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During this time, we are allowing land use applications to be emailed to: Once submitted, we will confirm receipt of the materials and guide you to our online permit center to pay the application fee. You may also mail your application (and include a check payable to the City of Yakima if you are not paying online) to: City of Yakima Planning Division, 129 N 2nd St, Yakima, WA 98901.

Moratorium on Class 2 and 3 uses in the R-3 Zoning District – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY 11/17/2020

On November 17, 2020, City Council passed ORD#2020-030, an Ordinance adopting a six-month moratorium on Class 2 and Class 3 uses in the Multifamily (R-3) zoning district. From and after the effective date of this ordinance (November 17, 2020), the City shall not allow the filing of or accept any application for a building permit, tenant improvement, development permit, request for conversion, permit, subdivision, short subdivision, site plan review, or any other development, for any Class 2 or Class 3 use in the R-3 zone (including any additions, expansions, or modifications thereto) as outlined in Table 4-1 in YMC 15.04.030 within the City of Yakima. This moratorium expires on May 18, 2021.

The Yakima City Council held a public hearing on the moratorium on December 8, 2020 ratifying the moratorium. The Yakima Planning Commission held a public hearing on March 24, 2021. The Yakima Planning Commission issued its recommendation to the Yakima City Council on March 25, 2021. The City Council will consider the Yakima Planning Commission Recommendation at its regularly scheduled business meeting on April 6, 2021.

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Can I build, plant, or put a fence on my property within the clear view triangle?

Purpose. The vision clearance triangle, or “clear view triangle,” indicates the areas on a property where there shall not be any obstructions that may block the driver’s view. This applies to corner lots at unsignalized intersections, as well as driveways and alleyways. The Yakima Municipal Code section addressing clearview triangles is YMC 15.05.040.

Obstructions. Items that may obstruct a motorist’s view include any plantings, fences, buildings, or anything that is erected, placed, or allowed to grow within the clear view triangle that is over 2 ½ feet tall.

Clear view triangle measurements. The clear view triangle for corner lots shall measure fifteen feet by one hundred twenty feet along the perpendicular lengths formed by three points including:

1.    A point at the intersection of the extended curb lines or pavement edge/travel lanes;

2.    A point measured one hundred twenty feet from the first point, forming a line along the adjacent perpendicular street curb line or pavement edge/travel lane; and

3.    A point measured fifteen feet from the first point, forming a line.

For driveways and alleyways, the clear view triangle shall measure fifteen feet along the perpendicular street curb lines, pavement edge, or travel lane of the public street and fifteen feet along the driveway or alley. The third side of the triangle shall be a straight line connecting the fifteen-foot sides described above. No sign or associated landscaping shall be placed within this triangle so as to materially impede vision between the heights of two and one-half and ten feet above the centerline grade of the streets.

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