Q: What are setbacks?
A: Setbacks are areas of the property in which no building can be built. Generally, there are front, side and rear yard setbacks to allow for fire and traffic safety, light and air circulation, privacy and recreation. Setbacks vary by zoning district (zoning map) and use of property.
Q: Is there a process to reduce my setbacks? (click here for more info)
A: Yes, the City calls it an Administrative Exception. An administrative exception may be considered only for adjustments necessary to correct errors resulting from the inadvertent and unintentional placement of structures or incorrect identification of lot boundaries.
Q: Why do you need such a detailed site plan?
A: Whether you’re building a new residence, detached shop or a deck the City uses the site plan as a historical document for future reviews and public records requests. The requested items on a site plan provide staff with the information to determine setbacks from property lines and any existing structures, property dimensions, number of structures, and square footage of those structures.
Q: How big of a shop can I build on my property? (Title 19.40.090)
A: First, the accessory structure (shop) shall be on the same parcel as a residence. The combined footprint of all accessory structures in residential zoning districts shall not exceed ten (10) percent of the total parcel size.
Q: What is a legal lot? (Title 20.20.030)
A: A legal lot is created in compliance with applicable state and local land segregation statutes or codes in effect at the time the lot was created or binding site plan was approved.
Q: What is a binding site plan (BSP)? (click here for more info)
A: A BSP is a division of commercial or industrial land, legally obligating a property/owner to conditions, standards or requirements for development.
Q: What is a short subdivision? (click here for more info)
A: A short subdivision is a legal document, dividing land and resulting in the creation of two to nine lots.
Q: What is a subdivision? (click here for more info)
A: A subdivision is a legal document, dividing land and resulting in the creation 10 or more lots.