Division VI. Zoning Regulations

Chapter 19.190
GENERAL ZONING REGULATIONS1

Sections:

19.190.010    Categories enumerated.

19.190.020    Zoning boundary interpretation.

19.190.030    Unzoned property – Rights-of-way uses.

19.190.040    Annexed property.

19.190.050    Map adopted.

19.190.060    Application of zoning regulations.

19.190.010 Categories enumerated.

The city is divided into the following zoning classification categories with the abbreviations shown:

 

Zoning Category

 

 

Symbol

 

(1) 

Suburban estate zones

 

SE

(2) 

Single-family residential zones

 

RS (followed by a designation indicating minimum lot size per dwelling unit)

(3) 

Multifamily residential zones

 

RM (followed by a designation indicating minimum lot size per dwelling unit)

(4) 

Professional office zones

 

PO

(5) 

Neighborhood business zones

 

BN

(6) 

Community business zones

 

BC

(7) 

City center core and city center frame zones

 

CC-C and CC-F

(8) 

Office park zones

 

OP (OP-1 – OP-4)

(9) 

Commercial enterprise zones

 

CE

(10)

Planned areas

 

PA (followed by a designation indicating which planned area)

(11)

Corporate park zones

 

CP-1

(Ord. No. 07-559, § 3(Exh. A), 7-3-07; Ord. No. 96-270, § 3(B), 7-2-96; Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(5.25), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-571.)

19.190.020 Zoning boundary interpretation.

(1) Following property lines. Where a zone boundary is indicated as approximately following a property line, the property line is the zone boundary.

(2) Following streets. Where a zone boundary is indicated as following a street, the midpoint of the street is the zone boundary.

(3) Other cases. Where a zone boundary is not indicated to follow a property line or street, the boundary line is as drawn, based on the scale shown on the zoning map.

(4) Puget Sound. Where a zone abuts upon or extends into Puget Sound, the zone boundary extends into Puget Sound to the full limit and territorial extent of the police power, jurisdiction and control of the city.

(5) Classification of vacated rights-of-way. Where a right-of-way is vacated, the area comprising the vacated right-of-way will acquire the zone classification of the property to which it reverts.

(Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(5.35), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-572.)

19.190.030 Unzoned property – Rights-of-way uses.

Any property within the city which, for any reason, does not have a zone classification on the zoning map will be construed to be within the SE zone; provided, however, that the uses permitted within the public rights-of-way shall be governed by the terms of an applicable franchise and the provisions of FWRC Title 4.

(Ord. 18-850, § 7, 6-5-18; Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(5.40), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-573.)

19.190.040 Annexed property.

Whenever, prior to annexation, a proposed extended comprehensive plan and zoning regulations and/or map have been prepared and adopted by the city pursuant to RCW 35A.14.330, as adopted and amended from time to time, that plan and zone regulation and/or map will, upon the effective date of annexation, be deemed to amend this title to the extent set forth in the annexation ordinance. Any other property or area which may, because of annexation, become a part of the city will be zoned suburban estate unless a different zoning designation is established on an interim basis as part of the annexation ordinance.

(Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(5.45), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-574.)

19.190.050 Map adopted.

The set of maps, as adopted and amended from time to time, entitled “City of Federal Way Zoning Map” and signed by the mayor, is hereby adopted by reference and incorporated as part of this title.

(Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(5.20), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-575.)

19.190.060 Application of zoning regulations.

Except as otherwise provided in this title:

(1) No building or part thereof or other structure shall be erected, altered, added to, or enlarged, nor shall any land, building, structure, or premises be used, designated, or intended to be used for any purpose or in any manner other than is included among the uses listed in this title as permitted in the district in which such building, land, or premises is located.

(2) No building or part thereof or structure shall be erected, reconstructed, or structurally altered to exceed in height the limit designated in this title for the district in which such building is located.

(3) No building or part thereof or structure shall be erected, nor shall any existing building be altered, enlarged, or rebuilt or moved into any district, nor shall any open space be encroached upon or reduced in any manner, except in conformity to the yard, building site area, and building location regulations designated in this title for the district in which such building or open space is located.

(4) No yard or other open space provided about any building for the purpose of complying with provisions of this title shall be considered as providing a yard or open space for any other building, and no yard or other open space on one building lot shall be considered as providing a yard or open space for a building on any other building lot.

(Ord. No. 09-597, § 72, 1-6-09. Code 2001 § 22-577.)


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Cross references: Density regulations for subdivision improvements, FWRC 18.60.020; nonconforming uses, structures, development, etc., requirements for conformance, Chapter 19.30 FWRC; procedure for rezoning property, FWRC 19.35.030 et seq.; calculating and rounding of fractions regarding dwelling units, FWRC 19.110.030; restrictions regarding height of buildings and structures, FWRC 19.110.050 et seq.; landscape requirements, Chapter 19.125 FWRC; site plan required for commercial and industrial uses and activities that are conducted out of doors, FWRC 19.125.170; supplementary district regulations regarding vehicles and boats, FWRC 19.130.250 et seq.; sign requirements, Chapter 19.140 FWRC; administration of the provisions regarding environmentally critical areas, Chapter 19.145 FWRC, Article I; supplementary district regulations, FWRC Title 19, Division VII.