Code Development Projects

Purpose of Code Projects


To simplify development codes and streamline permitting processes in accordance with existing policies. Business processes will ensure that code accomplishes its intended purpose, can be effectively administered, and are consistent with the Snohomish County Comprehensive Plan. Code development projects also include code interpretations pursuant to Snohomish County Code (SCC) Chapter 30.83 and the development of rules pursuant to the rule making procedures of Chapter 30.82 SCC.

Active Code Development Projects


There are several code projects underway that address a variety of issues from recreational uses in forest lands to building codes. We seek your input on our code projects and invite you to contact the staff identified below if you have specific questions on a particular project.

Public Meetings for Planning Commission and County Council


Public feedback is critical to the success of code development project. Follow the links below to learn about future and past public meetings held by the Planning Commission and County Council:

Active Code Projects

Project Title   Staff Contact

Active Recreation Facilities

Proposed code amendments to clarify those active recreation facilities that can be installed over or in low impact development (LID) features.

Project status: The project has commenced, please check back for updates.
  Stephen Fesler

Appeals of Type 1 Permits Following Type 2 Permits

Proposed code amendments to modify appeal of issues associated with a Type 2 permit through a Type 1 permit process. 

Project status: The project has commenced, please check back for updates.
  Eileen Canola

Breweries, Distilleries, Wineries Regulations

This project would consider regulations and standards regarding breweries, distilleries and wineries.

Project status: Council has sent the proposal back to Planning Commission for further consideration along with all proposed amendments and correspondence. 

Planning Commission: Briefing 6/23/15, Hearing 7/28/15

Council Review: Briefing: 1/19/16, 12/1/15, Hearing continued to 9/20/16 from 9/7/16, 8/10/16, 5/18/16, and 3/9/16

Ordinance 15-066 (see Council Hearing Page for proposed Amendment Sheets), establishing the use of Rural Craft Breweries/Distilleries/Wineries on land zoned RB, RI, R-5 and A-10; amending Sections 30.22.110 and 30.26.030 of the Snohomish County Code, and adding new Sections 30.28.077, 30.91R.275 and 30.91T.007 to the Snohomish County Code.

  Richard Craig

Commercial and Industrial Standards Part I

This project would update regulations pertaining to commercial and industrial development to promote more compact development. 

Project status: Council Hearing continued to March 8, 2017.

Planning Commission: Briefing 5/26/15, Hearing 10/27/15

Council Review: Briefing 3/15/16, Hearing continued to 3/8/17 from 11/30/16, 10/12/16, 9/20/16, 8/31/16 and 5/18/16

Ordinance 16-013, relating to growth management; revising regulations for commercial and industrial development; amending Chapters 30.22, 30.26, 30.28, 30.31A, and 30.91B-30.91W of the Snohomish County Code.

 

David Killingstad

Cottage Housing

The intent of this project is to amend the cottage housing regulations in Chapter 30.41G of the Snohomish County Code to encourage the development of cottage housing as a desirable housing choice for the market.

Project status: Council briefed on September 20, 2016; Council Hearing scheduled for December 7, 2016. To learn more about the project, visit the project web page.

Planning Commission: Briefing 1/26/16, Hearing 2/23/16

Council Review: Briefing 9/20/16, Hearing 12/7/16

  David Killingstad

Impact Fee Deferral Options

The state legislature has directed local jurisdictions with impact fee programs to provide options for developers to defer the payment of impact fees beyond paying at the time of receipt of a building permit. Potential amendments to Snohomish County Code Chapters 30.66A, 30.66B, and 30.66C.

Project status: Ordinance adopted on August 24, 2016; signed by County Executive and effective on September 12, 2016. 

Council Review: Briefing 8/2/16 and 3/15/16, Hearing 8/24/16

  Troy Holbrook

Impact Mitigation Fees - Parks

Proposed code amendment to Chapter 30.66A SCC to modify park impact fees in order to support new GMA-based level-of-service standards for parks that emphasize provision of individual park amenities.

Project status: On November 14, 2016, the Snohomish County Council adopted Amended Ordinance No. 16-099 (see Amendment Sheet 1 for adopted amendments to the ordinance) to amend park impact fees for new development vested on or after January 1, 2017. 

Planning Commission: Briefing 8/23/16, Hearing 9/27/16

Council Review: Briefing 10/11/16, Hearing 11/14/16 and 10/26/16
  Sharon Swan

Impact Mitigation Fees - Schools

Proposed code amendment to SCC 30.66C.100 to amend school impact fees for new development.

Project status: On November 14, 2016, the Snohomish County Council adopted Ordinance No. 16-095 to amend school impact fees for new development vested on or after January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018. On November 14, 2016, the County Council further amended the ordinance by adopting Emergency Ordinance No. 16-117 to cap the maximum allowed school impact fees for new development vested on or after January 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018.

Planning Commission: Briefing 8/23/16, Hearing 9/27/16

Council Review: Briefing 10/11/16, Hearing 11/14/16 and 10/26/16 
  Eileen Canola

Marijuana Retail - Separation

Proposed code amendments relating to the separation of retail marijuana businesses. On June 22, 2016, the County Council adopted Emergency Ordinance No. 16-051 prohibiting new marijuana retail businesses in order to allow time for development of permanent regulations.

Project status: Planning Commission Hearing held on September 27, 2016; Council updated on October 19, 2016.

Planning Commission: Briefing 8/26/16, Hearing 9/27/16

  Troy Holbrook and David Killingstad

Modification to Tree Canopy Report Requirements

Proposed code amendment to remove from the list of requirements for the annual Tree Canopy Report, those landscaping requirements that are not required by a permit (removal of hazardous trees and pruning).

Project status: The project has commenced, please check back for updates.
  David Killingstad

Pedestrian Facilities

Proposed code amendments to provide additional clarity regarding internal pedestrian facility and expand applicability of adequate routes to schools/school bus stops to all residential development.

Project status: The project has commenced; to learn more about the project, visit the project web page.
  David Killingstad

Subdivision Alterations

Potential code amendment to provide consistency in code, and with state law, on process for approval of subdivision alterations. Amendment would remove requirement to send a recommendation to the Hearing Examiner.

Project status: The project has commenced, please check back for updates.
  David Killingstad

Townhouse Development

Proposed code amendments to remove confusion regarding dwelling types allowed in a townhome development.

Project status: The project has commenced, please check back for updates.
  Stephen Fesler

Update Cell Tower Regulations

Proposed code amendments to reflect recent changes in federal law, clarify collocation, and address related issues.

Project status: The project has commenced, please check back for updates.
  Stephen Fesler

Updates to the County's Construction Codes

This project will update the County's Construction Codes as contained in subtitle 30.5 of the Snohomish County Code (SCC) for consistency with the adopted 2015 Washington State Building Codes (effective July 1, 2016).

The State Building Code Council (SBCC) advises the Washington State Legislature on building code issues and develops the building codes used in Washington State. The State Building Codes are updated on a three-year cycle in conjunction with International Code Council (ICC). 

Project status: The project has commenced, please check back for updates.

  Eileen Canola