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Development Guide

Development Guide

Rural: Low Intensity (RL)

Rural – Low Intensity applies to areas where large-lot neighborhoods and residential acreages/estates may remain with no expectation of urbanization or provision of urban infrastructure such as water or sewer. RL areas are predominantly composed of residential uses but may support commercial and light industrial uses provided they do not negatively impact the rural residential character.

Density Range

Typical Lot Sizes
  5-10+ acres
Minimum Lot Size
  5 acres
Non-Residential Floor to Area Ratio (FAR) Range   n/a

Development Policies

1.0 Site Design, Building Form, and Location

1.1 Site Design
  • Avoid development within or modification of 100 year floodplains or floodways.
  • Design new buildings to complement the character of surrounding areas and not detract from the open character of the landscape.
  • Utilize Best Management Practices (BMP) for stormwater.
  • Concentrations of smaller lots (i.e., approaching five acres) are appropriate only in certain circumstances, such as transitioning between higher density areas and rural densities, and for the preservation of Environmentally Sensitive Areas (see also Land Use Compatibility).
1.2 Location
  • Cluster retail and other commercial uses at intersections and freeway interchanges along major arterials (see also Street Typology).

2.0 Automobile and Pedestrian Connectivity

2.2 Pedestrian Connectivity
  • Provide connectivity in the form of sidewalks or trails to existing public trails and parks that are adjacent to development.

Rural: Low Intensity Character
RL areas include a variety of low-density, large-lot housing and services, ranging from small, large-lot subdivisions to large estate and ranch properties.