ABOUT RETHINK ZONING

COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19, the City has revised the outcomes expected for Rethink Zoning in 2020. The City is proposing to move forward with multifamily, commercial and industrial zone consolidation but will table major changes, such as new housing types and heights, in single family zones. 

What Rethink Zoning is:

These project pages provides information about why the City is undertaking this initiative, what it means to Everett residents, where you can 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.

Why we are rethinking our 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.

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. 

Where can I find the 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

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