Streamlining Code Amendments

Streamlining Code Amendments

In 2014, as part of the Regional Business zoning district review, the Planning Commission recommended and the City Council adopted a new set of standard land use definitions—consolidating existing use definitions from more than 200 uses down to about 50.  For example, “florist shops,” “drug stores,” and “book, stationery, video and art supply shops” all were incorporated into “retail sales.”  The new land use definitions were included in the zoning charts for the Urban Corridor, Waterfront Commercial and Regional Business zoning districts.

Staff now is recommending that the new definitions replace the existing definitions in all of the City’s remaining zoning districts and throughout the Zoning Code.  The purpose of the changes is to provide more flexibility in land use interpretations and to simplify the code for applicants and permit review staff.  The goal is to translate the old uses into the new uses with as little change to the policy direction or intent of each zone as possible.

On Monday, June 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall (18120 68th Avenue NE), the City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed streamlining amendments.


The draft amendments may be viewed here.

Last updated: Mon, 06/05/2017 - 9:07am