Proposed EWMC Amendments - 2016

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The City of East Wenatchee and Douglas County have been working on proposing amendments to the East Wenatchee Municipal Code (EWMC) that are intended to implement the goals and policies in the Grater East Wenatchee Area Comprehensive Plan relating to ensuring that development within the urban growth area is urban in character. 

The amendments include:

1.Adding a new section EWMC 17.72.270 Density Standards to establish a minimum density standard for residential development within the residential and mixed-use zoning districts: providing for exceptions; describing a calculation process and providing special provisions for properties not served by public sanitary sewer service.

2.Miscellaneous amendments intended to provide more flexibility for design and development of residential projects to promote higher density in the urban area.

At their July 13, 2016 joint public hearing, the East Wenatchee Planning Commission and Douglas County Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposals with some modifications. The amended draft documents can be viewed and downloaded using the links below. In addition to minor changes to the proposals, the Planning Commissions have recommended that the City Council and Board of County Commissioners delay the effective date of the regulations for six months.

The East Wenatchee City Council and Douglas County Board of County Commissioners will be holding a joint public meeting starting at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 in the City of East Wenatchee Council Chambers, at 271 9th Street NE, East Wenatchee, WA to consider the recommendation of the East Wenatchee Planning Commission and the Douglas County Planning Commission regarding the proposal amendments.

The public is invited to attend the public meeting, at the date, time, and location noted above, and to provide comment on the proposals. Complete information and copies of the proposals may be reviewed during normal business hours at the East Wenatchee Community Development Department, 271 9th Street NE, East Wenatchee, WA 98802. Phone 509.884.5396 and fax 509.886. Address written comments in advance of the meeting to Lori Barnett, Community Development Director, at East Wenatchee City Hall, 271 9th Street NE, East Wenatchee, WA 98802. Phone 509.884.5396 and fax 509.886.6233 or via e-mail at

It is the City’s policy to assure that no person, with a disability or on the grounds of race, color, national origin or sex, is excluded from participation in any city activity. We invite any person with special needs, including handicap accessibility or interpreter services, to contact the City Clerk at 509.884.9515 at least 3 working days before the meeting to discuss any special accommodations which may be necessary. Citizens with hearing impairments may call the Washington Relay Service TDD line at (800) 833-6388.

To view the draft amendments click on the links below.

1_EWMC Amendments Density (PC Approved 7-13-2016)

2_Misc Code Amendments (PC Approved Draft 7-13-2016)

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