01, Enacted, 02/16/2011)
An establishment, which may possess a series 14 liquor license, primarily organized for some common social purpose, including veterans of foreign wars, American Legion and other similar social organizations.
To jut out or hang over without supporting structural elements. ((O)18-15, Enacted, 10/03/2018)
Artwork that is accessible to the community and the general public. It may be privately funded and owned or it may be fully funded by public agencies for public benefit. Public artwork adds aesthetic appeal, draws visitors and improves the image of the Town. It entails the application of skill and taste by an artist in creating an original work of art. Privately funded and owned public artwork may not include: directional graphics or color-coded location indicators, mass-produced or standard “off-the-shelf” items, including playground equipment, fountains, or statuary, and most art reproductions. ((O)14-02, Amended, 01/15/2014; (O)08-23, Enacted, 12/03/2008)
Qualified Habitat Restoration Specialist
A person with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a natural resources-related field, and five (5) years of experience in the field of habitat biology. ((O)11-01, Enacted, 02/16/2011)
An area of ten (10) or more contiguous acres that is used for the raising of livestock on a commercial basis.
A land area that is designated for recreation or contains specific facilities such as community recreational centers, pedestrian ways, swimming pools, picnic facilities, basketball and sport courts, playground equipment and exercise equipment.
An area delineated for formal activities, which may or may not require equipment and take place on a prescribed field. Active recreational areas include, but are not limited to, tennis, volleyball, bocce ball and other court games, baseball, soccer and other field sports, swimming pools, track and improved playground activity areas.
An area delineated for activities that involve relatively inactive or less energetic activities, such as walking, sitting, picnicking, card games, checkers, and similar table games. Passive recreational areas also include natural open space, which contain nature walks and observation areas.
A place designed and equipped for the conduct of sports, exercise, and/or leisure-time activities.
A place of gathering or assembly with the primary purpose of religious worship. Typical religious uses include, but are not limited to, churches, synagogues, mosques and temples. ((O)07-33, Amended, 09/19/2007)
A group or groups of buildings containing more than five (5) dwelling units and/or guest rooms and providing outdoor recreational activities, which may include golf, horseback riding, swimming, shuffleboard, tennis, and other similar activities, including associated lighting. A resort may furnish services customarily furnished by a hotel including a restaurant, bar, specialty retail shops, and convention facilities.
An establishment primarily engaged in the serving of food to the public.
A building or structure where food and drink are served for consumption within the building or off the premises by order from vehicular passengers outside the structure including, but not limited to, services from an outdoor service window.
A sale for any purpose in the form of tangible personal property.
A wall designed to withstand lateral and hydrostatic pressures and built to keep earth from sliding.
((O)11-01, Enacted, 02/16/2011)
A road that typically provides unimpeded access to the parking aisles from the access drives and performs a collector function. A ring road is not primarily adjacent to the buildings except in service areas.
A bed or wall consisting of stones placed in an irregular fashion.
Rip-rap that is held together with or placed in cementatious material.
Biological communities occurring in association with any spring, cienega, lake, watercourse, river, stream, creek, wash, arroyo, or other body of water, either surface or subsurface, or any channel having banks and beds through which water flows, at least periodically. Riparian habitats may be generally characterized or distinguished into three (3) classes, hydroriparian, mesoriparian, and xeroriparian, by a difference in plant species composition, or an increase in the size and/or density of vegetation, as compared to upland areas, as follows:
a. Hydroriparian Habitats
Riparian habitats generally associated with perennial water- courses, with plant communities dominated by obligate or preferential wetland plant species, such as willow and cottonwood.
b. Mesoriparian Habitats
Riparian habitats generally associated with perennial or intermittent flows, or shallow ground water, with plant communities dominated by species that may also be found in drier habitats, but contain some preferential riparian plant species, such as ash or netleaf hackberry. The mesquite bosque and sycamore/ash association are examples of this community type.
c. Xeroriparian Habitats
Xeroriparian habitats are supported by intermittent or ephemeral stream flows. Typical species associated with this habitat type include mesquite, blue palo verde, desert willow, catclaw acacia, whitehorn acacia, desert hackberry, and ironwood. Actual species composition is typically a function of the extent and frequency of stream flow. Xeroriparian habitats are present along washes throughout the Town of Oro Valley.
For the purposes of this classification system, xeroriparian habitats are further divided into the following subcategories:
1. High Xeroriparian A Habitats
Generally associated with well-developed water- courses. The trees present are generally sixteen (16) feet to twenty (20) feet tall or taller. The vegetative volume per unit area within this habitat type is approximately 0.850 M3/M2 with much of the volume present within the dense over-story.
The diversity of species is relatively greater than that associated with intermediate xeroriparian b and low riparian c habitat types. Mesquite, desert willow, blue palo verde, and desert hackberry are representative tree species within High Xeroriparian A Habitat areas.
2. Intermediate Xeroriparian B Habitats
Typically occur along well-developed water- courses. The principal distinction between Xeroriparian A and Xeroriparian B Habitats is that of plant size (height, trunk size, and total vegetative volume). Trees in this habitat type generally range from six (6) feet to fifteen (15) feet tall. The under-story is often more extensive than Xeroriparian A Habitats due to a more open over-story canopy.
Within Intermediate Xeroriparian B Habitats, the vegetative volume per unit area is typically 0.675 M3/M2. Mesquite, ironwood, blue palo verde, catclaw acacia, desert broom, and desert hackberry are representative of this habitat type.
3. Low Xeroriparian C Habitats
Typically occur along minor watercourses and along the peripheral edges of major watercourses. The typical vegetative volume per unit area in this habitat type is between 0.500 and 0.675 M3/M2. Whitethorn acacia, catclaw acacia, desert creosote bush, bunchgrasses, and bursage are typically found within Low Xeroriparian C Habitats.
4. Regional Drainageway
Not a single habitat type, but rather an aggregation of the habitat types described above distributed continuously along a regional drainage- way. The regional drainageway is significant in that it typically extends for lengths of several miles and may extend from the urbanized portions of the Town into large tracts of undeveloped public lands. Within the current boundaries of Oro Valley, this habitat feature occurs along the Canada del Oro Wash and Big Wash.
The regional drainageway typically consists of patches of Xeroriparian A, B, and C.
The high habitat value associated with regional drainageways stems from their length (which can be uninterrupted for lengths of several miles), their width (which provides habitat areas that are relatively isolated from adjacent urban developments), and their configuration (which provides connections between various tributary channels and, in some instances, connections to tracts of preserved natural open space).
Scenic Resource Conservation Area
A place of general instruction.
An opaque barrier designed and installed to conceal areas used for storage, refuse, mechanical equipment, parking or delivery service loading bays from street and public view, or to buffer adjacent uses.
An opaque wall at least six (6) feet in height located along the perimeter of a said use that abuts a residential use, the purpose of which is to minimize any impacts associated with contiguous or adjacent land uses. ((O)11-15, Amended, 05/18/2011)
An establishment providing temporary storage facilities to one (1) or more individuals as a primary use.
Senior Care Facility
A health care facility providing single or multiple types of senior care, including independent living facilities or facilities defined and licensed by the State of Arizona as an assisted living facility, hospice in-patient facility, nursing care institution or similarly licensed facilities.
((O)15-16, Enacted, 11/08/2015)
Sexually Oriented Business
Classified as the following:
a. Adult arcades;
b. Adult bookstores, adult novelty shops or adult video stores;
c. Adult cabarets;
d. Adult motels;
e. Adult motion picture theaters;
f. Adult theaters;
g. Adult vending machines;
h. Escort agencies;
i. Nude model studios; and
j. Sexual encounter centers.
Shared ingress/egress points for vehicular circulation purposes.
A group of stores planned and designed for the site on which it is built, functioning as a unit, with common points of ingress and egress.
A time period no more than seven (7) days.
Short-Term Rental Property
Significant Vegetation (SV)
Specific plant communities, and/or unique plant occurrences, and/or unique individual specimens that demonstrate, through the presence of certain criteria areas, special value to the Sonoran desert ecosystem:
a. Plant community is an area of vegetation dominated by one (1) or more species. Climate, elevation, soil types and other factors ultimately determine the limits and boundaries of particular plant communities. Examples of a plant community dominated by one (1) species are desert grassland and creosote bush association, or a grove of trees, for example mesquite bosque. These communities can form almost pure stands of single species. Examples of co-dominant plant communities are cottonwood-willow and palo verde-saguaro association. Plant communities create an environment that is beneficial, unique, and/or valuable to the desert ecosystem.
b. Unique plant occurrences are areas of vegetation that exist in contrast to the majority of the surrounding vegetative community due to either microclimates or availability of water sources. Examples are stands of ironwood trees or riparian areas.
c. Unique plant refers to any native tree, shrub, or cacti with extraordinary characteristics such as, but not limited to, age, size, shape, form, canopy cover, or aesthetic value. An example may be crested saguaros, a rare, massive ancient tree, or tree with unusual shape.
See Chapter 28 for definitions and requirements.
A dwelling that is not constructed on the site on which it is located. Site-delivered homes include prefabricated housing, manufactured housing, and mobile homes. Site-delivered homes do not include recreation vehicles.
A plan drawing of an individual site (see definition, “Site”) including the layout of buildings, circulation system, parking, walls, landscaping, open space, and any other appropriate information as required by the Town of Oro Valley to provide adequate public review.
Site Resource Inventory
A primary evaluative design tool upon which site design and salvage plans are based. The information contained in the site resource inventory shall be utilized for purposes of site planning and design, and shall describe and identify natural characteristics of the site, including areas of significant vegetation. Preservation of protected natural area and significant vegetation shall be a primary consideration.
A room or space arranged, designed or used as living quarters, with sleeping and living areas and bathroom facilities, without full kitchen facilities. ((O)09-05, Enacted, 06/17/2009)
Degree of deviation of a surface from the horizontal; measured as a numerical ratio, percent, or in degrees. Expressed as a ratio, the first number is the horizontal distance (run) and the second is the vertical distance (rise), as 2:1. A 2:1 slope is a fifty percent (50%) slope. Expressed in degrees, the slope is the angle from the horizontal plane, with a ninety (90)-degree slope being vertical (maximum) and forty-five (45) degrees being a 1:1 or one hundred percent (100%) slope.
Slope, Exposed, Height of
Slope Interceptor Drain
A drainage swale designed to collect and divert the flow of water.
Small Cell Wireless Facility
A wireless facility that meets both of the following:
a. All antennas are located inside an enclosure of not more than six (6) cubic feet in volume or, in the case of an antenna that has exposed elements, the antenna and all of the antenna’s exposed elements could fit within an imaginary enclosure of not more than six (6) cubic feet in volume.
b. All other wireless equipment associated with the facility is cumulatively not more than twenty-eight (28) cubic feet in volume, or fifty (50) cubic feet in volume if the equipment was ground-mounted before August 9, 2017. The following types of associated ancillary equipment are not included in the calculation of equipment volume pursuant to this subdivision:
i. An electric meter;
ii. Concealment elements;
iii. A telecommunications demarcation box;
iv. Grounding equipment;
v. A power transfer switch;
vi. A cutoff switch;
vii. Vertical cable runs for the connection of power and other services. ((O)18-02, Enacted, 01/17/2018)
Naturally occurring deposits overlying bedrock.
Soils Engineer of Record
A person whose discipline is soils engineering, who has prepared and sealed a geotechnical report for a specific property.
A condition where no noise, to a reasonable person, would be discernible at the nearest property line.
A temporary use of a property for a special event, which may or may not be in compliance with the standards of the zoning district in which it is to be located. Said uses, which may be public or private, may include, but are not limited to, civic, philanthropic, educational, religious, sporting, and/or social events, fundraisers, or holiday sales, or any other special temporary use, as may be deemed analogous to these examples by the Planning and Zoning Administrator.
A surface prepared for the purpose of playing sporting activities including tennis, basketball, volleyball, croquet, shuffleboard, bocce, pickle ball and/or other similar activities.
An area used for the storage and keeping of horses, mules or ponies.
An area of ten (10) or more contiguous acres containing a stable for horses, mules, or ponies that are hired, bred, shown, or boarded on a commercial basis. Commercial stables must meet the conditions of Section 25.1.B.4 of this Code.
A detached accessory building for the keeping of horses, mules, or ponies owned by the occupants of the premises and not kept for remuneration, hire, or sale.
The storage of uncompacted earth material.
That portion of a building included between the upper surface of any floor and the upper surface of the floor next above, except that the topmost story shall be that portion of a building included between the upper surface of the topmost floor and the ceiling or roof above.
A street, avenue, boulevard, road, lane, parkway, place, alley easement for access, viaduct or bridge and approaches thereto. A street includes the land between the right-of-way lines whether improved or unimproved and may comprise pavements, shoulders, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, parking areas and lawns.
a. Arterial Route (principal arterial)
Those Interstate, State, or County highways, freeways, expressways, and major thoroughfares having regional continuity.
b. Collector Street
c. Local Street
d. Frontage Street
A short local street permanently terminated in a vehicular turnaround.
A piece of work constructed or erected, the use of which requires a location on the ground or attached to something having a location on the ground, but not including a tent, vehicle, trailer coach, or mobile homes.
A piece of work that is readily movable and used or intended to be used for a period not to exceed ninety (90) consecutive days. Such structure shall be subject to all applicable property development standards for the district in which it is located.
Studio, Commercial or Fine Arts
A studio used for professional work or the teaching of any form of commercial or fine arts.
An individual, firm, corporation, partnership, association, syndication, trust or other legal entity that files the application and initiates proceedings for the subdivision of land in accordance with the provisions of this code; and the subdivider need not be the owner of the property.
Improved or unimproved land or lands divided for the purpose of financing sale or lease, whether immediate or future, into four (4) or more lots, tracts or parcels of land or, if a new street is involved, any such property which is divided into two (2) or more lots, tracts or parcels of land or any such property, the boundaries of which have been fixed by recorded plat which is divided into more than two (2) parts.
“Subdivision” shall also include any condominium, cooperative, community apartment, townhouse or similar project containing four (4) or more parcels in which an undivided interest in the land is coupled with the right of exclusive occupancy of any unit located thereon, but plats of such projects need not show the buildings or the manner in which the buildings or air space above the property shown on the plat are to be divided.
“Subdivision” shall not include the following:
b. The partitioning of land in accordance with other statutes regulating the partitioning of land held in common ownership.
An activity with the purpose of locating, identifying, and evaluating cultural or archaeological sites without causing any disturbance of the ground.
A contained body of water used for swimming or bathing purposes either above ground level or below ground level with the depth of the container being more than eighteen (18) inches in depth or the area being more than thirty-eight (38) square feet.
A municipal, county, or commercial pool, admission to which may be gained by the general public with or without payment of a fee.
A membership pool or cooperative pool or a pool at an establishment such as a resort, motel, apartment building or other places where the primary business of the establishment is not the operation of swimming facilities and where admission to use the pool is included in consideration given for the primary use of the premises.
Technical and Professional Standards and Guidelines
All aspects of the archaeological mitigation and data recovery efforts shall be conducted by a professional archaeologist using accepted professional standards and practices consistent with guidelines included in the Advisory Town Council on Historic Preservation 1980 Handbook; Guidelines for Recovery of Scientific, Prehistoric, Historic, and Archaeological Data: Methods, Standards, and Reporting Requirements (36 CFR 66, dated January 28, 1977); the Standards of Research Performance of the Society of Professional Archaeologists; and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeological Documentation (Federal Register, dated September 29, 1983).
An establishment providing services to businesses or individuals of a technical nature, including mail service, printing, photocopying, and computer access centers.
A light, temporary barrier, as approved by the Town, that clearly and conspicuously delineates areas designated to remain undisturbed or that are to be protected during construction.
Lighting used for a limited duration; for example, holiday decorations, civic events, or construction projects.
The limited subsurface excavation or remote sensing of a proposed disturbance (or portion thereof) to determine the potential, type, or extent of the archaeological site. Testing may include trenching and establishing archaeological excavation units and will include the screening of excavated material for artifact recovery.
An establishment where primarily movies, shows or performances are shown or conducted, including movie theaters, playhouses and other performing arts centers.
A plan or program in which the use, occupancy, or possession of one (1) or more time-share units circulates among various persons for less than a sixty (60)-day period in any year, for any occupant. The timeshare plan includes both timeshare ownership plans and timeshare use plans, as follows:
a. Ownership Plan
Any arrangement whether by tenancy in common, sale, deed, or other means whereby the purchaser receives any ownership interest and the right to use the property for a specific or discernible period by temporal division; and
b. Use Plan
Any arrangement, excluding normal hotel operations, whether by membership agreement, lease rental agreement, license, use agreement, security or other means, whereby the purchaser receives a right to use accommodations or facilities, or both, in a timeshare unit for a specific or discernible period by temporal division, but does not receive an ownership interest.
The accommodations and related facilities which are the subject of a timeshare plan.
A small (typically less than one-half (1/2) acre) recreational area primarily intended for young children (ages eight (8) and under), with a primary emphasis on playground equipment and supporting amenities and infrastructure. ((O)11-05, Enacted, 04/20/2011)
A facility used for wireless communication facility mounts and consists of more than a single shaft of steel or concrete.
The Town of Oro Valley.
A plan that provides for the development of a system of streets and highways including the location and alignment of existing and proposed thoroughfares, bicycle paths, frontage roads, and limited access to Oracle Road.
A plan prepared by a qualified cultural resource professional for the preservation, data recovery, excavation, archiving, monitoring, adaptive reuse, curation, and/or documentation of one (1) or more significant archaeological resources, buildings, structures, sites, landscapes, or artifacts. ((O)11-01, Enacted, 02/16/2011)
Unshielded Light Fixture
A luminary without all of the shielding necessary to be defined as a full cutoff light fixture.
Usable Lot Area
That portion of a lot usable for or adaptable to the normal uses made of residential property excluding any areas which may be covered by water, excessively steep or included in certain types of easements.
The purpose for which land or a building is occupied or maintained, arranged, designed or intended.
A permit granted to a property owner by the Town Council to conduct a use allowed as a use in a zoning district subject to a use permit. A use permit may be granted in accordance with the provisions of Section 22.5.
Installations or facilities, underground or overhead, furnishing for the use of the public electricity, gas, steam, cable TV communication, water, drainage, sewage disposal or flood control owned and operated by any person, firm, corporation, municipal department or board duly authorized by State or municipal regulations. Utility or utilities may also refer to such persons, firms, corporations, departments, or boards as sense requires.
Utility Poles and Wires
Poles, towers, structures, wire, cable, conduit, transformers and related facilities used in or as a part of the transportation or distribution of electric power or in the transmission of telephone, telegraph, or television communication.
A modification of the literal provisions of this zoning code granted by the Board of Adjustment upon a finding that strict enforcement of the provisions would cause undue hardship owing to circumstances unique to the individual property for which the variance is granted and not caused by the applicant for said variance.
A device in, on or by which a person or property is or may be transported or drawn.
Vehicle Repair Facility
Vehicle Storage Facility
An establishment where animals or pets are given medical or surgical treatment and are cared for during the time of such treatment.
A use that creates a hazard to air navigation by reducing visibility.
Visually Significant Slopes
Sloped areas of fifteen percent (15%) and greater visible from scenic corridors, public rights-of-way, public parks and all trails identified in the Oro Valley Trails Master Plan. ((O)11-01, Enacted, 02/16/2011)
The degree of sound intensity or audibility.
A structure or device required or allowed by this code forming a physical barrier, constructed such that fifty percent (50%) or more of the vertical surface is closed and prevents the passage of light, air, and vision through said surface in a horizontal plane. Where a masonry wall is specified, said wall shall be concrete block, brick, stone or other similar material and one hundred percent (100%) of the vertical surface shall be closed except for approved gates or other access ways.
A wall constructed of concrete block, brick, stone or other similar material, forming a physical barrier, constructed such that one hundred percent (100%) of the vertical surface is closed and prevents the passage of light, air, and vision through said surface in a horizontal plane, except for approved gates or other access ways.
A wall forming a physical barrier, constructed such that one hundred percent (100%) of the vertical surface is closed and prevents the passage of light, air, and vision through said surface in a horizontal plane, except for approved gates or other access ways.
The sale of tangible personal property for resale by a licensed retailer and not the sale of tangible personal property for consumption by the purchaser.
Wildlife Permeable Development
Residential development with a developed density of one (1) home per acre or less and fences and walls that are wildlife-friendly and do not impede the movement of wildlife between adjacent lots or between the development and adjacent open space areas. ((O)11-01, Enacted, 02/16/2011)
Wireless Communications Facility
A facility for the transmission and/or reception of radio frequency signals. Any device, including DBS satellite dishes, used to receive signals from direct broadcast satellites (DBS); multi-channel multi-point distribution providers (MMDS); and television broadcast stations (TVBS).
Those required areas established by setbacks to provide an open space at grade level between a building and the adjoining lot lines unoccupied and unobstructed by any portion of a structure from the ground upward except as otherwise provided herein.
An open, unoccupied space on the same lot with the main building extending the full width of the lot and situated between the street line and the front line of the main building, projected to the side lines of the lot. The front yard of a commercial corner lot is the yard adjacent to the major street as determined by the Town Engineer.
An open, unoccupied space on the same lot with a main building situated between the building and the side line of the lot and extending from the front yard to the rear yard. The side yard adjacent to a common lot line. ((O)16-16, Amended, 12/07/2016)