The Community Development Department is processing a set of code amendments in order to bring the code up-to-date and to address some of the development standards to further promote a livable community in Ridgefield. We welcome any comments you may have on any of the proposed code sections highlighted below. This online public comment period will remain open until City Council’s hearing tentatively set for October 2019, to consider adoption of the proposed code amendment.
Please note this table is a draft, and additional items may be added.
|Code section(s)||Reason(s) for amendment||Level of Policy Change|
|1||18.500||Remove outdated binding site plan references||housekeeping|
|2||18.500.040.A, 18.610.020.B, 18.550.020.B, 18.620.030.A.1||Match contour line requirements across different land use submittals||housekeeping|
|3||2.64.080||Update civil service qualification requirements to reflect changes in the law||housekeeping|
|4||18.230.050.B||Update pedestrian street definition to match engineering standards||housekeeping|
|5||10.12.021||Clarify prohibited parking language||housekeeping|
|6||18.310.160.A||Clarify that Post Decision Review process applies to Planned Unit Developments (PUD)||housekeeping|
|7||9.04.030.E||Update fireworks code to reflect changes in the law||housekeeping|
|8||18.205.020||Clarify that kennels are a limited conditional use in the use table||housekeeping|
|9||18.010.090||Address lack of maintenance of private improvements (e.g. storm pond, open space amenities)||Minor|
|10||18.100||Create development standards for food trucks||Minor|
|11||18.100||Create development standards for structures that fall between sheds and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in single-family residential districts||Minor|
|12||18.230.055||Establish threshold that triggers design standards for exterior building renovation for non-residential uses.||Minor|
|13||18.620.145||Remove HOA exemptions||Minor|
|14||18.600||Create standards requiring that the 25% open space provision, infrastructure improvements, and private amenities be provided equitable across phases in a subdivision||Major|
|15||18.401||Allow additional PUD lot coverage if green building standards are incorporated in the development||Major|
|16||To be determined||Create economic development tools and/or code standards to incentivize increased jobs/acre||Major|
Click here to read more information on the current code in Title 18 in the Ridgefield Municipal Code.
2019 RMC Code Update Tentative Timelines
These dates are tentative and may be subject to change.
August 7, 2019 – Planning Commission Briefing
August 9, 2019 – Public Comments on Website
August 29, 2019 – Public Outreach Meeting
September 4, 2019 – Planning Commission work study
September 12, 2019 – City Council Presentation
October 2, 2019 – Planning Commission Public Hearing
October 4, 2019 – Issue Final SEPA Determination
October 10, 2019 – City Council Public Hearing 1st Reading
October 24, 2019 – City Council Public Meeting 2nd Reading/Adoption