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AI- 3985   9.    
City Council Agenda
Meeting Date: 10/15/2013  
Subject:    Misc. land use code amendments, First ordinance reading
Presenter: Tom Utterback
Department: Development Services  

Information
Recommended Action
First reading of an ordinance adopting amendments to Puyallup Municipal Code Titles 18 (Comprehensive Plan), 20 (Zoning) and 21 (Environment) pertaining to various land use standards.
Background
As outlined more fully in the attached staff memo, this ordinance pertains to a number of miscellaneous land use code amendments. Consistent with prior batches of miscellaneous code revisions, these amendments were generated either in response to input from the City Council or Planning Commission, State law updates or other minor changes identified by staff in handling day-to-day permit work. Specific amendments under the proposed ordinance address:

-   bed & breakfast standards 
-   accessory dwelling units
-   sideyard setbacks in certain residential zones
-   demolition and re-construction of single family residences in multi-family and commercial zones (NOTE: the Planning Commission did forward to Council, as an optional item for consideration, whether this allowance should also be extended to manufacturing zones) 
-   several other fairly minor clarifications of code language relating to Comprehensive Plan amendment procedures, signage design review, rezone procedures and the historic preservation register.

As noted in the staff memo, the Planning Commission reviewed these draft amendments in five different study sessions through early-mid 2013, culminating in a public hearing on September 25, 2013. From that hearing, these amendments are being forwarded to the City Council with a unanimous (4-0) Planning Commission recommendation for approval.
Previous Actions (Discussions/Presentations)
This ordinance has not been previously reviewed by the Council. Two of the draft amendments, however, were specifically requested by prior City Council action earlier in 2013: 1) consideration of expanding the allowance for bed & breakfast establishments in residential zones and 2) consideration of allowing single-family residences to be demolished and re-built in multi-family zones. The Planning Commission held multiple study sessions as well as a public hearing on these amendments before forwarding its recommendation.
Summary of Proposal
Miscellaneous land use code amendments to portions of PMC Titles 18 (Comprehensive Plan), 20 (Zoning) and 21 (Environment).
Alternatives/Options
Council has the discretion to accept, reject or modify the Planning Commission's recommendation on any of these discrete code amendments. As outlined in the attached staff memo, the Planning Commission added a further option to one of the amendments (PMC Sec. 20.65.030) dealing with demolitions/re-builds of single-family residences in multi-family/commercial zones, asking Council to consider whether that allowance should be extended to manufacturing zones (the optional text is contained in the attached draft ordinance).  Staff will address this further in the presentation to Council on October 15th.

Fiscal Impact
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These proposed code amendments deal with various permit processes and development standards. None are expected to have a measurable fiscal impact on City finances.
Attachments
Staff memo
Planning Commission minutes
Ordinance
Powerpoint Presentation

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