ABOUT RETHINK ZONING
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
On July 13th, city staff published draft amendments to the comprehensive plan and Everett Municipal Code. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on August 18th and forwarded their recommendations to the City Council on September 8th. The City Council held a public hearing on October 14th and are scheduled to consider action on November 4th.
- Memo to City Council, re: amendments (10-27-20)
- Memo to City Council (10-22-20)
- Memo to City Council (10-15-20)
- Summary and Highlights of Proposal
- Summary of Code Chapters
- Rethink Zoning Development Code, Table of Contents (with hyperlinks to code chapters)
- Rethink Zoning - Comprehensive Plan Amendments, Chapter One and Chapter Two
- Rethink Zoning Library (find chapter summaries and background documents here)
- Draft Ordinance, Comprehensive Plan Amendments
- Draft Ordinance, Everett Municipal Code Amendments
- Response to Public Comment (10-15-20)
Following the public hearing and comment, along with additional review by Everett staff, amendments to the July 13th draft were forwarded to the City's Planning Commission. Here are documents forwarded to the Planning Commission:
- Memorandum on Process, Procedures and SEPA (8-28-20)
- Summary of Amendments recommended (9-8-20)
- Revised Rethink Plan and Code Amendments Recommended (8-28-20)
- UPDATED Chapter 19.05, Uses and 15.03, Land Use Decisions (9-8-20)
New zones at a glance
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).
- Suburban Residential (R-S)
- Single-Family Detached Low-Density Residential (R-1)
- Single-Family Detached Medium-Density Residential (R-2)
- Single-Family Attached Medium-Density Residential (R-2(A))
Multifamily Residential 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
- Park and Open Space (P-OS) - applies to city public parks, primarily in single-family neighborhoods and to publicly-owned open space.