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A. Multifamily Off-Street Parking Requirements. The following off-street parking requirements apply to multifamily residential development. See Map 34-1 for Metro Everett parking area designations.

Table 34-2: Multifamily Off-Street Parking Requirements

Off-street Parking by Unit (Bedroom) Size:

Metro Everett Parking Areas
(See Map 34-1)

Spaces per Dwelling Unit

Outside Metro Everett Spaces per Dwelling Unit

Area A

Area B













3- or more bedrooms




B. Multifamily Off-Street Parking Reduction Options. Multifamily residential development may reduce required off-street parking based on one of three options shown below. These options cannot be used in combination; only one option can be used. A transportation demand management (TDM) plan (EMC 19.34.080) is required for use of any option. For the purpose of this section, “additional reduction factor” is the total number of parking stalls required after a reduction credit is applied. For example, one hundred stalls required with a reduction factor of 0.75 means that seventy-five stalls would be required with the reduction factor applied. The credit in this case would be twenty-five parking stalls.

Table 34-3: Multifamily Parking Reduction, Option A (Resident Characteristics)

Resident Characteristic:

Additional Reduction Factor

Extremely low-income (30% AMI or below)


Low-income (60% AMI* or below)


*AMI means “area median income” for Snohomish County. Use of this option requires the developer to record a covenant that prohibits use of the property for any purpose other than what was approved unless additional parking is provided.

Table 34-4: Multifamily Parking Reduction, Option B (Transportation Characteristics)

Transportation Alternatives:

Additional Reduction Factor

Access to frequent transit service* (3 trips per hour**)


Transportation demand management plan approved by city


*“Access to frequent transit service” means the building entrance is within one-quarter mile walking distance of a transit stop, except senior housing which must be within five hundred feet walking distance of a transit stop, with the level of frequency noted.

**Frequency of service per hour is calculated between six a.m. and seven p.m. during the work week (Monday through Friday) and is based on scheduled service, not actual performance. Trip counts are one direction.

Table 34-5: Multifamily Parking Reduction, Option C (Development Characteristics)

Transportation Alternatives:

Additional Reduction Factor

Shared parking in a mixed-use building where at least 50% of the gross floor area is nonresidential


*This option may only be used where the nonresidential development provides off-street parking consistent with Table 34-1.

How to calculate multifamily off-street parking reductions:

Example 1:

A 20-unit apartment, all with 1 bedroom, in Metro Everett would require 20 parking spaces. If these spaces are restricted to very low-income residents, then only 10 parking spaces would be required if Option A were chosen.

20 units @ 1 space per unit x 0.50 reduction factor = 10 spaces

Example 2:

The same 20-unit apartment is proposed, but without any income restrictions. However, the apartment is located on a Swift route with frequent transit service. In this scenario, 15 parking spaces would be required.

20 units @ 1 space per unit x 0.75 reduction factor = 15 spaces

(Ord. 3774-20 § 8 (Exh. 6), 2020; Ord. 3616-18 § 2 (Exh. 1), 2018.)