20.14.010 PURPOSE.

The purpose of this Chapter is to provide a district to accommodate low density and intensity uses in the rural and suburban areas of the County of Monterey and to insure that allowable land uses are compatible in the area.


The regulation of this Chapter shall apply in all "LDR" districts and are subject to Chapter 20.62 (Height and Setback Exceptions) and 20.70 (Coastal Development Permits) of this Title.


The following list shall require a coastal development permit regardless of which category of allowed uses it falls into:

A. Development which will cause a Significant Environmental Impact:

B. Development within the Critical Viewshed as defined by Section 20.145.020.V (Big Sur);

C. Development on slopes of 30% or greater (25% in North County) except as provided for in Section 20.64.230 (C) (2) and (3);

D. Ridgeline Development;

E. Development within 100 feet of mapped or field identified environmentally sensitive habitats;

F. Development with positive archaeological reports;

G. Land divisions;

H. Development of new or expanded agricultural operations if 50% or more of the parcel has a slope of 10% or greater; or where the operation is to occur on soils with a high or very high erosion hazard potential, according to the Soil Conservation Service Soil Survey Manual.


A. The first single family dwelling per legal lot of record;

B. Guesthouses meeting the development standards of Section 20.64.020;

C. The keeping of pets;

D. Animal husbandry and small livestock farming, provided that not more than one horse, mule, cow, or similar livestock shall be kept for each twenty thousand square feet of land area;

E. Rooming and boarding of not more than 2 persons (Not in DMF);

F. Accessory structures and accessory uses to any principal use;

G. Temporary residences, pursuant to Section 20.64.070, used as living quarters during the construction of the first dwelling on a lot;

H. Small family day care homes conducted within an existing structure;

I. Licensed residential care homes for aged persons or hospices of not more than 6 persons including any permitted rooming and boarding conducted within an existing structure;

J. Water system facilities including wells and storage tanks serving up to 14 or fewer service connections, pursuant to Title 15.04, Monterey County Code and replacement of water tanks and wells where no increase in service connections is created. The screening of any tanks and associated structures shall be approved by the Director of Planning and Building Inspection;

K. Cultivation, cutting and removal of Christmas trees;

L. Home occupations, pursuant to Section 20.64.090;

M. Stands for the sale of agricultural products grown on the premises having no permanent electricity, plumbing or paving and where adequate restroom facilities exist on premises, subject to the approval of the Director of Environmental Health;

N. Crop farming, tree farming, viticulture and horticulture;

O. Intermittent livestock farming or animal husbandry uses such as "4-H" projects;

P. Senior citizen units meeting the development standards of Section 20.64.010;

Q. Tract sales or rental offices;

R. Detached structures accessory to any conditional use;

S. Farm employee housing facility for not more than two families or five single persons;

T. Second residential units not exceeding the zoning density of the property;

U. Reduction in setback requirements of 10% percent or less of the required setbacks;

V.        Additions to existing, approved wireless communications facilities, pursuant to Section 20.64.310


A. Additional residential units to a maximum of 4 on any lot and not exceeding the zoning density of the property;

B. Public and quasi-public uses including churches, cemeteries, parks, playgrounds, schools, public safety facilities, public utility facilities but not including uses of a non- residential nature such as jails, rehabilitation centers, detention facilities or corporation yards;

C. Commercial kennels (ZA) (Not in DMF);

D. Golf Courses (in Del Monte Forest only);

E. Legal nonconforming use of a portion of the structure extended throughout the structure (ZA);

F. Legal nonconforming use changed to a use of a similar or more restricted nature;

G. Bed and Breakfast facilities, pursuant to Section 20.64.100;

H. Commercial and noncommercial wind energy conversion systems;

I. Caretaker units meeting the development standards of Section 20.64.030;

J. Ridgeline development;

K. Conversion of uncultivated land to cultivated agricultural use on land with 15% - 25% slopes ( North County Area Plan only);

L. Farm worker housing facility;

M. Farm employee housing facilities for more than two families or five single persons;

N. Keeping and raising of mink (ZA);

O. Any building, structure, or enclosure for the purpose of maintaining a zoo or zoological garden or for the purpose of raising, maintaining or exhibiting any wild animal or animals;

P. Water system facilities including wells and storage tanks serving 15 or more service connections;

Q. Reserved;

R. Assemblages of people, such as carnivals, festivals, races and circuses, not exceeding 10 days and not involving construction of permanent facilities (ZA);

S. Accessory structures and uses prior to establishment of main use or structure (ZA);

T. Large family day care facilities (ZA);

U. Cottage industries, pursuant to Section 20.64.095 (ZA);

V. Reserved;

W. Public stables on a minimum of ten acres (ZA);

X. Mobile Home Parks pursuant to Section 20.64.210 (Not in Del Monte Forest);

Y. Conditional Certificates of Compliance;

Z. Other residential uses of a similar character, density and intensity to those uses listed in this Section determined by the Planning Commission to be consistent and compatible with the intent of this Chapter and the applicable land use plan;

AA. Subdivisions;

BB. Lot Line Adjustments.


A. Minimum Building Site

The minimum building site shall be 1 acre unless otherwise approved as part of a clustered residential development.

B. Development Density, Maximum

The maximum development density shall not exceed the acres/unit shown for the specific "LDR" district as shown on the zoning map (e.g. "LDR/2" means an "LDR" district with a maximum gross density of 2 acres/unit).

C. Structure Height and Setback Regulations

The following structure height and setback regulations apply unless superseded by a structure height limit noted on the zoning map (e.g. "LDR/2.5 (24)" would mean a structure height limit of 24 feet), setback requirements when combined with a "B" district, setbacks shown on a recorded final or parcel map, or setback lines on a Sectional District Map.

In a subdivision where a lot or lots have a designated building envelope, the dwelling unit and accessory structures shall be located wholly within the building envelope.

1. Main Structures

a. Minimum Setbacks

Front: 30 feet

Side: 20 feet

Rear: 20 feet

b. Height:

Maximum Height: 30 feet

2. Accessory Structures (Habitable)

a. Minimum Setbacks

Front: 50 feet

Side: 6 feet

Rear: 6 feet

b. Height:

Maximum Height: 15 feet

3. Accessory Structures (Non-habitable)

a. Minimum Setbacks

Front: 50 feet

Side: 6 feet on front one-half of property; 1 foot on rear one-half of property.

Rear: 1 foot

b. Height

Maximum Height: 15 feet

c. Agricultural windmills are exempt from the height provisions of this Chapter.

4. Accessory structures used as barns, stables or farm out buildings shall not be less than 50 feet from the front of the property or 20 feet from the side or rear property line or 20 feet from any residence on the property. The maximum height shall be 30 feet.

D. Minimum Distance Between Structures

Main Structures: 20 feet

Accessory/Main Structures: 10 feet

Accessory/Accessory Structures: 6 feet

E. Building Site Coverage, Maximum: 15%

F. Floor Area Ratio (Del Monte Forest Only)

LDR/1 Zoning Districts: 20%

LDR/1.5 Zoning Districts: 17.5%

LDR/2 Zoning Districts: 17.5%

G. Parking Regulations

Parking for all development shall be established pursuant to Chapter 20.58.

H. Landscaping Requirements

None, except as may be required by condition of approval of a Coastal Administrative or Coastal Development Permit.

I. Lighting Plan Requirements:

None, except as may be required by condition of approval of a Coastal Administrative or Coastal Development Permit.

J. Sign Regulations

Signing for all development shall be established pursuant to Chapter 20.60.


A. Manufactured Dwelling Units

Manufactured dwelling units meeting the standards of Section 20.64.040 are permitted subject to the requirements of any conventional dwelling unit in this Chapter.

B. Vehicle Trip Reduction

The following types of development are subject to Section 20.64.250 (Regulations for the Reduction of Vehicle Trips) of this Title:

a) Any residential development of 25 or more units.