Chapter 55 – TOTEM LAKE (TL) ZONES

55.05 User Guide – TL 1A zone.

The charts in KZC 55.09 contain the basic zoning regulations that apply in the TL 1A zone of the city. Use these charts by reading down the left hand column entitled Use. Once you locate the use in which you are interested, read across to find the regulations that apply to that use.

Section 55.07


1.    Refer to Chapter 1 KZC to determine what other provision of this code may apply to the subject property.

2.    All ground floor uses shall be a minimum of 13 feet in height. Where necessary for the ground floor of the building to be at the elevation of an abutting street, the building may exceed the permitted maximum height of structure by up to five feet.This regulation does not apply to parking garages or property with no frontage on NE 128th Street.

3.    In addition to the height exceptions established by KZC 115.60, the following exceptions to height regulations in TL zones are established:

a.    Decorative parapets may exceed the height limit by a maximum of four feet; provided, that the average height of the parapet around the perimeter of the structure shall not exceed two feet.

b.    For structures with a peaked roof, the peak may extend eight feet above the height limit if the slope of the roof is equal to or greater than four feet vertical to 12 feet horizontal.


4.    The minimum required front yard is 10 feet, unless otherwise prescribed in the use zone chart. Ground floor canopies and similar entry features may encroach into the front yard, provided the total horizontal dimension of such elements may not exceed 25 percent of the length of the structure. No parking, other than underground parking, may encroach into the required 10-foot front yard.


5.    The ability to accommodate new development in the TL 1A zone is dependent upon the construction of two new streets: 119th Avenue NE, between NE 128th Street and NE 130th Place, and NE 130th Place, between 120th Avenue NE and Totem Lake Boulevard NE, as shown on Plate 34A. Consistent with and to the extent authorized by applicable statutes and court decisions, new development on properties across which these streets in whole or in part extend shall contribute to the creation of the streets as follows:

a.    With all new development, the portions of these streets crossing the subject property shall be dedicated as public right-of-way consistent with Plate 34A; and

b.    With all new development exceeding 30 feet in height, the streets shall be improved consistent with Plate 34A.

    Minor deviations in the location and width of the streets may be approved by the Public Works Director if the deviations will not negatively affect the functioning of the streets.


6.    Properties located between TL 2 and NE 128th Street may be required to provide a pedestrian connection between TL 2 and NE 128th Street.


7.    On the parcel located at the southeast corner of this zone (Tax Parcel No. 6928400025), building height may not exceed 30 feet above average building elevation unless:

a.    Vehicular access is consolidated with a driveway on property to the south, west or north of the subject parcel; or

b.    Alternative access to the subject parcel is provided at a location approved by the Public Works Department; or

c.    Vehicular trip generation onto 120th Ave. NE does not exceed 2015 levels.

link to Section 55.09 table