Urban Medium Residential Zone

Quick Reference Guide

Here is a quick reference guide to your zone. This information is a summary of your zone’s purpose, allowed uses, density, dimensions, and setbacks. The tables below do not include prohibited uses. 

This information summarizes Kitsap County Code and is subject to change. For full information about your zone, please see the Official Kitsap County Code.

In all permit-related decisions, the Official Kitsap County Code governs.

​   Purpose

This zone is intended to provide for higher densities where a full range of community services and facilities are present or will be present at the time of development. This zone is also intended to create energy-efficient residential areas by allowing common wall construction, as well as to facilitate residential development which utilizes cost-efficient design.

(Ord. 534 (2016) § 7(5) (App. E) (part), 2016)

   Special Provisions

For multifamily development, see Chapter 17.470, Multifamily Development – Design Criteria.

(Ord. 534 (2016) § 7(5) (App. E) (part), 2016)

Classification of zones

​Comprehensive Plan Land Use Designation

​​Zone Classification

​Map Symbol

​​Minimum Density

​Maximum Density

Urban Medium-Density Residential

Urban Medium Residential

​UM

​10 dwelling units/acre

​18 dwelling units/acre



Allowed Uses and Density and Dimensions Table

Please note that the tables below only include what is allowed in the corresponding zone and does not include prohibited uses.

Use Table - Permitted Use (P) = This table shows allowed uses that are permitted within the zone with the appropriate permit from the Department of Community Development (DCD). Click here to explore DCD project/permit types.

Use Table - Administrative Conditional Use Permit (ACUP) = This table shows the allowed uses that are permitted within this zone, but will require an Administrative Conditional Use Permit (ACUP).

Use Table - Hearing Examiner Conditional Use Permit (C) =  This table shows the allowed uses that are permitted within this zone, but you will be required to apply for an Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to establish conditions to protect public health, safety and welfare and subject to approval by the hearing examiner.

   Use Table Footnotes​ 

30.    The Design Standards for the Community of Kingston set forth policies and regulations for properties within the downtown area of Kingston. All development within this area must be consistent with these standards. A copy of the Design Standards for the Community of Kingston may be referred to on the Kitsap County web page or at the department of community development front counter.

47.    As a conditional use, UM and UH zones adjacent to a commercial zone may allow coordinated projects that include commercial uses within their boundaries. Such projects must meet the following conditions:

a.    The project must include a combination of UM and/or UH and commercially zoned land;

b.    The overall project must meet the density required for the net acreage of the UM or UH zoned land included in the project;

c.    All setbacks from other residentially zoned land must be the maximum required by the zones included in the project;

d.    Loading areas, dumpsters and other facilities must be located away from adjacent residential zones; and

e.    The residential and commercial components of the project must be coordinated to maximize pedestrian connectivity and access to public transit.

48.    Within urban growth areas, all new residential subdivisions, single-family or multifamily developments are required to provide an urban level of sanitary sewer service for all proposed dwelling units unless exemptions identified in Section 17.460.020 allow for the implementation of a dry sewer.

101.    Transitory accommodations allowed only pursuant to Chapter 17.505.

   Use Table Permitted (P)

RESIDENTIAL USES

Footnotes

​Accessory dwelling units

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses

​Accessory living quarters

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses

​Accessory use or structure

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(18) One piece of heavy equipment may be stored in any single-family zone; provided, that it is either enclosed within a permitted structure, or screened to the satisfaction of the director.

(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section17.105.090(I).

​Adult family home

​41.    Adult family homes serving one to six residents (excluding proprietors) are permitted uses. Adult family homes serving more than six applicable residents (excluding proprietors) require an administrative conditional use permit (ACUP)

​Dwelling, duplex

​Dwelling, existing

​Dwelling, multifamily

​Dwelling, single-family attached

​Dwelling, single-family detached (includes manufactured homes)

(​26)    Single-family detached dwellings shall only be allowed when the existing parcel size as of August 31, 2016, would only allow the development of one dwelling unit.
(43)    Where a family member is in need of special, frequent and routine care and assistance by reason of advanced age or ill health, a manufactured home or mobile home may be placed upon the same lot as a single-family dwelling for occupancy by the individual requiring or providing such special care subject to the following limitations:
a.    Not more than two individuals shall be the recipients of special care;
b.    No rent, fee, payment or charge in lieu thereof may be made for use of the single-family dwelling or manufactured/mobile home as between the recipients or providers of special care;
c.    The manufactured/mobile home must meet the setback requirements of the zone in which it is situated;
d.    A permit must be obtained from the director authorizing such special care manufactured/mobile home. Such permit shall remain in effect for one year and may, upon application, be extended for one-year periods, provided there has been compliance with the requirements of this section;
e.    The manufactured/mobile home must be removed when the need for special care ceases; and
f.    Placement of the manufactured/mobile home is subject to applicable health district standards for water service and sewage disposal.

​Guest house

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses

​Residential care facility

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS USES

Footnotes

​Accessory use or structure

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I).

​Kennels, hobby

​Temporary offices and model homes

​27.    Subject to the temporary permit provisions of Chapter 17.105.

RECREATIONAL/CULTURAL USES

Footnotes

Accessory use or structure

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I).

​Parks and open space

​Recreational facilities, public

INSTITUTIONAL USES

Footnotes

​Accessory use or structure

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I).

INDUSTRIAL USES

Footnotes

​Accessory use or structure

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I).

RESOURCE LAND USES

Footnotes

​Accessory use or structure

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I).

​Forestry


   Use Table - Administrative Conditional Use Permit (ACUP)

RESIDENTIAL USES

Footnotes

​Adult family home

​41.    Adult family homes serving one to six residents (excluding proprietors) are permitted uses. Adult family homes serving more than six applicable residents (excluding proprietors) require an administrative conditional use permit (ACUP).

​Bed and breakfast house or vacation rental

34.    Bed and breakfast houses or vacation rentals with one to four rooms require an administrative conditional use permit; bed and breakfast houses with five or more rooms require a hearing examiner conditional use permit. Bed and breakfast houses serving meals to patrons other than overnight guests require a hearing examiner conditional use permit.

​Caretaker’s dwelling

​Cottage housing developments

​Home business

(1)Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses

(53) Commercial or industrial uses otherwise prohibited in the zone may be allowed as a component of a home business subject to the requirements of Section 17.410.060(B)

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS USES

Footnotes

​Nonmotorized recreation rentals

​95.    Allowed on all port district owned property.

​Day-care center

14.    In those zones that prohibit residential uses, family day-care centers are only allowed in existing residential structures. Day-care centers shall have a minimum site size of ten thousand square feet and shall provide and thereafter maintain outdoor play areas with a minimum area of seventy-five square feet per child of total capacity. A sight-obscuring fence of at least four feet in height shall be provided, separating the play area from abutting lots. Adequate off-street parking and loading space shall be provided.
37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

​Day-care center, family

​14.    In those zones that prohibit residential uses, family day-care centers are only allowed in existing residential structures. Day-care centers shall have a minimum site size of ten thousand square feet and shall provide and thereafter maintain outdoor play areas with a minimum area of seventy-five square feet per child of total capacity. A sight-obscuring fence of at least four feet in height shall be provided, separating the play area from abutting lots. Adequate off-street parking and loading space shall be provided.

37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

RECREATIONAL/CULTURAL USES

Footnotes

​Club, civic or social

12.    All buildings and activities shall be set back a minimum of fifty feet in FRL, MRO, RW, RP, RR, RCO, RI or parks zones and thirty-five feet in all other zones from a side or rear lot line. All such uses shall access directly to a county right-of-way determined to be adequate by the county engineer, and be able to provide access without causing traffic congestion on local residential streets. Any such use shall not be materially detrimental to any adjacent (existing or future) residential development due to excessive traffic generation, noise, light or other circumstances. The director may increase setback, buffer and landscaping standards or impose other conditions to address potential impacts.

INSTITUTIONAL USES

Footnotes

​Government/public structures


   Use Table - Hearing Examiner Conditional Use Permit (C)

RESIDENTIAL USES

Footnotes

​Bed and breakfast house or vacation rental

34.    Bed and breakfast houses or vacation rentals with one to four rooms require an administrative conditional use permit; bed and breakfast houses with five or more rooms require a hearing examiner conditional use permit. Bed and breakfast houses serving meals to patrons other than overnight guests require a hearing examiner conditional use permit.

​Convalescent home or congregate care facility

​97.    Cottage housing is an allowed use in conjunction with congregate care facilities and shall be reviewed under the congregate care facility permit review process.

​Mobile homes

​24.    Mobile homes are prohibited, except in approved mobile home parks.

43.    Where a family member is in need of special, frequent and routine care and assistance by reason of advanced age or ill health, a manufactured home or mobile home may be placed upon the same lot as a single-family dwelling for occupancy by the individual requiring or providing such special care subject to the following limitations:
a.    Not more than two individuals shall be the recipients of special care;
b.    No rent, fee, payment or charge in lieu thereof may be made for use of the single-family dwelling or manufactured/mobile home as between the recipients or providers of special care;
c.    The manufactured/mobile home must meet the setback requirements of the zone in which it is situated;
d.    A permit must be obtained from the director authorizing such special care manufactured/mobile home. Such permit shall remain in effect for one year and may, upon application, be extended for one-year periods, provided there has been compliance with the requirements of this section;
e.    The manufactured/mobile home must be removed when the need for special care ceases; and
f.    Placement of the manufactured/mobile home is subject to applicable health district standards for water service and sewage disposal.

RECREATIONAL/CULTURAL USES

Footnotes

​Golf courses

​Marinas

​Recreational facilities, private

INSTITUTIONAL USES

Footnotes

​Places of worship

​12.    All buildings and activities shall be set back a minimum of fifty feet in FRL, MRO, RW, RP, RR, RCO, RI or parks zones and thirty-five feet in all other zones from a side or rear lot line. All such uses shall access directly to a county right-of-way determined to be adequate by the county engineer, and be able to provide access without causing traffic congestion on local residential streets. Any such use shall not be materially detrimental to any adjacent (existing or future) residential development due to excessive traffic generation, noise, light or other circumstances. The director may increase setback, buffer and landscaping standards or impose other conditions to address potential impacts.

​Private or public schools

20.    Site plans for public schools shall include an area identified and set aside for the future placement of a minimum of four portable classroom units. The area set aside may not be counted towards meeting required landscaping or parking requirements.

​Public facilities and electric power and natural gas utility facilities, substations, ferry terminals, and commuter park-and-ride lots

16.    The erection, construction, alteration, or maintenance of overhead or underground utilities by a public utility, municipality, governmental agency, or other approved party shall be permitted in any zone; provided, that any permanent above-ground structures not located within a right-of-way or easement shall be subject to the review of the director. Utility transmission and distribution lines and poles may exceed the height limits otherwise provided for in this title. Water towers which exceed thirty-five feet in height, solid waste collection, transfer and/or handling sites in any zone shall be subject to a conditional use permit. These provisions do not apply to wireless communication facilities, which are specifically addressed in Chapter 17.530.

INDUSTRIAL USES

Footnotes

​Cemeteries, mortuaries, and crematoriums

10.    A cemetery, crematorium, mausoleum, or columbarium shall have its principal access on a county roadway with ingress and egress so designed as to minimize traffic congestion, and shall provide required off-street parking spaces. No mortuary or crematorium in conjunction with a cemetery is permitted within two hundred feet of a lot in a residential zone.

​Storage, self-service

37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.
40.    Self-storage facilities must be accessory to the predominant residential use of the property, sized consistently for the number of lots/units being served and may serve only the residents of the single-family plat or multifamily project.

RESOURCE LAND USES

Footnotes

​Aquaculture practices

  

  Density, Dimensions and Design

Standard

Density and Dimensions table

​5.    The Design Standards for the Community of Kingston sets forth policies and regulations for properties within the downtown area of Kingston. All development within this area must be consistent with these standards. A copy of the Design Standards for the Community of Kingston may be referred to on the Kitsap County web page or at the department of community development front counter.
Minimum density (du/acre)

​10

Maximum density (du/acre)

​18

Minimum lot size

​NA for multifamily; 2,400 s.f. for single-family

Maximum lot size

Minimum lot width (feet)

NA for multifamily; 40 for single-family

Minimum lot depth (feet)

​NA for multifamily; 60 for single-family

Maximum height (feet)

​45

 A greater height may be allowed as set forth below and in accordance with the procedures in Title 21. Such approval must be consistent with the recommendations of the fire marshal/fire district and compatible with surrounding uses and zones. Such approval shall result in a decrease in building coverage, an increase in public amenities, and/or a more creative or efficient use of land. The maximum building height approved by the director shall not exceed:
a.    In the NC and P zones: forty-five feet.
b.    In the UH and C zones: sixty-five feet.
c.    In the UM, BP, BC, and IND zones: fifty-five feet.
d.    Height and density requirements for urban high and regional center reflected in Section 17.420.058, Silverdale regional center and design district density and dimension table.
Maximum impervious surface coverage 85%
Maximum lot coverage 85%
Setbacks
​​34.    Development abutting a street for which a standard has been established by the Kitsap County arterial plan shall provide a special setback from the centerline of said street or a distance adequate to accommodate one-half of the right-of-way standard established by the arterial plans for the street. The building setback required by the underlying zone shall be in addition to the special setback and shall be measured from the edge of the special setback line. The special setback area shall be treated as additional required yard area and reserved for future street widening purposes.

48.    Shoreline properties are subject to Title 22 and may have additional buffers and setbacks requirements not listed in the density and dimension tables. Properties constrained by critical areas are subject to Title 19 and may have additional buffers and setbacks requirements not listed in the density and dimension tables. Cornices, canopies, eaves, belt courses, sills, bay windows, fireplaces or other similar cantilevered features may extend up to twenty-four inches into any required yard area. In no case shall a habitable area be considered for encroachment into a required yard through any land use process. Additionally, fire escapes, open/uncovered porches, balconies, landing places or outside stairways may extend up to twenty-four inches into any required side or rear yards. Open/uncovered porches, balconies, landing places, or outside stairways shall not extend more than six feet into any required front yard and shall be a minimum of five feet from the front property line.
Minimum front (feet)

10 for multifamily; for single-family: 20 for garage or carport, 10 for habitable area

29.    One-hundred-foot setback required for single-family buildings abutting FRL or RW zones.
Maximum front (feet)​NA
Side (feet)

5, If on an alley, 10 feet for a garage or carport opening directly onto the alley or 5 feet in all other instances

29.    One-hundred-foot setback required for single-family buildings abutting FRL or RW zones.

(42) The following exceptions apply to historic lots:
a.    Building setback lines that do not meet the requirements of this title but were legally established prior to the adoption of this title shall be considered the building line for alterations, remodels, and accessory structures on the lot or parcel; providing, that no structure or portion of such addition may further project beyond the established building line.
b.    Any single-family residential lot of record as defined in Chapter 17.110 that has a smaller width or lot depth than that required by this title, or is less than one acre, may use that residential zoning classification that most closely corresponds to the dimension or dimensions of the lot of record, for the purpose of establishing setbacks from the property lines.

(43) Any structure otherwise permitted under this section may be placed on a lot or parcel within a required yard area if the director finds that such a location is necessary because existing sewer systems or roadways make compliance with the yard area requirements of this title impossible without substantial changes to the site.
​Rear (feet)​10, If on an alley, 20 feet for a garage or carport opening directly onto the alley
29.    One-hundred-foot setback required for single-family buildings abutting FRL or RW zones.

(42) The following exceptions apply to historic lots:
a.    Building setback lines that do not meet the requirements of this title but were legally established prior to the adoption of this title shall be considered the building line for alterations, remodels, and accessory structures on the lot or parcel; providing, that no structure or portion of such addition may further project beyond the established building line.
b.    Any single-family residential lot of record as defined in Chapter 17.110 that has a smaller width or lot depth than that required by this title, or is less than one acre, may use that residential zoning classification that most closely corresponds to the dimension or dimensions of the lot of record, for the purpose of establishing setbacks from the property lines.

(43) Any structure otherwise permitted under this section may be placed on a lot or parcel within a required yard area if the director finds that such a location is necessary because existing sewer systems or roadways make compliance with the yard area requirements of this title impossible without substantial changes to the site.







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