55.41 User Guide – TL 6A and TL 6B zones.

The charts in KZC 55.45 contain the basic zoning regulations that apply in the TL 6A and TL 6B zones 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 55.43


The following regulations apply to all uses in this zone unless otherwise noted:

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

2.    Where feasible, primary access for nonresidential uses within TL 6 shall be from 124th Avenue NE, NE 124th Street, or NE 120th Street.

3.    The ground floor of all structures with frontage on a paved pedestrian or vehicular circulation route, or adjacent to a pedestrian-oriented space shall be a minimum of 13 feet in height (see Plate 34C, Chapter 180 KZC). 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 requirement does not apply to:

a.    The following uses: vehicle service stations, private lodges or clubs, stacked dwelling units, churches, schools, day-care centers, mini-schools or mini-day-care centers, assisted living facilities, convalescent centers or nursing homes, residential development in TL 6A where over 80 percent of the total units in the development are affordable to households earning no more than 60 percent of the King County median income, public utilities, government facilities or community facilities;

b.    Parking garages;

c.    Additions to existing nonconforming development where the Planning Official determines it is not feasible; or

d.    Parcels located more than 500 feet north of NE 124th Street, east of 116th Avenue NE.

4.    Development shall provide publicly accessible space(s) at the primary pedestrian frontage that extends the public realm while creating a transition between public and private spaces. These public spaces shall have no dimension less than 15 feet. Developments with less than 25,000 square feet of gross floor area or fewer than 50 dwelling units shall provide publicly accessible space(s) ranging from 500 to 1,000 square feet. Larger developments shall provide publicly accessible space(s) ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 square feet in size. Through design review, the City will review the location, size and dimensions, features and improvements (such as multi-use paths, plazas, seating, public art and water features) proposed for the publicly accessible space(s) as part of the Design Review approval. The City may also require or permit modification to the required publicly accessible space as part of the Design Review approval.

5.    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.


6.    Access for drive-through facilities must be approved by the Public Works Official. See Chapter 105 KZC for requirements.


7.    Some development standards or design regulations may be modified as part of the design review process. See Chapter 92 or 142 KZC for requirements.




8.    In TL 6B, development must provide a grid of internal access roads (see Plate 34A, Chapter 180 KZC) pursuant to the following standards:

a.    A centralized east-west connection that forms the spine for the site. Such a connection would reduce the need for vehicular circulation on NE 124th Street.

b.    Two to three north-south connections from NE 124th Street to the east-west connection noted above. A desirable distance between access roads is between 250 and 300 feet. The maximum allowable distance between access roads shall be 350 feet. These may be public or private streets. Wider separation (up to 500 feet) may be considered where properties dedicate a minimum 30-foot-wide public pedestrian corridor.

c.    Suggested cross-sections for each of these roads:

1)    Two travel lanes (one lane each way);

2)    On-street parallel parking;

3)    Eight- to 12-foot-wide sidewalks on each side of the street with street trees placed 30 feet on-center. Sidewalk width may be reduced where planting strips (minimum four feet wide) are maintained between the street and sidewalk.

The above access roads may be private or public.


9.    The applicant shall install a through-block pathway or other pathways to link streets and/or activities (see Plate 34C, Chapter 180 KZC). Include at least one mid-block east-west pathway connecting uses to 116th Avenue NE and a network of north-south pathways at intervals no greater than 350 feet that link uses to NE 124th Street. Through-block pathways may be integrated with internal access roads and/or provided within separate pedestrian-only corridors. See KZC 105.19 for through-block pathway standards. Additional through-block pathways not shown in the Comprehensive Plan may be required by the City on parcels larger than two acres in order to enhance pedestrian access on large sites.


10.    No portion of a structure on the subject property within 40 feet of Slater Avenue in TL 6A may exceed 30 feet above the elevation of Slater Avenue as measured at the midpoint of the frontage of the subject property on Slater Avenue.

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