Terrace studies building heights

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE —The city allows five-story buildings and it allows seven-story buildings, but it doesn’t allow six-story buildings.

It aims to begin straightening that out tonight.

The city is asking for public input on its proposed new rules for six-story buildings. The meeting of the city’s Planning Commission is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W.

The city simply needs to add rules for six-story buildings to its code, planner Shane Hope said. In designating areas for five-story buildings and seven-story buildings in the downtown area, it also approved rules for height limits in feet, setbacks from the street and lot-coverage limits, she said.

While the seven-story area theoretically would allow six-story buildings, no rules were written specifically for that height of structure, she said.

Now, the city is proposing a six-story limit for the block between 56th Avenue W. and 57th, and 231st Street SW and 232nd, occupied by Rogers Mountlake Terrace Market.

The rules for six-story buildings there also will apply to six-story buildings anywhere else in the city, she said. This currently includes only the block across 232nd, occupied by the mall where Double DD Meats is located, where the seven-story buildings are allowed, Hope said.

Other areas of downtown allow for three- and four-story development.

The City Council is scheduled to consider adopting the new rules Dec. 15.

For more information, call the city’s Community and Economic Development Department at 425-744-6266.

Reporter Bill Sheets: 425-339-3439 or sheets@heraldnet.com.

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