Info on the City of Gig Harbors proposed amendment to zoning for Cottage Style Homes.
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Good Idea? Bad Idea?

On February 18th the City of Gig Harbor held a public hearing on a proposed zoning amendment to allow cottage style housing within the City limits in zones designated R1, R2, RB-1, and RB-2. The proposal main condition is that it would essentially double current allowable density's. We went to the meeting and it was met with positive and negative reviews. Below you will find some of the highlights of the proposal, more info can also be found at the city website.


  • Allowable zones – R1, R2, RB-1, RB-2
  • Current allowable density per 1 acre
    • R1 (4)
    • R2 (6)
    • RB-1 (4)
    • RB-2 (8)
  • For lots of 1/2 acre or more: the density of the underlying zone may be doubled to maximum of 12 units to the acre.
  • Min 10 foot separation between structures, clustering encouraged as site permits.
  • New Definition “SRD” Small Residential Dwelling.
  • 1400 sf of habitable living space with max overall building footprint 900 SF, including garage if applicable.
  • Maximum 300 sf for fully enclosed garages - attached or detached – no more than 3 garages may be attached together.
  • Maximum number of Small Residential Dwellings per development – 36.
  • Minimum required parking is one car per dwelling unit.
  • No outdoor storage of recreational vehicles (Boats, RVs, Trailers, etc).
  • Cars may also be parked in designated, open or covered micro-lots meeting all existing commercial parking lot standards.  
Penny Jones and Jeremy Ritchie lifelong Gig Harbor residents. 
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