Chapter 30.41G
COTTAGE HOUSING

Sections:

31.41G.010    Purpose.

30.41G.015    Applicability.

30.41G.020    Density.

30.41G.030    Cottage housing bulk requirements.

30.41G.032    Site layout and building orientation.

30.41G.035    Design standards-cottage dwellings and community buildings.

30.41G.037    Design standards-parking and garages.

30.41G.040    Design standards-common open space and private open space.

30.41G.045    Circulation and access.

30.41G.047    Landscaping.

30.41G.050    Modifications to the design standards, common open space, and private open space.

30.41G.060    Review Process.

30.41G.070    Final Inspection and Occupancy.

31.41G.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to:

(1) Provide development regulations for cottage housing, which responds to changing household demographics and desired types of housing;

(2) Encourage creation of more usable open space for residents of cottage housing development through flexibility in lot standards;

(3) Ensure that the overall size, including bulk and mass of cottage structures and cottage housing developments, remains smaller and incurs less visual impact than standard sized single-family dwellings, particularly given the allowed intensity of cottage dwellings;

(4) Provide a centrally located and functional common open space area that fosters a sense of community and a sense of openness in cottage housing developments;

(5) Provide private areas around the individual dwellings to enable diversity in landscape design and foster a sense of ownership; and

(6) Ensure minimal visual impact from vehicular use and storage areas for residents of the cottage housing development as well as adjacent properties, and to maintain a detached single-family character along public streets.

(Added Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017)

30.41G.015 Applicability.

(1) The regulations in this section apply to cottage housing in zones where such use is permitted.

(2) Existing single family detached dwellings may be retained as part of a cottage housing development and do not count towards density calculations.

(3) Detached and attached accessory apartments are prohibited within a cottage housing development unless the detached or attached accessory apartment was constructed as part of an existing single family detached dwelling that is proposed to remain pursuant to subsection (2) of this section.

(4) Where there is a conflict between a provision of this chapter and a provision in another chapter in Title 30 SCC, the requirements of this chapter shall apply.

(Added Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017)

30.41G.020 Density.

The maximum allowed density of a cottage housing development shall be two times the maximum number of dwelling units allowed in the underlying zone. If the number computed is a fractional equivalent of 0.5 or more, the fraction shall be rounded up to the next whole number. Fractions of less than 0.5 shall be rounded down.

(Added Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017)

30.41G.030 Cottage housing bulk requirements.

(1) The bulk requirements for cottage housing development shall be pursuant to SCC Table 30.41G.030(1).

(2) The bulk regulations in SCC 30.23.032 and 30.23.041 shall not apply to development regulated under this chapter.

(3) Building separation shall be pursuant to the requirements in subtitle 30.5 SCC.

(4) The calculation of gross floor area shall not include porches or detached or attached garages.

Table 30.41G.030(1)

Cottage housing bulk requirements.
 

Standard

Requirement

Cottage dwelling unit size

The maximum dwelling size shall be no greater than 1.5 times the maximum gross floor area of the ground or first floor.

 

The calculation of gross floor area shall not include porches or detached or attached garages

Cottage dwellings located above a shared covered parking structure

Maximum 800 square feet per dwelling

Maximum gross floor area of ground or main floor

1,600 square feet per dwelling

Maximum height for cottages, community buildings, shared garages and accessory structures

30 feet

Setbacks for all structures from adjacent property lines along the perimeter of the site

5 feet

Front lot line setback from interior roads within the development

5 feet

Front lot line setback from public or private road

5 feet

Maximum lot coverage

40%

(Added Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017)

30.41G.032 Site layout and building orientation.

A cottage housing development shall meet the requirements in SCC Table 30.41G.032(1) and SCC 30.53A.518.

Table 30.41G.032(1)

COTTAGE HOUSING SITE LAYOUT AND BUILDING ORIENTATION 

Standard

Requirement

Number of cottage dwellings within a cluster

a) A cluster must contain a minimum of 4 dwellings.

b) A development may contain more than one cluster.

c) Clusters shall be separated by landscaping, common open space, critical areas or a community building.

Building orientation

a) Cottage dwellings abutting a public street (not including alleys) shall include one or more of the following facing a public street:

i) Secondary entrance to the cottage dwelling;

ii) Porch;    

iii) Bay window; or

iv) Building modulation with a depth measuring at least one foot.

b) Corner lot cottage dwellings shall be designed to provide modulation and detail on both frontages.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017)

30.41G.035 Design standards-cottage dwellings and community buildings.

A cottage housing development shall meet the requirements in SCC Table 30.41G.035(1).

Table 30.41G.035(1)

DESIGN STANDARDS 

Standard

Requirement

Cottage dwellings

a) A diversity of cottage dwellings shall be achieved by incorporating at least two of the following features:

i) Alternating porch styles;

ii) Alternating siding details on facades;

iii) Alternating siding detail on roof gables; or

iv) Other architectural features which make adjacent cottage dwellings different from each other.

b) All cottage dwellings shall have a pitched roof.

c) No blank walls over 20 feet in length and height are allowed.

Cottage dwellings located above a covered parking structure

a) Roof pitch, architecture, materials and colors shall be similar to that of the dwelling units within the cottage housing development.

b) Dwellings shall have a separate entrance in addition to the garage access.

c) The entrance to the dwelling shall have direct access to a street, lane or alley via a pedestrian path or driveway.

Community buildings

a) A community building, not exceeding 2,000 square feet, may be provided for the residents of the cottage housing development.

b) Roof pitch, architecture, materials and colors of a community building shall be similar to that of the dwelling units within the cottage housing development.

c) A community building may not be converted into residential living space or used for commercial purposes.

d) The community building shall be located within the cottage housing development and owned in common.

Porches

a) Cottage dwellings shall have a porch or covered entry at least 60 square feet in size with a minimum dimension of six feet on any side.

b) Porches shall not be required for cottage dwellings over a shared garage.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017)

30.41G.037 Design standards-parking and garages.

A cottage housing development shall meet the requirements in chapter 30.26 SCC and SCC Table 30.41G.037(1).

Table 30.41G.037(1)

COTTAGE PARKING AND GARAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Standard

Requirement

Maximum garage size

200 square feet per dwelling unit

Location of parking and garages

a) The order of priorities for locating parking or garages shall be in descending order of preference as follows (the applicant shall demonstrate in writing that all other locations within a higher priority are not feasible):

i) On the periphery of the development as surface spaces in clusters of not more than six adjoining spaces (clusters must be separated by a distance of at least 20 feet) or in a shared garage structure of not more than six adjoining garage doors per building (maximum gross floor area of 1,200 square feet per shared garage structure).

ii) To the rear of cottage units as a detached or attached one-car garage accessed by an alley.

iii) To the side of cottage units as a detached or attached one-car garage accessed by a shared or private driveway or parking pad from the rear.

b) Parking shall not be located between the common open space and the dwelling units.

Design of parking and garages

a) Parking and garages shall be screened from public streets and adjacent residential uses by garage doors, landscaping, or other architectural features.

b) The design of garage structures shall be similar and compatible to that of the dwelling units within the development and have a pitched roof.

c) Garage doors shall feature windows, recesses, or moldings to help blend the doors with the character of the cottage dwelling.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017)

30.41G.040 Design standards-common open space and private open space.

A cottage housing development shall meet the requirements of SCC Table 30.41G.040(1).

Table 30.41G.040(1)

COTTAGE HOUSING OPEN SPACE REQUIREMENTS 

Standard

Requirement

Minimum common open space

400 square feet per dwelling unit

Minimum private open space

200 square feet per dwelling unit

Common open space design

a) Common open space shall not include community buildings, parking areas, yard setbacks, spaces between buildings of 10 feet or less in width, private open space or driveways.

b) The common open space shall abut at least 50 percent of the cottage dwellings in a cottage housing development.

c) The common open space shall abut cottage dwellings on at least two sides of the common open space.

d) Cottage dwellings shall be oriented around and have the main entry facing the common open space.

e) Cottage dwellings shall be within 60 feet walking distance of the common open space.

f) The minimum horizontal dimension of common open space shall be at least 10 feet.

g) A separate common open space area is required for each cluster of cottage dwellings.

Private open space design

a) Private open space for each individual cottage dwelling shall be for the exclusive use of that cottage’s residents.

b) The private open space shall be oriented towards the common open space as much as possible.

c) Private open space shall not contain a dimension less than 10 feet.

d) A fence, hedge or other similar visual separation not to exceed three feet in height may separate the private open space from the common open space to create a sense of separate ownership.

(Added by Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017)

30.41G.045 Circulation and access.

In addition to the requirements in chapters 30.24 and 30.66B SCC, a cottage housing development abutting a public or private road shall provide a pedestrian connection between the interior pedestrian facilities and the exterior or frontage pedestrian facilities.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017)

30.41G.047 Landscaping.

A cottage housing development shall meet the landscaping requirements in chapter 30.25 SCC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017)

30.41G.050 Modifications to the design standards, common open space, and private open space.

The director may modify the requirements in SCC 30.41G.030, SCC 30.41G.032, SCC 30.41G.035, SCC 30.41G.037, and SCC 30.41G.040 when the applicant demonstrates all of the following:

(1) The site is constrained due to unusual shape, topography, easements or critical areas;

(2) The modification is consistent with the purpose statements in SCC 30.41G.010; and

(3) The modification will not result in a project design that is less compatible with adjacent neighboring development.

(Added Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017)

30.41G.060 Review Process.

This section establishes the review process to be utilized for any development application subject to the requirements of this chapter:

(1) An applicant for a cottage housing development shall submit a site plan meeting the submittal requirements established and implemented pursuant to SCC 30.70.030.

(2) Site plan applications shall be processed as a Type 1 administrative decision under chapter 30.71 SCC.

(3) Public notice of the site plan application shall be provided under chapter 30.70 SCC for Type 1 applications.

(4) At the request of the applicant, the site plan application may be combined with other required permits or be processed concurrently with other required permits under SCC 30.70.120, including applications for unit lot subdivision or unit lot short subdivision approvals.

(5) Specifications for development access onto county right-of-way shall be subject to the county’s Engineering Design and Development Standards (EDDS).

(6) Frontage improvements required within the public right-of-way shall be determined by the department pursuant to chapter 30.66B SCC and the county’s Engineering Design and Development Standards (EDDS).

(7) A complete application for a cottage housing development meeting the requirements of this section shall vest pursuant to SCC 30.70.300.

(Added Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-049, Oct. 3, 2012, Eff date Jan. 1, 2013; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017)

30.41G.070 Final Inspection and Occupancy.

Final inspection and occupancy of a cottage housing development shall not be completed until the following requirements are met for those units included in the inspection:

(1) Fire lane signs and/or striping are completed for all access ways to the units;

(2) Address signs, street signs, and unit addressing is completed; and

(3) All landscaping, site amenities, fencing, pedestrian facilities, lighting, and other requirements for the units are installed and approved.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017)