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27.30.020 SPECIAL USES.

The following uses may also be permitted subject to approval of a special use permit, provided that the use limitations contained in Section 27.30.025, "Permitted and special uses—Twenty-Fifth Avenue Improvement Area," shall apply to properties in the Twenty-Fifth Avenue improvement Area and the use limitations contained in Section 27.30.027, "Permitted and special uses—Hillsdale Station Area Plan Active Zone," shall apply to properties in the Hillsdale Station Area Plan Active Zone:

(a) Accessory buildings containing plumbing;

(b) Alternative financial services subject to the following requirements:

(1) A maximum of four alternative financial services may be located in the City of San Mateo.

(2) No alternative financial service may be located within a radius of 1,000 feet from the nearest existing alternative financial service.

(3) Any alternative financial service seeking to begin operations after the effective date of the ordinance codified in this section shall meet the following minimum standards of performance, which shall be included as conditions of approval for such uses:

(i) A lighting plan shall be reviewed and approved by the Police Department and the Building Division for conformance with the City's security ordinance prior to the issuance of building permits.

(ii) Storefronts shall have glass or transparent glazing in the windows and doors. No more than 10% of any window or door area shall be covered by signs, banners, or opaque coverings of any kind.

(iii) Hours of operation shall be limited to 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

(iv) At least one uniformed security guard will be on duty at all times the business is open. The security guard shall patrol the interior and all exterior portions of the property under the control of the owner or operator of the alternative financial service, including, but not limited to, parking lots and any open public spaces such as lobbies.

(c) Automobile gasoline service stations;

(d) Boarding, lodging, or rooming houses;

(e) Community care facilities serving seven or more persons in addition to the caregiver, and conforming with the provisions of Chapter 27.27;

(f) Convalescent homes, rest homes, nursing homes, limited to the housing of not more than six persons in addition to the owner or manager, and family;

(g) Drive-through facilities for financial institutions and for pharmacies dispensing only prescriptions or medicinal goods at the drive-through facility. Drive-through facilities for pharmacies shall be subject to the parking requirements for financial institution drive-through uses, as enumerated in Section 27.64.160(7)(a).

(h) Fast food establishments without drive-through facilities;

(i) Financial institutions, exceeding 2,500 square feet of ground floor area per establishment up to a maximum of 15,000 square feet of floor area;

(j) Offices exceeding 2,500 square feet of ground floor area per establishment up to a maximum of 15,000 square feet of floor area;

(k) Parking facilities, as a principal use;

(l) Public utility and public service uses;

(m) Recreational vehicle storage, subject to regulations established in Section 27.64.267, and only on those parcels designated for such use in Section 27.60.180;

(n) Recycling facilities subject to regulations established in Chapter 27.69;

(o) Religious institutions;

(p) Residential units on parcels without a residential overlay district classification subject to R3 district "Minimum Development Standards" in Section 27.22.040 and affordable housing requirements as adopted by City Council resolution, unless otherwise specified in Chapter 27.29; however, secondary units are prohibited;

(q) Businesses selling or renting firearms as defined by Penal Code Section 12001(b); and

(r) Other compatible uses as determined by the zoning administrator subject to the granting of a special use permit.