Chapter 17.14


17.14.005    Purpose.

17.14.010    Principal uses.

17.14.020    Secondary uses.

17.14.030    Conditional uses.

17.14.040    Review requirements.

17.14.050    Maximum density.

17.14.060    Maximum lot coverage.

17.14.070    Maximum height.

17.14.080    Setbacks.

17.14.085    Streetscape and roadway buffer/cutting preserves.

17.14.090    Project design.

17.14.100    Open space and recreation facilities.

Legislative history: Ords. 91-262, 95-349 and 97-406.

17.14.005 Purpose.

The purpose of this district is to implement the residential high density designation of the comprehensive plan and land use map. It is intended to provide areas for affordable housing and related uses that are adjacent to commercial centers and transit facilities, and to move toward the city’s population allocations required under the Growth Management Act, Chapter 36.70A RCW. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.14.010 Principal uses.

Principal uses are:

A. Multi-family dwellings;

B. Townhouses;

C. Foster homes;

D. Boarding houses;

E. Nursing homes, retirement, convalescent centers, and congregate residential; and

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

17.14.020 Secondary uses.

Secondary uses are:

A. Accessory buildings;

B. Home occupations; and

C. Day care centers.

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

17.14.030 Conditional uses.

Conditional uses shall be processed in accordance with Chapter 17.28 MCMC. Conditional uses are:

A. Religious facilities;

B. Schools;

C. Public facilities/utilities;

D. Health care facilities that meet the following standards:

1. The facility has direct access to a collector or arterial street;

2. The maximum building height is the same as residential;

3. Overnight care is not provided;

4. Retail uses directly related to health care such as pharmacies and optical dispensaries as a secondary use;

E. Accessory satellite signal transmitting and receiving antennas over four feet in diameter external to or attached to the exterior of any building; and

F. Adult day care. (Ord. 2019-850 § 8; Ord. 2010-717 §  2 (Exh. B); Ord. 2009-702 § 2 (Exh. C); Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.14.040 Review requirements.

All development in the HDR 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 specific 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 or binding site plan. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.14.050 Maximum density.

A maximum density of 24 dwelling units per acre is allowed with a minimum density of 13 dwelling units per acre. Densities shall be calculated under the provisions of MCMC 16.12.050. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.14.060 Maximum lot coverage.

The maximum lot coverage shall be:

A. Forty percent; or

B. Fifty percent if parking is within the principal building. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.14.070 Maximum height.

The maximum height shall be 50 feet. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.14.080 Setbacks.

Setbacks shall be:

A. Front yard: 10 feet from right-of-way or sidewalk (whichever is greater), or roadway buffer/cutting preserve, if applicable.

B. Side yard: Total of 20 feet, no side less than five feet.

C. Rear yard: 20 feet. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.14.085 Streetscape and roadway buffer/cutting preserves.

Streetscape design and roadway buffer/cutting preserve tracts adjacent to arterial and collector streets shall be provided in accordance with the city’s comprehensive plan, streetscape element. Roadway buffer/cutting preserves to be provided range from 50 feet from the edge of the right-of-way for residential uses to 35 feet for nonresidential uses. (Ord. 2005-609 § 2)

17.14.090 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)

17.14.100 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)