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A. Applicable Development. Unless exempted below by subsection (B) of this section, the design standards in this chapter shall apply as provided in this section:

1. All new developments and/or construction, including but not limited to projects that require the following land use permits: master development plan, site plan, long or short subdivision, conditional use permit, variance, development agreement, building permit, or a grading permit unless otherwise allowed by this chapter.

2. All remodels whose value exceeds fifty percent of the value of the existing structure, as determined by the Snohomish County assessor records, shall be designated as “major exterior remodels.” All standards that do not involve repositioning the building or reconfiguring site development apply to major exterior remodels.

3. For remodels with value less than fifty percent of the building valuation (“minor exterior remodels”), the requirement is only that the proposed improvements meet the standards and do not lead to further nonconformance with these standards.

4. These standards do not apply to remodels that do not change the exterior appearance of the building.

5. Existing nonconforming structures shall not be made further nonconforming regardless of scope of work. Existing conforming structures may not be made nonconforming by way of exterior alterations.

B. Exemptions. The following development activities shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter:

1. Development activities on properties owned or controlled by the city or other public agencies.

2. Construction of or alterations to wireless communications structures, including associated support structures and equipment cabinets.

3. Any remodel or restoration of a structure that is subject to the catastrophic loss provisions in Chapter 22.40 MMC, Nonconformance and Reuse Standards.

C. Development Subject to Other Design Review Standards. Development on properties located in the below-specified areas shall be exempt from the provisions of MMC 22.42.060, Single-family residential design standards, 22.42.070, Multifamily residential design standards, and 22.42.080, Commercial and nonresidential design standards. All other applicable design standards in this chapter shall apply.

1. Properties located in the downtown planning area; this area shall be governed by the 2008 Downtown Design Guidelines. The Downtown Design Guidelines, or as amended in the future, are hereby adopted and incorporated into this title by this reference, as if set forth in full.

2. Properties located in the east downtown neighborhood of the downtown commercial zoning district; this area shall be governed by the 2009 Borlin Park (East Downtown) Neighborhood Design Guidelines. The Borlin Park (East Downtown) Neighborhood Design Guidelines, or as amended in the future, are hereby adopted and incorporated into this title by this reference, as if set forth in full.

3. Properties located in the North Kelsey/Tjerne Place overlay district; this area shall be governed by the 2003 North Kelsey Design Guidelines (revised in 2012). The North Kelsey Design Guidelines, or as amended in the future, are hereby adopted and incorporated into this title by this reference, as if set forth in full.

4. Properties subject to the 2011 Infill, Multifamily, and Mixed Use Design Standards, which include those sites in zoning districts that allow single-family and/or multifamily residential uses, are located south of U.S. 2, and have a gross area less than three acres. The Infill, Multifamily, and Mixed Use Design Standards, or as amended in the future, are hereby adopted and incorporated into this title by this reference, as if set forth in full. (Ord. 005/2019 § 10 (Exh. B))