Yelm City Hall

Yelm City Hall

The Yelm Planning Commission is looking to review and amend multiple sections of the city’s Unified Development Code that would encourage development of more affordable housing and for developers to build denser. 

The commission presented a draft at a regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, at Yelm City Hall. An open house was previously held and a public hearing is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m.

“The goal of the update regarding affordable housing is to be more consistent with the Yelm Comprehensive Plan’s objective to encourage the availability of affordable housing to all economic segments of the population of the state, promote a variety of residential densities and housing types, and encourage preservation of existing housing stock,” a press release from the city stated. 

During a review this year, the commission found that most new housing within Yelm catered to single-family homes with large square footage within subdivisions, while townhomes, multi-family housing and mixed housing sizes were missing, according to the press release. 

A variety of options were considered and include increasing minimum density required, limiting maximum lot coverage, providing density bonuses for housing variety, relax development standards for accessory dwelling units, removing height height limitations for multi-family buildings, and reducing minimum parking requirements for multi-family dwellings. 

Following a public comment period, which lasts through to Nov. 18, the commission will draft its final updates and will bring them to the city council to either be passed or not. 

For more information, visit this link: https://www.ci.yelm.wa.us/news_detail_T10_R170.php. 

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