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(a) Application Required. The following projects require a Single Family Dwelling Design Review (SFDDR) application and no such project shall commence prior to a final approved SFDDR application:

(1) a new two-story residence in an R district;

(2) a replacement single-family residence when a pre-existing single-family residence is to be substantially removed in any R district;

(3) a second-story addition to an existing two-story residence in any R district of greater than 50 square feet;

(4) an addition of any second-story square footage to an existing single story residence in an R district.

(b) Small addition to an existing two-story residence. An addition to an existing two-story residence in an R district that does not exceed 200 square feet or 20% of the existing building square footage, whichever is less, shall be approved through the issuance of a building permit without further review if the following circumstances exist:

(1) The project is consistent with the adopted Single Family Dwelling Design Guidelines; and

(2) No appeal of the decision to issue a building permit is timely filed.

(c) Application form and notice. SFDDR applications shall be filed on the form prescribed by the Department of Community Development, and shall include such information as may be required by the Department of Community Development. The SFDDR application may be filed only after a pre-application meeting between the applicant and the Department of Community Development Planning Division staff and after the applicant provides pre-application notification to the owners and tenants of property within 500 feet of the subject property and to neighborhood association(s) and the United Homeowners Association, in accordance with noticing procedures adopted by the Department.

(d) Approval or denial. In making its review, Planning Division staff, the Zoning Administrator, Planning Commission, or City Council, as the case may be, shall be guided by the adopted R1 Single Family Dwelling Design Guidelines. The SFDDR application shall be approved if the decision-maker makes all of the following findings:

(1) The structures, site plan, and landscaping are consistent with the adopted R1 Single Family Dwelling Design Guidelines;

(2) The development will not be detrimental to the harmonious and orderly growth of the City;

(3) The development will not impair the desirability of investment or occupation in the vicinity, and otherwise is in the best interests of the public health, safety, or welfare;

(4) The development meets all applicable standards as adopted by the Planning Commission and City Council, conforms with the General Plan, and will correct any violations of the zoning ordinance, building code, or other municipal codes that exist on the site;

(5) The development will not adversely affect matters regarding police protection, crime prevention, and security.

(e) All buildings, structures, landscaping, and other improvements shall be constructed in accordance with the approved drawings.

(f) Appeal. The Department of Community Development shall send notice of its intention to issue a building permit to persons entitled to notice of an application in accordance with Chapter 27.08 of this Code. An appeal may be filed in accordance with Chapter 27.08 of this Code no later than 10 calendar days after date of the decision.