Chapter 18.22


18.22.010    Neighborhood business zone – Use allowances.

18.22.015    Accessory uses.

18.22.020    Neighborhood business zone – Development standards.

18.22.025    Drive-through service.

18.22.028    Outdoor storage.

18.22.030    Wireless communication facilities.

18.22.010 Neighborhood business zone – Use allowances.

The following uses listed in Table A are identified as permitted, conditionally permitted, or prohibited uses in the neighborhood business zone:


Table A. Neighborhood Business Zone Use Allowances 




Arts, entertainment, indoor1,2

Air transportation service21

Adult entertainment business

Arts, entertainment, outdoor3


Ambulatory surgery center

Automotive sales and service, marine4,5

Mobile food service

Animal kennel/shelter

Automotive sales and service, non-marine4,5,6,7

Recreational facility, indoor2,22

Auction house

Business service, standard

Regional land use23,24

Business service, intensive

Cemetery, columbarium or mausoleum8

Secure facility25

Construction and trade

Community residential facility9


Family child-care home

Day care


Funeral home/crematory

Eating and drinking place2,10



Educational service11



Fire or police facility12


Manufacturing, heavy

Health care and social assistance13,14


Manufacturing, light

Multiple-family dwelling15


Marijuana business



Marijuana cooperative



Mobile home park

Personal service


Recreational facility, outdoor

Religious institution


Resource land use

Retail sales16


Retail sales, bulk

Standalone parking17


Single detached dwelling unit

Supportive living facility9


Vehicle or equipment rental

Temporary lodging18,19



Utility facility20


Wholesale trade

Vehicle refueling station



1. Theaters are prohibited.

2. Social card games are prohibited.

3. Outdoor performance facilities and drive-in theaters are prohibited.

4. Repair or service shall only be performed in an enclosed building, with no outdoor storage of materials. Top, body, and upholstery repair shops and paint shops are prohibited.

5. Automotive sales are prohibited.

6. Heavy equipment and truck repair is prohibited.

7. Tire retreading is prohibited.

8. Limited to columbariums accessory to a religious institution, but required landscaping and parking shall not be reduced.

9. Only as part of a mixed use development subject to the conditions of Chapter 18.50 KMC.

10. Drinking places are prohibited.

11. Educational institutions (public or private), K – 12, are prohibited.

12. Police facility limited to “storefront” police offices. Such offices shall not have:

a. Holding cells; or

b. Long-term storage of stolen properties.

13. Veterinary clinics permitted subject to the following:

a. No burning of refuse or dead animals is allowed;

b. The portion of the building or structure in which animals are kept or treated shall be soundproofed. All run areas, excluding confinement areas for livestock, shall be surrounded by an eight-foot solid wall and surfaced with concrete or other impervious material; and

c. The provisions of Chapter 18.70 KMC relative to animal keeping are met.

14. Social assistance permitted only as a re-use of a surplus nonresidential facility subject to Chapter 18.50 KMC.

15. Only as part of a mixed use development subject to the conditions of Chapter 18.50 KMC, except that standalone townhouse developments are permitted subject to KMC 17.20.125, 18.22.020, 18.30.130 and 18.50.050.

16. Building material stores, auto supply stores and used goods shops are prohibited.

17. Tow-in lots for damaged, abandoned or otherwise impounded vehicles are prohibited.

18. Bed and breakfast guesthouse only. All other temporary lodging is prohibited.

19. Bed and breakfast guesthouse shall be subject to the following conditions:

a. The guesthouse shall be owner-occupied;

b. The number of guestrooms shall not be greater than that authorized by the International Building and Fire Codes;

c. Parking shall be provided as required by this title; and

d. The guesthouse shall be compatible with the neighborhood character as determined by the city manager, and shall not create significant adverse neighborhood effects that cannot be mitigated.

20. Nonhydroelectric generation facility requires a conditional use permit. Hydroelectric generation facilities are prohibited.

21. Helistops limited to emergency medical evacuation sites in conjunction with police, fire or health service facility.

22. Shooting ranges are prohibited.

23. Racetracks for motorized vehicles are prohibited.

24. Fairgrounds and stadiums/arenas are prohibited.

25. SCTF Siting. Secure community transition facilities as defined in RCW 71.09.020 are permitted by conditional use permit in the neighborhood business zone, subject to the following restrictions:

a. Maximum Number of Residents. No SCTF shall house more than three persons, excluding resident staff.

b. Siting Criteria.

(1) SCTFs should be located in relationship to transportation facilities in a manner appropriate to their transportation needs.

(2) No SCTF shall be allowed within the following distances from the following specified uses, areas or zones, whether such uses, areas or zones are located within or outside the City limits:

(a) In or within 250 feet of any residential zone district, or any residentially zoned property;

(b) Adjacent to, immediately across a street or parking lot from, or within the line of sight of a “risk potential activity” as defined in RCW 71.09.020, as amended, including, but not limited to, public and private schools; school bus stops; licensed day care and licensed preschool facilities; public parks, publicly dedicated trails and sports fields; recreational and community centers; playgrounds; religious institutions; and public libraries;

(c) One mile from any existing SCTF, work release, prerelease, or similar facility.

(3) The distances specified in subsection (25)(b)(2) of this footnote shall be measured by following a straight line from the nearest point of the property parcel upon which the SCTF is to be located, to the nearest point of the parcel of property or land use district boundary line from which the proposed land use is to be separated.

c. On-Site Facilities Required. Each SCTF shall provide on-site dining, on-site laundry or laundry service, and on-site recreational facilities to serve the residents.

d. Conditional Use Permit Application Process. A conditional use permit application for an SCTF shall be accompanied by the following:

(1) The siting process used for the SCTF, including alternative locations considered. At least three alternative locations must be considered.

(2) An analysis showing that utmost consideration was given to potential sites such that siting of the facility will have no unreasonable impact on any one racial, cultural, or socio-economic group, and that there will not be a resulting concentration of similar facilities in a particular neighborhood, community, jurisdiction or region.

(3) Proposed mitigation measures including the use of extensive buffering from adjacent uses.

(4) A detailed security plan for the facility and the residents.

(5) Proposed operating rules for the facility.

(6) A schedule and analysis of all public input solicited or to be solicited during the siting process.

26. Taxi, trucking, courier service, and freight and cargo service are prohibited.

[Ord. 17-0438 § 2 (Att. A); Ord. 16-0426 § 5 (Att. C); Ord. 16-0421 § 2 (Att. A); Ord. 14-0384 § 5; Ord. 11-0329 § 3 (Exh. 1).]

18.22.015 Accessory uses.

Accessory uses, when consistent with the definition in Chapter 18.20 KMC, are allowed as determined by the city manager. [Ord. 17-0438 § 3 (Att. B).]

18.22.020 Neighborhood business zone – Development standards.

The following zone-specific development standards in Table B apply in the neighborhood business zone:

Table B. Neighborhood Business Zone Development Standards 









Base Density: Dwelling Unit/Acre

8 du/ac1

Maximum Density: Dwelling Unit/Acre

12 du/ac2

Minimum Street Setback

10 ft.3

Minimum Interior Setback

20 ft.4,5

Base Height6

35 ft.

45 ft.7

Maximum Floor Area Ratio: Square Feet


Maximum Impervious Surface: Percentage9


1 These densities are allowed only through the application of mixed use development standards and for stand-alone townhouse development.

2 These densities may only be achieved through the application of residential density incentives or transfer of density credits in mixed use developments and for stand-alone townhouse development. See Chapter 18.80 KMC.

3 Gas station pump islands shall be placed no closer than 25 feet to street front lines.

4 Required on property lines adjoining residential zones.

5 Required on property lines adjoining residential zones except when a stand-alone townhouse development is proposed to be located adjacent to property upon which an existing townhouse development is located.

6 Height limits may be increased when portions of the structure/building which exceed the base height limit provide one additional foot of street and interior setback for each foot above the base height limit, provided the maximum height may exceed 75 feet only in mixed use developments. Netting or fencing and support structures for the netting or fencing used to contain golf balls in the operation of golf courses or golf driving ranges are exempt from the additional interior setback requirement; provided, that the maximum height shall not exceed 75 feet.

7 This base height is allowed only for mixed use developments and for stand-alone townhouse development.

8 The floor area ratio for mixed use developments shall conform to Chapter 18.50 KMC.

9 The impervious surface area for any lot may be increased beyond the total amount permitted in this chapter subject to approval of a conditional use permit.

[Ord. 16-0428 § 13 (Att. I); Ord. 11-0329 § 3 (Exh. 1).]

18.22.025 Drive-through service.

Drive-through service is permitted as an accessory use. Drive-through service shall be oriented to the side and/or rear of the building, and integrated into the exterior wall. Drive-through lanes shall not be located between the street and the main pedestrian access to the buildings. Modifications to these requirements may be reviewed through the site plan or building permit review process when meeting the intent of pedestrian orientation pursuant to Chapter 18.52 KMC, Downtown Design Standards. [Ord. 17-0438 § 3 (Att. B).]

18.22.028 Outdoor storage.

Outdoor storage is prohibited in this zoning district. [Ord. 17-0438 § 3 (Att. B).]

18.22.030 Wireless communication facilities.

Use allowances and development regulations for wireless communication facilities are located in Chapter 18.60 KMC. [Ord. 16-0426 § 6 (Att. D).]