Development regulations established in this Plan are of four types: District Requirements, Regulatory Definitions, General Requirements, and Guidelines.
A. District Requirements. Development specifications such as permitted land uses, building height dimensions, and setback dimensions that are specific to each District. Conformance with District Requirements is mandatory. Such provisions are indicated by use of the words “shall,” “must,” or “is / is not permitted.”
B. Regulatory Definitions. The rules and performance measures that define Regulations and establish how District Requirements apply to properties. Regulatory Definitions are common for all properties in the Plan Area. Conformance with Regulatory Definitions is mandatory. Such provisions are indicated by use of the words “shall,” “must,” or “is / is not permitted.”
C. General Requirements. General provisions & definitions that are common for all properties in the Subarea. Conformance with General Requirements is mandatory. Such provisions are indicated by use of the words “shall,” “must,” or “is / is not permitted.”
D. Guidelines. Provide guidance for new development in terms of aesthetics and other considerations such as district character or design details. They are intended to direct building and site design in a way that results in the continuity of the valued character of the city of Bothell. Whereas conformance with the Requirements is mandatory, conformance with the Guidelines is preferred and/or recommended. Provisions that fall into this category are indicated by the use of the words “should,” “may” or “are encouraged to.” In various cases, the Guidelines provide a choice of treatments that will achieve the desired effect. Although direct conformance with the Guidelines is strongly encouraged, developers are permitted to propose alternative design details if they are able to show that such details implement the overall Plan objectives as outlined throughout the document.