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Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions about Normandy Park

General

What regulations exist for Group Homes in Normandy Park

The City is prohibited by the Federal Fair Housing Act Amendments from discriminating against the disabled. The State of Washington requires the City to accept adult family homes in every residential and commercial zone of the City [RCW 70.128.140(2)]. Therefore, the City cannot limit the number of disabled persons living in the home to fewer than eight plus the caregiver and their family without violating the anti-discriminatory provisions of federal law. Children’s Alliance vs. City of Bellevue, 950 F. Supp. 1491(W.D. Wash. 1997).

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What is the value of your tax dollar

In an attempt to demonstrate the real value of a Normandy Park resident's tax dollar, let us use the following example:

Assessed Valuation of Home = $600,000 To determine property tax liability, divide the assessed valuation by 1,000 then, multiply by the effective property tax rate:
$600,000/1,000 = $600.00 $600.00 x 10.39325 = $6,235.95

The City’s share of the $6,235.95 is $589.50

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What is the City’s responsibility for stormwater

The City is responsible for managing all aspects of stormwater within its jurisdiction. The City operates and maintains drainage facilities that are located within the public right of way or public easements. The City does not generally own or maintain facilities that are located on private property or that fall under the jurisdiction of other governmental jurisdictions.

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What you should know about Disaster Assistance

Frequently Asked Questions about Disaster Assistance Things you ought to know, but probably do not want to know! My house is damaged by a natural disaster...

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Animal Services

Do I live within the Normandy Park city limits

There are a couple of ways you can determine whether or not you live within the Normandy Park city limits. You can open this PDF of the Normandy Park city map or the latest King County rendering of the city map, and locate your home or street.

 

City Administration

What is the value of your tax dollar

In an attempt to demonstrate the real value of a Normandy Park resident's tax dollar, let us use the following example:

Assessed Valuation of Home = $600,000 To determine property tax liability, divide the assessed valuation by 1,000 then, multiply by the effective property tax rate:
$600,000/1,000 = $600.00 $600.00 x 10.39325 = $6,235.95

The City’s share of the $6,235.95 is $589.50

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What you should know about Disaster Assistance

Frequently Asked Questions about Disaster Assistance Things you ought to know, but probably do not want to know! My house is damaged by a natural disaster...

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Do I live within the Normandy Park city limits

There are a couple of ways you can determine whether or not you live within the Normandy Park city limits. You can open this PDF of the Normandy Park city map or the latest King County rendering of the city map, and locate your home or street.

 

Community Development

What is a Shoreline Master Program (SMP)

A Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is a set of policies and regulations required by state law that has three basic principles:

  1. Encourages reasonable and appropriate development of shorelines with an emphasis on water dependent uses, which when developed are consistent with the control of pollution and prevention of damage to the natural environment, such as docks, marinas, and recreational facilities, or industries and commercial uses that require a shoreline location and support economic development; and,
  2. Protects the natural resources and character of the shorelines, the land, vegetation, wildlife, water, and aquatic life within shoreline environment; and,
  3. Promotes public access and provides opportunities to enjoy the aesthetic qualities of the natural shorelines and recreational activities in shoreline areas.

 

Where does the Shoreline Master Program apply

“Shorelines of the state” are special water bodies that meet certain size or flow criteria in the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA). These shorelines of the state include rivers and streams with mean annual flow more than 20 cubic feet per second and lakes 20 acres or larger. The shoreline jurisdiction extends 200 feet landward of the water’s edge and additionally includes associated wetlands, floodways, and up to 200 feet of floodplain contiguous to the floodway.

What is a periodic update of the SMP

The City of Normandy Park completed a comprehensive update to its Shoreline Master Program in 2016. Washington state law requires jurisdictions to review and update their SMPs every eight years in accordance with the SMA and its current guidelines and legislative rules to attain state approval. This periodic update will focus on:

  • Reviewing relevant legislative updates since 2013 and incorporating any applicable amendments; and
  • Ensuring consistency with recently adopted regulations for critical areas and flood hazard areas. 

This periodic update will NOT:

  • Re-evaluate the ecological baseline that was established as part of the 2013 comprehensive update;
  • Extensively assess no net loss criteria other than to ensure that proposed amendments do not result in degradation of the baseline condition; or
  • Change shoreline jurisdiction or environment designations.
What activities do shoreline regulations apply to

Shoreline regulations apply to any land use activity that occurs within the shoreline jurisdiction as defined in the SMP. Included in those structures and uses regulated in the SMP are:

  • New or expanded structures, such as houses, sheds, and decks;
  • New or expanded in-water and over-water structures, such as docks, buoys, and boat launches;
  • Land development and alteration, such as clearing, grading, dredging, or filling; and
  • Other activities along the shorelines, including restoration (e.g., riparian planting, bank stabilization), trail construction, and public access.

 

What is a Shoreline Exemption

Certain land uses and development activities are exempt from the requirement to obtain a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit, but are not exempt from compliance with the Shoreline Master Program. Exemptions must be narrowly construed and all activities that are exempt from the requirement to obtain a Shoreline Substantial Development permit are still required to comply with the SMP. Exemptions are issued in writing by the City after the submission of a complete application, including a site plan. Even though an activity is exempt from requiring a Substantial Development Permit, a conditional use or variance permit may be required. Exemptions under the SMP are different than exemptions under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

 

Does the SMP affect existing uses and development

SMP regulations are not retroactive. SMP regulations apply to new development and uses. Existing uses and developments legally established may be repaired, maintained and operated. The SMP applies to proposals for expansion or alteration of existing uses and structures.

Structures and uses that were legally established in the past may become legally nonconforming due to new shoreline rules that are adopted over time. Current SMP regulations allow these previously built structures and established uses to continue as they are presently operating.

Recent amendments to the SMA especially recognize existing residences that were built consistent with shoreline regulations in effect at the time of construction. Residential structures that were legally established and are used for a conforming use, but that do not meet current SMP standards (e.g. height, buffers, setbacks, etc.), may be considered a conforming structure. The City’s SMP may allow redevelopment, expansion, or replacement of the residential structure if it is consistent with the current SMP. As part of this periodic review and update the City will be looking at the existing SMP and opportunities consistent with state law to clarify how redevelopment, expansion, or replacement of legally established single-family homes within the shoreline jurisdiction may occur with mitigation and demonstrating there is no net loss of the shoreline ecological functions.

What is public access to shorelines

Public access is a preferred use per the SMA. Public access can be physical access (e.g. trail) and/or visual access (e.g. view corridors). Public access standards apply to new development, not existing development. Generally, new public access is only required for private uses of certain sizes (e.g. large subdivisions, resorts, etc.) and are required for public uses. Public access requirements do not allow for trespass on private property.

 

What is No Net Loss for SMP

The SMP Guidelines establish the standard of no net loss. No net loss means that over time, the aggregate existing condition of shoreline ecological functions should remain the same as when the SMP is implemented. Simply stated, the no net loss standard is designed to balance the introduction of new impacts to shoreline ecological functions resulting from new development through mitigation sequencing and restoration. The City must achieve this standard through both the SMP planning process and by appropriately regulating individual developments as they are proposed in the future. Any amendments to the SMP that may occur through the periodic update process would need to comply with the no net loss standard.

 

Economic Development

How the EDC came to be

The EDC was developed at the request of resident George Buley at the May 8, 2012, Normandy Park City Council Meeting. Former Mayor Susan West volunteered to chair the group. Since then, the group has met over 150 times and has generated ideas for attracting new businesses and advocating on behalf of our current business community through the promotion of Normandy Park's unique local character, which makes it an attractive place to live, visit, play and shop.

EDC Supported events

One of the many ways the EDC serves the community is by supporting events in Normandy Park. The EDC plays a role in several of these community events which bring local, regional, and national participation and recognition to Normandy Park.

Who does the EDC partner with

The Normandy Park EDC partners with local and regional associations and committees to continually improve the support needed to grow and thrive.

Some of our partnerships include:

  • Friends of Normandy Park Foundation
  • America's SBDC Washington
  • Soundside Alliance
  • Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
  • LocalScape Mapping King Co.
  • City of Normandy Park

Emergency Preparedness

What you should know about Disaster Assistance

Frequently Asked Questions about Disaster Assistance Things you ought to know, but probably do not want to know! My house is damaged by a natural disaster...

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Finance

What is the value of your tax dollar

In an attempt to demonstrate the real value of a Normandy Park resident's tax dollar, let us use the following example:

Assessed Valuation of Home = $600,000 To determine property tax liability, divide the assessed valuation by 1,000 then, multiply by the effective property tax rate:
$600,000/1,000 = $600.00 $600.00 x 10.39325 = $6,235.95

The City’s share of the $6,235.95 is $589.50

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Permits

How long are permits valid

Building Permits are valid for 2 years from the date of issuance. Please contact the Permit Center to check your expiration date for Land Use or Planning Permits.

 

How is the Gross Floor Area Ratio (GFAR) of my property calculated

GFAR is calculated based on the sum of the floor areas of all floors of the principal use building(s) and all accessory buildings divided by the total area of the zoning lot.

In residential zones, floor area includes the floor area within accessory buildings and excludes:

  • the floor area within breezeways;
  • uninhabitable attic space;
  • basements that do not daylight; and
  • up to 600 square feet of garage space.

In the NC and MU zones, floor area excludes:

  • floor area devoted to parking;
  • elevators, staircases, escalators, and mechanical spaces;
  • exterior decks, porches, and arcades open to the air; and
  • floor area devoted to public amenities.
What are the required front, rear, and side yard setbacks for my property

Setbacks in residential zones are as follows:

Front Yard = 20ft

Back Yard = 25ft

Side Yard = 5ft

Side Yard when adjacent to street or public Right-of-Way = 20ft

Are short term/vacation rentals allowed

No, residential rentals in Normandy Park must have a six-month lease at minimum. Per NPMC18.32.033, “The guest house shall not, in any instance, be used for rental purposes or be sold as a primary residence.”

Please see code sections below for more detail or contact the Permit Center:

Transient means an individual residing in a dwelling unit in conjunction with other members of the household for an indefinite period of time less than six months and who pays the other household member(s) rent or other valuable consideration in order to reside at the location. Any individual residing in a dwelling unit for less than six months and in all events on less than a month-to-month basis shall be considered a transient. Guests and exchange students complying with NPMC 18.32.021 shall not be considered to be transients”

“Household” means one or more persons related by blood, marriage, or adoption, or not more than three unrelated persons, living together within a single dwelling unit. For the purposes of this definition, children with familial status within the meaning of 42 U.S.C. 3602(k) and individuals with disabilities within the meaning of 42 U.S.C. 3602(h) shall not be counted as unrelated persons. The following inclusions and exclusions shall apply:

(1) “Adult family homes” as defined by RCW 70.128.010 are included within the definition of “household.”

(2) The term “household” shall exclude individuals or groups residing in halfway houses, crisis residential centers as defined in RCW 74.15.020(3)(g), group homes licensed for juvenile offenders or other facilities, whether or not licensed by the state, when the individual or group residing therein is incarcerated or otherwise required to reside at the facility pursuant to a court order under the supervision of paid staff and personnel.

(3) A qualifying “household” shall not include transients.

(4) In the event the referenced state or federal law is amended, such amendment shall control.

“The primary permitted uses of the R-20, R-15, R-12.5 and R-72 zones are: 

Single-family residence buildings to be occupied by one household each;…”

How do I renew or extend my permit

Submit a written request and pay additional fees once the request has been approved by the Building Official.

 

Do I need a permit to build a shed

A permit is not required if the shed is under 200sf.

 

Police Services

Interested in a law enforcement career

If you are interested in a law enforcement career, start by understanding what modern-day policing is about, requirements, and expectations.

 

Preschool

Do we have to live in Normandy Park for my child to be eligible to attend the school

No. Normandy Park Preschool accepts children from around the community and the greater area.

 

Does my child have to be potty trained to attend (mostly pertains to the 2’s/3’s class)

No, but it is highly encouraged as teachers need to remain in the classroom.

 

Tree Education

Does Normandy Park have a Tree Ordinance

Although there is not a specific tree ordinance, the NPMC addresses most issues about trees. For example, this is Chapter 13.20
LAND CLEARING, GRADING AND FILLING
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Still, have questions? Reach out, we’re here to help!

For any other questions, please contact Brooks Wall at bwall@normandyparkwa.gov or call (206) 248-7603.