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November 30, 2004 <br /> <br />Mr. Eric Toews, Principal <br />Cascadia Community Planning Services <br />914 Washington St. Suite 5 <br />Port Townsend, WA 98368 <br /> <br />Re: Zoning & UDC Questions – Douglas Larson properties <br /> <br /> <br />Mr. Larson’s properties (tax parcel #901024069, 901024034, 901024068, 901024088, <br />901024059, 901024070, 901024067) were recently rezoned to Urban Commercial. The <br />three parcels that do not front on Rhody Drive were not originally part of the Urban <br />Commercial zone. The Task Force added the three parcels in their recommendation to <br />the Planning Commission dated April 2, 2004. The map as recommended by the Task <br />Force is available on our website. <br /> <br />Although Mr. Larson’s properties exist within a commercial zone, existing residential <br />uses are a conforming use. Single-family residences (SFR) are an “existing only” use as <br />listed in the use table in the Unified Development Code (UDC) Appendix D. <br /> <br />In earlier drafts of the development regulations SFR were a “No” in Urban Commercial <br />zones. It was not the intent of the UGA Task Force or the Planning Commission to create <br />non-conforming uses, due to the difficulties involved in permitting for non-conforming <br />uses. <br /> <br />The questions posed in your letter have been included for ease of reference and have been <br />addressed individually below: <br /> <br />1. Are expansions or alterations to Mr. Larson’s existing residential use of his <br />properties permissible under the UDC, as amended? <br />{Expansions of ‘existing only’ single-family residential uses are allowed in Urban <br />Commercial zones. In earlier drafts of the development regulations SFR were a <br />“No” in Urban Commercial zones. It was not the intent of the UGA Task Force <br />or the Planning Commission to create non-conforming uses, due to the difficulties <br />involved in permitting for non-conforming uses.} <br />2. Under the new urban commercial zoning applied to his properties, would Mr. <br />Larson be permitted to establish new single-family uses? <br />Or, would new residential uses be restricted to multi-family/mixed-use only, as <br />suggested by Table 1-1? <br />{New single-family residences are not allowed in Urban Commercial zones. Mr. <br />Larson does have the option of adding an accessory dwelling unit. Multi-family <br />residential uses must have retail on the ground floor in the Urban Commercial <br />zone. Mr. Larson indicated during a phone conversation a few months ago that he <br />had considered building a hotel or motel on his property, hotels and motels are a <br />commercial use and are allowed.}