Chapter 17.12


17.12.010    Districts established.

17.12.020    Zoning map.

17.12.030    Map changes.

17.12.040    Map replacement.

17.12.050    District boundary – Interpretation when uncertainty exists.

17.12.060    District boundary – Interpretation when street or alley vacated or abandoned.

17.12.010 Districts established.

The city is divided into the following use districts:

A. Single-family residential (R-1);

B. Medium density residential (R-2);

C. Multiple-family residential (R-3);

D. Residential business 1 (RB-1);

E. Residential business 2 (RB-2);

F. Downtown business (DB);

G. Neighborhood commercial (B-1);

H. General business (B-2);

I. General commercial (C-1);

J. Public-institutional (PI);

K. Waterfront residential (WR);

L. Waterfront Millville (WM);

M. Waterfront commercial (WC);

N. Employment district (ED);

O. Planned community development low density residential (RLD);

P. Planned community development medium density residential (RMD);

Q. Planned community development commercial (PCD-C);

R. Planned community development business park district (PCD-BP);

S. Planned community development neighborhood business district (PCD-NB);

T. Mixed use district overlay (MUD);

U. Planned residential development (PRD);

V. Planned unit development (PUD). (Ord. 1307 § 29, 2014; Ord. 1194 § 8, 2010; Ord. 710 § 1, 1996; Ord. 598 § 3, 1991; Ord. 573 § 2, 1990).

17.12.020 Zoning map.

The use districts described herein are bound and defined on an official zoning map or maps that deal with the distinct areas of the city and are entitled “Zoning Map of the City of Gig Harbor, Washington.” Copies of the zoning map are on file in the office of the planning director. These maps are incorporated as a part of this title as if the districts were described in detail in written descriptions in the title. (Ord. 573 § 2, 1990).

17.12.030 Map changes.

A. No changes of any nature shall be made in the official zoning maps or matters shown thereof except in conformity with the procedures set forth in Chapter 17.100 GHMC.

B. Regardless of the existence of purported copies of the official zoning maps that may from time to time be made or published, the official zoning maps shall be located in the office of the planning director and shall be final authority as to the current zoning of lands, water areas, building and other structures within the city. (Ord. 573 § 2, 1990).

17.12.040 Map replacement.

In the event that one or more of the official zoning maps becomes damaged, destroyed, lost, mutilated or difficult to interpret because of the nature or number of changes and additions, the city council may, by resolution, adopt a new official zoning map, which shall supersede the prior official zoning map. (Ord. 573 § 2, 1990).

17.12.050 District boundary – Interpretation when uncertainty exists.

When uncertainty exists as to the boundaries of districts as shown on an official zoning map, the following rules shall apply:

A. Boundaries indicated as approximately following the centerlines of streets, highways or alleys shall be construed to follow such centerlines;

B. Boundaries indicated as following platted outlines shall be construed to follow the lot lines in effect at the time the applicable zoning district was approved;

C. Boundaries indicated as following public land survey section or section subdivision lines shall be construed as following such section or section subdivision lines;

D. Boundaries indicated as approximately following city limits shall be construed as following city limits;

E. Boundaries indicated as following shorelines shall be construed as following the mean high water line at the shore and, in the event of a change in the shoreline, shall be construed as moving with the mean high water line of the actual shoreline;

F. Boundaries indicated as following approximately the centerline of streams shall be construed as following such centerlines;

G. In unsubdivided property, the location of any district boundary, unless the same is indicated by dimensions shown on the official zoning map, shall be determined by the use of the scale appearing on the official zoning map;

H. Boundaries indicated as parallel to or extension of features indicated in subsections A through G above shall be so construed. Distances not specifically indicated on the official zoning map shall be determined by the scale of the official zoning map;

I. Shorelands shall be considered to be within the same zone as the abutting upland;

J. Where boundaries do not show a zoning district extending into a public right-of-way, alley, private road, or other easement, the zone boundary and district immediately abutting shall extend to the center of the right-of-way, alley, road, or easement. It is the intent of this statement that all lands in the city are zoned and are subject to the provisions of this title. (Ord. 1194 § 9, 2010; Ord. 573 § 2, 1990).

17.12.060 District boundary – Interpretation when street or alley vacated or abandoned.

When any public street or alley is officially vacated or abandoned, the regulations applicable to each parcel of abutting property shall apply to the portion of such street or alley added to the parcel by such vacation or abandonment. (Ord. 573 § 2, 1990).