City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17C
Chapter 17C.330
Section 17C.330.120

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.330 Group Living

Section 17C.330.120 Development Standards

The development standards of the base zone, overlay zone or special planning district apply unless superseded by the standards below.

  1. Resident Density.
    1. Purpose.

Resident density is limited to parallel the residential densities of the various zones. Resident density is also regulated to address service demands and to prevent nuisance-type impacts from overcrowding.

    1. Description of Residents.

Residents include all people living at the site, including those who provide support services, building maintenance, care, supervision, etc. People who only work at the site are not considered residents.

    1. Density Standard.

Group living uses are limited to the following number of residents per square foot of site area in Table 17C.330-1.

Table 17C.330-1

Density Standard for Group Living


Number of Residents

RA and RSF

1.5 residents per 1,000 square feet


2 residents per 1,000 square feet


2.5 residents per 1,000 square feet

RHD, O, OR, NR, NMU, CB, GC, CC’S, Downtown Zones

Not limited (must comply with the GC zones, building or housing code, and the FAR of the base zone)

  1. Minimum Spacing.
    1. Purpose

The minimum spacing standards assure that large group living uses do not unduly affect the character of residential and commercial areas.

    1. Spacing Standards

Group living facilities that are conditional uses must be at least six hundred feet from a site with any other group living facility that is also a conditional use.

  1. Required Outdoor Area.

The requirement for outdoor areas applies in all residential zones except RHD. Larger areas may be required as part of a conditional use review. The outdoor area requirement is forty-eight square feet for every three residents, with a minimum dimension of six feet by six feet. Individual outdoor areas may be combined. The minimum size of a combined area is five hundred square feet and the minimum dimension is fifteen by fifteen feet.

  1. Parking and Loading.

Parking requirements are stated in chapter 17C.230 SMC, Parking and Loading.

Date Passed: Monday, December 14, 2009

Effective Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ordinance C34530 Section 20