TRANSITION ZONING AREAS
Transition Zoning Areas
Background: The City of Edmonds has various “zones” that provide for different land uses. To expand opportunities for additional housing types, a “transition area” or areas could be created between one or more existing residential zones and commercial or mixed- use zones. The transition area could allow for low-density multi-family residential housing on the size scale between single family detached houses and large multi-family or commercial complexes. Special standards about design, parking, and useable green space could also apply.
Note: Any zoning changes would require a zoning code amendment, which includes a public process.
Example Transition Area - Drawing not to scale
The two ideas below are similar, but differ in key features including location and suggested housing types.
Transition Areas along Transit Routes Adjacent to Commercial Zones: Allow low-density multi-family residential housing (such as triplexes, quadruplexes, courtyard apartments, townhomes, and/or mixed use) along transit routes that are also adjacent to commercial zones.
Transition Areas in Lots Zoned for 8,000 Square Feet or More that are Adjacent to Multi-family or Commercial Zones: Designate transition areas that are currently zoned for minimum lot sizes of 8,000 square feet AND also are adjacent to multi-family or commercial zones (see example map). Encourage very small-scale multi-family there—namely, duplexes, triplexes or quadruplexes.
Transition Area Requirements: Require all transition areas to:
Provide on-site vehicle parking, and
Provide usable green space for people who live there
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