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Lake Stevens Discussing Zoning, Infill, and Design and Dimensional Standards

Posted on Aug 2, 2019 in:
  • Industry Issues
  • Building Codes
  • Advocacy

Your association has been participating in the Lake Stevens Land Use Advisory Committee, which is made up of citizens and stakeholders. At the July 31 meeting, city staff presented potential changes and recommendations to design standards and guidelines, infill zoning, dimensional standards, and residential zoning code. The proposed changes would:

  • Require single-family projects to go through design review
  • Have a minimum 2-foot building/garage offset and increase side and rear setbacks
  • Require a minimum outdoor private space of 100-square-feet per unit)
  • Include design guidelines on building scale, materials, relationship to streets, and landscape design
  • Provide new infill code, which has an adjacent zone bonus and allows for attached housing with up to four units
  • Adjust the current zoning and dimensional standards

City staff provided a table showing proposed zoning and dimensional standards changes. The proposal includes changes to density per acre, lot size and width, impervious surface area, and increasing setbacks. Review the proposed zoning code structure.

Your association expressed concerns about many of the proposed standards and spoke to how codified standards are rigid, inflexible, and often unnecessary, while also noting the potential increased cost associated with the proposal. The final meeting of the committee is scheduled for August 21 and will move any recommendation to the planning commission.

Contact Snohomish County Manager Dylan Sluder, 425.460.8236, with any comments or questions on the proposed changes.


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