City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17C
Chapter 17C.110
Section 17C.110.330

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.110 Residential Zones

Section 17C.110.330 Transitional Sites

  1. Purpose.
    The transitional site standards allow for a transition of development intensities between nonresidential and single-family residential zones. A stepped increase in density is allowed on single-family residential zoned lots that are adjacent to most commercial, employment or industrial zones. The transition site provisions promote additional housing opportunities in a way that has minimal impacts on built-up single-family residential neighborhoods.
  2. Qualifying Situations.
    The transitional site standards apply to lots in the RSF and RTF zones that have a side lot line that abuts a lot in the CC 1-4, Downtown, GC, CB, NR, NMU, LI, HI, or PI zones. The side lot line of the residential lot must abut the lot in a qualifying zone for more than fifty percent of the residential lot's length or width.


  1. Density.
    The density may be exceeded by one dwelling unit per lot more than allowed in the base zone.
  2. Lot Dimensions.
    Lots must comply with the lot dimension standard for new lots in the base zone listed in Table 17C.110-3.
  3. Housing Types Allowed.
    The lot may contain a duplex or be divided for attached houses through a boundary line adjustment or short plat, as appropriate. If the development is in the form of an attached house, then site development standards for attached houses apply.
  4. Additions.
    Additions to the house may be made, but the addition must comply with the height, building setback, building coverage and required outdoor area requirements of the base zone, overlay zone or subarea plan.
  5. Lot Coverage.
    For attached housing projects, the general lot coverage standard of the base zone applies to the entire project, rather than to each individual lot.

Date Passed: Monday, December 14, 2009

Effective Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ordinance C34530 Section 10