Supervisors OK zoning ordinance changes

   Roadside stands, meetings in homes, pot-belly pigs and patio covers are among regulations affected by San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ Zoning Ordinance amendments approved 5-0 on Sept. 16.

   Changes include allowing meetings at residences, allowing up to two pot-belly pigs on residentially zoned properties, allowing storage of emergency or disaster preparedness supplies as accessory uses in certain circumstances, and requiring that all property owners sign applications for discretionary permits.

   The changes also require that an application meet the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance that were in effect when the application was deemed complete rather than when the application was filed, and, if no notice to the applicant of either completion or lack of completion is given, the application shall be deemed complete 30 days after the date it was submitted.

   The ordinance adds definitions for patio covers, pot-belly pigs and vermiculture.  

   A patio cover is defined as a one-story, open-sided shade structure with a roof and structural supports that is either attached to or detached from the primary dwelling but used only for recreational outdoor living purposes and not for storage, habitation or automobiles. A patio cover may have enclosing walls in any configuration as long as the open area of the longer wall and one additional wall is at least 65 percent of the area below a minimum height of 80 inches of each wall. The term “open” includes the use of insect screen material.

   A pot-belly pig is a domesticated miniature Asian pig not exceeding 125 pounds or 18 inches in height measured at the shoulder. The same section of the ordinance that allows the keeping of dogs and cats (but not kennels) as accessory uses on residential and agricultural parcels now allows the keeping of up to two pot-belly pigs.

   Vermiculture or vermicomposting is the raising or use of segmented worms to convert organic matter into compost. A new vermiculture regulation prohibits importing waste or other materials from another property and limits the volume of raw or composted decomposable organic and bedding materials to what is reasonably necessary to the production of the worms raised on the site.

   The definition of “large animal” was amended to add ostriches, emus, llamas, and alpacas to bovine animals, sheep, goats, and swine. (A separate definition covers horses and other equine animals.)

   The definitions of “church” and “mentally retarded facility” were removed from the Zoning Ordinance as redundant, because they are covered in other definitions. The categories “lodge, fraternal, and civic assembly” and “religious assembly” were not definitions but civic use types, and in sections covering allowed and restricted uses those two categories were combined into “civic, fraternal, and religious assembly.”

   The combined area of all structures projecting into a setback area is now limited to 1,000 square feet, and   outdoor swimming pools and any other detached accessory structures combined are limited to no more than 50 percent of the required yard.  (The previous regulation limited swimming pools to 50 percent of the required yard but did not limit the combined structure and swimming pool area.)

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