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Shoreline Adopts Prescriptive Townhouse Regulations, Effective Jan. 14

Posted on Jan 10, 2020 in:
  • Building Codes
  • Advocacy
  • Industry Issues

On Monday, Jan. 6, the Shoreline City Council adopted proposed townhouse design standards, with a couple amendments that will make it very difficult to build new townhomes in the city without lot assemblage. Requirements were added for outdoor space, landscaping, solid waste collection, and site configuration.

MBAKS, interested members, and other stakeholders participated in nine meetings with the city, providing comment encouraging a reduction in the street-facing requirement, adjustments to lot width citations, removing percentage requirements for mixed developments, and a delay in implementation. Unfortunately, the City Council did not move on any of the proposed amendments. The City Council did agree to revisit the standards at the end of the year for discussion and possible amendments. 

Effective date is noted as five days following publication, which the Clerk expects to be Jan. 14. For more on the adopted measure, see Shoreline Townhouse Design Standards or contact King County Manager Jennifer Anderson, 425.460.8240.


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