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File #: 21-0189    Version: 1
Type: information Status: Filed
File created: 2/11/2021 In control: Planning Commission
Agenda date: 2/22/2021 Final action: 2/22/2021
Title: Recreational Vehicle Parks in the Urban Waterfront District - Briefing
Attachments: 1. Narrative, 2. OMC 18.06 Proposed Amendments, 3. Zoning Map
Title
Recreational Vehicle Parks in the Urban Waterfront District - Briefing

Recommended Action
Information only; no action requested.

Report
Issue:
Staff briefing on a proposed text amendment to allow recreational vehicle parks in the Urban Waterfront zone district.

Staff Contact:
Cari Hornbein, Senior Planner, Community Planning and Development, 360.753.8048

Presenter(s):
Cari Hornbein, Senior Planner

Background and Analysis:
The City of Olympia received a proposal from the Port of Olympia to amend Chapter 18.06 of the Olympia Municipal Code to allow recreational vehicle (RV) parks as a permitted use in the Urban Waterfront zone district. Currently, RV parks are allowed in the General Commercial and High Density Corridor 4 zone districts as a principal use, and as an accessory use to marinas. The applicant seeks to establish an RV park on land adjacent to Swantown Marina that is zoned Urban Waterfront.

The proposed amendments involve three actions:

1. Amend OMC 18.06.040, Table 6.01, Permitted and Conditional Uses, to add RV parks as a permitted use in the Urban Waterfront district.

2. Remove OMC 18.06.060.CC. Under this provision, marinas may provide RV sites for users of the marina.

3. Add a new section, OMC 18.36.060.JJ, that establishes standards for RV parks, including those pertaining to density, setbacks, minimum parcel size, proximity to a public marina, access, internal roadways, open space, restroom facilities, water, graywater, tent camping, etc. (see Attachments 1 and 2).

The Urban Waterfront district is intended to support a variety of uses that enhance Olympia's identity and appeal as a capitol city and promote public access and use of the shoreline. Some of these uses include recreational and tourist-oriented uses.

Under the proposed amendments, RV parks as a primary use could only be established on a minimum one-acre parcel if located adjacent to and/or on common property with a public marina. Because Swantown is the only p...

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