Regulatory improvement code amendment packages are intended to continually update and improve City building and land use regulations. The Regulatory improvement code amendment packages (RICAP) address technical matters and clarifications or refinement of existing adopted policy in typically a one-year revolving workplan. The new RICAP 6 Discussion Draft contains 45 zoning code items that are being evaluated for possible regulatory improvement, per community requests. Comments from the public on the Discussion Draft are welcome until February 21, 2014.
Summary of Contents
Many of the items in the Discussion Draft reflect simple code corrections or clarifications to ensure that regulations are implemented consistent with the original policy intent. Nine items resulted in no proposed amendment after Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff researched and analyzed the issue. The remaining eight items include either minor policy or more substantive changes to:
- Create a permit to allow one- and two-bedroom bed and breakfast facilities in residential zones.
- Revise the City's cell tower regulations to be consistent with federal law.
- Address additional temporary activities relating to construction staging, building relocations, and commercial filming.
- Extend resource enhancement standards for certain drainage district restoration projects to other areas of the Columbia Slough.
- Allow unexpired revocable permits to continue as nonconforming situations.
- Allow Regional Arts and Culture Council-approved public art in lieu of commercial ground floor windows without a separate adjustment request.
- Apply historic resource review for designated historic resources in the public right-of-way.
The comment period for the Discussion Draft ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
Staff will hold an open house on Feb. 11, 2014, from 5 p.m to 7:30 p.m. to answer questions about the RICAP 6 Discussion Draft. The open house will be in the Development Services Building, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500B (2nd floor). Staff will also be reviewing the Discussion Draft with the neighborhood coalitions; check the project calendar for more information.
Staff will incorporate comments received on the Discussion Draft into a Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) at a public hearing in the spring. At the hearing, the PSC will consider public testimony and then forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review before final adoption.