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The property is zoned "MM" General Industrial. Contact the City of Mountain View Community Development office at (650) 903-6306 to ask about your use. Be sure to emphasize what you make when you talk to them.
Excerpts from City of Mountain View Municipal Code (As of 12/29/08)
SEC. 36.20. General industrial district or MM district.
Purpose. This district is designed to encourage sound industrial development in the city by providing and protecting an environment exclusively for such development, subject to regulations necessary to insure the purity of the air and waters in the bay area, and the protection of nearby residential uses of the land from hazards and noise or other radiated disturbances.
SEC. 36.20.1. Principal permitted uses.
(a) Any manufacturing, processing, assembling, research, wholesale, warehousing, data centers, personal storage facilities, or other storage uses. Manufacturing uses involve the processing of products, assembly or creation of machinery, apparatus and supplies for the generation, storage, transmission and use of electrical energy and related industries. Manufacturing uses include, but are not limited to:
(1) Electronic components, accessories, instruments and equipment;
(2) Industrial controls, motors and generators;
(3) Instruments for measurement, testing, analysis and control;
(4) Optical instruments and lenses;
(5) Photographic equipment and supplies;
(6) Semiconductor fabrication; and
(7) Telephone apparatus.
(b) Railroad yards and freight stations and trucking and motor freight stations.
(c) Public and quasi-public and public utility and service buildings, structures, and uses as appropriate to the MM district.
(d) Crop and tree farming and livestock of the cow, horse, sheep or goat species, where at least ninety percent (90%) of the acreage required by the Animal Control Ordinance is open and unimproved, and subject to the provisions of the Animal Control Ordinance and Sec. 36.39.10 of this Code. (Ord. No. 33.74, 10/28/74; Ord. No. 1.78, 1/9/78; Ord. No. 14.87, 8/11/87; Ord. No.7.07, 9/25/07.)
SEC. 36.20.2. Accessory uses.
(a) Incidental services, such as restaurants to serve employees.
(b) Other accessory uses and buildings customarily appurtenant to a permitted use. (Ord. No. 27.66, 11/14/66; Ord. No.7.07, 9/25/07.)
SEC. 36.20.3. Conditional uses.
(a) Appropriate retail commercial uses, such as service stations necessary to serve the MM district.
(b) Junk yards and auto wrecking yards. (Ord. No. 114.63, 10/14/63.)
(c) Concrete mixing and asphalt mixing yards. (Ord. No. 2.64, 1/27/64.)
(d) Administrative, executive and financial offices which are deemed by the zoning administrator to be appropriate in the MM district, provided, that the landscaping meets the approval of the zoning administrator. (Ord. No. 8.65, 2/8/65; Ord. No. 27.66, 11/14/66; Ord. No. 35.70, 9/28/70.)
(e) Veterinary clinics and animal hospitals provided the building is at least one hundred (100) feet from any R district. (Ord. No. 33.74, 10/28/74.)
(f) Kennels as needed to serve the city, which do not impinge on existing or proposed residential uses or industrial uses. (Ord. No. 33.74, 10/28/74.)
(g) Lodges, private clubs and public halls. (Ord. No. 82.76, 10/11/76.)
(h) Uses of an educational or recreational nature.
(i) Any other industrial or public service use which the zoning administrator finds to be consistent with the purpose of this article and which will not impair the present or potential use of adjacent properties.
(j) Restaurants and other establishments providing entertainment or permitting dancing or serving liquor for consumption on the premises which will not impair the present or potential use of adjacent or nearby properties.
(k) Any use which has as a part of its design or function drive-up or drive-in services, where special attention has been given to mitigate problems of noise, air pollution, excessive pavement, congestion, litter, unsightliness, and access to the disabled.
(l) Churches and religious uses where it is demonstrated that they are convenient and in close proximity to residential neighborhoods.
(m) Warehouse retail stores that meet the following criteria:
1. The building and site design shall complement the surrounding industrial development. The building shall reflect the retail aspect of the use by incorporating storefront features such as facade ornamentation and special detailing which identify the entryway and provide pedestrian-level interest to the facade.
2. Warehouse retail uses shall comply with the basic site development regulations of the MM district, regarding area and yard requirements, landscaping, screening, etc., unless otherwise described in this section. The zoning administrator shall evaluate sign needs and determine the size, height, lighting, shape, color, and number and location of signs. The zoning administrator may refer to Section 36.20.7(b) regarding aggregate sign area for guidance on total sign size.
3. Warehouse retail buildings and facilities shall be screened or buffered, as appropriate, to ensure compatibility with adjacent land uses. Particular attention shall be given to screening or providing buffers for parking, loading and storage areas, trash containers, auto service areas, areas with high noise levels, and other features that are visible or can be heard from off-site.
4. Retail commercial parking requirements, including number and design standards, shall apply unless the zoning administrator grants exceptions or imposes special requirements based on the nature of this use. The zoning administrator shall specifically consider the impacts of the use and parking of shopping carts on the parking lot design.
5. The zoning administrator may approve shared parking with an adjoining industrial use if compatible hours of operation can be proven and deed restrictions, long-term parking agreements or other legally binding instruments are recorded, subject to city approval.
6. Because of high on-site pedestrian and auto activity, the design shall include clearly defined building entrances, specially designated areas to accommodate customer pickup and pedestrian walks from the parking areas to the building.
7. The use shall be allowed in P (planned community) districts that reference the MM district, provided that the applicable precise plan specifically lists warehouse retail as a conditional or provisional use.
8. The use shall be located only on streets where there is adequate traffic capacity.
(n)Research and development, devoted to scientific and engineering research and the design, development and testing of new technology and products; usually includes some laboratory space or other small-scale manufacturing operations. (Ord. No. 1.78, 1/9/78; Ord. No. 8.79, 2/26/79; Ord. No. 6.87, 4/28/87; Ord. No. 2.92, 1/28/92; Ord. No.7.07, 9/25/07.)
SEC. 188.8.131.52. Prohibited uses.
(a) Prohibition. No new child-care facility(ies) or highly sensitive use(s) shall be permitted in the MM district with the following exception: a child-care facility may be permitted if it meets all of the following requirements:
(1) The child-care facility is owned, operated and located on a company’s site and exclusively serves parents employed in the company.
(2) The child-care facility is located at least one thousand (1,000) feet from the boundaries with adjacent properties zoned for industrial use or the adjacent property owner(s) agree(s) in writing to prohibit the use of extremely hazardous material on their property and notifies any tenants of this restriction.
(3) The child-care facility received conditional use permit approval as provided in Section A36.60, et al., of the Mountain View city code. The conditional use permit shall be in effect only while the same company occupies the site.
(b) Application to the P (planned community) district. This section shall apply to any P (planned community) district which permits uses listed in the MM (General Industrial) district. (Ord. No. 12.95, 5/30/95; Ord. No. 3.03, 4/22/03.)