Chapter 17.04


17.04.010    Title.

17.04.020    Purpose.

17.04.030    Application of regulations.

17.04.010 Title.

The ordinance codified in this title, together with any amendments, shall be known as the “Port Townsend Zoning Code.” (Ord. 2571 § 2, 1997).

17.04.020 Purpose.

The purpose of this title is to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare as well as preserving and enhancing the aesthetic quality of the city of Port Townsend by providing regulations to ensure an appropriate mix of land uses in an orderly manner. In furtherance of this purpose the city desires to achieve a pattern and distribution of land uses which generally:

A. Are consistent with and implements the city of Port Townsend Comprehensive Plan, as required by the Washington State Growth Management Act (Chapter 36.70A RCW);

B. Build upon and enhance established residential, commercial and manufacturing development patterns;

C. Allow for and encourage infill and redevelopment of developed portions of the city in a manner consistent with the prevailing scale and character of the community;

D. Allow for mixed use development in selected areas of the city in order to serve as the focal point for new or emerging neighborhoods and to help promote pedestrian friendly areas with small scale neighborhood shopping and services;

E. Promote the retail, service, and employment opportunities desired by the community;

F. Encourage more diverse and affordable housing types in residential districts;

G. Accommodate the compact, logical expansion of development into vacant or under used lands within environmental and infrastructure constraints;

H. Maintain and enhance significant environmental resources;

I. Provide a diversity of areas characterized by differing land use activity, scale, and intensity;

J. Maintain Port Townsend’s unique quality of life and small town atmosphere; and

K. Facilitate the efficient provision of adequate public facilities and services, and private utilities. (Ord. 2571 § 2, 1997).

17.04.030 Application of regulations.

A. No building shall be erected, reconstructed, or structurally altered, nor shall any building or land be used, except in compliance with all the district regulations established by this title for the district in which the building or land is located.

B. The minimum yards or other open spaces required by this title, including those provisions regulating intensity of use, for each and every building hereafter erected or structurally altered shall not be encroached upon or considered as meeting the yard or open space requirements or the intensity-of-use provisions for any other building. In the event of any such unlawful encroachment or reduction, such building shall be deemed to be in violation of the provisions of this title and the certificate of occupancy for such building thereupon shall be null and void. (Ord. 2571 § 2, 1997).