ReThink Zoning Taking Center Stage In Everett This Week

May 31, 2020

Everett Government

Zoning or more appropriately rethinking zoning is taking up the attention of the Everett Planning Commission and the Everett City Council this week. Here’s more.

The City of Everett is taking a long-term look at growth.

This coming week, the City’s Planning Commission and City Council will receive briefings on Rethink Zoning. The Planning Commission’s meeting is Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30 p.m. and City Council is Wednesday, June 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

The Planning Commission meeting this Tuesday will cover the following topics (click on links for documents):

In addition, Planning Commissioner’s may also want to provide input on three chapters which were presented at the May 19, 2020 meeting:

  • Chapter 5, Uses (click here for summary and here for full code text and here for maps)
  • Chapter 8, Residential Standards (click here for summary and here for full code text)
  • Chapter 9, Multifamily Standards (click here for summary and here for full code text)

As a precaution against spreading COVID‐19, the City conducts Planning Commission meetings remotely. Due to the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order, we are not able to provide a place for community to gather to view or attend the Planning Commission meeting. We encourage you to provide written comments prior to the meeting at planning@everettwa.gov.

Planning Commission meetings can be viewed on Everett Channel, channel 21 on Comcast and channel 29 on Frontier or watched live online at: https://www.everettwa.gov/everettchannelstream.

You may attend the meeting by calling (425‐616‐3920) and enter the ID# (421 922 453#) of the meeting. To join the MS Teams meeting through the App, open the Planning Commission’s Agenda for June 2, 2020 (click here for agenda) and click on the MS Teams meeting link in the agenda. An opportunity for public input will be provided at the meeting, either by telephone call into the meeting or through the Microsoft Teams App. Sending comments by email to planning@everettwa.gov is strongly encouraged at this time.

On June 3rd, the City Council will receive an update on Rethink Zoning.

For more information on Rethink Zoning, please visit our project webpage at https://everettwa.gov/2507/Rethink-Zoning.  Additional chapters of Rethink Zoning can be found in the Rethink Zoning Library, including:

  • Chapter 12, Building Form & Design
  • Chapter 13, Specific Use Standards
  • Chapter 22, Heights
  • Chapters 24 – 27, Land Divisions
  • Chapter 30, Flood Damage Protection
  • Chapter 34, Off-Street Parking
  • Chapter 38, Nonconformities
  • Chapter 41, General Requirements and Authority

All changes to the City’s development codes to be considered are scheduled to be presented to the Planning Commission July 21st, with a public hearing scheduled for August 18th. The City Council would consider the recommendations of the Planning Commission and conduct their own public hearings in September – October 2020.

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