Clallam County Zoning Code Summary

Updated November 15, 2002.

Rural Low Mixed (RLM)

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PURPOSE: The purpose of the Rural Low Mixed (RLM) zone is to conserve and enhance the rural character of the eastern portion of the Straits Regional Planning Area by providing for the retention of large rural lot sizes allowing productive woodlots, pasture lands and other rural uses typically requiring more than 5 acres. The RLM zone preserves open land, sensitive natural areas, and rural community character that would be lost under conventional development while allowing developers to reduce road and utility costs.

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Maximum Residential Density: One dwelling unit per 5 acres or 1/128 of a standard section subdivision, except as provided in Special Development Standards for Cluster Developments. (See below.)

Minimum Lot Size: 5 acres or 1/128 of a standard section subdivision, except as provided in Special Development Standards for Cluster Developments.

Minimum Lot Width: 400 feet, except as provided in Special Development Standards for Cluster Developments.

Maximum Lot Width to Depth Ratio: 1/3 (0.33), except as provided in Special Development Standards for Cluster Developments.

Setbacks (except as provided in Special Development Standards for Cluster Developments):

Special Development Standards for Cluster Developments.

    1. Maximum Residential Density: One dwelling unit per 2.4 acres.
    2. Minimum Lot Size (lots within the development portion of the parcel): 1/2 acre
    3. Minimum Lot Size (remainder lots):

Parcels of less than 19 acres in area - N/A

Parcels greater than 19 acres and less than 60 acres in area -

Seventy percent (70%) of the gross parcel size before development.

Parcels greater than 60 acres and less than 100 acres in area -

Sixty percent (60%) of the gross parcel size before development.

Parcels greater than 100 acres -

Fifty five percent (55%) of the gross parcel size before development.

4. Maximum Lot Size (lots within the development portion of the parcel):

Parcels of less than 11 acres in area which were created prior to February 27, 1995 - 1.5 acres

Parcels greater than 11 acres and less than 19 acres in area - one acre

Parcels greater than 19 acres - N/A

5. Minimum Lot Width: 75 feet

6. Maximum Lot Width to Depth Ratio: 1/4 (0.25)

7. Setbacks:

Front yard: 60-feet from centerline of private road easement (or 30-feet from property line

abutting a private road, whichever is greater)

130-feet from centerline of county road or state highway right-of-way (or 100-feet from property line abutting a county road or state highway, whichever is greater)

Side yard - 25-feet from property line (or 55-feet from centerline of side road right-of-way or easement, whichever is greater)

Rear yard - 30 feet from property line (or 60-feet from centerline of rear road right-of-way or easement, whichever is greater)

8. At the sole discretion of the land divider, the remainder lot may be identified as an open space lot which may be under the ownership of an homeowner’s association.

9. The minimum lot size for a Rural Low Mixed development utilizing the cluster development option shall be 11 acres of contiguous ownership. Parcels that were in a non-contiguous, individual ownership smaller than 11 acres on February 27, 1995 shall also have the right to divide to the underlying cluster density of one dwelling unit per 2.4 acres.

10. Lots within the cluster portion of the development must meet the following minimum standards:

No more than 9 adjacent lots may be clustered without providing at least 200 feet of separation between cluster areas.

No lot shall contain more than 20% of floodplain, wetlands, landslide hazard areas, or areas within an Open Space Overlay Corridor.

There shall be not more than two lots for every 1,000 feet of frontage along a public street, provided that parcels with less than 1,000 feet of frontage may have two frontage lots.

Each lot shall be adjacent to the remainder lot or other open space areas.

No lot shall be located closer than 100 feet to a public road, unless the development creates fewer than 5 lots.

Alternative designs may be allowed if they are determined to provide design substantially equivalent to the first five standards shown directly above, and would also reduce impacts on existing residences to a greater extent than these standards.

11. Remainder lots shall be located and designed to maximize common boundaries with open land on adjacent tracts, as shown in the Open Space Overlay Zone, and shall consist of large contiguous areas not less than 100 feet in width.