Everett's New Downtown Plan

Digging into the city of Everett's recent overhaul of its zoning and development regulations in Downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.
December 3, 2018, 12pm PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Stephen Fesler provides in-depth analysis of the new downtown plan adopted by the city of Everett, Washington, in September 2018.

According to Fesler, the adopted plan is pretty similar to the draft plan circulating during the summer, when the plan was reaching the finish line on the "Metro Everett" plan process that launched in 2016. Fesler breaks down the final product into separate categories of analysis, like zoning changes, development regulation changes, and new State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) exemptions.

On the topic of zoning changes, Fesler reports that the plan "[consolidated] existing zones into three categories: Urban Mixed (UM), Urban Light Industrial (ULI), and Urban Residential (UR)" while layering minimum and maximum building heights, orientation and design in relation to street classification, drive-through restrictions, and off-street parking requirements by parking zone.

There is much, much more detail, including many pages from the actual code, included in the article.

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Published on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in The Urbanist
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