Chapter 17.23


17.23.010    Purpose.

17.23.020    Essential use.

17.23.030    Primary permitted uses.

17.23.040    Secondary permitted uses.

17.23.050    Conditional uses.

17.23.060    Area and dimensional requirements.

17.23.070    General regulations.

17.23.080    Off-street parking.

17.23.010 Purpose.

The urban transition (UT) district is intended to be applied to all properties of importance to the future growth of the city but which are outside of the 2017 – 2037 planning horizon as based upon the 2017 city of West Richland comprehensive plan. The purpose of the district is to allow those lands which were annexed into the city prior to the adoption of the Growth Management Act to remain within the city and continue to be used for farming and agricultural activities until such time that demand dictates a change in land use. Furthermore, the purpose of the district is:

A. To allow for interim resource activities and utilization.

B. To prevent the premature division and development of land in a manner which would preclude logical future urban development.

C. To provide for limited interim partitioning, development and use of existing parcels until such time the lands are needed for urban development and easily accessed by public services. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017].

17.23.020 Essential use.

The essential use of the urban transition district is existing and ongoing agricultural activities with the allowance of limited low-density development. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017].

17.23.030 Primary permitted uses.

The primary permitted uses in these districts are:

A. One single-family detached dwelling with not less than 1,000 square feet of finished living space;

B. Growing fruits, vegetables, grains, flowers and field crops;

C. Large domestic animals;

D. Minor utility facilities;

E. Public safety facilities;

F. Wireless communication facilities – co-location with an existing facility (co-location is allowed on towers that were existing prior to adoption of Ordinance No. 6-19) subject to Chapter 17.16 WRMC. [Ord. 14-19 § 1 (Exh. A), 2019; Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017].

17.23.040 Secondary permitted uses.

The secondary permitted uses in these districts are:


A. Accessory buildings, subject to WRMC 17.54.055;

B. Hobby agriculture;

C. Small domestic animals;

D. Small-scale home occupations. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017].

17.23.050 Conditional uses.

Uses permitted upon issuance of a special permit, as provided in Chapter 17.66 WRMC, include:

A. Bed and breakfast;

B. Cemetery;

C. Large-scale home occupation;

D. Major utility facilities;

E. Wireless communications facilities subject to Chapter 17.16 WRMC.  [Ord. 14-19 § 1 (Exh. A), 2019; Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017].

17.23.060 Area and dimensional requirements.

Area and dimensional requirements, including setbacks, lot area, lot width, lot depth, building height and lot coverage, are found in Table 17.54.050. Specific exceptions are listed in the notes indexed by Table 17.54.050. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017].

17.23.070 General regulations.

For provisions on general regulations, see Chapter 17.54 WRMC. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017].

17.23.080 Off-street parking.

For provisions on off-street parking, see Chapter 17.57 WRMC. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017].