City denies request for parking reduction at senior housing complex

The City of Lynnwood Community Development Director denied a request for an Administrative Parking Reduction at a Lynnwood senior housing complex being built at 5800 198th Street SW.

The proposed 295-unit residential structure requires 221 stalls for senior housing under the Lynnwood Municipal Code. The applicant proposed a total of 207 stalls (152 in a below ground garage and 55 at grade), requesting a 14-stall reduction, which is equivalent to 6 percent reduction of the required stalls.

The denial was based on the fact that the requested reduction did not meet the criteria set forth in the code and that if approved: 1. The reduction would be a grant of a special privilege inconsistent with parking requirements for similar uses; 2. The level or amount of the reduction, if granted, would be inconsistent with empirical evidence of a study or survey; 3. Granting the reduction could be detrimental to the public welfare, or injurious to other property or improvements in the vicinity; 4. The nature or configuration of the use or facility, if modified, is such that its future occupancy could generate a higher parking demand; and 5. The reduction would be inconsistent with the purpose and intent of the comprehensive plan and zoning code.

The complete decision and/or findings of fact and conclusions of law are available for review at the City of Lynnwood Community Development Department located at 4114 198th St. SW, Suite No. 7, Lynnwood. Any person who participated in the decision may appeal the Director’s decision by filing a written request with the Community Development Department, by 4 p.m., Aug. 3. An affected property owner may request a change in valuation for property tax purposes resulting from this action, notwithstanding any program of revaluation.

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