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Kirkland Updates FAR and Lot Coverage Requirements

Posted on May 10, 2019 in:
  • Building Codes
  • Industry Issues
  • Advocacy

On May 7, the Kirkland City Council adopted new floor area ratio (FAR) and lot coverage regulations, which will go into effect on July 1, 2019. A copy of the proposed regulations and council packet can be viewed here while staff pulls together the final ordinance.

City staff began working on this issue to address the tendency for single family homes to be built to the maximum building envelope and community concerns about perceived building mass and new home design being incompatible with community character. Staff believes they have identified opportunities for clarifying existing regulations and incentivizing good design that will address community concerns while allowing industry to maximize lot coverage, take advantage of FAR bonuses, not cause an excessive number of non-conformances, and make the existing regulations more effective.

For more information, contact King County Manager Gina Clark, 425.460.8203.


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