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City Council Special Hearing: Residential Development Standards

June 6, 2017 - Next week, on Monday, June 12, at 6:00pm Council will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Residential Development Standards at City Hall.  The proposed amendments have been recommended by the Planning Commission, after a 7-month process of community input, analysis and discussion. 

The proposed changes would affect the rules for building and remodeling single-family homes throughout Mercer Island. The City Council began its review of the proposed amendments at its June 5 City Council meeting, with a presentation of the Planning Commissionís recommendations.  After receiving additional community input at the public hearing on June 12, the Council will begin its deliberations. 

Council is scheduled to take action on a code amendment by the end of July, and is considering several major changes, including:
  • New limits on house size and bulk
    • 40% gross floor area (reduced from 45%)
    • Height limited to 30feet on downhill side (reduced from 35ft)
    • Wider side setbacks between homes
  • New limits on the size of accessory structures
  • New landscaping requirement and limit on hardscapes
  • Increased retention of large, healthy trees and more tree protection
  • Reduced parking requirement (from 3 to 2 stalls)
  • Reduced construction hours and new limits on permit renewals
  • Eliminated most deviations and tougher criteria for variances

For more information on the proposed changes, and the City Council meeting schedule, see: www.mercergov.org/residential



 

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