Purpose and design objectives.
Permitted uses.
Conditional uses.
Dimensional standards.
Design standards.
17.28.010Purpose and design objectives.

The purpose of the Entry Commercial District is to provide commercial services and to obtain a unified design of allowed commercial facilities at the entryways to the city.

The objectives are to:

A. Create a high standard of visual quality in commercial districts at the entry to the city.

B. Increase pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular circulation within the district.

C. Maintain a human scale and consistent architectural style.

D. Produce consistent design.

E. Take advantage of special opportunities to create a unified composition of buildings and landscape features.

F. Create a sense of entry to the city.

G. Buffer development from Interstate-90.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.28.020Permitted uses.

In the EC district or Entryway commercial districts the following uses are permitted:

A. Retail stores, shops and motel and restaurant facilities that are usually needed to serve adjacent residential areas and the traveling public, such as:

1. Grocery stores;

2. Meat shops;

3. Retail micro-breweries and other specialty food processing when associated with a retail business;

4. Banks and businesses;

5. Barbershops, beauty parlors and personal service shops;

6. Clothing and general merchandising stores, retail;

7. Hand laundries, clothes cleaning and pressing;

8. Hotels and motels;

9. Locksmiths, shoe and other clothing repair shops;

10. Open air markets;

11. Parking lots;

12. Professional or business offices;

13. Copy companies;

14. Restaurants and cafeterias;

15. Taverns;

16. Service stations, tire repair shops;

17. Public offices and uses;

18. Mobile food service unit.

(Ord. 1222 § 3 (Exh. C (part)), 2004: Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.28.030Conditional uses.

1. Theaters, dancehalls, skating rinks, or other commercial amusement places.

2. Manufacturing, production or treatment of products clearly incidental to the retail business conducted on the premises.

3. Wireless communication facilities.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.28.040Dimensional standards.

A. Height Limit. Three stories with total height not to exceed three hundred sixty-five feet.

B. Yards.

1. Minimum setback from an arterial street shall be ten feet.

2. No setback is required from internal street rights-of-way.

3. Yards adjacent to any “R” Residential or “RM” Multiple Family Residential district, the required yard shall be twenty feet and ten feet, respectively.

C. Lot Size. Lots shall be as large as necessary to meet building code, fire code, yard, parking, and landscaping requirements.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)


See Chapter 17.56 for required off-street parking and design requirements.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)


1. Outdoor lighting shall be arranged so as not to direct light or glare on public roadways and/or neighboring properties; and

2. Outdoor lighting shall be directed downward and shielded to reduce unnecessary light and glare; and

3. Pedestrian scale lighting shall be placed at regular intervals along sidewalks throughout the development; and

4. Lighting may be used to accent key architectural elements of the buildings.

(Ord. 1163 § 1 (part), 2001)

17.28.090Design standards.

The following design standards apply to all development within the zoning district and the intent is to require developments to be designed to create a sense of arrival into the City of Cle Elum and to establish standards which reflect the character and quality to which the community aspires.

1. Buildings shall be located and designed to focus on First Street. Developments with multiple buildings may locate other buildings away from First Street.

2. Building facades facing First Street or internal access drives or roads shall have at least fifty percent of the total wall area in permeable surfaces (windows, pedestrian entrances, open shops, etc.).

3. Parking lots shall be located and designed away from First Street.

4. Monumentation through the use of buildings, signs and landscaping shall be provided at key entranceways to the development.

5. Pedestrian facilities shall be provided from the public right-of-way to the entrances of all buildings open to the public in a continuous and direct route to the primary pedestrian entrance. Pedestrian routes shall be a minimum of six feet wide and shall be constructed of Portland cement concrete or brick or stone pavers. Pedestrian routes shall be protected from vehicle traffic by curbs, bollards, landscaping or other similar method. Where routes cross vehicle-maneuvering areas they shall be constructed of a different paving material than the vehicle-maneuvering areas.

6. A minimum of twenty percent of the site shall be devoted to landscaping.