Completed Code Amendments

School Height Code Amendments Approved

On November 1, 2023, the Everett City Council approved a recommendation on proposed code amendments to allow new and redeveloped kindergarten through 12th grade schools to exceed the underlying maximum building height limit on a case-by-case basis. The determination would be subject to public notice, a public hearing, and consistent with specific criteria for the decision-making body (planning director or hearing examiner, depending on zone). 

The amendment  allows new and remodeled schools to exceed the underlying height limit on the city’s Building & Structure Height map, subject to approval of the project using an administrative use permit or conditional use permit. The proposal also removes a requirement for buildings over twenty-five feet in height to have an additional setback of one foot for each foot over twenty-five feet in height. Housekeeping amendments are included to separate the definitions for kindergarten through 12th grade schools and higher education to align with how the uses are listed in the use matrix and adds a reference to the specific use standards in Everett Municipal Code (EMC) 19.13 to the use matrix so those are not missed by the reader.

Amending Sections:

  • EMC19.04.080 Use definitions, public, institutional, quasi-public, for schools. 
  • EMC19.05.110 Table 5-4, public, institutional, quasi-public use table, add reference note to special regulations EMC19.13.180 for schools. 
  • EMC19.13.180 Schools, delete additional setback requirement for schools located adjacent to residential zones and add a provision to allow additional height of the height map when considered under an administrative use or conditional use permit. 

Background Documents


On Wednesday, July 19, 2023, the city council approved an ordinance (Ord.3963-23) that will expand the availability of accessory dwelling units in the city. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are relatively small homes that are secondary to and either attached to or detached from a principal building on a lot. ADUs provide important housing options, which are more likely to be affordable, in city neighborhoods at a small scale. ADUs provide an income stream for homeowners, housing choices for a variety of household types and living arrangements, and work for small-scale developers and builders. Reducing obstacles and simplifying regulations for development of accessory units is an action in the Rething Housing Actin Plan, and will help meet city goals, and state requirements, related to housing affordability, variety, ownership, and capacity. 

City Council Meetings 

July 19, 2023 - AgendaCity Council Packet

July 12, 2023 (full council) - AgendaProposed ordinanceStaff memorandum / Presentation slides 

June 14, 2023 (built environment committee) - AgendaPresentation slidesdocumentcenter/view/35779/accessory-dwelling-units-code-amendments_presentation Video  YouTube Video 

December 12, 2022 (planning committee) - Presentation slides

Planning Commission Meetings 

March 1, 2022 - Memo – Accessory Dwelling UnitsPresentation – Accessory Dwelling Units, PC Meeting Minutes, 3-1-22, APPROVED

October 18, 2022 - AgendaMemo - Accessory Dwelling Units, Handout - Code Amendment Matrix, Presentation - Accessory Dwelling Units, PC Meeting Minutes, 10-18-22, Approved

November 15, 2022 - Agenda, Memo - Accessory Dwelling Units, Presentation, Comment Letter - Accessory Dwelling Units, PC Meeting Minutes, 11-15-22, Approved

December 6, 2022 - Agenda, Memo - Accessory Dwelling Units, Presentation - Accessory Dwelling Units, PC Resolution 22-04, Accessory Dwelling Units