Housing Choice Project

On September 28, 2009, the City Council adopted a set of zoning amendments that will offer the City's residents a wider variety of housing options in the future.

To view the design standards and guidelines that were enacted to govern "small lot" subdivisions, multi-family developments, and residential streetscapes in the community, please click on the following links:

Ordinance No. 559 Chapter 19.53 Exhibit A - Small Lot and Multifamily Design Standards and Guidelines - Effective 10/05/2009

Ordinance No. 559 Chapter 19.54 Exhibit B - Streetscape Elements Design Standards and Guidelines - Amended 02/08/2010

To view the zoning code amendments that were adopted to support housing options, please click on the following link:
Title 19 Housing Choice Amendments Ordinance No. 559

For information on housing choice program recommendations, please click on the following link:
Housing Choice Program Recommendation Report

What is Cottage Housing?

Cottage housing is characterized by small, detached single-family homes (less than 1,500 square feet) with garages and parking typically located away from the homes. Interaction with neighbors is fostered through pedestrian-oriented design, large front porches, common open space and shared community buildings. The smaller home sizes attract those who want to own a detached home, but don't necessarily want all the space that comes with a larger home in a typical subdivision. Cottage housing offers a home ownership option that responds to Washington's changing demographics and preferences of smaller families, young professionals, singles, and empty nesters.

Visit our Applications and Forms page for checklists and applications specific to your project.

For more information contact:
Jeff Boers, Principal Planner, 253.460.5410