The Mountlake Terrace City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the driveway standards ordinance during Monday’s meeting.
The amendment removes the 250 feet maximum driveway length provision and instead require conformance to all fire code access and turn-around requirements.
Under the amendment, conformance would be determined during the site plan review process on a case-by-case basis, allowing consideration of multiple means to achieve the same result, according to City staff.
During the update to the subdivision code, Master Builders of King & Snohomish Counties expressed concern over how the proposed subdivision code would affect fee simple unit lot subdivisions. Master Builders representatives submitted a “beta test” fee simple subdivision for review under the proposed subdivision code.
It was discovered that the proposed subdivision code would not adversely affect the ability to develop the fee simple unit lot subdivision; rather it was the driveway length standards of the zoning code (limiting driveways on townhouse and cottage house development to no longer than 250 feet) that would prove problematic for the proposed development.