Chapter 21.60
CITY CENTER DISTRICT (CC) ZONE

Sections:

21.60.050    Overall purpose.

21.60.075    Relationship to rest of title.

21.60.100    Definitions.

21.60.200    Zones established and described.

21.60.300    Uses prohibited in city center zones.

21.60.350    Use limitations.

21.60.400    Basic development standards.

21.60.450    Transitional rules.

21.60.475    Signs.

21.60.500    Street types.

21.60.600    Design review.

21.60.700    Nonconforming structures, sites and uses.

21.60.800    Maximum amount of development in city center.

21.60.050 Overall purpose.

A. To create a distinct, strong identity for the city center, producing a heart for Lynnwood that is surrounded by solid neighborhoods.

B. To provide opportunities to increase the city’s tax base, thereby helping to fund public improvements and public services.

C. To encourage private and public investment, attract shoppers and visitors, and appeal to existing and new residents.

D. To produce a concentration and a mixture of commercial, office, retail, residential, and civic uses within the city center.

E. To develop a city center that supports pedestrian movement and use of public transit.

F. To implement both the city’s comprehensive plan and the city center subarea plan.

G. To promote attractive streetscapes and urban green spaces. (Ord. 2554 § 1, 2005)

21.60.075 Relationship to rest of title.

The regulations in this chapter, together with the applicable regulations in the rest of this title and other titles of the Lynnwood Municipal Code, shall govern development and use of property in the city center zones. Where the regulations of this chapter conflict with or vary from regulations in other chapters or titles, the regulations in this chapter shall control.

A. Exceptions. The following chapters of this title shall not apply in the city center:

1. Chapter 21.06 LMC;

2. Chapter 21.12 LMC;

3. Chapter 21.14 LMC. (Ord. 2937 § 4, 2012; Ord. 2554 § 2, 2005)

21.60.100 Definitions.

The following definitions shall only be applicable to the city center zones:

A. “Building frontage” means the facade of a building that fronts a public or private right-of-way or equivalent easement.

B. “City center” means the land area designated on the official zoning map comprised of the city center zones.

C. “Floor area ratio” or “FAR” means the gross floor area of all buildings or structures on a lot divided by the total lot area. For example, a 5,000-square-foot building on a 5,000-square-foot lot has a floor area ratio of 1.0 or 100 percent while the same building on a 10,000-square-foot lot would have a FAR of 0.50 or 50 percent. The FAR is used in calculating the building intensity of a development project.

D. “New development” means construction of a new building or the expansion of an existing building footprint (in which case that portion of the building being expanded shall constitute new development). Exterior reconstruction of existing buildings (involving wall and/or roof removal) within existing footprints, and construction of new facades, parapets, entrances, vestibules, and similar shall not constitute new development.

E. “Occupiable space” means spaces for uses such as retail, office, residential, personal service shops, customer serving offices, restaurant, entertainment, and the like. Structured parking and self-service storage facilities (mini-storage and similar spaces designed to contain objects, not persons, as the primary use) are not considered occupiable space.

F. “Parking, below grade” means any portion of a structure containing parking that is located below the average finished grade around a building.

G. “Parking, structured” means parking contained within a multi-story structure above grade.

H. “Promenade Street” means the public pedestrian and vehicular way along 198th Street SW identified in the city center subarea plan bounded on the east by 40th Avenue West and 44th Avenue West unless 198th Street SW is extended west of 44th Avenue, in which case the west boundary shall be the westerly terminus of 198th Street SW within the city center.

I. “Promenade walkway” means the pedestrian connection conceptually illustrated in the city center subarea plan that connects the Promenade Street to the Transit Center on the South and the Convention Center and towards Alderwood Mall on the North.

J. “Public plaza” means an open space that is accessible to the public at all times, predominantly open to the sky, and for use principally by people, as opposed to merely a setting for the building.

K. “Story” means the portion of a building included between the upper surface of the floor and the upper surface of the floor or roof next above, measured as the vertical distance from top to top of two successive tiers of beams or finished floor surfaces and for the topmost story, from the top of the floor finish to the top of the ceiling joists or, where there is not a ceiling, to the top of the roof rafters.

L. “Street level” means the portion of the building adjacent to, visible from, and accessible from a sidewalk.

M. “Street level retail” means any pedestrian-oriented use providing goods and services adjacent to, visible from, and accessible from the sidewalk such as retail stores, groceries, shoe repair shops, dry cleaners, floral shops, beauty and barber shops, art galleries, travel agencies, restaurants, theaters, public offices, libraries and other businesses that are intended to be pedestrian-attracting or pedestrian-generating in nature. (Ord. 3336 § 2, 2019; Ord. 3192 § 7, 2016; Ord. 2937 § 5, 2012; Ord. 2554 § 3, 2005)

21.60.200 Zones established and described.

A. City Center – Core (CC-C). This zone is envisioned to have the highest intensity uses, especially office buildings, residences, and hotels contained within high-rise buildings. Shops and restaurants would be located along key streets, particularly the principal pedestrian corridor, referred to as the “Promenade” in the city center subarea plan. A major public open space would anchor the zone. Over time, parking would be increasingly located within parking structures. The convention center is located in the northeast corner of this zone.

B. City Center – West (CC-W). This zone is envisioned to have a mixture of higher density housing, retail and restaurants, and some office buildings contained within mid-rise buildings. A public open space would anchor the zone. Over time, parking would be increasingly found within parking structures.

C. City Center – North (CC-N). This zone is envisioned to have a mixture of mid-rise office buildings and retail. Over time, parking would be increasingly found within parking structures. (Ord. 2937 § 6, 2012; Ord. 2554 § 4, 2005)

21.60.300 Uses prohibited in city center zones.

All uses shall be allowed in the city center zones unless specifically prohibited below:

A. Prohibited in all city center zones:

1. Adult establishments;

2. Billboards;

3. Industrial uses (excluding management, research and development, and sales operations);

4. Outdoor storage or display of materials and equipment (except during construction) except as provided for in subsection (A)(10) of this section;

5. Auto-oriented uses, including:

a. Vehicle washing;

b. Drive-throughs, including drive-up windows and drive-up kiosks, unless within an enclosed parking structure;

c. Vehicle repair;

d. Battery exchange station (electric vehicles);

e. Battery charging station (electric vehicle), Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 (unless contained within an enclosed parking structure or attached to the exterior of a building containing a principal use);

f. Gasoline service stations;

g. Rental car agencies with outdoor fleet;

h. Outdoor sales of boats, vehicles or equipment;

6. Sewage treatment plants;

7. Work release facilities;

8. Wrecking yards;

9. Secure community transition facilities;

10. Uses not contained within a building except:

a. Accessory outdoor dining;

b. Accessory outdoor display of merchandise up to a maximum of 200 square feet and where the display only occurs during business hours;

c. Temporary special events; or

d. Accessory outdoor recreation areas, in an amount not greater than the gross floor area of the principal use it serves, not to exceed one-half acre;

11. Self-service storage facilities;

12. Marijuana and marijuana-infused products retail sales, processing or production;

13. Medical marijuana collective gardens;

14. Dry cleaning and laundry plants (with the exception of dry cleaning and laundry, self-service and pick-up stations and incidental cleaning as an in-house service);

15. Outdoor commercial recreation and entertainment, including stadiums, race tracks, outdoor theaters, swimming pools, golf courses;

16. Overnight campgrounds;

17. Retail lumber yards;

18. Assembly of glass, light metal, plastic, electronic, electrical or wood parts, which are extracted, stamped, manufactured or shaped elsewhere, not precluding minor processes such as cutting or drilling;

19. Bottling or packaging plants (except as incidental to a brewery or winery);

20. Greenhouses, plant nurseries and agriculture;

21. Outdoor fresh fruit, vegetable or produce stands (except for temporary uses such as farmers markets or accessory to a principal use contained within a building);

22. Warehouses of 10,000 square feet or less;

23. Distribution centers;

24. Drive-in and drive-through restaurants;

25. Detached single-family or manufactured homes;

26. Detached wireless communication facilities (wireless attached facilities are allowed subject to LMC 21.46.110);

27. Supervised drug consumption facilities; and

28. Any other uses similar to those listed above or any other use determined by the community development director to be inconsistent with the intent of the city center zones as described in this chapter and the city center subarea plan. Appeals of the community development director’s decision shall be processed as a Process II application (LMC 1.35.200).

B. Additionally, prohibited in the portion of the city center – core zone (CC-C) that is north of 194th St. SW:

1. Multifamily residential. (Ord. 3336 § 3, 2019; Ord. 3305 § 12, 2018; Ord. 3258 § 24, 2017; Ord. 3136 § 13, 2015; Ord. 2937 § 7, 2012; Ord. 2554 § 5, 2005)

21.60.350 Use limitations.

A. Ground floor principal uses in all city center zones shall be occupiable space.

1. Exception. Structured parking may occupy the ground floor of a building; provided, that the parking does not occupy more than 40 percent of the ground floor space facing a street frontage. In such instances, the remaining portion of the building facing the street shall consist of occupiable space.

B. For buildings that directly front the Promenade Street, no less than 40 percent of the lineal frontage of any building shall be occupied by a permitted, nonresidential use. (Ord. 3336 § 4, 2019)

21.60.400 Basic development standards.

A. Height.

1. Minimum Building Height. The intent is that the city center zones accommodate dense urban form development. All new development shall be built to at least the minimum building height of three stories and no less than 30 feet; provided, that uses predominantly characterized as places of public assembly featuring auditoriums or meeting facilities, including but not limited to religious institutions, movie or performing arts theaters, symphony halls and convention facilities, shall have a minimum building height of 30 feet and no minimum story requirement. However, due to current economic conditions, in the first five years from the date of adoption of the ordinance codified in this chapter, this requirement is waived and, if conditions are not improved beyond this five-year period, the city council may extend this waiver further.

a. Exception. A single-story building shall be permitted adjacent to or within a park as identified by the City Center Parks Master Plan. Such structure shall be approved by a development agreement.

2. Maximum Building Height.

a. In the city center – core (CC-C) zone, the maximum building height shall be 350 feet, except as follows:

i. From the centerline of 196th St. SW north up to but not exceeding a distance of 360 feet, the maximum building height of any portion of a building shall be 240 feet.

ii. North of a line 360 feet north of the centerline of 196th St. SW, the maximum building height of any portion of a building shall be 130 feet.

iii. Notwithstanding the above subsections, the maximum height of any portion of a building 150 feet or less from a residential zone shall be 35 feet.

b. In the city center – west (CC-W) and city center – north (CC-N) zones, the maximum building height shall be 140 feet, except as follows:

i. The maximum height of any portion of a building 150 feet or less from a residential zone shall be 35 feet.

3. Mechanical penthouses, stair/elevator overruns, and antennas shall be excluded from building height calculation, provided they are no more than 20 feet above the roof deck.

4. Building height may be increased by up to 20 percent for a nonhabitable, architectural roofline element. This allowance does not apply within 150 feet from a residential zone or in the city center – core zone (CC-C) where the maximum height is less than 350 feet.

B. Setbacks.

1. From Streets.

a. To permit the widening of city center streets without creating nonconforming situations or the need to impact buildings, all buildings shall be located at the property line established by the future street right-of-way contained in Table 21.60.4 utilizing the fronting street for fire access except as permitted otherwise in this chapter, the city center design guidelines or unless there is or will be a building between such building and the future street right-of-way. In exceptions where buildings do not utilize the street for fire access, a circulating fire lane may be required.

b. Buildings may be set back from the street for the purpose of providing public plazas as a FAR bonus feature and as required by the city center design guidelines. The public plaza may exceed the minimum open space/public plaza size requirement provided in the design guidelines. Up to 30 percent of any building’s street frontage per street may be set back from the setback line to accommodate a public plaza. Open space/public plaza space may be combined at intersections.

c. To allow buildings to be set back from wider streets, buildings along boulevard streets may be set back up to 17 feet from the property line established by the future street right-of-way provided in Table 21.60.4 subject to the following requirements:

i. The boulevard street shall be utilized as the fire lane. No setback shall be allowed that would result in requiring a fire lane between the building and the street.

ii. The setback shall be utilized only for open space/public plazas complying with subsection (B)(1)(b) of this section and the city center design guidelines.

2. Interior Side. None required.

3. Interior Rear. None required.

C. Building Frontage.

1. Less Than 100 Feet of Frontage. The minimum building frontage length shall be less the space required to provide a drive aisle to service the site. If no drive aisle is provided the minimum frontage shall be 65 of percent the length of the abutting property line.

2. One Hundred Feet of Frontage or Greater. The minimum building frontage length shall be 70 percent of the length of the abutting property line. This length may be reduced at the discretion of the community development director to accommodate required fire access or drive aisles leading to parking areas.

3. Panhandle Lots and Landlocked Lots. Properties that only have access to a public or private right-of-way through a panhandle or have no property line adjacent to a public or private right-of-way are not required to provide building frontage.

D. Floor Area Ratio.

1. Basic Allowable Floor Area Ratio. The basic floor area ratio (FAR) of buildings in the city center shall be limited as shown in Table 21.60.1. The bonuses are described in subsection (D)(2) of this section.

Table 21.60.1: Floor Area Ratio (FAR) 

Maximum FAR

District

CC-C

CC-W

CC-N

Maximum allowable “as of right” for existing nonconforming sites and structures

Nonresidential

0.5

0.5

0.5

Residential

1.0

1.0

1.0

Maximum allowable FAR “as of right” for new development

Nonresidential

2.0

2.0

2.0

Residential

3.0

3.0

3.0

Maximum with bonuses

Nonresidential

8.0

3.0

3.0

Residential

10.0

5.0

5.0

Notes:

a.    Floor area is measured to the inside face of exterior walls.

b.    The following uses shall be excluded from floor area calculation:

• Space underground (e.g., basements);

• Space dedicated to parking;

• Floor area devoted to rainwater collection;

• Floor area devoted to gray water collection/storage/distribution;

• Floor area devoted to waste recovery/separation;

• Floor area devoted to service areas (such as storage areas, closets, and restrooms);

• Balconies, patios, breezeways and decks without a solid cover;

• Air spaces within buildings such as vaulted ceilings. More specifically, the floor area shall be counted as actual floor area only and not in the air spaces above;

• Space used as FAR bonus feature (see Table 21.60.2);

• Privately owned land area for the Promenade Walkway.

c.    Allowable FAR for nonresidential and residential uses shall be added together for the respective use types within a mixed use residential project, to provide for a combined FAR total.

d.    Hotels shall be considered nonresidential for the purpose of this chart.

e.    In situations where both conforming and nonconforming development are located on a site, the maximum FAR for conforming and nonconforming development may be combined, but each shall be limited to their respective FAR per Table 21.60.1. (For example, without bonus features, conforming development FAR maximum is 2.0; nonconforming FAR maximum is 0.5. Conforming development on the site may have a maximum FAR of 2.0; nonconforming maximum FAR of 0.5.)

2. FAR Bonus. The FAR at a property may be increased above the amount permitted “as of right” shown in Table 21.60.1 by including any of the features listed in Table 21.60.2 into development of the property.

Table 21.60.2: Bonus Features Allowing Increased Floor Area Ratio 

Bonus Features

Feature Requirements

Additional Floor Area for Each Feature

LEED Silver or similar certification elements

Checklist stamped by the project architect illustrating LEED Silver or similar certification elements have been incorporated into project.

10 percent increase in total floor area for meeting LEED Silver certification standards (or similar) or above.

LEED Gold or similar certification elements

Checklist stamped by the project architect illustrating LEED Gold or similar certification elements have been incorporated into project.

25 percent increase in total floor area for meeting LEED Gold certification standards (or similar) or above.

LEED Platinum or similar certification elements

Checklist stamped by the project architect illustrating LEED Platinum or similar certification elements have been incorporated into project.

40 percent increase in total floor area for meeting LEED Platinum certification standards (or similar) or above.

Office use above the ground floor

 

2 sq. ft. of floor area for each sq. ft. of office use above the ground floor.

Parking, underground

 

2 sq. ft. of floor area for each sq. ft. of parking below grade.

Parking, structured

 

1 sq. ft. of floor area for each sq. ft. of structured parking above grade.

Public plaza

Provision of public plaza in excess of the requirement identified in the city center design guidelines.

5 sq. ft. of floor area for each sq. ft. of plaza above the amount required by the city center design guidelines.

Promenade Walkway (along public right-of-way)

Portions or all of the Promenade Walkway that are adjacent to or near and parallel to the public right-of-way or are located within the public right-of-way. (Access easement dedication where on private property to the public must be recorded with approved maintenance provisions.) The Promenade Walkway must conform to the design guidelines.

5 sq. ft. of floor area for each sq. ft. of Promenade.

Promenade Walkway (bisecting large blocks)

Promenade Walkway providing a connection through a large block not adjacent to or in the public right-of-way. However, up to 5 percent of the project’s Promenade Walkway (bisecting large blocks) can be adjacent to or within the public right-of-way and still receive 20 sq. ft. of floor area bonus. (Access easement dedication to the public must be recorded with approved maintenance provisions.) The Promenade Walkway must conform to the design guidelines.

20 sq. ft. of floor area for each sq. ft. of Promenade.

Residential use (single purpose building)

Residential development granted as bonus square footage cannot be used to achieve additional square foot bonus.

2 sq. ft. of floor area for each sq. ft. of residential use.

Residential use in vertically mixed use building

Residential development granted as bonus square footage cannot be used to achieve additional square foot bonus.

4 sq. ft. of floor area for each sq. ft. of residential use if the development is vertical mixed use.

Street level retail

See definition (LMC 21.60.100(L)).

200 sq. ft. of floor area for each linear foot of retail frontage.

3. Change of Use and Continuation of Bonus.

a. FAR bonuses granted based on the use of the building (e.g., office use, residential use, street level retail) and use of an area (e.g., Promenade Walkway or public plaza) shall be acknowledged in a document recorded in a form acceptable to the city with the Snohomish County auditor’s office. The document shall also reflect the requirement in subsection (D)(3)(b) of this section.

b. If a business, activity or feature that supported a FAR bonus under this section is terminated, that use shall either be replaced by another use or feature of the same type (as listed in Table 21.60.2) or by another use that qualifies for an equal (or greater) FAR bonus. Alternatively and only in the case of a bonus use terminating, the property owner may request approval of a substitute method to qualify for the FAR bonus. Such substitution shall be subject to the approval of the community development director, who shall approve the substitution if he/she finds that the proposed substitution complies with this section and chapter. Appeals of the community development director’s decision shall be processed as a Process II application (LMC 1.35.200).

E. Parking Ratios. Notwithstanding Chapter 21.18 LMC, off-street parking shall be provided in conformance with Table 21.60.3 and the regulations in this subsection.

 

Table 21.60.3: Required Off-Street Parking 

Use Type

Minimum

Maximum

Retail, personal services and offices serving customers on site

3 stalls/1,000 gross floor area (gfa)

4 stalls/1,000 gfa

Offices, not serving customers on site

2 stalls/1,000 gfa

4 stalls/1,000 gfa

Residential

0.5 stalls per unit

3 stalls per unit

Senior housing

0.25 stalls per unit

1 stall per unit

Restaurant

1 stall per 4 seats

2 stalls per 4 seats

Hotels, motels or other overnight accommodations

1 stall per room, plus additional parking in accordance with this table for other businesses or facilities associated with the hotel or motel

1.5 stalls per room, plus additional parking in accordance with this table for other businesses or facilities associated with the hotel or motel

Institutional uses

20 percent less than required in Table 21.18.03

Same as required in Table 21.18.03

Places of assembly

20 percent less than required in Table 21.18.06

Same as required in Table 21.18.06

Entertainment/recreational activities

20 percent less than required in Table 21.18.07

Same as required in Table 21.18.07

Other uses

20 percent less than required in Table 21.18.11

Same as required in Table 21.18.11

Notes:

1.    Parking requirements for permitted uses not listed in Table 21.60.3 shall be determined by a study of parking demand for that use.

2.    Uses sharing a common parking facility that is accessible to all respective uses may reduce the required number of stalls by 40 percent.

3.    Parking may be located off site, so long as it is within 1,000 feet of the property (measured along public sidewalks or walkways), is connected to the property by sidewalks or walkways, and is tied to the site by a contractual agreement that is filed with the city and deed of record at the county.

4.    All developments with more than 50 parking spaces shall provide a minimum of one dedicated and signed carpool/vanpool space. All developments with more than 100 parking spaces shall provide a minimum of two dedicated and signed carpool/vanpool spaces.

5.    The community development director may allow ratios higher than the maximums allowed if a parking demand study for a particular development indicates that additional parking is needed and a parking demand management program would not be effective. Appeals of the community development director’s decision shall be processed as a Process II application (LMC 1.35.200).

F. Bicycle Facilities.

1. All nonresidential developments providing 20 or more parking stalls shall be required to provide at least one bicycle stall for every 20 vehicular parking stalls, up to a maximum of 20 bicycle stalls. Bicycle stalls may be storage lockers or bicycle racks/stands.

2. Bicycle stalls shall be located either inside of a building or outside within 100 feet of a building entrance and shall be designed to allow either a bicycle frame or wheels to be locked to a structure attached to the pavement or to a structure. It is not necessary for all on-site bicycle stalls to be located in one central location. Bicycle stalls may be located within vehicular parking areas.

3. One indoor bicycle stall shall be provided for every four dwelling units in multifamily residential uses, with the exception of senior housing, unless individual garages are provided for every unit.

G. Service Areas.

1. Exterior service areas shall not be located within 30 feet of a residential-zoned property. Service areas include but are not limited to: loading docks, trash dumpsters, compactors, all equipment, dedicated parking or serving areas, refuse and recycling areas, and mechanical equipment areas.

2. Exterior service areas shall be located within the dedicated parking areas.

3. All exterior refuse and recycling shall be enclosed on three sides within masonry walls with a minimum height of seven feet that shall match or complement the exterior materials of primary building(s) and be covered by a roof. Enclosure doors shall be provided and shall not be constructed of wood or chain link (with or without slats).

H. Fire Standards.

1. To eliminate private land devoted to fire lanes between the building and the right-of-way, all new development in the city center shall be constructed with sprinklers regardless of size. (Ord. 3336 § 5, 2019; Ord. 3192 § 8, 2016; Ord. 2937 § 8, 2012; Ord. 2554 § 6, 2005)

21.60.450 Transitional rules.

In the portion of the city center – core district (CC-C) that is north of 194th St. SW, development of any property that adjoins a property zoned to a single-family residential zone shall comply with the transitional buffer regulations in LMC 21.08.400. The minimum building setback from a single-family residential property shall be 25 feet. (Ord. 2554 § 7, 2005)

21.60.475 Signs.

Signs in the city center zones shall comply with LMC 21.16.310 and other applicable sections of that chapter. Notwithstanding the regulations in Chapter 21.16 LMC, the following sign regulations apply in the city center zones:

A. Prohibited Signs. The following signs are prohibited in the city center zones:

1. Pole signs.

2. Electronic changing message signs and changeable letter signs, except for entertainment, public transportation uses, places of assembly, and institutional uses with an occupancy load of 200 persons or greater.

3. Roof signs.

4. Cabinet signs for new development.

B. Monument Signs. Maximum height shall be eight feet.

C. Neon signs are permitted; however, outlining buildings or portions of buildings in neon is prohibited.

D. Window signs (signs located on the inside of a window so as to be easily and readily viewed from outside the window) may occupy up to 20 percent of the area of the window.

E. Nonconforming signs shall be governed by LMC 21.16.250, except that the structure, frame or support of an existing nonconforming pole sign or monument sign may be modified, provided:

1. Such modifications result in a sign that is more conforming; and

2. Such new or modified sign is located in the same location as the existing sign. (Ord. 2937 § 9, 2012)

21.60.500 Street types.

Notwithstanding LMC Title 19 and other adopted street standards, development and redevelopment of streets in the city center shall comply with Table 21.60.4: Street Standards.

Table 21.60.4: Street Standards 

Design Standards

Boulevard

Collector Arterial

Grid Street

Promenade Street

Streets

44th Ave. W.,

200th St. S.W./AMB,

196th St. S.W.,

36th Ave. W.

194th St. S.W.,

40th Ave. W.

42nd Ave. W.

198th St. S.W. (see definition for Promenade Street)

Right-of-way width

200th: 5 lanes: 99 feet

200th: 6 lanes: 110 feet

200th: 7 lanes: 121 feet

196th: 7 lanes: 111 feet

44th: 7 lanes: 111 feet

44th: 8 lanes: 122 feet

36th: 6 lanes: 97 feet

36th: 5 lanes: 85 feet

194th: 2 lanes with on-street parking: 73 feet

40th: 3 lanes without on-street parking: 76 feet

2 lanes with on-street parking: 77 feet

2 lanes with on-street parking: 73 feet

Parking lane

No parking

194th St. S.W.: Both sides, 8 feet wide

40th Ave. W.: No parking

Both sides;

8 feet wide

Both sides;

7 feet wide

Sidewalks

Both sides,

12 feet wide, including 5-foot-wide zone for tree wells along the curb (plus 6" curb)

Both sides,

194th St. S.W.: 12 feet wide, including 5-foot- wide zone for tree wells along the curb (plus 6" curb)

40th Ave. W.: 16 feet wide, including 5-foot- wide zone for tree wells along the curb (plus 6" curb)

Both sides,

16 feet wide, including 5-foot-wide zone for tree wells along the curb (plus 6" curb)

Both sides,

16 feet wide, including 5-foot-wide zone for tree wells along the curb (plus 6" curb)

Curb and gutter

Both sides;

6" raised

Both sides;

6" raised

Both sides;

6" raised

Both sides;

6" raised (or rolled with decorative bollards for pedestrian safety)

Travel lanes and turning lanes (maximum #)

5 – 8

194th St. S.W.: 2

40th Ave. W.: 3

2

2

Travel lane width

11 – 12 feet

11 feet

14 feet

13 feet

Bicycle travel lane

44th Ave. W., 196th St. S.W., and 36th Ave. W.: No bicycle travel lane

200th St. S.W.: 5-foot on-street bicycle lanes (both sides)

5-foot on-street bicycle lanes (both sides)

No separate on-street bike lane. Incorporate sharrows in traffic lane of street section

No separate on-street bike lane. Incorporate sharrows in traffic lane of street section

Intersection curb

35-foot radius with no curb bulb extension along boulevard

35-foot radius at boulevard;

25-foot radius at all other with 6-foot curb bulb extension

35-foot radius at boulevard;

25-foot radius at all other with 6-foot curb bulb extension

35-foot radius at boulevard;

25-foot radius at all other with 6-foot curb bulb extension

Raised landscape median (width)

6 feet in left turn pocket areas; 18 feet at all other areas

None

None

None

Notes:

a.    Refer to city center design guidelines for access requirements.

b.    The public works director may, with the concurrence of the fire marshal, modify the street standards in Table 21.60.4 if the modification does not impact the function for those streets. Appeals of the public works director’s decision shall be processed as a Process II application (LMC 1.35.200).

(Ord. 2937 § 10, 2012; Ord. 2554 § 8, 2005)

21.60.600 Design review.

A. Design Guidelines. The following structures and parking facilities permitted in the city center zones shall comply with the Lynnwood city center design guidelines (which are adopted by this reference as if fully set forth herein) and receive approval pursuant to Chapter 21.25 LMC, unless otherwise specified in this chapter: for proposals in these zones, the citywide design guidelines shall be replaced with the city center design guidelines.

1. Construction of any nonresidential structure or building with a gross floor area of more than 1,000 square feet.

2. Construction of any parking lot and/or parking structure with 20 or more stalls or paved parking area of 5,400 square feet or more.

3. Construction of any multiple-family residential structure.

B. Supersede. Applicable Lynnwood city center design guidelines shall supersede any development standards and requirements of this title and other titles of this code that may conflict, unless otherwise specified in this chapter.

C. Gateways and Prominent Intersections. See city of Lynnwood zoning map to identify development project sites within a gateway or prominent intersection location. Such sites shall be subject to applicable gateway and/or prominent intersection design guidelines in the Lynnwood city center design guidelines. If any portion of a project site lies within a gateway or prominent intersection location, then the entire project shall comply with the applicable design guidelines.

D. Compliance with Subarea Plan and Related Documents. For determining compliance with the comprehensive plan (that includes the city center subarea plan), as required by LMC 21.25.145(B)(3), an application for approval of structures and facilities under this section shall:

1. Demonstrate consistency and compatibility with the planned location and design of streets, as shown in the street protection ordinance, as amended. Where any locations and designs in this subsection (D)(1) conflict with the city center subarea plan, such locations and designs shall supersede the conflicting provisions of the city center subarea plan. (Ord. 2937 § 11, 2012; Ord. 2908 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2885 § 2, 2011; Ord. 2625 § 3, 2006; Ord. 2554 § 9, 2005)

21.60.700 Nonconforming structures, sites and uses.

It is expected that much development within the city center will be as a result of renovations and expansions as much as entirely new development, especially in the years before 2015 or 2020. It is not the intent of the city to discourage such development, as new investment should enhance the image and appeal of the city center. However, it is also necessary to ensure that all forms of development contribute positively to the character and quality of the area. The general principle to be applied is that changes to nonconforming conditions should not increase the degree of the nonconformity, but rather move the site and its uses and buildings towards greater conformity. Given the location and configuration of current buildings, application of all design standards may not be possible or practical; however, every effort should be made to comply with such standards for the portions of sites and buildings in proximity to the alterations being made. This section supersedes Chapter 21.12 LMC.

A. Nonconforming Uses. Any prohibited uses legally existing at the time of the adoption of the ordinance codified in this chapter shall be considered “legal nonconforming uses.” Such uses are not permitted to expand. Exterior landscaping, facade improvements, or interior upgrades are permitted.

B. Nonconforming Sites. Throughout the city center, there are many properties where site development existing at the time of the adoption of the ordinance codified in this chapter does not comply with the site design standards and guidelines in this chapter. Certain types of minor changes to existing site development would not trigger compliance with the development standards and design guidelines in this chapter, such as restriping of stalls, and new or altered signage or lighting or renovation of landscaping. Any other site improvements, exterior renovation or expansion of building footprints shall incorporate site design features that bring the site more into compliance with the standards of the city center design guidelines regardless of whether or not the site improvements, renovation, and/or expansion triggers the design review process requirement per LMC 21.60.600.

C. Nonconforming Buildings. Throughout the city center, there are many buildings and other structures existing at the adoption of the ordinance codified in this chapter that do not comply with the building standards and guidelines in this chapter. In keeping with the general principle that changes to nonconforming conditions should not increase the degree of the nonconformity, but rather move the site and its uses and buildings towards greater conformity, the following shall apply:

1. Exterior renovation of buildings and structures shall not increase the degree of nonconformance.

2. All expansion of building footprints or increases in building height shall incorporate standards that bring the building more into compliance with the requirements of this chapter and the city center design guidelines regardless of whether or not the expansion is subject to the design review process requirement per LMC 21.60.600.

3. When practicable, as determined by the community development director, the expansion of building footprints shall locate towards the property line of the future street right-of-way as described in Table 21.60.4. Appeals of the community development director’s decision shall be processed as a Process II application (LMC 1.35.200).

4. Compliance with standards shall be localized to the area of the building being altered. Particular emphasis shall be given to the provision of pedestrian amenities oriented towards the street. For example, if a building is expanded towards the street, elements such as building design features and transparency, parking lot landscaping and pedestrian connections to the sidewalk are expected to be accomplished.

5. For buildings that are demolished, the replacement structure shall be considered new development.

D. Alternative Process for Compliance. The community development director may approve a plan and design for alteration of a nonconforming site or building that does not fully comply with the requirements of subsections (B) and (C) of this section if the director finds that the alternative plan and design provides overall a greater degree of compliance with the principles of this section (as stated above). Appeals of the community development director’s decision shall be processed as a Process II application (LMC 1.35.200). (Ord. 2937 § 12, 2012; Ord. 2554 § 10, 2005)

21.60.800 Maximum amount of development in city center.

In no case shall the total amount of development (including all land uses) in the city center exceed 9.1 million square feet. (Ord. 2937 § 13, 2012; Ord. 2554 § 11, 2005)