Chapter 17.55


17.55.010    Purpose.

17.55.020    Application and procedure.

17.55.030    Property development standards.

17.55.010 Purpose.

The MU overlay zone, in combination with any other zone, requires a mix of residential and nonresidential uses on the same site, where mixed use development would otherwise be optional.

The primary purpose of the MU overlay is to provide a means for the city to identify areas where the public health, safety, and welfare will be enhanced by requiring that all allowed development be in the form of mixed use projects, where ground floor street frontages are occupied by retail, business or personal services uses with residential uses above, or to the rear of a site. The MU overlay is intended to promote a compact city, to provide additional housing opportunities (including affordable housing opportunities), which is the first priority, and to reduce auto travel by providing services, jobs, and housing in proximity. The city desires the safety provided by having residential components in commercial areas. (Ord. 1438 § 5 (part), 2003)

17.55.020 Application and procedure.

A. Application of the MU overlay may be initiated by the city council or planning commission, to ensure that mixed residential and commercial uses will be included when certain parcels are developed or redeveloped, or by a property owner.

B. An ordinance adopting an MU overlay shall specify the following items and may include any other standard that would further the purpose and intent of this chapter:

1. The types of uses which are required or allowed to be combined;

2. Any standards for the uses locations or their relationships to each other; and/or

3. Any issues specific to the site or the intended combination of uses which must be resolved by the design of the project.

C. Each land use proposed on a site subject to the MU overlay shall be authorized in compliance with the permit requirements of Section 17.22.010 (Uses allowed by zones) that apply to the underlying zone. (Ord. 1438 § 5 (part), 2003)

17.55.030 Property development standards.

Property development standards shall be those of the underlying zone, except that the application of the MU overlay to property may include establishing a higher height limit than the underlying zone, to more effectively accommodate the residential component of a mixed use project. Proposed development and new land uses shall also comply with all applicable provisions of Section 17.08.072 (Mixed use projects). (Ord. 1438 § 5 (part), 2003)