Chapter 22C.085
88TH STREET MASTER PLAN – DESIGN REQUIREMENTS

Sections:

22C.085.010    Purpose.

22C.085.020    Applicability and interpretations.

22C.085.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to apply the design standards and guidelines in the 88th Street master plan, as adopted by Ordinance No. 2865, as legally required standards for all new construction in the 88th Street master plan area (88th Street MPA). It is also the purpose of this chapter to:

(1) Encourage the realization and creation of a desirable and aesthetic environment in the 88th Street MPA;

(2) Encourage and promote development which features amenities and excellence in site planning, streetscape, building design and contribution to community aesthetic appeal;

(3) Encourage creative approaches to the use of land and related physical developments;

(4) Minimize incompatible and unsightly surroundings and visual blight which prevent orderly community development;

(5) Allow a mixture of complementary land uses that may include housing, retail, offices, and commercial services, in order to create economic and social vitality and encourage the linking of vehicle trips;

(6) Develop mixed use areas that are safe, comfortable and attractive to pedestrians;

(7) Support the use of streets as public places that encourage pedestrian and bicycle travel;

(8) Reduce opportunities for crimes against persons and property;

(9) Minimize land use conflicts and adverse impacts;

(10) Provide roadway and pedestrian connections between residential and commercial areas;

(11) Provide public places and open space networks to create gateways, gathering places, and recreational opportunities that enhance the natural and built environment. (Ord. 2865 § 4, 2011).

22C.085.020 Applicability and interpretations.

(1) Applicability.

(a) The design guidelines set forth in the 88th Street master plan, as adopted by Ordinance No. 2865, shall apply to all new construction in the 88th Street MPA.

(b) The design guidelines shall be legally required standards, which shall be applied by the city to all development approvals and permits in the 88th Street MPA.

(c) The following activities shall be exempt from these standards:

(i) Construction activities which do not require a building permit;

(ii) Interior remodels of existing structures;

(iii) Modifications or additions to existing multifamily, commercial, industrial, office and public properties when the modification or addition:

(A) Constitutes less than 10 percent of the existing horizontal square footage of the use or structure; and

(B) Constitutes less than 10 percent of the existing building’s exterior facade.

(d) These standards are intended to supplement the development standards in the Marysville Municipal Code. Where these standards and the land use standards conflict, the city shall determine which regulation applies based on which is more in the public interest and more consistent with the comprehensive plan.

(2) Interpreting and Applying the Design Standards.

(a) These standards capture the community visions and values as reflected in the comprehensive plan’s neighborhood planning areas. The city community development director (director) retains full authority to determine whether a proposal meets these standards.

(b) Within these standards, certain words are used to indicate the relative importance and priority the city places upon a particular standard.

(i) The words “shall,” “must,” and “is/are required,” or words with their equivalent meaning, mean that the development proposal must comply with the standard unless the director finds that:

(A) The standard is not applicable in the particular instance; or

(B) The development proposal meets the intent of the standards in some other manner.

(ii) The word “should,” or words with its equivalent meaning, mean that the development proposal will comply with the standard unless the director finds that:

(A) The standard is not applicable in the particular instance;

(B) The development proposal meets the intent of the standards in some other manner; or

(C) There is convincing evidence that applying the standard would not be in the public interest.

(iii) The words “is/are encouraged,” “can,” “consider,” “help,” and “allow,” or words with their equivalent meaning, mean that the action or characteristic is allowed and will usually be viewed as a positive element in the city’s review.

(c) The project proponent may submit proposals that he/she feels meet the intent of the standards but not necessarily the specifics of one or more standards. The director will determine if the intent of the standard has been met. (Ord. 2865 § 4, 2011).