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Posted on: December 24, 2020

East Wenatchee responding to local housing shortage

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The East Wenatchee Planning Commission is working on a project to amend City Codes and design standards to allow duplex, triplex, or courtyard apartments in single-family neighborhoods under certain conditions to encourage more variety in housing options. Amendments are proposed for the Greater East Wenatchee Urban Growth Area Design Standards & Guidelines and the following chapters in the East Wenatchee Municipal Code:

  • 17.08 Definitions,
  • 17.24 Residential Low Density District,
  • 17.28 Residential Medium Density District,
  • 17.32 Residential High Density/Office District
  • 17.34 Commercial Zoning District Land Use Matrix,
  • 17.72 General Regulations; and
  • 12.53 Driveways, Access Easement, Pedestrian Facilities, Walks and Trails

The proposed amendments are available for review by clicking on the links below.
The amendments are intended to clean up inconsistencies, provide more options for design of vehicle accesses, update terms and conditions that are out of date, provide standards and graphic examples of various housing types to increase residential building capacity. 


The City has determined that the proposal will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment.  A Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) was issued on December 4, 2020 with a comment period that ends on December 29, 2020.


In addition to the comment period noted above, comments on the amendments will be accepted until February 5, 2021. Comments can be submitted via email, fax (509) 884-6233 or mailed to: 


City of East Wenatchee

Attn: Lorraine Barnett
Community Development Director
271 9th Street NE
East Wenatchee, WA 98802

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