Chapter 17.06
LDR – LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL

Sections:

17.06.005    Purpose.

17.06.010    Principal uses.

17.06.020    Secondary uses.

17.06.030    Conditional uses.

17.06.035    Review requirements.

17.06.040    Minimum lot size.

17.06.050    Setbacks.

17.06.055    Density.

17.06.060    Maximum height.

17.06.070    Maximum lot coverage.

17.06.080    Project design.

17.06.090    Open space and recreation facilities.

Legislative history: Ords. 86-142, 91-262, 93-299, 95-349 and 97-406.

17.06.005 Purpose.

The purpose of this zone district is to implement the residential low density designation of the comprehensive plan land use map. In addition, the intent is to implement the goal of the comprehensive plan that the predominant residential land use in the city remain low density residential. Furthermore, this zone district is intended to be applied to vacant or developable lands and to allow development of low density detached and attached housing types and related uses. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.06.010 Principal uses.

Principal uses are:

A. Single-family detached dwellings;

B. Townhouses or single-family attached dwellings in planned residential developments;

C. Foster homes;

D. Boarding houses; and

E. Adult family homes. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.06.020 Secondary uses.

Secondary uses are:

A. Accessory buildings.

B. Home occupations in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 17.23 MCMC.

C. Accessory dwelling units in accordance with MCMC 17.22.130.

D. Family home child care, in accordance with MCMC 14.07.020. (Ord. 2010-717 §  2 (Exh. B); Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.06.030 Conditional uses.

Conditional uses permitted within this zone shall be processed in accordance with Chapter 17.28 MCMC. Conditional uses are:

A. Adult day care;

B. Religious facilities and schools;

C. Public facilities and essential public facilities; and

D. Satellite dishes over four feet in diameter. (Ord. 2019-850 § 6; Ord. 2010-717 §  2 (Exh. B); Ord. 2009-702 § 2 (Exh. C); Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.06.035 Review requirements.

All development in the LDR district shall be processed as either a preliminary plat or binding site plan in accordance with MCMC Title 16, Subdivisions and Plats. For projects with platted lots, the location of building envelopes, garages and accessory structures, driveways, and lanes and open spaces shall also be required and shall be recorded with the plat. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.06.040 Minimum lot size.

The minimum lot size shall be 8,400 square feet. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.06.050 Setbacks.

A. Setbacks shall be as listed below:

1. Front yard: 20 feet. On corner lots with two or more front yards, fences may be constructed within the required front yard setback area up to 10 feet along the street side where there is no driveway access.

2. Side yard: total of 20 feet, no side less than five feet.

3. Rear yard: 20 feet.

4. Streetscape design and buffer/cutting preserve setbacks shall be provided in accordance with the city’s comprehensive plan. Streetscape designs are applicable to the roadways cited and depicted within the comprehensive plan. Roadway buffer/cutting preserves range from 50 feet from the edge of rights-of-way for residential uses to 35 feet for nonresidential uses.

B. Exception. Reduced setbacks are permitted for lots that were created with smaller setback standards. Setbacks for such lots shall be the setbacks that were in effect at the time the plat or short plat was approved. (Ord. 2013-764 § 1; Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.06.055 Density.

The maximum allowable density is four dwelling units per gross acre consistent with the provisions of MCMC 16.12.050, and the requirements of the Growth Management Act (Chapter 36.70A RCW). (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.06.060 Maximum height.

The maximum height shall be 35 feet. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.06.070 Maximum lot coverage.

The maximum lot coverage shall be 35 percent. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.06.080 Project design.

Development within this zone district shall be designed in conformance with the design principles and standards set out in Chapter 17.34 MCMC, Design Review. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.06.090 Open space and recreation facilities.

Open space and recreation facility requirements are located in Chapters 16.12 and 17.22 MCMC. (Ord. 2006-633 § 2)