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A. Criteria. Following a public hearing, the city council may, in its sole discretion, designate one or more residential target areas. Each designated target area must meet the following criteria, as determined by the city council:

1. The target area is located within an urban center;

2. The target area lacks sufficient available, desirable, affordable, and convenient residential housing to meet the needs of the public who would likely live in the urban center if desirable, affordable, attractive, and livable places were available; and

3. The providing of additional housing opportunities in the target area will assist in achieving the following purposes:

a. Encourage increased residential opportunities within the target area, including income-based housing opportunities; or

b. Stimulate the construction of new multi-family housing and/or the rehabilitation of existing vacant and underutilized buildings for multi-family housing; or

c. Where appropriate, stimulate the construction, rehabilitation or conversion of existing vacant and underutilized multi-family rental units to owner-occupied multi-family housing as such property redevelops.

4. In designating a residential target area, the city council may also consider other factors, including, but not limited to: whether additional housing in the target area will attract and maintain an increase in the number of permanent residents; whether an increased residential population will help alleviate detrimental conditions in the target area; and whether an increased residential population in the target area will help to achieve the planning goals mandated by the Growth Management Act under RCW 36.70A.020. The city council may, by ordinance, amend or rescind the designation of a residential target area at any time pursuant to the same procedure as set forth in this chapter for original designation.

5. When designating a residential target area, the city council shall give notice of a hearing to be held on the matter and that notice shall be published once each week for two consecutive weeks, not less than seven days nor more than 30 days before the date of the hearing. The notice must state the time, date, place and purpose of the hearing and generally identify the area proposed to be designated.

B. Target Area Standards and Guidelines. For each designated residential target area, the city council shall adopt basic requirements for both new construction and rehabilitation, including the application process and procedures. The city council may also adopt guidelines which include parking, height, density, environmental impact, home ownership, public benefit features, compatibility with the surrounding property and such other amenities as will attract and keep permanent residents and will properly enhance the livability of the residential target area. The required amenities shall be relative to the size of the proposed project and the tax benefit to be obtained.

C. Designated Target Areas. The following “residential target areas” are designated in the city of Vancouver:

1. The area inside the boundaries of the Vancouver City Center Subarea Plan and an adjacent area consisting of approximately two acres located south of SE Columbia and east of Interstate 5 as depicted on Map 1 below:

Map 1: Vancouver City Center Vision Subarea

2. The area inside the boundaries of the Fourth Plain Corridor Subarea Plan as depicted on Map 2 below. This residential target area shall encourage the construction or rehabilitation of owner-occupied multi-family housing as well as rental multi-family housing.

Map 2: Fourth Plain Corridor Subarea

(Ord. M-4332 § 3, 2021; Ord. M-3990 § 1, 2011; Ord. M-3345, 1998; Ord. M-3314, 1997)