Mountlake Terrace is home to 21,560 people and about 7,795 jobs. It is a great place to live - located between Seattle and Everett on I-5 and offering ample parks and recreation, a strong school system, walkability, and a growing Town Center. It is also an easy place from which to go to work, located equidistance from Everett, Bellevue and Seattle with access to regional transit and, by 2023, light rail. Housing Choice
A range of housing choices
- Allowing 4,800-7,200 square foot residential lots in certain areas of the city where otherwise a minimum 7,200 square foot lot size is required. Such lots have to meet more rigorous development and design standards.
- Allowing cottage home development that groups eight or more carefully designed homes around a common green space.
- In the area north of 216th Street SW zoned for medium-scale multifamily use (RMM), allowing development that is up to four stories in height is permitted with understructure parking (other areas zoned RMM are limited to three stories).
- All new residential development in single-family zones
areto meet some basic design criteria such as a minimum roof pitch, projecting eaves, foundation, a minimum amount of windows or doors to face the street, and maximum driveway width at the street.
- New multi-residential and/or mixed-use development are to meet site and building design standards.
Cottage housing is a development method where a group of smaller detached single-family homes
An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a small, self-contained residential unit located on the same lot as a single-family home. The ADU may be a separate unit within a home (such as in an attic or basement), or be a detached structure (such as a converted garage, not attached to the primary home). The entry door to the ADU is separate from the main residence. The single-family home and ADU are owned by the same person and may not be sold separately. This brochure (PDF) describes some of the key features of an ADU.