Chapter 17.39


17.39.010    Purpose.

17.39.020    Essential use.

17.39.030    Primary permitted uses.

17.39.040    Secondary permitted uses.

17.39.050    Conditional uses.

17.39.060    Area dimensional requirements.

17.39.070    General regulations.

17.39.080    Off-street parking.

17.39.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this classification and its application is to establish areas permitting a greater dwelling density than is allowed in more restrictive residential classifications, while protecting against hazards, objectionable influences, building congestion, and lack of light, air and privacy. The multifamily district may be utilized as a transition between lower-density residential and commercial classifications. Certain essential and compatible public service facilities and institutions are permitted in this district. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.39.020 Essential use.

The essential use of the multifamily residential use districts is multifamily residential dwelling units. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.39.030 Primary permitted uses.

Primary permitted uses of these districts are:

A. Multifamily dwellings which contain not less than 750 square feet of finished living space per dwelling unit;

B. Existing single-family detached dwellings;

C. Townhouses/rowhouses subject to the following standards:

1. There shall be at least 10 feet on end between groups. This space may either be end unit lots or common open space, and, if so, there may be openings in the end units;

2. The number of connected units shall not exceed eight;

3. The director may approve up to a 10 percent deviation from all standards related to townhouse or rowhouse development;

4. Townhouse/rowhouse developments are encouraged, but not required, to provide open space or other amenities typical to multifamily residential developments;

D. Two-family dwellings;

E. Single-room occupancy dwellings;

F. Public and private elementary and junior high schools, high schools, public parks and playgrounds;

G. Public safety facilities;

H. Churches and similar places of worship where off-street parking is provided as set forth in Chapter 17.57 WRMC;

I. Parish houses and religious education buildings;

J. Minor utility facilities;

K. Adult family home;

L. Family day care home;

M. Mini-day care centers;

N. Boardinghouses and single-room occupancy dwellings;

O. Retirement centers/convalescent homes, assisted living centers;

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

Q. 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; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 19-12 § 1 (Att. A), 2012; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.39.040 Secondary permitted uses.

The following uses are permitted in a multifamily district in conjunction with, but subordinate to, any of the primary uses permitted by WRMC 17.39.030:

A. Repealed by Ord. 24-12;

B. Accessory buildings, subject to WRMC 17.54.055;

C. Each dwelling is allowed the keeping of small domestic animals over the age of six months and is limited to no more than two;

D. Small-scale home occupation, subject to WRMC 17.54.047. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 13-08 § 1, 2008; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.39.050 Conditional uses.

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

A. Churches and similar places of worship where off-street parking is not provided;

B. Recreation buildings or areas operated by membership clubs for the benefit of members and not for gain;

C. High schools, colleges, universities, schools not otherwise defined, public libraries, and municipal office buildings;

D. Cemeteries, recreation camps or hospitals;

E. Private nursery schools;

F. Philanthropic or charitable institutions;

G. Major utility facilities, subject to WRMC 17.54.452;

H. Large-scale home occupation, subject to WRMC 17.54.048;

I. Convents, monasteries, and other religious institutions;

J. Residential care facility;

K. Day care centers. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 13-08 § 1, 2008; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.39.060 Area 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; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.39.070 General regulations.

For provisions on general regulations, see Chapter 17.54 WRMC. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].

17.39.080 Off-street parking.

For provisions on off-street parking requirements, see Chapter 17.57 WRMC. [Ord. 15-17 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 24-12 § 1 (Exh. A), 2012; Ord. 40-07 § 1, 2007].