City of Vancouver invites public input on housing options at Jan. 18 online open house


Most of the changes being considered are currently allowed elsewhere in Clark County or the state, or are required by state law

VANCOUVER — The city of Vancouver is seeking public input on proposed updates to its zoning codes that will allow development of different, smaller and more affordable housing options beyond those currently permitted. 

The city of Vancouver is seeking public input on proposed updates to its zoning codes that will allow development of different, smaller and more affordable housing options beyond those currently permitted.
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The city invites interested residents and property owners to learn more, ask questions and provide input about the proposed changes at an informal online open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tue., Jan. 18. To access the Jan. 18 online open house, use the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89729614342?pwd=QXJUMkY2eFJiK2Z2eXpwYjA3T0R1UT09

Those who are unable to attend the open house can learn more about the proposed changes and provide input online at www.beheardvancouver.org/housingcodeupdates.

Most of the changes being considered are currently allowed elsewhere in Clark County or the state, or are required by state law:

  • Creating standards for a higher density single family zoning district and higher density multi-family zoning district. These would require a rezone application and public hearings to be sited 
  • Allowing cottage clusters, where clusters of multiple small single-family homes surround open community spaces
  • Allowing micro housing, where residents of higher density multi-family apartment complexes have shared kitchens and bathrooms
  • Allowing existing garages with non-conforming setbacks to be converted to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) if they meet city ADU and building standards 
  • Offering aging in place building fee incentives for new home construction allowing development of higher density affordable housing on property owned or controlled by religious organizations in compliance with state law
  • Improving the development standards for buffers and setbacks where new apartment buildings are being built next to existing single-family homes
  • Reducing minimum parking standards for housing located near popular/high use public transit stops to comply with state law 

These changes will help the city better meet changing demographic needs and consumer preferences, and expand the overall availability for various types of housing, including more affordable options. 

City staff will present the proposed zoning code changes to the Planning Commission in an informal workshop on Jan. 25. Public hearings are anticipated in February and March.

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/cdd/page/housing-code-updates to learn more about the housing code updates project and upcoming public meetings.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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