Posted by: phillipsre | July 8, 2014

Multi-Family Lowrise Zoning for Apartments & Townhomes — #phillipsre

Photo Credit: Seattle PI

Photo Credit: Seattle PI

Lowrise zoning encourages a wide variety of new housing including apartments, townhouses, and rowhouses. The zones are usually located in between mixed-use commercial areas and single-family neighborhoods; and they play a key role in the production of new housing that can help meet growing demand. Lowrise zoning is meant to allow buildings that are 3 or 4 stories tall.

New rules have been established after feedback from residents, regarding how developers can combine incentives that allow extra building height and not count certain features toward building size limits. More news on the zoning rules and regulations can be found in this article from Seattle PI. Some of the goals for the new zoning codes will be to promote new lowrise multifamily buildings that are a better fit within neighborhoods and to provide consistency and predictability for neighbors as well as housing builders and designers.

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