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A. “Affordable housing” means residential housing that is rented by a person or household whose monthly housing costs, including utilities other than telephone, do not exceed thirty percent of the household’s monthly income. For the purposes of housing intended for owner occupancy, “affordable housing” means residential housing that is within the means of low- or moderate-income households.

B. “High cost area” means where the third quarter median house price for the previous year as reported by the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at Washington State University for Snohomish County is equal to or greater than one hundred thirty percent of the statewide median house price published during the same time period.

C. “Household” means a single person, family, or unrelated persons living together.

D. “Local housing standard” means the International Property Maintenance Code as adopted by the city of Everett.

E. “Low-income household” means a single person, family, or unrelated persons living together whose adjusted income is at or below eighty percent of the median household income adjusted for household size for the county where the project is located, as reported by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. If Snohomish County is designated a high-cost area under RCW 84.14.010, “low-income household” means a household that has an income at or below one hundred percent of the median household income adjusted for household size for Snohomish County.

F. “Moderate-income household” means a single person, family, or unrelated persons living together whose adjusted income is more than eighty percent but is at or below one hundred fifteen percent of the median household income adjusted for household size for the county where the project is located, as reported by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. If Snohomish County is designated a high-cost area under RCW 84.14.010, “moderate-income household” means a household that is more than one hundred percent, but at or below one hundred fifty percent, of the median household income adjusted for household size for Snohomish County.

G. “Owner” means the property owner of record.

H. “Multifamily housing” and “multiple-unit housing” are used synonymously in this chapter and mean a building having the number of dwelling units specified in Section 3.78.050 that are not designed or used as transient accommodations, not including hotels and motels, and designed for permanent residential occupancy resulting from new construction, rehabilitation or conversion of a vacant, underutilized or substandard building to multifamily housing.

I. “Permanent residential occupancy” means multifamily housing that provides either owner-occupant housing or rental accommodations that are leased for a period of at least one month on a nontransient basis. This excludes accommodations that offer occupancy on a transient basis such as hotels and motels that predominately offer rental accommodations on a daily or weekly basis.

J. “Planning director” means the director of the city of Everett’s planning division of the office of community, planning and economic development or authorized designee.

K. “Rehabilitation improvements” means modifications to existing structures that are vacant for twelve months or longer that are made to achieve a condition of substantial compliance with existing building codes or modification to existing occupied structures which increase the number of multifamily housing units.

L. “Residential targeted area” means the areas within or coterminous with the city’s urban center as defined in this chapter that have been designated by the city council as the residential targeted area in accordance with this chapter and Chapter 84.14 RCW as found by the city council to be lacking sufficient available, convenient, attractive, livable, and desirable residential housing to meet the needs of the public.

M. “Urban center” means a compact identifiable district where urban residents may obtain a variety of products and services including, but not limited to, shops, offices, banks, restaurants, governmental agencies, transit service, and a mixture of uses and activities that may include housing, recreation, cultural activities, commercial or office uses. (Ord. 3635-18 § 2, 2018.)