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Land Use Permit. Land Use Permits include all Type II, III, IV, V, and VI permits listed in RZC 21.76, Review Procedures, as well as the following Type I permits: Certificate of Appropriateness Level I, Shoreline Exemption, Wireless Communication Facility Permit I, and Temporary Use Permits.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Landmark Tree. Any healthy tree over thirty inches in diameter.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Landscape Architect. A person licensed by the State of Washington to engage in the practice of landscape architecture as defined by RCW 18.96.030.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Landscape Area. All portions of a site not devoted to a building, parking, storage or accessory use are referred to as the landscape area. A landscape area may include patios, plazas, walkways, walls and fences, water features, such as fountain or pool, and planting areas. Ponds for the detention of storm water runoff are not considered part of the landscape area of a site, unless they are integrated with landscaping.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Landscaped Roof. A garden on the roof of a building, especially one found in an urban setting designed for use by the public that often contains outdoor seating or dining facilities. It may serve several purposes for a building such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, creating habitat and helping to lower urban air temperatures and combat the heat island effect. A landscaped roof is distinguished from a green roof by not incorporating a bioretention facility as part of its structure.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Landslide. Episodic downslope movement of a mass of soil or rock, including snow avalanches.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Landslide Hazard Areas. Areas potentially subject to risk of mass movement due to a combination of geologic, topographic, and hydrologic features.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Large Satellite Dish. Any satellite dish antenna(s) whose diameter is greater than one meter in the Urban Recreation, Semirural, Residential zones, or Shorelines areas of the City, or two meters within any zone. [See Satellite Dish Antenna(s).]

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Large Woody Debris (LWD). Trunks and branches of trees that have fallen into a stream or have been placed in a stream, stabilizing the streambed and providing for fish and aquatic insects. This definition includes any piece of wood that is at least 10 centimeters in diameter (midpoint) and is at least two meters in length. (SMP)

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Legibility. The capability of a sign being read and understood.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Leq. See RMC Chapter 6.36, Noise Standards.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Level-of-Service (LOS), Transportation. A measure that:

1. Is used to define the implementation rate for building, funding, operating, or regulating transportation improvements; or

2. Defines the performance of these transportation improvements that are necessary to provide mobility for those who live and work in Redmond.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Level-of-Service Standard (LOS), Transportation. Comprehensive Plan Transportation Policy TR-4 establishes the City’s transportation LOS standard. RZC 21.52, Transportation Standards, regulates compliance with the LOS standard using the concept of a mobility unit (MU). To determine compliance with the transportation LOS standard, the City annually measures the MU demand from new development and the MU supply available from the City’s six-year program and the TFP. The transportation LOS standard is met when the MU demand is equal to the MU supply.

Effective on: 6/18/2018

Light Pole. A utility pole used primarily for lighting streets, parking areas, parks or pedestrian paths. (Ord. 2919)

Effective on: 4/14/2018

Littoral Drift. The mud, sand, or gravel material moved parallel to the shoreline in the near-shore zone by waves and currents. (SMP)

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Littoral Zone. The zone in a body of fresh water where light penetration is sufficient for the growth of plants. (SMP)

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Live-Aboard Vessel. A vessel principally used as an overwater residence in a single location for a period exceeding two months in a calendar year. (SMP)

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Livestock Facility. A facility used for housing, raising, boarding, training or showing livestock, such as cattle, horses, llamas, goats and swine, excluding kennels and feed lots. A livestock facility may be used for agricultural, commercial, or recreation purposes. (SMP)

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Local Utilities. Facilities and infrastructure provided by a public agency, utility district or franchise which convey essential services throughout a neighborhood area or within the community. These facilities include, but are not limited to, local water and waste water lines and pump stations, electrical distribution lines and substations, natural gas distribution pipelines, local telecommunications facilities, and stormwater retention and conveyance systems.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Long-Term Care Facility. An institution or a distinct part of an institution or use that is licensed or approved to provide health care under medical supervision for 24 or more consecutive hours to two or more patients who are not related to the governing authority by marriage, blood, or adoption. This definition includes skilled nursing facilities, convalescent centers, governmental medical institutions and facilities which provide intensive medical supervision. Long-term facilities may provide maintenance care as well as restorative services. Long-term care facilities shall not include adult family homes or residential care facilities.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Lot. A fractional part of divided lands having fixed boundaries, being of sufficient area and dimension to meet minimum zoning requirements for width and area. The term shall include tracts or parcels.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Lot, Corner. A lot or parcel of land abutting upon two or more streets at their intersection or upon two parts of the same street forming an interior angle of less than 135 degrees.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Lot Coverage. The percentage of a lot that is covered with primary and accessory structures.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Lot, Interior. A lot other than a corner lot.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Lot, Parent. The initial lot from which unit lots are subdivided for the exclusive use of townhouses.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Lot, Unit. One of the individual lots created from the subdivision of a parent lot for the exclusive use of townhouses.

Effective on: 4/16/2011

Low-Cost Affordable Housing Unit. Housing reserved for occupancy by eligible households and affordable to households whose annual income does not exceed 50 percent of area median income, adjusted for household size, and no more than 30 percent of the monthly household income is paid for monthly housing expenses. (Housing expenses for ownership housing include mortgage and mortgage insurance, property taxes, property insurance, and homeowners dues. Housing expenses for rental housing include rent and appropriate utility allowance.) (Ord. 3028)

Effective on: 2/27/2021

Low-Income and Moderate-Income Housing. Housing affordable under federal standards to households with annual incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median income. (Ord. 3028)

Effective on: 2/27/2021