Chapter 17.46


17.46.010    Purpose.

17.46.020    Permitted uses.

17.46.030    Prohibited uses.

17.46.040    Dimensional standards.

17.46.050    Design standards and guidelines.

17.46.060    Off-street parking requirements.

17.46.070    Landscaping.

17.46.080    Signs.

17.46.090    Repealed.

17.46.010 Purpose.

The WMU waterfront mixed use designation allows a mixture of uses including moderate to high density residential, recreational, and commercial activities to increase the variety of development opportunities where people can enjoy shopping, working, and living in the same area. This district takes advantage of the proximity to the Columbia River. There are three distinct neighborhoods that have been designated as waterfront mixed use.

A. Downtown Waterfront District. This area is envisioned to contain principally mid-rise, higher density residential development with a minor amount of services and retail to serve the immediate area:

1. Public access along the river would be provided;

2. The relatively narrow amount of land available for development, as a result of the highway extension and dramatic topography might produce unusual building forms.

B. Uptown District.

1. This district is seen as gradually developing over time into a full-scale village, with an array of residential types from low-rise medium density to mid-rise higher density;

2. There would be a wide range of neighborhood-oriented retail and services;

3. In addition to public access along the riverfront, there would be a substantial public space for active and passive recreation;

4. The pattern of streets and blocks would encourage walking. Transit service would be easily available;

5. The riverfront area would include a protected zone for habitat.

C. North Bridge District.

1. This district is intended to attract large commercial uses having more of a regional draw, due to its proximity to major transportation linkages and a major crossroads;

2. Low-rise, medium density residential might also be found in certain locations;

3. Public access to the river would also be a component. (Ord. 07-05 § 6, 2007; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001)

17.46.020 Permitted uses.

See Chapter 17.34 EWMC for a matrix of permitted, accessory and conditional uses allowed in the WMU zoning district. (Ord. 07-05 § 6, 2007; Ord. 05-06 § 2, 2005; Ord. 02-22 § 16, 2002; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001)

17.46.030 Prohibited uses.

All uses not listed above as permitted uses, accessory uses, or conditional uses shall be prohibited uses. Upon application to the hearing examiner, the hearing examiner may rule that a use not specifically named in the permitted uses of a district shall be included among the allowed uses if the use is of the same general type and is similar to the permitted uses; however, this section does not authorize the inclusion of a use in a district where it is not listed when the use is specifically listed in another district. (Ord. 20-13 § 6, 2020; Ord. 07-05 § 6, 2007; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001)

17.46.040 Dimensional standards.

The following are dimensional standards in the WMU district:


Downtown Waterfront District

Uptown District

North Bridge District

Maximum building height




Maximum floor area ratio (not including parking)




Maximum impervious coverage




Minimum setback from R-L district




Maximum building footprint/building* (see explanation below)


20,000 sq. ft.


Maximum continuous building length* (see explanation below)




*The uptown district mixed use designation is located within an established single-family neighborhood. The purpose of the footprint and building length dimensional standard is:

A. To break up the mass and scale of buildings to ensure that development in that area is compatible with the character, scale and sense of place in the neighborhood;

B. To help integrate large-scale development with its surroundings;

C. To promote and facilitate a safe and comfortable pedestrian-scale environment;

D. To encourage a mixture of sizes and structures;

E. To reduce the visual impact of large buildings. (Ord. 08-09 § 3 Exh. A-1(7), 2008; Ord. 07-05 § 6, 2007; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001)

17.46.050 Design standards and guidelines.

A. Development shall be by master plan for projects greater than 10 acres in area to address:

1. Integrated street and access plan to ensure internal and external connectivity;

2. A unified thematic approach to design characteristics;

3. Nonmotorized and transit accessibility;

4. Signage;

5. Utility plans and stormwater management.

B. All development within the WMU district shall comply with the Greater East Wenatchee Urban Area Design Standards and Guidelines which are adopted by this reference as if fully set forth herein. (Ord. 07-05 § 6, 2007)

17.46.060 Off-street parking requirements.

Off-street parking space shall be required for uses permitted in the WMU district in accordance with the provisions set forth in Chapter 17.72 EWMC, including all future amendments. (Ord. 07-05 § 6, 2007; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001)

17.46.070 Landscaping.

Landscaping shall be required pursuant to the terms of Chapter 17.72 EWMC, including all future amendments. (Ord. 07-05 § 6, 2007; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001)

17.46.080 Signs.

Signs shall comply with the requirements of Chapters 15.24 and 17.74 EWMC, including all future amendments. (Ord. 07-05 § 6, 2007; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001)

17.46.090 Site plan review.

Repealed by Ord. 22-08. (Ord. 07-05 § 6, 2007; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001)