Table LU-4 Land Use Designations Summary
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Table LU-4 Land Use Designations Summary
Foundation Component Area Plan Land Use Designation Building Intensity Range (du/ac or FAR) 1,2,3,4,5 Notes
Agriculture Agriculture (AG) 10 AC Min.
  • Agricultural land including row crops, groves, nurseries, dairies, poultry farms, processing plants, and other related uses.
  • One single-family residence allowed per 10 acres except as otherwise specified by a policy or an overlay.
Rural Rural Residential (RR) 5 AC Min.
  • Single-family residences with a minimum lot size of 5 acres.
  • Allows limited animal keeping and agricultural uses, recreational uses, compatible resource development (not including the commercial extraction of mineral resources) and associated uses and governmental uses.
Rural Mountainous (RM) 10 AC Min.
  • Single-family residential uses with a minimum lot size of 10 acres.
  • Areas of at least 10 acres where a minimum of 70% of the area has slopes of 25% or greater.
  • Allows limited animal keeping, agriculture, recreational uses, compatible resource development (which may include the commercial extraction of mineral resources with approval of a SMP) and associated uses and governmental uses.
Rural Desert (RD) 10 AC Min.
  • Single-family residential uses with a minimum lot size of 10 acres.
  • Allows limited animal keeping, agriculture, recreational, renewable energy uses including solar, geothermal and wind energy uses, as well as associated uses required to develop and operate these renewable energy sources, compatible resource development (which may include the commercial extraction of mineral resources with approval of SMP), and governmental and utility uses.
Rural Community Estate Density Residential (RC-EDR) 2 AC Min.
  • Single-family detached residences on large parcels of 2 to 5 acres.
  • Limited agriculture, intensive equestrian and animal keeping uses are expected and encouraged.
Very Low Density Residential (RC-VLDR) 1 AC Min.
  • Single-family detached residences on large parcels of 1 to 2 acres.
  • Limited agriculture, intensive equestrian and animal keeping uses are expected and encouraged.
Low Density Residential (RC-LDR) ½ AC Min.
  • Single-family detached residences on large parcels of ½ to 1 acre.
  • Limited agriculture, intensive equestrian and animal keeping uses are expected and encouraged.
Open Space Conservation (C) N/A
  • The protection of open space for natural hazard protection, cultural preservation, and natural and scenic resource preservation. Existing agriculture is permitted.
Conservation Habitat (CH) N/A

Applies to public and private lands conserved and managed in accordance with adopted Multi Species Habitat and other Conservation Plans and in accordance with related Riverside County policies.

Water (W) N/A
  • Includes bodies of water and natural or artificial drainage corridors.
  • Extraction of mineral resources subject to SMP may be permissible provided that flooding hazards are addressed and long term habitat and riparian values are maintained.
Recreation (R) N/A
  • Recreational uses including parks, trails, athletic fields, and golf courses.
  • Neighborhood parks are permitted within residential land uses.
Rural (RUR) 20 AC Min.
  • One single-family residence allowed per 20 acres.
  • Extraction of mineral resources subject to SMP may be permissible provided that scenic resources and views are protected.
Mineral Resources (MR) N/A
  • Mineral extraction and processing facilities.
  • Areas held in reserve for future mineral extraction and processing.
Community Development Estate Density Residential (EDR) 2 AC Min.
  • Single-family detached residences on large parcels of 2 to 5 acres.
  • Limited agriculture and animal keeping is permitted, however, intensive animal keeping is discouraged.
Very Low Density Residential (VLDR) 1 AC Min.
  • Single-family detached residences on large parcels of 1 to 2 acres.
  • Limited agriculture and animal keeping is permitted, however, intensive animal keeping is discouraged.
Low Density Residential (LDR) ½ AC Min.
  • Single-family detached residences on large parcels of ½ to 1 acre.
  • Limited agriculture and animal keeping is permitted, however, intensive animal keeping is discouraged.
Medium Density Residential (MDR) 2 - 5 DU/AC
  • Single-family detached and attached residences with a density range of 2 to 5 dwelling units per acre.
  • Limited agriculture and animal keeping is permitted, however, intensive animal keeping is discouraged.
  • Lot sizes range from 5,500 to 20,000 sq. ft., typical 7,200 sq. ft. lots allowed.
Medium High Density Residential (MHDR) 5 - 8 DU/AC
  • Single-family attached and detached residences with a density range of 5 to 8 dwelling units per acre.
  • Lot sizes range from 4,000 to 6,500 sq. ft.
High Density Residential (HDR) 8 - 14 DU/AC
  • Single-family attached and detached residences, including townhouses, stacked flats, courtyard homes, patio homes, townhouses, and zero lot line homes.
Very High Density Residential (VHDR) 14 - 20 DU/AC
  • Single-family attached residences and multi-family dwellings.
Highest Density Residential (HHDR) 20+ DU/AC
  • Multi-family dwellings, includes apartments and condominium.
  • Multi-storied (3+) structures are allowed.
Commercial Retail (CR) 0.20 - 0.35 FAR
  • Local and regional serving retail and service uses. The amount of land designated for Commercial Retail exceeds that amount anticipated to be necessary to serve the County's population at build out. Once build out of Commercial Retail reaches the 40% level within any Area Plan, additional studies will be required before CR development beyond the 40% will be permitted.
Commercial Tourist (CT) 0.20 - 0.35 FAR
  • Tourist related commercial including hotels, golf courses, and recreation/amusement activities.
Commercial Office (CO) 0.35 - 1.0 FAR
  • Variety of office related uses including financial, legal, insurance and other office services.
Light Industrial (LI) 0.25 - 0.60 FAR
  • Industrial and related uses including warehousing/distribution, assembly and light manufacturing, repair facilities, and supporting retail uses.
Heavy Industrial (HI) 0.15 - 0.50 FAR
  • More intense industrial activities that generate greater effects such as excessive noise, dust, and other nuisances.
Business Park (BP) 0.25 - 0.60 FAR
  • Employee intensive uses, including research & development, technology centers, corporate offices, "clean" industry and supporting retail uses.
Public Facilities (PF) ≤ 0.60 FAR
  • Civic uses such as County of Riverside administrative buildings and schools.
Community Center (CC) 5 - 40 DU/AC
0.10 - 0.3 FAR
  • Includes combination of small-lot single family residences, multi-family residences, commercial retail, office, business park uses, civic uses, transit facilities, and recreational open space within a unified planned development area. This also includes Community Centers in adopted specific plans.
Mixed Use Planning Area  
  • This designation is applied to areas outside of Community Centers. The intent of the designation is not to identify a particular mixture or intensity of land uses, but to designate areas where a mixture of residential, commercial, office, entertainment, educational, and/or recreational uses, or other uses is planned.
Overlays & Policy Areas
Overlays and Policy Areas are not considered a Foundation Component. Overlays and Policy Areas address local conditions and can be applied in any Foundation Component. The specific details and development characteristics of each Policy Area and Overlay are contained in the appropriate Area Plan. Tables included in General Plan Appendix E-1 provide additional specification for each of these types of planning instruments.
Community Development Overlay (CDO)
  • Allows Community Development land use designations to be applied through General Plan Amendments within specified areas within Rural, Rural Community, Agriculture, or Open Space Foundation Component areas. Specific policies related to each Community Development Overlay are contained in the appropriate Area Plan.
Community Center Overlay (CCO)
  • Allows for either a Community Center or the underlying designated land use to be developed.
Rural Village Overlay (RVO) and Rural Village Overlay Study Area (RVOSA)
  • The Rural Village Overlay allows a concentration of residential and local-serving commercial uses within areas of rural character.
  • The Rural Village Overlay allows uses and maximum densities/intensities of the Medium Density Residential, and Medium-High Density Residential, and Commercial Retail land use designations.
  • In rural villages, identified as Rural Village Overlay Study Areas, the final boundaries and specific land use designations will be determined at a later date based on further study.
Historic District Overlay (HDO)
  • This overlay allows for specific protections, land uses, the application of the Historic Building Code, and consideration for contributing elements to the District.
Specific Community Development Designation Overlay
  • Permits flexibility in land uses designations to account for local conditions. Consult the applicable Area Plan text for details.
Policy Areas
  • Policy Areas are specific geographic districts that contain unique characteristics that merit detailed attention and focused policies. These policies may impact the underlying land use designations. At the Area Plan level, Policy Areas accommodate several locally specific land use designations, such as theCherry Valley Policy Plan (The PASS Area Plan), or the Highway 79 Policy Area (Sun City/Menifee Valley Area Plan). Consult the applicable Area Plan text for details.

NOTES:

  • 1 FAR = Floor Area Ratio, which is the measurement of the amount of non-residential building square footage in relation to the size of the lot. Du/ac = dwelling units per acre, which is the measurement of the amount of residential units in a given acre.
  • 2 The building intensity range noted is exclusive, that is the range noted provides a minimum and maximum building intensity.
  • 3 Clustering is encouraged in all residential designations. The allowable density of a particular land use designation may be clustered in one portion of the site in smaller lots, as long as the ratio of dwelling units/area remains within the allowable density range associated with the designation. The rest of the site would then be preserved as open space or a use compatible with open space (e.g., agriculture, pasture or wildlife habitat). Within the Rural Foundation Component and Rural Designation of the Open Space Foundation Component, the allowable density may be clustered as long as no lot is smaller than ½ acre. This ½ acre minimum lot size also applies to the Rural Community Development Foundation Component. However, for sites adjacent to Community Development Foundation Component areas, 10,000 square foot minimum lots are allowed. The clustered areas would be a mix of 10,000 and ½ acre lots. In such cases, larger lots or open space would be required near the project boundary with Rural Community and Rural Foundation Component areas.
  • 4 The minimum lot size required for each permanent structure with plumbing fixtures utilizing an onsite wastewater treatment system to handle its wastewater is 0.5 acres per structure. 
  • 5 All references to acreage or acres in this Element regarding density, unless otherwise specified, refer to gross acreage.