Chapter 17.12
ESTABLISHMENT OF ZONING DISTRICTS

Sections:

17.12.010    Intent.

17.12.020    Establishment of districts.

17.12.030    Official zoning map.

17.12.040    Boundaries – Attesting regulations.

17.12.045    Urban growth area boundary.

17.12.050    Boundary interpretation.

17.12.010 Intent.

The purpose of this chapter and Chapters 17.16 through 17.24 PTMC is to establish districts wherein compatible uses of land may be located and grouped to create, protect and maintain a desirable living environment for the citizens of Port Townsend. Five broad categories of uses are established:

A. Residential;

B. Mixed use;

C. Commercial;

D. Marine-related and manufacturing; and

E. Public, park, and open space.

It is the intent of this chapter and Chapters 17.16 through 17.24 PTMC to stabilize and protect the uses contained within these districts by excluding mutually interfering uses and to allow a maximum degree of latitude within the regulations to promote residential harmony, conduct profitable business, or contribute to the economy of the community. It is also the purpose of this classification to make it possible to more efficiently and economically design and install all physical public service facilities in terms of size and capacity to adequately and permanently meet needs resulting from a defined intensity of land use and to provide for the health, safety, morals, prosperity and well-being of the community at large. (Ord. 2571 § 2, 1997).

17.12.020 Establishment of districts.

The city of Port Townsend shall be divided into zoning districts that are consistent with and implement the Port Townsend Comprehensive Plan. The following districts are hereby established:

Zone

Description

Maximum Density

R-I

Low Density Single-Family

4 d.u. per 40,000 s.f. area

R-II

Medium Density Single-Family

8 d.u. per 40,000 s.f. area

R-III

Medium Density Multifamily

24 bedrooms per 40,000 s.f. area

R-IV

High Density Multifamily

40 bedrooms per 40,000 s.f. area

C-I/MU

Neighborhood Serving Mixed Use Center

16 d.u. per 40,000 s.f. area

C-II/MU

Community Serving Mixed Use Center

24 d.u. per 40,000 s.f. area

C-I

Neighborhood Commercial

C-II

General Commercial

C-II(H)

Hospital Commercial

C-III

Historic Commercial

C-IV

Regional Commercial

M/C

Mixed Light Manufacturing and Commercial

M-I

Light Manufacturing

M-II(A)

(Boat Haven)

Marine-Related Uses

M-II(B)

(Point Hudson)

Marine-Related Uses

M-III

Heavy Manufacturing

P/OS(A)

Existing Park and Open Space

P/OS(B)

Mixed Public/Infrastructure/Open Space

P-I

Public/Infrastructure

(Ord. 2716 § 4.1, 1999; Ord. 2571 § 2, 1997).

17.12.030 Official zoning map.

The locations and boundaries of the zoning districts shall be as shown on the map, entitled, “Official Zoning Map, Port Townsend, Washington.” The official zoning map and all the notations, references, and amendments thereto and other information shown thereon are hereby made a part of this title, just as if such information set forth on the map were fully described and set out herein. In the case of any conflict between said map and the text of this title, the text of this title shall prevail. The official zoning map shall be kept on file in the office of the city clerk, and available for inspection by the public at the development services department. (Ord. 2892 § 1, 2005; Ord. 2571 § 2, 1997).

17.12.040 Boundaries – Attesting regulations.

The boundaries of such districts are as shown upon the official zoning map, which is hereby adopted. The provisions of this title are attested by the signature of the mayor and the city clerk, with the seal of the municipality affixed, and shall be kept on file in the office of the city clerk. Copies shall be available for inspection by the public. (Ord. 2571 § 2, 1997).

17.12.045 Urban growth area boundary.

The area within the corporate limits of the city of Port Townsend shall constitute the Port Townsend urban growth area (UGA), unless or until such time as the limits of the UGA may be expanded in a manner consistent with the requirements of RCW 36.70A.110(1). The UGA boundary shall be shown on the map entitled, “Official Zoning Map, Port Townsend, Washington.” (Ord. 2879 § 6.3, 2005).

17.12.050 Boundary interpretation.

Where uncertainty exists as to boundaries of any district shown on said map, the following rules shall apply:

A. Where a boundary follows a public street or alley, the centerline of the street shall be the boundary. Where a boundary follows a lot line, the lot line shall be the boundary.

B. Where a boundary divides a lot that is equal to or less than one acre in size (i.e., or one platted block) into two single-family residential zoning district classifications, the district classification that has been applied to greater than 50 percent of said lot shall apply to the entirety thereof.

C. Where a boundary divides a lot larger than one acre in size (i.e., or one platted block) into two single-family residential zoning district classifications, the location of the boundary, unless indicated by dimension, shall be determined by referencing the adopted comprehensive plan land use map and legal description of the parcel.

D. Where a boundary divides a lot that is equal to or less than 10,000 square feet in size into two zoning district classifications and one of the classifications is multifamily residential, mixed use, commercial, or marine-related and manufacturing, the district classification that has been applied to greater than 50 percent of said lot shall apply to the entirety thereof.

E. Where a boundary divides a lot that is greater than 10,000 square feet in size into two zoning district classifications and one of the classifications is multifamily residential, mixed use, commercial, or marine-related and manufacturing, the location of the boundary, unless indicated by dimension, shall be determined by referencing the adopted comprehensive plan land use map and legal description of the parcel.

F. Where any public right-of-way is officially vacated or abandoned, the land use district regulations applied to abutting property shall thereafter extend to the centerline of such vacated or abandoned right-of-way, unless the right-of-way is wholly contained within, and forms the outside boundary of, a recorded plat, in which case the land use district regulations applied to the abutting property shall thereafter extend through the entire vacated or abandoned right-of-way.

G. In case any uncertainty exists, the director shall determine the location of the district boundary, pursuant to Chapters 17.90 and 20.02 PTMC, as applicable. (Ord. 2700 § 8, 1999; Ord. 2571 § 2, 1997).