Rethink Zoning is multi-year initiative to update and simplify the City’s zoning code. The current version of the City’s zoning code was adopted in 1989. The world and Everett have changed significantly since that time. By building on the success of Metro Everett, we can continue to make zoning simpler and also protect community values. Since Metro Everett, the City simplified the future land use map, updated the city’s sign code and critical area regulations.

These project pages provides information about Rethink Zoning, what it means to Everett residents, where to find more information, and how to engage in the discussion and outcomes. Use the "next" button below or the navigation buttons above to learn more about Rethink Zoning.

Draft Plan and Code Amendments for Public Comment

On July 13th, city staff published draft amendments to the comprehensive plan and Everett Municipal Code that have been discussed with Rethink Zoning. Staff will ask the Planning Commission to schedule a public hearing on these amendments for August 18th at 6:30 p.m. The public hearing will be held online due to COVID-19. 

New zones at a glance

The Rethink Zoning project has drafted new maps and use tables that reduces the number of zoning districts from 31 to 15. Here are the new zones at a glance (click on links):

Singe-Family Zones

Note: the list below are existing single-family zones. The only change to existing zone boundaries is a consolidation of R-1(A) into R-2(A). 

These zones would have a new Use Table in Chapter 5, as well as some new residential design standards (Chapter 8) and heights for accessory buildings and dwellings (Chapter 22). 

Multifamily Residential Zones

Commercial Zones

Industrial Zones

Local Resource Lands

  • Agriculture (AG) - applies to lands in the Lowell-Larimer neighborhood
  • Water Resource Management (WRM) - applies to the city’s watershed properties in the Lake Chaplain watershed
  • Public Parks (P) - applies to city public parks, primarily in single-family neighborhoods. 

Zoning District Criteria

The criteria used to draw the zoning map for these districts will be added to the City’s Comprehensive Plan to guide future decisions. Click here for the criteria. 

Draft codes:

The draft codes and other background documents can be found in our Rethink Zoning Library. Maps can be found in our Maps library