What Rethink Zoning is:

Rethink Zoning is a multi-year effort to ensure that our development regulations support our efforts to recruit new businesses and secure a wide range of housing at all price points.

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.

How we got here:

Our need for commercial areas is changing. Large retail stores are closing while more people shop online. Light rail in Everett will open up new opportunities, either attracting workers to Everett who live elsewhere or attracting people to live in Everett and work in the Seattle metro area.

Former Kmart

We have a housing affordability problem. Incomes are not keeping pace with housing costs, which have increased up to 173% since 1990, while household income has increased just 92%. Zoning needs to provide housing opportunities for people at economic levels.

Please visit our Rethink Zoning: Housing page for more information about how the City is rethinking zoning approaches to address the city's housing needs.