Redmond Zoning Code Rewrite Phase 1

Redmond Zoning Code Rewrite

Amendment Purpose

The first phase of the Redmond Zoning Code ReWrite focuses on foundational improvement and some timely amendments.  The majority of the amendments during this phase will involve improvements to the Code's format, organization, and functional aspects.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Strategic Revisions will amend key portions of the code to improve efficiency, clarity, and economic support.

The 2020-2021 RZC ReWrite

During 2020 - 2021, the City will consider seven areas of foundational improvements:

  • Improvements to Code Format and Organization 
  • Completeness and Clarification of Definitions and Acronyms 
  • Comprehensive Residential Use Typology 
  • Clarity of Accessory Dwelling Unit Requirements  
  • Streamlined, Flexible Non-Residential Allowed Uses 
    • Including amendments to the Faith-Based and Funerary use class to reflect community diversity and inclusion
  • Strategic Revisions in response to the City's Long-Term Recovery Plan (COVID-19) including: 
    • Administrative Design Flexibility Procedures
    • Short-Term Temporary Use Permits
    • Floor Area Ratio Use Restrictions and Calculations
    • Clarification of Parking Requirements for Existing, Older Structures in Downtown
  • Code Maintenance Standards and Long-Term Plan
Redmond Zoning Code ReWrite Seven Project Components

Project Actions and Milestones

Project Actions and Milestones
Date Milestone Action
April 2021 Communication and Involvement Seeking feedback from project stakeholders and comments from community
March 2021 Amendment Development Drafting amendment language
February 24, 2021 Planning Commission Project briefing regarding scope and anticipated schedule
January 2021 Stakeholder Involvement Stakeholder review and feedback on project's draft recommendations for individual components
2020 Project Planning and Development Identification of Phase 1 scope of work and preliminary research and development for project's individual components

Setting a Foundation for the Future

A periodic update to Redmond's Comprehensive Plan is also underway to reflect the vision for 2050.  Future updates to the Zoning Code will be necessary to ensure consistency with the Comprehensive Plan's policies.  Additional updates will also be necessary as new policies are reflected in the City's functional plans such as the Transportation Master Plan; Parks, Arts, Recreation, Culture, and Conservation Plan; Environmental Sustainability Action Plan; and other such plans.  

The 2020 - 2021 amendments will provide a clear, concise, and improved zoning code upon which the subsequent amendments will be provided.

Become a Party of Record

Submit your contact information including your name, business name, address, phone, and email to Sarah Pyle.  You will receive updates regarding the Redmond Zoning Code Rewrite as it proceeds. (RZC 21.78 Definitions - Party of Record)