4.8.11. SCREENING OF MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT.
The standards in this Section 146-4.8.11 apply in addition to the standards in Section 146-4.7.8 (Screening of Service Areas and Equipment) but only one type of screening (through landscape or building design) is required for each area or piece of equipment required to be screened. If required screening for an area or piece of equipment is provided pursuant to this Section 146-4.8.11, then additional screening of the same area or piece of equipment is not required pursuant to Section 146-4.7.8, and vice-versa.
A. Rooftop Equipment.
1. All rooftop mechanical equipment shall be screened from view from a point four feet above grade level on each property line with an abutting property, and from a point four feet above grade from each sidewalk on the far side of each adjacent street, or if there is no sidewalk then from a point five feet above grade at the curb line on the far side of each adjacent street. Appropriate methods for rooftop screening include:
a. Freestanding screen wall
b. Extended parapet wall
c. Other similar technique
B. Ground or Wall-Mounted Equipment.
1. Ground or wall-mounted utility equipment such as HVAC units, electric and gas meters, panels, junction boxes and similar equipment shall be screened from view of public streets, parks, open spaces, trails, plazas, and other public space by using architecturally compatible walls and/or landscaping.
2. Ground and wall-mounted equipment shall be located along or on secondary building faces, and not on primary building faces, to the maximum extent practicable.
3. When walls are used to screen mechanical equipment, the walls shall use similar building materials and detail as the primary structure.
C. Garbage and Recycling Storage Areas. Garbage dumpsters and recycling bins for multifamily dwellings and for mixed-use, commercial, and industrial buildings shall be accommodated within the primary structure or an accessory structure to the maximum extent practicable. If located outside the structure, garbage storage shall be screened from public view from any adjacent public street or residential use or district within 100 feet of the trash dumpster or recycling areas through the use of techniques that comply with Sections 146-4.7.8 (Screening of Service Areas and Equipment) or 146-4.8.11 (Screening of Mechanical Equipment). (Ord. No. 2019-49 § 1, 08-19-2019)