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Bothell Considers Various Changes to Grading, Retaining Structures and Site Plan Review

Posted on Nov 2, 2018 in:
  • Building Codes
  • Industry Issues
  • Advocacy

Currently under consideration at the city of Bothell are various changes to grading and retaining structure regulations. The city is looking for input from developers and builders. Review the proposed changes.

Notable regarding grading, the city is proposing to establish a maximum acceptable grade of one unit vertical to three units horizontal, or a 33 percent slope. Major changes are proposed for retaining structures within setback areas. The maximum allowed retaining structure height would be 4 feet, with minimum separation requirements as well. The proposal is complex, so if you’re doing business in Bothell you may want to closely review the language.

If you have questions or concerns with the Bothell proposal, please contact Snohomish County Manager Mike Pattison, 425.460.8203, or Bruce Blackburn of Bothell city staff.


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