Chapter 17.16


17.16.010    Generally.

17.16.020    Conformance with comprehensive plan and other regulations required.

17.16.030    Streets.

17.16.040    Easements for utilities.

17.16.050    Lots.

17.16.060    Clusters of locked mailboxes—Required.

17.16.010 Generally.

In the planning of a plat, subdivision or dedication, the subdivider shall prepare his proposed plat, in conformance with the provisions set out in this chapter. (Ord. 622 § 4 (part), 1959).

17.16.020 Conformance with comprehensive plan and other regulations required.

A.    The proposed plat shall be in accordance with the comprehensive plan and all other resolutions, regulations and ordinances of the city and laws of the state.

B.    The proposed subdivision shall provide for such requirements as contained in the comprehensive plan or portions thereof and development plans, regulations, resolutions and laws for the city. (Ord. 622 § 4(A), 1959).

17.16.030 Streets.

Streets shall conform to the most advantageous development of adjoining areas, and the entire neighborhood, and shall provide for the following:

A.    Street continuity of appropriate streets and arterials;

B.    Streets continuing to boundaries of tract;

C.    Streets generally following contour lines;

D.    Streets intersecting at right angles, or as nearly as possible;

E.    Street jogs shall be avoided;

F.    1. The width of the streets and roadways, in feet, shall not be less than the following:

Type of Street

Minimum Street Right-of-way

Minimum Roadway

Secondary arterial

80 feet

Variable as required by city council

Commercial and industrial

80 feet

Variable as required by city council

Collector and feeder

60 feet

Variable as required by city council

Minor residential

50 feet

39 feet


100 feet diameter

80 feet diameter


20 feet

20 feet

Streets shall be constructed to full width of roadways, as specified in this chapter.

2.    Standard Specifications for Road, Bridge, and Municipal Construction. Pursuant to the authority contained in RCW 35A.12.140, the latest edition of the Standard Specifications for Road, Bridge, and Municipal Construction of the Washington State Department of Transportation and The American Public Works Association, Washington State Chapter, together with all the amendments and additions thereto made hereafter, are adopted by the city and by this reference are incorporated herein as if set out in full. (Ord. 3062 § 1 (part), 2018; Ord. 1676 § 1, 1993: Ord. 1492 § 2, 1991; Ord. 1104 § 1, 1979; Ord. 958 § 2, 1975; Ord. 622 § 4(B)(1), 1959).

17.16.040 Easements for utilities.

A.    The subdivider shall consult and obtain approval of all utility-serving agencies.

B.    Easements for utilities shall be provided along real lot lines and when provided along side lot lines, such easements shall be at least ten feet wide. (Ord. 622 § 4(B) (2), 1959).

17.16.050 Lots.

A.    The size, shape and orientation of the lots shall be appropriate for the location of the proposed subdivision and for the type of development contemplated.

B.    Excessive depth in relation to width shall be avoided, and two and one-half feet to one foot shall be considered a desirable depth for lots having widths of sixty feet or more.

C.    Every lot shall abut on a street.

D.    Side lot lines shall be approximately at right angles to the right-of-way line of the street on which the lot faces.

E.    Corner lots for residential use shall be platted wider than interior lots and shall conform to the front yard requirements on the side street as prescribed by the zoning ordinance codified in Title 18, and the zoning ordinance as the same may hereafter be amended.

F.    Proposed plats, subdivisions or dedications which include lot layout to be used for commercial or retail purposes shall be designed to provide for a minimum of off-street parking based upon the ratio of one square foot of building area to two square feet of parking area and the building and parking areas shall be clearly indicated thereon and upon approval by the planning commission made a part of the final plat. (Ord. 979 § 1 (part), 1975; Ord. 622 § 4(E), 1959).

17.16.060 Clusters of locked mailboxes—Required.

In all residential subdivisions, mailboxes shall be installed by the subdivider in clusters of locked mailboxes—groupings of multiple mailboxes—as approved by the United States Postal Service and the city. The mailboxes shall not reduce the intended width of the public sidewalk. The developer shall show the location of the clusters of locked mailboxes on the face of the preliminary plat and on the face of the final plat of all subdivisions. The clusters of locked mailboxes may be in the city right-of-way, but they shall not be dedicated to the city. The subdivider shall submit a maintenance plan for the cluster of locked mailboxes along with his application for the approval of the final plat for the subdivision. (Ord. 2834 § 2, 2013).