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What is a conditional use permit?

The Vancouver municipal zoning code contains many important terms that can be difficult to understand. One of the most important terms is "conditional use permit." Conditional use permits are used to regulate real estate developments that do not fit exactly within the permitted uses allowed in the city zoning code. As the name implies, the City may impose various conditions on a development proposal before an approval is issued.

The land use review process in Vancouver

Vancouver strictly controls land use within the city limits. The city is divided into various zoning districts, and each has a specific set of regulations that control land use, building height and type of structure. Every proposal to erect, demolish or rehabilitate a structure, develop a parcel of real estate or modify the use of a structure must go through the city's land use review process.

Relocation of homeless day center approved

Any time a governmental unit proposes building or moving a facility to assist the poor, the proposal is certain to stir controversy. When the city of Vancouver proposed moving the city's center for the homeless to a vacant building formerly used by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, many people voiced their opposition, while others supported the proposal. The recent decision by a neutral hearing examiner to approve the move has now sent the controversy to the city council for final resolution.

Understanding Vancouver's land use review process

Vancouver, along with virtually all municipalities in Washington, has enacted a comprehensive procedure for reviewing land use applications. The process is based upon the city's comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance and zoning map. An application for a land use permit will be handled by one of four different procedures that are spelled out in the city's zoning laws.

Where can I build a tiny house?

It's getting more and more difficult for Washington residents to afford living in a house. According to some estimates, it costs around 15 years of working to pay for a house that people are only spending their sleeping hours in. more than 76 percent of people across the country are living paycheck to paycheck, just to afford their homes. This serves as one of the reasons tiny houses are gaining popularity. By downsizing the size of their home, from around 2,600 square feet to around 200 square feet, people are cutting down on financial and environmental concerns.

Protect yourself when dealing with real estate

One of the most exciting and memorable times in a Washington resident's life is when they buy a new home. It is often a thrilling time, filled with anticipation and hopes for a bright future. But, it also can be a stressful time. There is a substantial investment involved in buying and even selling a home, and failing to cross all ones, "t's" and dot all the "i's" could lead to a costly mistake.

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