2019 Community Development Code Updates

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 amendmentLevel of Policy Change
118.500Remove outdated binding site plan referenceshousekeeping
218.500.040.A, 18.610.020.B, 18.550.020.B, 18.620.030.A.1Match contour line requirements across different land use submittalshousekeeping
32.64.080Update civil service qualification requirements to reflect changes in the lawhousekeeping
418.230.050.BUpdate pedestrian street definition to match engineering standardshousekeeping
510.12.021Clarify prohibited parking languagehousekeeping
618.310.160.AClarify that Post Decision Review process applies to Planned Unit Developments (PUD)housekeeping
79.04.030.EUpdate fireworks code to reflect changes in the lawhousekeeping
818.205.020Clarify that kennels are a limited conditional use in the use tablehousekeeping
918.010.090Address lack of maintenance of private improvements (e.g. storm pond, open space amenities)Minor
1018.100Create development standards for food trucksMinor
1118.100Create development standards for structures that fall between sheds and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in single-family residential districtsMinor
1218.230.055 Establish threshold that triggers design standards for exterior building renovation for non-residential uses.Minor
1318.620.145Remove HOA exemptionsMinor
1418.600Create standards requiring that the 25% open space provision, infrastructure improvements, and private amenities be provided equitable across phases in a subdivisionMajor
1518.401 Allow additional PUD lot coverage if green building standards are incorporated in the developmentMajor
16To be determinedCreate economic development tools and/or code standards to incentivize increased jobs/acreMajor


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

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